Once we had a robin
In our backyard
It was already dead
But we were so sure
That things weren't gone too far

So we prayed to God above
That He'd bring it back to us
So we put it in a jar
And waited and waited

And Mama made us bury it
Mama made us bury it in the backyard

I wished to be just like my best friend
She was the brightest star in the room
Yeah, but we didn't know what we had

With the world pressing in
On her backyard
She fell backwards

We prayed to God above
That He'd bring her back to us
So we put her in a box
We put her in a box
And waited
For something to happen
But nothing happened

And Mama made me bury her
Mama made me bury her in the backyard


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    General Commentwow... no comments?
    1derfulon July 18, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is about the lost childhood. With the world pressing in means, adulthood is pressing into the lifes of the girls, playing in the backyard. They are trying to preserve it in a Jar, and hope for its revival, but its dead, and mommy wants them to bury it.
    The girlfriend, the brightest star in the room, fell backwards into adulthood, i guesss that means that adulthood caught her unexpected.
    So the Robin represents their childhood, their happiness and their joy.
    skylordon November 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe best friend in the song died. 'We put her in a box' - i.e. a coffin; 'We prayed to God to bring her back to us' - wishing she were alive again. The 'Mama made me bury her in the backyard' part is a nice macabre twist to it, connecting back to, and strengthening the parallel between the best friend and the robin.
    mister care-too-muchon April 12, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionI cried the first time I listened to this song. It's so beautifully dark.
    liberatepotatoeson December 15, 2009   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionOnce we found a robin
    In our backyard
    It was already dead
    But we were so sure
    That things weren't gone too far

    So we prayed to God above
    That He'd bring it back to us
    And we put it in a jar
    And waited
    And waited

    But Mama made us bury it
    Mama made us bury it in the backyard

    I wished to be just like my best friend
    She was the brightest star in the room
    Yeah, but we didn't know what we had

    With the world pressing in
    On her backyard
    She fell in backwards
    She fell in backwards

    With the world pressing in
    On her backyard
    She fell in backwards

    We prayed to God above
    That He'd bring her back to us
    So we put her in a box
    We put her in a box
    And waited
    For something to happen
    But nothing happened

    And Mama made me bury her
    Mama made me bury her
    Mama made be bury her in the backyard
    kumasmashon July 12, 2011   Link

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