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She was just 17, pious and pretty, with a deadly disease
And the weight of the world on her prosthetic shoulder
And by the summer of '96 her body was cracked like porcelain
Just like some precious moments collectible
In a hospital gown, and a big, bright, golden halo

And so three cheers for my morose and grieving pals
And now let's hear it for the tears that I've welled up
We've come too far to have to give it all up now
We live lives that are rich and blessed
And we'll burn for how we transgress

Now I’ve mastered the art of the open casket prayer and the sorrowful heart
But I’ve found the rewards weren't half what I'd hoped for
And meanwhile we all feigned hope and mirth
As her parents went on and lied to her all about the success of the surgery
And how my ex-girlfriend would never sleep with her fiancé

And so three cheers for my morose and grieving pals
And now let's hear it for the tears that I've welled up
We've come too far to have to give it all up now
We live lives that are rich and blessed
And we'll burn for how we transgress

If there's any justice in heaven then God won't let me in
He'll lock the gates and take my weekend pass away
With a sympathetic wave they'll see me off, return my golden crown
While I am cursed to walk the earth for a millennia
I know I deserve worse, but it terrifies me and I can't take it anymore

And so three cheers for my morose and grieving pals
And now let's hear it for the tears that I've welled up
We've come too far to have to give it all up now
We live lives that are rich and blessed
And we'll burn for how we transgress


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  • +2
    General Commenti absolutely love the guitar parts in this song.
    cato11087on January 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"for this impathetic wait they'll see me off,"

    I'm Pretty sure it's
    "with a sympathetic wave they'll see me off,"
    Thank You
    Knife2aGunFighton February 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIs it just me or does this song sound like it's being narrated by the Grim Reaper or a fallen angel or something supernatural like that? I mean, look at the lyrics...
    mportlockon January 07, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song seems to be about a girl who has a pretty much incurable disease, but is still fighting for her life. While her friends and family see the whole situation as pretty much hopeless, she has lasted longer than anyone thought possible... because of that, everyone is kinda living like she's already dead.

    Her fiance doesn't want to leave her on her deathbed, but he's fooling around with someone else, and Jesse (the narrator) already knows what prayers and song he's going to sing at her funeral.

    They've already been in mourning for so long they're emotionally exhausted and her friends just have to fake their sorrow. This makes Jesse feel incredibly guilty and believe that he doesn't deserve to go to heaven.

    It kind of reminds me of Pet Semetary, the part where the wife/mother is haunted by her sister who suffered from meningitis and how she prayed for her to finally die.
    deverca27on October 15, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjesse lacey - the bastard love child of morrissey?
    tjwellson January 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmorrissey written all over it
    silentpropheton January 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like the faux-Morrissey accent
    NoLightToSeeByon January 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh, morrissey. that was the first thing i thought when i heard this.



    these demos are a million steps up from your favorite weapon, and even from deja entendu. someone get the lyrics for track 5 please, because it's amazing.
    GravityAlwaysWinson January 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthey, the first thing i thought was i can hear a lot of smiths influence too.
    lovesmeformeon January 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlovesmeforme: isn't kind of the same thing with morrissey/smiths influenced music? :P

    it was aswell the first thing i thought "MORRISSEY"
    hampuson January 30, 2006   Link

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