"How a Resurrection Really Feels" as written by and Craig Finn Tad Jason Kubler....
her parents named her halleluiah, the kids all called her holly. if she scared you then she's sorry. she's been stranded at these parties. these parties they start lovely but they get druggy and they get ugly and they get bloody.
the priest just kinda laughed. the deacon caught a draft. she crashed into the easter mass with her hair done up in broken glass. she was limping left on broken heels. when she said father can i tell yr congregation how a resurrection really feels?

holly was a hoodrat. now you finally know that. she's been disappeared for years. today she finally came back. she said: st. louis had enslaved me. i guess santa ana saved me. st. peter had me on the queue. the st. paul saints they waved me thru.
i was all wrapped up in some video booth. when i heard her say i love you too.

she said i've laid beneath my lovers but i've never gotten laid. some nites she felt protected. some nites she felt afraid. she spent half last winter justa trying to get paid. from some guy she'd originally thought to be her saviour. they wrote her name in magic marks. on stopsigns and subway cars. they got a mural up on e.13th. that said halleluiah rest in peace. halleluiah was a hoodrat. and now you finally know that. she's been disappeared for years. today she finally came back.
walk on back. walk on back. she said don't turn me on again. i'd probably just go and get myself all gone again. holly was a sexy mess. she looked strung out but experienced. so we all got kind of curious.


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"How a Resurrection Really Feels" as written by Tad Jason Kubler Craig Finn

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    My InterpretationAn amazing ending to an amazing album. Creg Finn is one of the most talented lyricists around today. Most of his stuff isn't even lyrics, more like poems set to music. But regardless, he is an amazing storyteller.
    The song tells of Holly the hoodrat, finally getting what she wanted. She suffers a near death experience and realizes that there is more to life than getting high and sleeping around. She says that she's laid beneath her lovers but never gotten laid. Meaning that she's had a lot of sex, but never actually felt any sense of love involved.
    The preist at her church and the deacon laugh at her, writing her off as a lost cause until she comes back clean, sober, and pure. She's a classic example of the underdog. A beautiful disaster. Nobody cared or wanted her to pull through except for the person who is telling all of the stories. (we can assume it's Creg.)
    And through all she's endured and all the things she's seen, she chooses to live clean. And at the end she is telling people to stay away from her with bad influeces, because she doesn't want to get turned on to it all again.
    And seperation sunday ends happily ever after. :)
    modestcoryon December 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI CANNOT BELIEVE NO ONE HAS COMMENTED ON THIS!!! This is the end of the Separation Sunday story! Come on people!
    Gruberon July 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song soo much.
    I can't stop listening to it [[:
    watchmewatchuon October 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe message it send is awesome. Quite a happy ending.
    Maeston January 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great ending. The song is so triumphant and it's nice that Holly gets this happy ending considering all the shit she went through on the album.

    "They got a mural up on East 13th / That said Halleluiah rest in peace." adds to the "Father can I tell your congregation how a resurrection really feels?" line nicely. She was "gone" now she's come back to her previous wholesome, positive life, resurrected in a sense.

    For some reason I like the last 3 lines as well. "Holly was a sexy mess / She looked strung out but experienced / So we all got kind of curious." Kinda implies there's more to the story than what we were told. A good way to end the album, no?
    muteoffon September 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis girl that my friend used to date just posted on her livejournal that this song was written about her. Apparently the "whole album" was too, but I can't find the tracklisting that it's on.

    here's her entry about it: theeviltart.livejournal.com/…

    If you know her... i don't think she wants a happy ending.
    abacuslateron February 02, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI don't see how this is a happy ending.

    She said, "Don't turn me on again, I'd probably just go and get myself all gone again."

    How does that not point to a relapse, probably sooner than later?
    Lysiason March 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Lysias

    How is it a happy ending?

    She "crashed into the Easter Mass with her hair done up in broken glass" and then explained "how a resurrection really feels", contradicting what the Priest and deacon (and Catholic Church) traditionally teach, hence the "really". She's not sober or clean at all, the present is when she enters the church in a bad state and then she mentions her previous life.
    MilkyJoeon March 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe whole album is about how it's one addiction or another. Holly is either addicted to God or whatever drug she's on.
    skybleachon April 11, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General Commentif you don't know anything about the Catholic religion, aside from vague notions, you do yourself a disservice by commenting on this album. Read: you sound stupid.
    sulfar77on January 16, 2013   Link

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