"When I Was Five" as written by and Clare Bowditch....
If life were like a mountain, did you, did you not fall?
I have missed you since I was five.
And I don't recall your eyes
But your hands I do recall,
And I know how you smelt when you were alive.

You died.
Like we're all gonna go someday.
You died.
I was five and I wish you'd stayed.

They say you crossed a river to touch God's hand
But I did not understand where he lived.
So I tried to write him letters - letters of demand,
Saying "She's my sister - back you give her"

You died.
Like we're all gonna go someday.
You died.
I was here and you went away.

I didn't see you die, I didn't see your casket.
Don't remember if I cried, but I never quite got past it.
You're fragile like a bee, and skinny as a steeple,
And all these memories - are they mine or other peoples?

When you died
Like we're all gonna go someday,
I was five and I thought I could make you stay.


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"When I Was Five" as written by Clare Alison L Bowditch

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  • +1
    Song MeaningI think that this is about Clare's sister who killed herself when Clare was five. "I thought I could make you stay." I also think she doesn't remember much about it.
    TheForeverFlyingSquirrelon August 18, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song is about Clare's sister, whom she never knew. A really beautiful song.
    bella_ellaon November 20, 2007   Link

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