"All Misery" as written by and Gregory E Dulli Mark Lanegan....
Would you leave me alone, my sweet Simone?
If I lay on my back down below on the track
Remember the night, how I'd wade in the water
Be counting the stars and starting me over

They shine your eyes
Gonna make me rain, gonna make you rise
When I'm gone baby, don't you forget it
I did all I did just to get through to heaven

Got no mother, she can't find me
Got no father, he gonna blind me
Little girls might twitch at the way I itch
But when I burn it's a son of a bitch

Hold on, hold on
Hold on, all misery gone
Hold on, hold on
Hold on, all misery gone

Make me, shake me, bleed all over
Going down to the ground in deep black water
Let's ride, suicide
Say what you want but you make it, don't lie

Don't let me down, baby, on a bed of hard thistle
Gonna die when I drown just to have it away
Those lies in my eyes
Push you down in the river till you testify

My mother, she don't know me
And my father, he can't own me
Little girls might twitch at the way I itch
But the way I burn is a son of a bitch

Make me, shake me, deep black water
Gonna run through my pain, gonna make it rain
Baby I'm gone, so don't you forget it
I did all I did just to get through to heaven

Hold on, hold on
Hold on, all misery gone
Hold on, hold on
Hold on, all misery gone

If you could hear me love
I'd tell to you my story
To you and only you
So love that you might save me

I woke up from a dream
I woke up, I was crying
I saw an animal
With eyes like mine on fire

I saw my own true love
She was there selling flowers
Has she forget-me-nots
White lilies or red roses?

And then from far away
Who's that I see come riding?
Upon a pale white horse
Come riding fast as lightning

Oh, if you can hear me love
I'd tell you my story
So that you might save me
So that you might save me
So that you might save me
So that you might save me


Lyrics submitted by azkm, edited by nnf

"All Misery/Flowers" as written by Mark Lanegan Gregory E Dulli

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    My InterpretationI take this as a man who's direly depressed (as to the reference to laying on the track-railroad tracks) who's awaiting his destruction. He's deep in deep black water and as he tells his story to this girl, he's crying more and more drowning in this water of depression as she just continues to rise up. He's trying his best to become less depressed "I did all I did just to get through to heaven", where heaven is the peak of happiness. "Little girls might twitch at the way I itch" he continues to live in depression which is just the way he happens to go "..but when I burn it's a son of a bitch" and the more the pain hurts, the more it kills him.

    He's trying to hold on until the misery's gone from the relationship.

    The reference to water is a sense of suffocation, deep black water, as of drowning in his own depression. He's in such pain he's pleading to this girl not to let him down.. But then she does and wishes she was the one he drowned to make her testify but instead pleads to be shaken into the deep black water to finally drown himself and be done with the pain she brought on to him.

    [The following paragraph is about the next song, songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858708038/">Flowers; I split the lyrics - Mod.]

    He wants to tell this girl his story so that she could save him after all the pain she's brought him to. Dreams are made through things we see and absorb during the day, including our subconscious, so the reference to this dream, "I woke up I was crying. I saw an animal, with eyes like mine on fire" he's eyes are burning from all the bullshit lies he's gotten and is in rage. He believes that their relationship could be like a sullen flower and grow. It would be sullen of course because it takes time to get over her lies and be content. The dream continues, "And then from far away, who's that I see come riding? Upon a pale white horse, come riding fast as lightning" She comes on this beautiful white (which stands for pure and good) horse, which means she comes back and saves him from drowning in this pain. But this is all just what he dreams for.

    If only she could hear his story so that she'd might save him.
    m3dusaon June 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThey look pretty right to me. Good job.
    Need to get the title changed tho - it's All Misery Flowers.

    Best song on the album.

    About giving up and drowning yourself I reckon.
    xdvron March 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe lyrics are unbelievable. it sounds like something william blake would write. it's nice to know there is some talent left in the world
    MOCHA69on January 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me a lot of Brother Justin's storyline in the show, "Carnivale," down to all the religious imagery, the parental problems, the apocalyptic imagery, and the true love who's a flower seller (forget-me-nots, lilies, roses, and....irises, perhaps?).
    Uraniumon August 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI think it's more about drugs than depression. Though of course, drug use/ abuse can cause depression.

    "I did all I did just to get through to heaven" being high can be seen as a heaven

    "Little girls might twitch at the way I itch" itch of drug craving or withdrawl

    "If you could hear me love
    I'd tell to you my story
    To you and only you
    So love that you might save me" - she might save him from drug addiction

    some of the lines strike my ears as being there primarily because they rhyme nicely:

    "Would you leave me alone, my sweet Simone"

    and

    "Let's ride, suicide"

    I actually don't like the use of the word "suicide" in the song. It sounds flippant to me
    BlueConcreteon January 08, 2017   Link

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