"Graves" as written by and Hook Monks....
Pack your rations, pack a watch
Change of clothes and a face cloth
Meet me where your mother lies
We'll dig graves on both her sides
And lay ourselves inside
And a thousand suns will set and rise

Our hair tangled up in hers
Fingernails beneath the dirt
Sharing all her blackened brains
Our blood running through her veins
Leaving as we came
Our bodies are one and the same

'Cause you're trading me for the lump sum
You try but I'll never be a gentleman
You're trading me for the lump sum
You try but you only ever treat the symptoms

'Cause you're trading me for the lump sum
You try but I'll never be a gentleman
You're trading me for the lump sum
You try but you only ever treat the symptoms



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"Graves" as written by Graham Fraser Wright David Thomas Monks

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    General Commentthese are the lyrics i have.

    Pack your rations, pack a watch
    Change of clothes and a face cloth
    Meet me where, your mother lies
    We'll dig graves on both her sides
    And lay ourselves inside
    A thousand suns will set and then rise

    Our hair tangled up in hers
    Fingernails beneath the dirt
    Sharing all, her blackened brains
    Our blood running through her veins
    Leaving as we came
    Our bodies are one and the same

    Cause you traded me for the lump sum
    You can try, but I'll never be a gentleman
    You traded me for the lump sum
    Try but you only ever treat the symptoms

    Cause you traded me for the lump sum
    You can try, but I'll never be a gentleman
    You traded me for the lump sum
    Try but you only ever treat the symptoms
    juliaaon August 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm probably way off and I'll be the first to admit it, but I see a lot of similarities between the lyrics and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. [By the way, spoiler alert for the whole post for anyone who hasn't read this 150+ year old book yet.] The lyrics from the point of view of Heathcliff speaking to younger Catherine about her mother, older Catherine. I mostly think this because Heathcliff asked to be buried next to older Catherine with the adjacent sides of each of their coffins removed so that the dirt they rot into will mix.
    Older Catherine also did trade him for the lump sum, Edgar Linton, the wealthier and more stable of her two suitors.
    As hard as she tried, she couldn't make Heathcliff, who the family picked up off of the streets as a child, into a gentlemen and any of her efforts did last very long as he became very violent and crazy towards the end of the book.
    Older Catherine also could only treat the symptoms of her own insanity but could not treat the root of the problem and quickly died early in the book.
    NMR260on July 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdave says he's really proud of the lyrics for this song. i'm jealous at his ability to create such fresh and powerful images.
    indierockesson September 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentclash 123. they recorded the song for Daytrotter Sessions. You can check it out here.

    daytrotter.com/article/564/…
    fight the lineon October 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. I think I like the Dave monks version better than the TPC version although I love when he says rise in the TPC version.
    arcadeintokyoon October 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthey fight the line thanx for the help of the URL
    Clash_123on November 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI gave this song to my mom for her birthday (which is a wicked copout from getting a present that songwriters are entitled to). It’s really new and the arrangement will likely change before it’s on the record. I’m really proud of the lyrics though. It has another verse/bridge part to finish it off, but we haven’t arranged it yet. This is the only recorded version of this song that I like so
    far.

    quote from the band
    KingJelleon December 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's beautiful. i'm writing a few scripts and this song alone has inspired me in countless ways.
    indierockesson December 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my faavorite song by them.
    I love how when he sings it, his voice has a rasp to it that injects emotion.
    the little bell parts are nice too along with the unique drumming (like on all their songs.. Great drummer!!!).

    It's very clear what the song's about though, and i like that Monks is writting about his mom but not in a 'sissy' way. I never thought of writting like that... i don't know, can't really explain it.

    GAHHH!! i wish i had saw them in seattle!!!
    ExistanceIsFutile23on December 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone have the lyrics for the added verse and bridge?
    wraton March 23, 2008   Link

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