"Death By Numbers" as written by and Charles Fink....
As our rotting bodies
Pay back the earth its love
In a vile fleshy matter
We'll crumble into dust
I'll be picked up by the wind
And blown into strangers eyes
Defuse into their bodies
And their tears when they cry
'Til I have 5000 people carry me
'Til I have 5000 people carry me

Oscar and Lucy
Will buy themselves a coffin
Oh a single box of wood
That, together, they will rot in
And their bodies will decay
And combine with one another
Oh a single act of love
Far greater than any other
And in death they'll leave just a part of them
Oh in death they'll leave one part of them

Oh when I'm minerals in the soil
I'll diffuse into a tree
It'll have 5000 brances
Which will have 5000 leaves
And I'll be in every one
Oh and when a leaf blows free
I will land upon the earth
And grow another tree
'Til I have 5000 trees made of me
'Til there are 5000 trees made of me

When Darkness surrounds me
Oh when darkness surrounds me
Oh when darkness is all I can see
When Darkness surrounds me
Oh when darkness surrounds me
Oh when darkness is all I can see
When Darkness surrounds me
Oh when darkness surrounds me
Oh when darkness is all I can see
When Darkness surrounds me
Oh when darkness surrounds me
Oh when darkness is all I can see

I will have 5000 bodies
I will have 5000 trees
Which will have 5000 branches
Which will have 5000 leaves
And I will have 5000 lovers
And I'll have 5000 bees
Made of me


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    General CommentBest song. Ever.

    Pretty straight forward lyrically.

    But seriously. Best.
    Far Eggson September 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBest song. Ever.

    Pretty straight forward lyrically.

    But seriously. Best.
    Far Eggson September 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest song. Ever.

    Pretty straight forward lyrically.

    But seriously. Best.
    Far Eggson September 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's "and in death they'll leave just one pile of dirt" rather than "one part of them"?

    This is sweet, but a bit grim? I love the bit about being blown into strangers eyes. Nice imagery. And the bit about Oscar and Lucy rotting together reminds me of Wuthering Heights.
    JustLookingon October 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favourite song by them. To me, this is about how he wants to leave a part of himself behind - or just be remembered - when he's dead, whether it be in people or nature.

    and JustLooking is right about the lyrics
    comedancingon August 01, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song both scares and comforts me. it is so beautiful though, I'm so glad I found this band :)
    Buffie92on July 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is brilliant, gorgeous and the emotion through the lyrics is incredible!
    SystematicChaosAliciaon January 14, 2011   Link

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