"Dear John" as written by Norah Jones and Ryan Adams....
I got a house full of walls
And utility bills, every Monday the company calls
I got a nice bed to sleep on
And a chest of drawers, where I keep those jewels of yours

'Cause you're always mine to keep when you're gone
Two silvers rings, one's on my finger and the other one's gone
It went underground with you, oh John

Ten years passed
And I ended up with a house full of cats
But most of them went missing
Through that window you never fixed, the door you never latched

When you were on your way out like the last time...

'Cause you are always mine to keep when you're gone
Two silvers rings, one's on my finger and the other one's gone
It went underground with you, oh John

I knew what you were doing
That summer when Candy came around
But I had too much hurt to bother you
When we lost our first child I thought a little payment was overdue
And I want you so bad...

'Cause you are always mine to keep when you're gone
Two silvers rings, one's on my finger and the other one's gone
It went underground with you, oh John

I miss you
I miss you
I miss you
I miss you...

Oh John...


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"Dear John [Live Studio Recording][*]" as written by Ryan Adams Norah Jones

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  • +4
    General CommentThe woman still holds their lost relationship in high regard, despite the pain of adultey and the prophetic loss of a child. A "Dear John" letter is written from the woman to the man telling him that she is leaving him. Here the letter is written from the woman to the man telling him that she is sticking it out, though he is gone. Truly beautiful.
    originalspieson October 30, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentCould the reference to candy, possibly be a reference to heroin? and that he started using it one summer but she was too upset as she said to bother him about what he was doing? This could have led to a premature death and the reason why she is so upset as it could have been prevented. She is as mad at John as she is heartbroken.
    kwelion May 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDamn. Could you squeeze more misery into one song? :°(

    By the way, the part about the cats escaping through the window reminds me of an old joke. A man goes to the psychiatrist because his wife has filled their house with cats: "We have more than 100 and there's an awful smell everywhere." "Why don't you open up the windows then?" "No way! My 200 pigeons would escape."
    Diego8978on February 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSounds like the singer killed John and that's good (you're always mine to keep when you're gone) and bad (I miss you). So sad and lovely. The picture is painted in the things that aren't said. It's a technique I wish more writers would employ.
    Love the version on Follow the Lights.
    rosalita57on October 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan't believe there's only one comment to this song... (I know a lot of people say that when that happens, but I really truly can't. :P) More people need to hear this song!
    no.poetic.deviceon June 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of his best songs... should have more comments
    WesCarrollon June 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, i think the studio version with Norah Jones is not nearly as strong as the live versions of just Ryan and the Cardinals. When you get just his voice a great extended jam from the cardinals it is much more powerful.
    Moose_Man9on October 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow. The version on "Follow the Lights" is so amazing.
    seshunzon October 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust, amazing.
    musiccxxxon January 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust beautiful. One if the saddest songs I have heard.
    The Iconoclaston May 09, 2008   Link

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