"Dirty Dishes" as written by and John Mccauley....
And I cried all night
You created a stream and it flows forever
With made up dreams that didn't come true
And I'm sorry, there's nothing more that I can do

When we get together
Take apart my fantasy
And we are done
We'll work on you
It's sweet, lie motionless just staring at the ceiling
Back turned up against the wall

And now I can barely see
Strangers in the back of my skull
And I've been shivering all night long
Yes, my skin is clear and you can see what I'm thinking
I'm thinking hard about all the things I've been dreaming
I've been dreaming about you and only you

Turn the lamb in to weight
And burn in the parking lots, I'm constantly turned off
By the look of the flock
And it's turning in an hour from tonight
I've got nothing to look forward to
'Cause I killed all the flowers

And that cold wind will blow
Tear the skin off your nose and you've got nothing to be grateful for
It's your list of wishing

It's some dirty dishes and you wanted more
And you got left, and it hurt
Oh but it could be worse
Yeah, things could be so much worse


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"Dirty Dishes" as written by John Joseph Mccauley Iii

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  • +3
    Lyric CorrectionAnd you cried all night till you crated a stream
    And it flows forever, it's made of dreams
    That didn't come true, and I'm sorry but there's nothing more
    That I can do

    When we get together and take apart my fantasy
    And when we are done, we'll work on you
    Yes, we lie emotionless staring at the ceiling
    Your back turned up against the wall

    And now I, I clearly see straight to the back of my skull
    And I'm shivering all night long
    And my skin is clear and you can see what I'm thinking
    I'm thinking hard about all the things I've been dreaming
    I've been dreaming about you, and only you

    Turning land into waste and barren into parking lots
    And I'm constantly turned off by the look of the clock
    And it's turning hours
    And I've got nothing to look forward to
    'Cause I killed all the flowers

    And the cold wind will blow, tear the skin off your nose
    And you've got nothing to be grateful for
    But your list of wishes
    Yes, and dirty dishes
    And you wanted more and you got less, and it hurt
    But it could be worse, yeah
    Things could be so much worse
    Jacquie86on January 03, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningAnd you cried all night
    You created a stream and it flows forever
    it's made of dreams that didn't come true
    And I'm sorry, there's nothing more that I can do

    They're breaking up because of him (mentioned later in the song) he admits theres nothing more he can do.

    When we get together
    Take apart my fantasy
    And we are done
    We'll work on you
    As we lie motionless, staring at the ceiling
    Back turned up against the wall

    It was his fault, he had dreams of other things, and because of that he couldn't focus on her, she leans against him, but he's a wall and won't let her in.

    And now I can barely see
    Straight to the back of my skull
    And i'm shivering all night long
    Yes, my skin is clear and you can see what I'm thinking
    I'm thinking hard about all the things I've been dreaming
    I've been dreaming about you and only you

    He can't even think his head is so clouded, he's cold, alone, and "transparent" everyone can see how he feels, he's sorry, and now only dreams of her.

    turn the land into waste
    And bury it in parking lots
    I'm constantly turned off
    by the look of the clock
    And it's turning in an hour from tonight
    I've got nothing to look forward to
    Cause I killed all the flowers

    What used to be beautiful is now taken over by ugliness, time passes and he can't bear it anymore, as the time goes by he realizes he has nothing to look forward to because he's ruined everything

    And that cold wind will blow
    Tear the skin off your nose and you've got nothing to be grateful for
    It's your list of wishing

    She's being torn apart, but wishes it was better

    It's some dirty dishes and you wanted more
    And you got left, and it hurt
    Oh but it could be worse
    Yeah, things could be so much worse

    She wanted so much more from him, but he couldn't provide that.

    Just my take on it.

    phototakerguyon April 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeems ur as clueless as me in parts

    few lyric suggestions...
    "it's made of dreams that didn't come true"
    "As we lie motionless, staring at the ceiling"
    "Straight to the back of my skull, and i'm shivering all night long"

    then maybe "turn the land into waste, and bury it in parking lots"???

    thanks for starting the ball rolling
    anyone else
    eccs
    eccscapeon December 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti have got to say, i love every second of this song
    stoiaboyon February 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti have got to say, i love every second of this song
    stoiaboyon February 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"and dirty dishes, and you wanted more, and got less...."


    obviously a song. about thinking thoughts. and people.
    smcoscison July 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's "by the look of the clock"
    since it starts talking about hours and nothing to look forward too... hence, time, clocks, etc.
    ammirevoleon April 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYeah there are still some lyrics that I think are wrong.

    "by the look of the CLOCK [as noted above]
    and it's TURNING INTO HOURS
    and I've got nothing to look forward to
    'cause I killed all the flowers"

    The turning into hours line is a lot like the line in "Not So Dense" where he says "And I watch sixty minutes go by HOUR AFTER HOUR AFTER HOUR!" I think a big theme in this entire album is how sometimes life doesn't go anywhere, and this song is a perfect example.

    It's not about how anything in particular about his life is really terrible, but it's just a drag. That's why he ends by saying "Things could be so much worse." But the song really shows how depressing life can be even when it's not all that bad.

    Also the first line is definitely "And YOU cried all night," hence why YOU created a stream (out of tears).

    Actually the fact that he sings about himself AND you is an interesting part of this song, it's like the two of them are living through this drag together, which makes this a really beautiful and unique song.
    RaceYouAnyTimeon August 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentRaceYouAnyTime
    I think ur interpretation was perfect
    along with all your edits
    i hope they update them

    Saw these guys live last week at Mohegan Sun (Wolf Den)
    They were amazing. I can see them getting really popular in the underground scene really soon.
    gethighthruanapple23on September 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's funny how a song hits you and you think you know what it means cause you experienced that yourself. Maybe I did. Here's my thoughts:

    This is sbout two people who were in really in love. Their relationship ended and they still struggle with their dreams for eachother, their love, their hurt, etc. His infidelity also helped lead to their breakup ("I've been dreaming about you and only you").

    I'd love some more detailed explainations from others. I really like this one. Really want to see them live.
    DreamWeaver23on October 10, 2009   Link

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