"Tallymarks" as written by and Thao Nguyen....
I can't explain it I'm afraid of noise
And all this time still afraid of boys
It's in the winter
It's in my head
Well don't look now
I think it's under my bed

And we drop drop tears like tallymarks
And it builds like snow and it keeps us apart
And I drop drop tears like tallymarks
And I'm keeping score so I keep us apart

But I think I might miss you enough to say so
And I think I already did
Well I think I might miss you enough to say so
There you go I just said it again

That same winter my old man made tracks
And I did too but I came back
So don't don't don't explain love to me
Love love love is not why we leave
It is real life dreams, make-believe people
You can't build cathedrals out of finger steeples

And we drop drop tears like tallymarks
And it builds like snow and it keeps us apart
And I drop drop tears like tallymarks
And I'm keeping score so I keep us apart

But I think I might miss you enough to say so
And I think I already did
Well I think I might miss you enough to say so
There you go I just said it again
There you go I just said it again

Steady on steady on steady on my mind
Steady on my mind
Steady on steady on steady on my mind
Steady on my mind

Surely surely I
Surely surely I want love just as bad as the next
But deeper down in my, deeper down in my
Bones
Is where it sets

And we drop drop tears like tallymarks
And it builds like snow and it keeps us apart
And I drop drop tears like tallymarks
And I'm keeping score so I keep us apart

But I think I might miss you enough to say so
And I think I already did
Well I think I might miss you enough to say so
There you go I just said it again
There you go I just said it again


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    General Commenti feel like this songs about being afraid to let someone in because they've hurt you before. she really wants to trust this relationship, but it seems like she has abandonment issues cause of her dad leaving her "that same winter my old man made tracks, and i did too but i came back." anyways she really misses whoever the song is dedicated to, but can't muster enough courage to just tell him outright.
    pattycakexDon November 21, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI think in this song she is talking generally about relationships at a young age, where you know they're going to end because you have so many dreams that you want to come to reality and can't really stay in a relationship while making those dreams come true. However, she is in a relationship that has ended, just like all those previous to it, and she knew it was going to end, but it's hurting more than it should for just a young relationship. She's surprised at how much she misses the person after they've broken up.

    "and we drop drop tears like tallymarks
    and it builds like snow and it keeps us apart
    and i drop drop tears like tallymarks
    and i'm keeping score so i keep us apart"

    I think this part is talking about all her previous relationships. She cries over them, but they are just tallymarks because she knows they were bound to end because she is not ready to settle down. However, with each "tallymark" she is becoming more and more afraid of being vulnerable with someone, and this keeps her "apart" from the new person she is dating. Perhaps this is what caused the breakup.

    "so don't don't don't explain love to me
    love love love is not why we leave
    it is real life dreams, make-believe people
    you can't build cathedrals out of finger steeples"

    This part seems to be her explaining that she knows how to love, but love isn't the point of the relationships she's had in the past. She says love is not why we leave, we might love a person, but leave because of real life dreams and we can't realize those dreams vaia "finger steeples", aka we can't expect our dreams to come true just because we are with the right person, we must make those dreams come true for ourselves.
    kellifaceon August 20, 2010   Link

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