"Empty Shell" as written by and Marshall....
All that is left is an empty shell
Of my heart that is crushed
I don't never wanna see
What my mind has seen
When you loved me
Every night, every night alone with you
Every night alone now

When she sits on your lap
Try to pretend to laugh
When she does stupid things
Just like I used to do
Do no hate her
Don't you even try
For to leave her is to love her
The same as you and I

I love you
And I miss you too
I really do love you
And I really miss you too

But I don't know you
And I don't need you
And I don't want you anymore

Every night, every night alone with you
Every night alone now


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"Empty Shell" as written by Chan Marshall

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    General Commenti wonder if this song is about bill callahan of smog, who is now dating joanna newsom.
    _aeronauticalon December 08, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'Empty shell' describes perfectly how you feel when you've been left by someone. The lyrics are really powerful, especially her saying 'I really love you, and I really miss you too...But I don't know you." The way he treated her and left her means she feels he wasn't who she thought he was. But although she loves and misses him, she doesn't want him anymore...how could she after the way he treated her? Definitely about being sad but glad because the break-up has made you realise just how wrong you were about the other person, and you're better off for being without them.
    missmeon November 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI wish I could write songs like this. It's poetic but it feels so honest, like a stream of consciousness.
    leahperon May 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThese are very sad lyrics hidden behind happy music. I saw an interview with chan and she started crying after she talked about this song. She wrote it after she broke up with her boyfriend.

    It reminds me of Good Woman, " to leave her is to love her, the same as you and i"
    GhostBitchon February 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI wish I had this song a few months ago...the process of breaking up with someone, seeing them with someone else, growing apart from them...I've never heard it described as perfectly as it is in this song.

    "I really do love you and I really miss you too
    But I don't know you, and I don't need you,
    and I don't want you any more..."

    I just saw her perform this live and it was even more amazing, if that is at all possible.
    adamanteveon September 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, she just broke up but seems content with the decision. You can break up with someone and be sad yet, also kinda glad it's over. I like the fact that she is concerned he might do this again with someone else, Not a very selfish person, and that is a great quality. She's fine, and she's great!
    unraveledon June 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI like the idea that you can love and miss someone, but still understand and accept that the relationship is over, and that its for the better.

    I love you
    and I miss you, too
    i really do love you
    and I really miss you too

    but I don't know you
    and I don't need you
    and I don't want you anymore
    thriggleon August 30, 2007   Link

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