"Elizabeth, You Were Born to Play That Part" as written by and Ryan Adams....
For you I'd do anything
Tear myself in two
Just to hear you breathe

Calculate the changes that in time
Turn to nothing and then multiply
Yourself by my pain

Over you is where I stand
I wish I knew why
But I don't understand

I'm waiting on someone that just won't show
And every night it seems like there's no tomorrow
Not that you will ever know

Wherever you are, I hope you're happy now
I'm caught in a dream and I can't get out
I'm caught in a dream
I'm caught in an endless dream

Wherever you are, I hope you're happy now
I'm caught in a dream and I can't get out
I'm caught in an endless dream
And I'm not strong enough to let you go

And I have tried everything
But that
Elizabeth


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"Elizabeth, You Were Born to Play That Part" as written by Ryan Adams

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    General CommentIt's about one of Ryan's close friends who lost a child that was about to be born, who had already been named. According to Ryan, his friend never recovered from it.

    That's what he said at a live performance in June of last year.
    Beazeron March 10, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think what makes this song so powerful is that yeah, he wrote this for a friend about her stillborn baby, but it could just as easily be about a failed relationship. The lyrics are ambiguous enough so that all you get, really, is the feeling of some sort of love - any sort of love - having prematurely died before it really had a chance to grow. You have descriptions of calculations and planning and expecting something great and not being able to let go of the fact that you just don't really have what you thought you would.
    ChibiRHMon October 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is such a gorgeous song,
    i start crying everytime i hear him sing
    "where ever you are i hope youre happy now
    im caught in a dream and i cant get out.
    im caught in a dream
    im caught in an endless dream"
    danaxdrugfaceon July 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti just downloaded this, and am listening to it for the first time.
    and i made it all the way through the words without a tear,
    but then came the instrumental.
    and oh god.
    taylorrr1211on July 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjus amazing
    benschoon February 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI see it as the equivalent of "The Shadowlands" on the new album.

    Is it dedicated to Beth Orton?
    Diego8978on February 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteverythings amazing, down to the very title
    blind_gunmanon May 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteverythings amazing, down to the very title
    blind_gunmanon May 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone else think this may have something to do with Beth Orton?
    Shadowlandson June 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlisten to that instumental...it takes my breath away no matter how many times i hear it.
    ELECTRIKaveon August 28, 2006   Link

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