"Skeleton Jar" as written by and William Toby Martin....
I feel like hell, you feel like dancing,
You know this bar curtains a world.
Those empty bottles, like sentinels,
Stand guard in the morning sun.

Then the lights go down
And all the people gather round
And you feel you are a skeleton jar
Oh yeah.

Be like the brother I never had,
Be like a real son to my dad.
How can you stand there and watch this
Scene, I hate you for liking me.

Why am I so miserable if these are the best
Years of my life goes like a train I just
Missed out on being part of the community
'don't go just stay with me' were all that
They heard from me.

Love me don't leave me just stay with me
Don't leave me I've never known another
Who could just please me the way that you
Please me don't go just stay with don't go
Just stay with were all that they heard
From me.


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"Skeleton Jar" as written by William Toby Martin

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  • +2
    General CommentI always thought that the title "skeleton jar" was referring to the subject's emptiness - all he fells like is a body holding his skeleton and nothing else.

    Also the final verses seem to refer about everyone leaving him (probably friends moving away and getting on with their lives etc)
    amberbreathon January 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI got the lyrics off their site to be sure they were correct. Anyway, I think this song is about someone in their mid tweties who is very depressed and can't understand why he/she isn't enjoying themselves if it's suposesdly the best time of their life. They also feel like they are failing in the eyes of their parents.
    mattd23on August 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, I was just about to post these lyrics.

    And they would have been very wrong...

    Great song though.
    Yadaon August 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteveryones asking why we cante get enough if its supposed to be the best time of ur life
    dulcitablueon January 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I hate you for liking me"-SUCH a good line.
    autrefoison January 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song.
    howz_gon January 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with mattd23 that this is from the POV of a depressed person who feels they've let down their parents (the "real son to my dad" part). It's all adressed to his partner who apparently is not as down as him (the opening lines suggest this), and he seems bitter that they are in a better mindset, and he feels undeserving of their affection
    electricoceanon March 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Why am I so miserable if these are the best
    years of my life goes by like a train I just missed out on being part of the community"
    wow. what a relation.
    great song.
    Ailujon April 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthose lines....yea my life for the past year and a half...
    bedhead4dayson May 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's a song about being liked but not loved and feeling misserable over it... also, it might sound weird but i think it's about two guys. the guy feels misserable and can't feel good anywhere cus of his sadness. something like that.
    tank_girlon May 04, 2006   Link

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