"Why Are You Looking Grave?" as written by and Bo Rune Madsen Jonas Bjerre Terkelsboel....
Why are you looking grave?
Are you thinking of something to say?
Why are you sitting there?
Are you hoping that someone will stare?

Your mouth is hiding
You've got smiling eyes

Why are you looking grave?
Are you thinking of something to say?
Be I thinking of you?

Your mouth is hiding
You've got smiling eyes
Softly dividing
What they see in your face
From what you feel like inside

Who are all those who greet me?
Does it matter if I know?

Your mouth is hiding
You've got joyless eyes
Softly contriving
All the terrible things
That shook up our hearts enough

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"Why Are You Looking Grave" as written by Johan Haslund Wohlert Bo Rune Madsen

Lyrics © Fintage House Publishing

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  • +1
    General Commentkey theme here is appearance vs. reality.
    timchillion June 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with timchilli.
    It's clearly a song about portraying yourself differently to how you really feel.
    "Why are you sitting there?
    Are you hoping that someone will stare?"
    This part seems to be a reference to attention seeking, maybe making things seem worse than they are for sympathy?
    Venneon October 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentor perhaps its about the portrayal of feelings aswell. coz people tend to hide behind a smile and pretend everything is ok but inside they are torn apart.
    circa_survive_greenon February 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a song about introverted people checking each other out from a safe distance.
    RoadToNeveron April 16, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song so much! I think timchilli and venne are right about it being about what a person portrays and how they really are. I think that makes it so great because everyone shows a different side of themselves sometimes.
    wolf cubon October 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's like a song about first impressions
    celestinelovieon April 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYes that is J. Mascis. The two different versions are the one with and without him I think. Not quite sure though.
    I totally agree with the thing about first impressions and people hiding who they truly are behind what they think people want them to be but I also thought it might be about people who act like they dont want anyone to notice them but it instead makes people notice them more. "Why are you sitting there? Are you hoping that someone will stare?" I'm not sure if it is someone craving attention by pretending to be more upset than they are. It seems more genuine than that.
    The video backs up the idea about inside vs. outside of a person with the people with animal faces and stuff. Its a great video and this is a great song.
    ComicalBirdon January 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFrom my POV this song connected with "chinaberry tree" as you can heard from the album that the last part of the chinaberry three song and the opening of why are you looking grave? Song was really connected, although that's no coincidence, the chinaberry tree song who tell us about him realizing that he lost his first love that he think its hard to life without her, and why are you looking grave? that tell me like he's asking himself "why are you looking grave? Are you holding of something to say" and then he asked himself out of despair again why are you sitting here? Are you hopping that someone will stare" and the chorus part that tell us he's hiding his true feeling.
    YuutaALIVEon March 11, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI love this song.
    It is one of the best songs I have ever heard.
    AssDon January 21, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General Commentis that j. mascis?
    ripelivejamon September 25, 2006   Link

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