Floating up to the top of the sea, sunlight and I�m sorry
Chocolate and condolences from the boy who hit me
Lying in an infirmary bed in the starch and silence
Watching birds as they hit the screen, suddenly in slow motion

Floating up from being born, my throat all hot and bloody
Watching doctors drift through the room, the light is slipping quietly
The sheets are on. The bed is gone. The building isn't floating
My other birth is hiding behind the plastic curtains

Her eyes you'd think you lost something, slipped through your many rooms
Cold got in the middle of the night and cracked the bathroom mirror
This house is not a home, you say, and I�ve got fourteen fingers
The autumn holds your hand and sits beside you in an armchair

Other's face steams in the cold, the doorknob sob's behind you
So hold yourself so hold yourself, with practice, in a movie
This world is not your own but when you're gone it's going to miss you
This world is not your own, and all the women, as they kiss you
Are fading fast, and wouldn't last, you exit from this old house
The window's cracking casing, the pictures painted clovers
They tell you all their secrets, in which they're spreading rumours
This world is not your own but when you're gone, it's going to miss you
This world is not your own, but when you're gone, it's going to miss you



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    General Commentthis song is so perfect. i was in the hospital for about a week over the summer because i was hit by a car and this song was stuck in my head the entire time.
    piano_fireon October 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhere does this song appear? I can't find it on any online store on any album.
    Way_AEon February 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is actually quite a mystery. It's pretty much agreed that the singer is Will Sheff, lead singer of Okkervil River, and a simple google search credits the song to Okkervil River everywhere.
    However, it's never appeared on any Okkervil River release. And in a Message Board used by the Okkervil River website, jound.com/board/… the band's former bassist Zach said it was absolutely NOT an Okkervil river song.

    So either it was Will Sheff singing with a different band (eg Shearwater) or a solo track he recorded on his own.
    Targetpractice.v01on September 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAlso, it's a good song.
    Targetpractice.v01on September 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHow do you get a copy of this song?
    maryopalon November 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMaybe it's a Shearwater B-side or something. Will Sheff did "My Good Deed" for them back when.
    Way_AEon March 16, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song HAS been released by the band and it's not a shearwater b-side. this is from their bedroom ep, which is pretty rare. but i have all three tracks from it up on my youtube channel (shelbithefro), as well as a link to download them.
    EATYODAMNPIon December 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNo, this song was NOT released on the Bedroom EP. The track list for that EP is:

    01. Dead Dog Song
    02. Numbers
    03. Satisfy You
    04. Happy Hearts
    05. Nathan
    06. Blackest Coat

    Source: web.archive.org/web/20010312172017/www.jound.com/okkervil/…

    Also, the story by Will Sheff on either Don't Fall in Love With Everyone You See or Bedroom EP (I don't remember, but I think the former) on the Jound website said that a version of Dead Dog Song was the first track. What Targetpractice.v01 said was correct. I have seen that post. Unfortunately, the website is not up anymore, so you might not be able to confirm what either of us said yourself.

    Also unfortunately, the EP is not in circulation on the Internet, last I knew...just a track list and album art. I scoured it a while back. But at least we have remade versions of four of the tracks, which are amazing themselves. And I have Nathan. Though I am not sure that it's the same version that was on the EP, it sounds studio-recorded. The lyrics are slightly different from the official ones posted online and on this site, but that doesn't mean anything. I have never heard Numbers. :(

    Anyway, to get back on topic, This House Is Not a Home seems to be from a Will Sheff solo album that was released a long while back, called Song for a Ghost. The track list is:

    01. This House Is Not a Home
    02. Song for a Ghost - part I
    03. Keepaway
    04. Line of Duty
    05. Hallways
    06. Song for a Ghost - part II
    07. Pictures
    08. Overing
    09. 85

    Line of Duty was an old version of A Favor, Pictures an old version of Dead Faces, and Overing an old version of Last Love Song for Now. The rest of the songs have original lyrics, from what I can tell, though I don't have the lyrics for Hallways or Song for a Ghost. Song for a Ghost may have been instrumentals, but I don't know. I really, really, really want to hear Keepaway!...and all the other songs. I wonder why the first track stuck around online, but it seems like no one has the rest of them. Source: web.archive.org/web/20010504042949/www.jound.com/ghost/
    Kozumouon May 18, 2011   Link

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