Crying for the hungry friends,
And you're crying for the struggling friends,
And I'm crying over you.
Crying over a mother's debt,
And you're crying over some other's head,
While I'm crying over you.
You're working so hard to guard against the weather,
You'd shelter the world if you could.
But remember we swore that we'd stop each other never,
From doing what we've got to - well, it's still understood.
And so you're crying for the haunted things,
And you're crying for the unwanted things,
While I'm crying over you.
Crying 'cause somebody cries,
And you're crying 'cause everybody dies,
And I'm crying over you.
I see you working so hard to be a part of something better.
It's not some big thing, it's just what you do.
But remember the yard when we gardened together?
I can't think of anything better than you.
Now I know it's late, and I know you're trying.
But your time I wouldn't take, and I'd never stop you crying,
You're crying for the living things,
And you're crying for the forgiven things,
And I'm crying over you.
And now you're crying for depriving things,
And you're crying for surviving things,
And I'm crying over you.
Now, you know my ways and you know that I'm
Also set ablaze by that same fire that makes you cry,
And so I'm crying for the war and the dread,
and I'm crying 'cause there's more ahead,
And I'm crying over you.
I'll go on crying for our animal friends,
And I'll be crying 'til their suffering ends,
While I'm crying over you.

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The Unwanted Things song meanings
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    General Commenta different sound for them, but i like it all the same
    g0wthefl0won April 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentnevermind the whole reggae sound, this song reminds me of something else very specific that I can't put my finger on...
    kristinkyon April 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit sounds really similar to "off the record" by my morning jacket, to me.
    bluesforgotten12on May 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I always picture someone who is touched by the good and bad and is so preoccupied and worried over it, and a guy who's just preoccupied and worried over her.
    bittersweethearton June 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmy buddy and i saw ted & the pharmacists at the h.o.b. in new orleans. prior to him going on, lots of old reggae, trojan and studio one stuff was playing over the speakers, and i knew this would be an excellent night. not familiar with his newer stuff, hearing a distinctly reggae/early ska beat with that guitar strumming, you should have seen the dumb smile on my face. ted leo's falsetto in this song did desmond dekker proud. do you hear the melodica? damn. ignore the lyrics. i know that's what this site's about, lyrics, and what they mean to the individual, but the approach to this song melodically makes me so glad to call ted leo & the pharmacists one of my favorite bands.
    twinbeeon September 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti could say so much about this song--love it--but all i will say is: the 11th line definitely sounds like "cryin for the horny things" (as opposed to "haunted things"), which would've juxtaposed interestingly with the next line "cryin for the unwanted things"...(as in, unplanned pregnancy?)
    professor126on June 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis sound is fantastically different.

    The words always make my think he is talking about an abortion though. Anyone else?
    The haunted things, unwanted things, horney things, everybody dies..
    jcirilloon December 17, 2009   Link

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