"Bookworm" as written by and Richard Charles Edwards....
I'm in a book,
for you to read and then throw out.
I wasn't born,
I was just dropped into your arms.
Well mom I've been bad and,
I wanna come home.

You couldnt breathe,
with all those doctors at your side,
but your talkin to me,
sayin I wish that I had died.
'Cause I'm the end product,
crushed in your hands,
I wanna come home on the F train.

And you're just a paper book,
floating through the gutter,
lost at sea drift to me,
and into someones nightmares.
A home is a highway,
your pillows a rock,
I'm in a rusted car bound to get lost.

Lyrics submitted by buddyro706

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    General CommentYeah, that line has made me wonder, too. But I assumed it was like this:

    But you're talking to me, saying "I wish that I had died". Like she would have rather passed while giving birth to him because he is a burden.
    loveisfictionon April 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfor the people wondering about the f train, it's just one of the hardest trains to get on in new york because it's always packed..so maybe he's comparing the impossiblity of catching that train to the impossibility of ever being wanted? :-(
    rielleon September 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song in the beginning is about an unwanted child and turns out that he/she screwed up their life in their oppinion and wants to be with their mother. Then goes to the birth in which the mother regrets ever getting pregnant. And the want to ride the "F-Train" the f-train is difficult to get on because it is the most used train in New York. The last paragraph is just restating the beginning that the unwanted child wants to be there for the mother like she wasn't there for him/her, then the last three verses tell what the artist thinks of a household and how it's easy to loose your idea of how to live.
    tjhardrockeron June 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhat a beautiful song;it's funny how the lyrics make you listen to the song in a completely different way.
    slinkstersarson November 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love listening to this song...I really like your interpretation of it tjhardrocker. I never would have drawn so many details from it (especially the part about the F train, but maybe that's only because I never have to take it)
    Either way, beautiful song. I feel like there is a lot of yearning in it.
    adamanteveon January 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song, but there's one line here that erks me. In the second verse, he says "but you're talkin to me,
    sayin I wish that I had died." Wouldn't it make more sense if the singer had said something like "Sayin 'I wish that you had died' " (like he was quoting the mother) or "Sayin you wish that I had died" I don't know, I guess it's just a slip of grammar? Unless the mother actually wanted to die herself, it just doesn't make sense to me!
    Does anybody understand what I'm getting at?
    interioreyecaston February 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is obvioulsy about a child who grew up unwanted and unloved by his mother. I think that when it says "I wasn't born I was just dropped into your arms" it might mean that the mom had a c-section(I know that is not the way you actuallysay it) which could have somehting to do with a part that comes later in the song "but you're talkin to me sayin i wish that I had died" which i belive means there was a complication and if she didnt do a c-section she would have died giving birth and since its the doctors choice i the moms life is in danger she would have preferred to have died. I dont understand the "I wanna come home on the f-train" part because it just doesnt seem to really have any connection to the song.
    placenciabreezeon July 27, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"and you are just a paper BOAT"

    sorry, another correction.
    ssslowlikehoneyon January 12, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningHe actually sings "I'm being prodded, crushed in your hands" and "home is a highway, your pillow's a lot" it's a bit easier to hear when he sings it live. and another small correction "you were just a paper boat"

    The last 3 lines are about how he's trying to find his way home and he doesn't think he's going to make it. He's in a rusted car (he doesn't have the strength) about to get lost (can't find his way home)
    DemonoftheNorthon January 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentDon't question Richards lyrics. He means every word just the way they are written.
    Jonnystormon September 21, 2010   Link

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