"Coughing Colors" as written by Kianna Alarid, Neely Jenkins, Jamie L Williams, Derek Pressnall and Nicholas White....
She homed with thieves
Kicked up dirty leaves
She was a maniac
No one's heart attack
She got around
Slept on the bad side of town
She was cooler than you
Way cooler than me
She was true, all blinded and bruised
She didn't give a fuck
No she had given up
She was alive
She was caught on fire
She was everything
She was all of this

She opened up and laid it all right there
She said, "I don't mind
No, no I don't care
I'll help you shovel out my shallow hole
And I know I know they're threatening
But at least we're not the ones carrying
Such heavy heavy heavy stoning stones

And yeah I know they'll get you down
They'll do you in and they'll drag it out
'Cause me and you, we are one of a kind"

She liked to lose
Never wore Sunday shoes
She found her luck in wells and corner stores and jails
She was crazy
A downtown kind of baby
Always dangerous, she got me down on my knees
She made it rain
She called the wind and then it came
Oh with the wave of her hand
She brought the sunshine right in
She was the sky
Beyond steeple and the choir
Oh, the preacher's amen
His hallelujah child

She opened up and laid it all right there
She said, "I don't mind
No, no I don't care
I'll help you shovel out my shallow hole
And I know I know they are threatening
But at least we're not the ones carrying
Such heavy heavy heavy stoning stones

So when your bones are broke and you're all alone
And the fog's so thick you can't see up close
Just know that I will end up strangled too
And when the floods they come all rushing in
And the boat is full and you can't get in
Oh, it's okay if you don't want to swim
And when you're swallowed up, oh, don't you cry
Just give right in, don't try to fight
'Cause baby I wouldn't pay no mind
There's nothing you can do"

They'll have you coughing up your colors
They'll have you coughing up your colors

She sang the blues
Out of time and out of tune
Spoke no silver spoon
Only simple truths
She was a friend, stabbed backs and broke plans
She would give you his coat
Or put nails through his hand

She was wise, full of magic and life
Oh you could see it in her eyes
Oh yeah I saw it in her eyes
She was more than this
Oh way more than this
She was everything
She was all of this


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"Coughing Colors" as written by Jamie L Williams Derek Pressnall

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    General CommentYesssss
    it's about time some lyrics from the new CD were up here, I know it's been leaked out on the internet for a while now.

    Except all the "he"s should be "she"s...
    wefoundthelighton April 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentand change the "his"s to "her"s...
    mandapopon April 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the most gorgeous and sad love songs I've ever heard.
    blueoftheskyon May 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAside from my personal interpretation, I would like to know what this song is specifically supposed to be about... anyone?
    watchitlugnutson June 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think a lot of it has to do with society breaking somoene down, and how to get past that.

    "at least we're not the ones carrying such heavy heavy heavy stoning stones."

    Even though they live such "terrible" lives in accordance to society, at least they don't have that hate in them that they just have to throw on someone else.

    I think it is wonderful and so sad.

    Because if you choose to live a life like you want to, well, they'll have you coughing up your colors.
    blueoftheskyon June 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree with blue.

    as a society we tend to cast stones upon those who don't exactly fit into our models of society. i think that the song portrays those who are looked down upon as a saint--showing a new side of life that could've otherwise not been discovered.

    it gives me a religous feel..with the angellic vocals in the background.
    sort of reminds me of grisabella from cats.
    but i think everyone can relate to this song in one way or another, and it took me quite a few listens to get the impact of it. it's become one of my favorites on the album.
    dirtystreetson June 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit feels like the ultimate tragedy to me. someone so idealistic, intelligent, wild, and zealous getting pushed down by social lines.

    "and when the floods they come all rushing in
    and the boat is full and you can't get in
    oh, it's okay if you don't want to swim
    and when you're swallowed up, oh, don't you cry
    just give right in, don't try to fight
    'cause baby i wouldn't pay no mind
    there's nothing you can do"

    i personally see this as her talking about why she has to leave, to where, its up to the listener. she chooses freedom of the mind over living an un-full under what is socially accepted.
    putkaon June 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHow perfect..........
    watchitlugnutson June 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI hated this song when I first listened to it.
    Now when I hear it starting, I get all happy inside.
    (and sad at the same time)
    Steven Johnon July 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentoh my god this song makes me cry!
    yeh, i agree, it's about someone who doesn't fit with the norms of society, and gets their dreams crushed and breaks down because of it. it's a love story, told by the guy (or girl, i guess, though it's a guy singing)
    who loves her, and maybe isn't as much as a rebel or watever, like the lines "she was cooler than you/way cooler than me" might suggest, but gets put in kind of the same position because of their connection to this person.
    esoteric_rubbishon September 02, 2006   Link

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