there's nothing i could call this
no architecture for the order of things
when i sat and watched you sleeping

before the trucks arrived
boxed up your better life
i wrote you letters for a while

left to haunt this sad estate
in hollow walls and empty halls
but all i saw was
some doll that you'd abandoned

so i crawled inside
where the stitching held me tight
and hoped that you'd come back to find me some time

i hope that you'll forgive me
for being so severe
your proximity was clouding my account of what was real here
you're eight years old
i'm stuck inside the wall
you always talk
but never hold me
and i wish that you would ask me how i'm feeling
there's so much i want to tell you
'bout the way i'm disappearing
and so many years have passed since that
i left the house
i left a map
to my new wall
you must have never found it
and i heard that you got married
and i hope she(he) helps you fall asleep these days

'cause i knew the ways
when you were eight

you're not what i imagined
you'd become when we were younger
but i'm still in love with that one

and i've since found your parent's house
and live inside the walls
but you don't ask about me when you call


Lyrics submitted by hobbes1757

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    General CommentI'm happy these were put up! Since the Redux EP the other non-corrected lyrics were really off.

    Beautiful song. Can't get the parts with the female vocals mixed in out my head.
    Tsuppion June 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhat a sad but beautiful song. My friend sent this to me randomly one day, and it's made my top songs list. So amazing. The female vocals at "I left a map to my new wall, you must have never found it" are truly beautiful. Just amazing.
    DeoWulfon December 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentif i recall correctly he said in concert that this song is about an adult sending a letter back to his eight year-old self. the lyrics certainly detail a failed relationship.

    glad to see the "she(he)" put in there--i love the dichotomy between the male and female singers and heard this interpretation myself.
    hobbes1757on January 07, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthere's so much i want to tell you
    about the way i'm disappearing


    everything is put against nothing and there's nothing that anyone can do to stop things from going away from people leaving behind everything they had
    welcomenowhereon February 07, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThe first time I heard this song was on the amazing Seattle radio station KEXP (kexp.org). The song was created specifically for ESOPUS Magazine (esopusmag.com/) which is great by the way! Each magazine has a theme and then they get different artists to create a song related to the theme. The theme of the magizine was imaginary friends - readers often contribute their own personal stories about the theme and then artists choose to create a song around these contributions. The story was a young boy had an imaginary friend who he believed lived inside the walls. hence all the references to living inside walls and knowing him when he was 8.
    The song is wrote from the point of view of the imaginary friend.
    Its pretty haunting.....

    "you're eight years old
    i'm stuck inside the wall
    you always talk
    but never hold me"

    I like to imagine what it would be like to be that girl stuck in the wall
    vwrose19on October 25, 2011   Link

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