You fold his hands, you smooth his tie, you gently lift his chin
Were you really so blind and unkind to him?
Can't help the itch to touch, to kiss, to hold him once again
Now to close his eyes, never open them

A shadow passed, a shadow passed, yearning, yearning,
For the fool it called a home

All things he never did are left behind
All the things his mama wished he'd bear in mind
And all his dad had hoped he'd know

The talks you never had, the Saturdays you never spent
All the 'grown-up' places you never went
And all of the crying you wouldn't understand
You just let him cry, 'make a man out of him.'

A shadow passed, a shadow passed, yearning, yearning
For a fool it called a home

All things he ever wished are left behind
All the things his mama did to make him mind
And how his dad had hoped he'd grow

All things he ever lived are left behind
All the fears that ever flickered through his mind
All the sadness that he'd come to know

A shadow passed, a shadow passed, yearning, yearning
For a fool it called a home

And it whistles through the ghosts still left behind
It whistles through the ghosts still left behind
Whistles through the ghosts still left behind


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    General Commentsomeone help me out, what is this song about? i only have the CR and have no idea whats going on since the songs don't connect well without dialogue
    renthead4on June 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe song Don't Do Sadness/Blue Wind is about how Moritz is going to kill himself, and even though Ilse tries to reach out to him, he rejects her and kills himself anyway. This is the next song in the musical, even though it isn't on the CD, and Melchior sings it at Moritz's funeral (to Moritz's dad).
    mockingsmileon June 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI mean, this is the song after Don't Do Sadness/Blue Wind, even though The Guilty Ones is between them on the CD. I didn't say that very clearly.
    mockingsmileon June 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's "All the sadness that he'd come to own."

    I definitely feel this song has strong emotion behind it. I agree the CD is out of order a bit. Everytime I hear it I can't help but think about all of the senseless deaths due to suicide. Very poswerful song.
    sassyryderon September 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMelchior making sure Moritz's dad feels guilty for Moritz's suicide. Makes the father feel so horrible, but when a friend commits suicide you need somebody to blame, and you have to blame them bad.
    heeheeasquirrelon November 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHeeHee pretty much got it. It's a reference to Moritz's parents basically and how he can't believe how they treated him and were blind.

    Melchior feels somewhat responsible for what's happened ... Moritz's suicide and Wendela's plight...
    nopurpleon April 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is partially about how his father had a great influence on him taking his own life. However it also speaks of how his life was filled with turmoil outside of school, and how he was truly disguisted with life. But the main thing you should take from this is that he would not be forgotten, and that maybe everyone will learn from his mistakes.
    cid_wensonon July 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song strikes a nerve when it comes to suicide. I can't speak for other people, but in the past when I've had suicidal thoughts or idealizations, I've always imagined everything ending once I'm dead, and it does. I thought that the portion of my life that I lived would live on as if I were alive.

    "All things he never did are left behind"... hearing this song for the first time made me realize that I really didn't want to die. Somehow I'd missed that my brain, my secrets, my potential, everything, really, would be gone. I can't really describe it in words, but this song sums it up perfectly.
    dwellsinshipson August 11, 2008   Link

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