"Cemetery Row" as written by and Scott Mccaughey John Moremen,....
Eyes that never close, hands too numb to hold a glass or a matchstick.
Everybody knows this old house is cold and crowed with halfwits.
Cemetery Row is not such a bad place -- don't you want to go?
Bars that never close one every corner, Cemetery Row.

Lemonade and gin.
Life is wearing thin by general consensus.
Nothing is a sin.
Fall out of your skin so free and defensless.
Cemetery Row is not such a bad place -- don't you want to go?
Bars that never close one every corner, Cemetery Row.

Used to be afraid.
Now we love to fade into the procession.
No more the insane
Memory lane runs in the other direction
Cemetery Row is not such a bad place -- don't you want to go?
Bars that never close one every corner, Cemetery Row.


Lyrics submitted by U4ia, edited by dsarche

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    General CommentI love this song, "Life is wearing thin by general consensus", such a good line.

    I think this song is about dieing, or the inevibility of it. It seems like its about no longer being afraid of death.
    The line "Fall out of your skin so free and defensless." seems to be refering to death, and the rest of the song has alot of references to funerals, it seems like cemetery row is what the speaker uses instead of death.
    U4iaon April 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is basically saying that you dont need to be afraid of death and that yo ucan be completely free because you dont have to worry anymore.
    candy_cane_girlon May 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAny thoughts as to what the first two lines mean?

    The only two meanings that I could think of were that this is what colin thinks happens when you die - hands get numb; stupid people. The other thing I could think of was that it's what life is like, so death doesn't seem like a bad thing, or at least not much of a change. I guess that's what I got out of this song - that death isn't really that much of a change. Maybe I'm way off. Probably.
    polythene.ruthon January 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPersonally i think the first two lines are guiding the listener through the first 2 stages of life before death. "Eyes that never close, hands too numb to hold a glass or matchstick." could be describing a childhood and "Everybody knows this old house is cold and crowed with halfwits." could be describing adult hood. He then goes into singing about death "Cemetery Row is not such a bad place." Just my opinion :D
    DasMusikon January 31, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Used to be afraid.
    Now we love to fade into the procession.
    No more the insane
    Memory lane runs in the other direction"
    This part seems to describe how walking forward in life isn't such a bad thing, even though death stands at its end.

    "Eyes that never close, hands too numb to hold a glass or matchstick.
    Everybody knows this old house is cold and crowed with halfwits." as well as
    "Lemonade and gin.
    Life is wearing thin by general consensus."
    might be meant as a reason to the theory stated above. Life has become dull and grey, so there is no need to be afraid of death.

    "Cemetery Row is not such a bad place -- don't you want to go?
    Bars that never close one every corner, Cemetery Row."
    ... death is filled with life more than life, which is death because of its monotony?
    Hm... that does not seem to be the most logical interpretation. but it's my best shot :)
    Lu_Spenceron February 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song's narrator could be an elderly person in a nursing home, i.e., the old house where life is wearing thin and its numbness is causing the person to anticipate moving to Cemetery Row.
    wraton April 19, 2010   Link

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