"Sanguine" as written by and Scott Yancey Avett Bob Crawford....
Make me sanguine
Help me genuinely
Kill the doubt that strangles myself worth
Paint the picture that I swore I heard

Spiritless and mean
Ghost that comes between
I will keep my wits about myself
Disregard directions sent from hell

When it brings the gleam
Longer lasting than me
Oh my love but we are bound to die
My heart is broke but you won't hear me cry
Oh my love but we are bound to die
My heart is broke but you won't see me


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    General Commentit definitely does deal with depression as well

    the lines:
    I will keep my wits about myself
    Disregard directions sent from hell

    possibly talk about something like suicide. or something to that affect.
    overall i think you have the true meaning of the song
    mcantrell5on December 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think that this is about the end of a relationship.

    Sanguine means cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident. It also refers to being the color of blood, but that is probably irrelevant.

    I think that he wants her to tell him that it will be ok, or he wants her to at least let him down gently.

    beautiful and melancholy song.
    evergettheurgeon November 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree, I think it's about the end of a relationship.

    "Kill the doubt that strangles my self-worth"

    I love that line. When I had been depressed I would listen to the Avetts and when I heard this line, it struck something within me and I slowly started to come out of my depression. I had been thinking of dying but this line changed my way of thinking..
    purplestainedmartianon September 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI definitely think it has references to struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide, more than the end of a relationship. We lost a family member this week to suicide and when I heard this that night, I saw it in a new light. All the points made above to this concept are spot on in my opinion.

    "Make me sanguine, help me genuinely." Its a cry for help through a tough situation.

    "Kill the doubt that strangles my self worth. Paint a picture that I swore I heard." Help me to feel better about myself. Show me my value through your eyes.

    I gotta go to work! More to come!
    sasanw1076on May 13, 2016   Link

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