can I pray for your return?
the bird I am looking for is not in me
it is you
it's so clear you missed it
what we saw in you
green like flame

someone felt something pure
and told it all to you
that was why you killed yourself
to prove it wasn't true

say hello to Cory's mom
say hello to Freddy's mom
say hello to Ryan's mom

we're all and have been
on your side
what is worse for you to bear?

it's obscene
why you missed
what they saw in you
grey like flame

can I pray for your return?


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  • +1
    General CommentI believe the song is in reference to his father's suicide. "Say hello to Freddy's mom" is probably a reference to Jamie's friend Freddy Rupert, from This Song is A Mess But So Am I, whose mom died from cancer and was the subject of the album "Churchpoint LA".
    jugendstilon January 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfreddy is definitely freddy ruppert, and i realized that cory is cory mcculloch, who used to be in xiu xiu and produced the first two records. cory put a sticker on knife play about his mother's death.

    don't know who ryan is though.
    my little needleon October 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMy intepretation: A young person commits suicide, baffling her parents and her friends, all of whom cared very deeply for her. She killed herself out of alienation, seeing everyone else's normal and happy family -- "say hello to cory's mom," "freddy's mom," etc -- and not being able connect that percieved social normalcy (purity) with anything she saw in her own life. She sees nothing but her own otherness, while everyone else wonders why she's so blind to the fact that they love her.
    redpepper_rumon November 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCompared got it. reallyreally good catch on the Freddy's mom thing; you're probably right.
    Havenspearon March 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commentok, so the mothers are already on the other side, and identified by others on this thread, some questions are left though.. why he (propably jamies father) killed himself, and whats the green/grey like flame others saw in him..

    "someone felt something pure
    and told it all to you
    that was why you killed yourself
    to prove it wasn't true"

    and

    "we're all and have been
    on your side
    what is worse for you to bear?"

    it all points to the same reason for his suicide.. he's so used to feeling he's being hated and perhaps bullied over, that when people start to show him their love, he doesn't feel familiar to his own feelings anymore, but rather out of place, which is so heavy for him to bear, that he finally kills himself..

    Grey and green like flame, possibly like different colours of the flame of passion.. green, envious; grey, dry
    EuropeanJazzon January 04, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think this is about his father and how he thinks he had no reason to kill himself, because everyone was on his side, and he wonders if it's stupid to pray that he comes back.

    Not as devastating as Mike, really.
    Sad, though.
    ComparedPallidon June 24, 2006   Link

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