"Bags Of Bones" as written by and Michael Kinsella....
We bonded over broken bones
Whose broke skin, whose fractured in two places, and whose hurt the most
We bonded over broken bones
How many Vicodin we took before bed, how many we sold to the band sleeping on our floor
Week one of a two week tour
God knows, they'll need it more than us

You and me, an X-ray machine
I swear that day you saw straight through me

We're two bags of bones broken and talking of people we both know in common
Amongst other things that I shouldn't mention

You and me, a hospital love scene
If only these broken bodies were ours forever


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"Bags of Bones" as written by Michael Thomas Kinsella

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    General Commenti. love. this. song.

    'if only these broken bodies were ours forever'

    oh owen, how do you do it
    mockorange13on October 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti wonder if this was an actual event. also, if the scene between the two characters was really made in the hospital and if the two characters "bonded over broken bones". either that, or this was a utter personification. i'm entirely infatuated with it. hands down, Mike's lyrics never ceases to amaze me.
    ifemme fataleion November 22, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"you and me; an x-ray machine. i swear that day you saw straight through me."

    god he's amazing.
    dfbuzzbeateron January 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfirst of all its "whose fractures broke in TWO places"...not into places. that just doesnt make sense...at all...like a bone breaking in two different places....not whatever illogical hogwash you put up there.but anyway Mike Kinsella is a fantastic musican and writer. his lyrics are always fantastic and music just as interesting.
    jbatistaon January 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHahah, people are so mean when they post replies to song lyrics.

    If you're so smart "jbatista" why didn't you just post the lyrics up yourself? You obviously didn't care enough.

    People make mistakes.

    Mmmhm.
    ifemme fataleion January 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSorry, I wasn't thinking.
    You don't have to be a douche about it. (seems to me like you're not the best with your grammar either)
    remembermaineon January 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe first part pretty much sounds like bein on tour.

    the whole hospital scene..broken bodies.., gives me that feeling in that short story "what we talk about when we talk about love" in that same titled carver book. its a long stretch but two people in body casts hmmmm
    yourabigstupidon March 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is genius.
    i think it is one big mataphor for a couple talking about how they've been hurt in the past.
    subterranean_alienon May 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song, to me, represents the recognition of one's mortality- the fact that all we really are is a "bag of bone," and further that we all, on a very deep level, wish we were immortal ("If only these broken bodies were ours forever").

    Ernest Becker has a book called "The Denial of Death," which I highly recommend.

    myspace.com/…
    TSRAon December 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is very well done.

    it could be much more complicated than just a literal translation...or it could be as simple as you want to imagine it.

    either way its enjoyable.
    Drecoon September 24, 2008   Link

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