You were a child
Who was made of glass
You carried a black heart
Passed down from your dad
If somebody loved you
They'd tell you by now
We all turn away when you're down

You want to go back
To where you felt safe
To hear your brother's laughter
See your mother's face
Your childhood home
Is just powder-white bones
And you'll never find your way back

And when you're gone
Will they say your name?
And when you're gone
Will they love you the same?
If not, that's okay
If not, that's okay

You are broken and callow
Cautious and safe
You are boundless in beauty
With fright in your face
Until someone loves you
I'll keep you safe
But, like them, I will give you away

And when you're gone
Will they say your name?
And when you're gone
Will they love you the same?
If not, that's okay

And when you're gone
Will they say your name?
And when you're gone
Will they love you the same?
If not, that's okay
Oh, when you're gone
We won't say a word
But you know that's okay
Don't you know that's okay?


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  • +1
    General CommentI personally thought it seemed a lot like abuse.
    And the abuse has made someone run away and he still cares for his family, but their abuse is just too much.
    zebraplopon September 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDoes anyone else think that this song is about Chris leaving the band? Also, why the album is called "goodbye blues" maybe? I mean, the guys probably knew of this possibility (or maybe even definite fact) way before it was actually announced to us fans? The album in general, kinda sounds like a little silent regret and goodbye to him (Chris).
    But if not, then it's ironic timing, huh? Maybe we do set up life ourselves even by things we say or do..?
    lerikon October 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI never really thought it was about suicide, or even leaving.

    I think the song is full of a lot of regret and sadness, and that the character in the song has been rejected from their family, but also the person they love. I think maybe the person they love will say that they love them but doesn't really mean it

    (Until someone loves you
    I'll keep you safe
    But, like them, I will give you away)

    But I don't think the song's subject want to leave or commit suicide. I think that even if it breaks their heart to know that no one will ever really love them, they will continue to stay by the side of the person they love, because as long as they can be near to them, maybe that's all they need.

    I can't really back up why I think this, but it's just how I hear the song... n.n''
    ko-walaon October 28, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationWhen it says,
    "You were a child
    Who was made of glass
    You carried a black heart
    Passed down from your dad
    If somebody loved you
    They'd tell you by now
    We all turn away when you're down"
    The first two lines are about a sensitive person. The next two are about how you were influenced by your father and started being mean to others. The next two are of the person thinking nobody cares about them because nobody has ever bothered to tell or show them. The last line means of, like, fake friends. When you're sad, they're not at your side, not helping you through rough times.
    Now for the next verses.
    "You want to go back
    To where you felt safe
    To hear your brother's laughter
    See your mother's face
    Your childhood home
    Is just powder-white bones
    And you'll never find your way back"
    This is basically someone yearning for the past, where everything seemed great, being surrounded by family, people who love and care about you. But the last two verses say how things won't be same, and just keep changing, and you'll never be able to be like that again.
    All the verses have meaning.
    "And when you're gone
    Will they say your name?
    And when you're gone
    Will they love you the same?
    If not, that's okay
    If not, that's okay"
    I don't think it has anything to do with abuse. It's just talking about when you die, will they feel the same way as when you were alive or will there thoughts about you have changed? And it's okay if there thoughts change and they realize things they hadn't befored. The death part doesn't really matter if it's talking about suicide or just a common death-- it's mainly about the meaning.
    Now, the next verses take a lot of explaining.
    "You are broken and callow
    Cautious and safe
    You are boundless in beauty
    With fright in your face
    Until someone loves you
    I'll keep you safe
    But, like them, I will give you away"
    Broken it means you're fragile. Callow means immature, because, well, we are all immature sometimes! It's part of life. Cautious and safe doesn't really need explaining. When it says you are boundless in beauty it means that your beauty never dissappears because you're special and everyone always has beauty somewhere inside of them, even if it's tucked in the darkest corner of their heart. When it says with fright in your face, it's talking about how you're frightened of the things that will happen and how it will cause differences and affect you-- and also things that already have happened. The last two verses are about someone taking care of you, bringing you under their wing, but like that, they're gone and you're alone again, giving you away to whatever is to become of you, probably worse things.
    On the last ones,
    "Oh, when you're gone
    We won't say a word
    But you know that's okay
    Don't you know that's okay?"
    The first two lines are how when you are dead, they won't say anything, realizing something, and probably grieving, and not wanting to talk about you or they will feel even more guilty and heart break. The last two lines talk about how you know that it's fine that it happened this way-- this was what it took for them to realize all these things.
    SilentObserveron December 12, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of my favorite songs from goodbye blues so far. but i have a correction-
    instead of
    "And when you're gone
    Well, they say your name
    And when you're gone
    Well, they love you the same
    If not, that's okay"

    it's
    "And when you're gone
    Will they say your name?
    And when you're gone
    Will they love you the same?
    If not, that's okay".

    small word change, but it really does change the whole mood of the song.
    pimpmylizon March 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commentpimpmyliz is right about the lyrics.

    There isn't much to explain about this song, its pretty straightforward but it is just such an amazing one. I love this part:

    And when you're gone
    Will they say your name?
    And when you're gone
    Will they love you the same?

    and then at the end of that saying that if not, that's ok. it's kind of a different take on it i guess because you don't expect that last line, if not that's ok.
    allijoy8on March 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel like this album is more Greta centric...
    P.S I met her and she is so nice! The Hush Sound is awesome! :) Especially Bob.
    xonaton March 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLyrics corrected: Instead of "Is just powder, white bones" it's "Is just powder-white bones" and instead of "You are boundless
    And beauty will frighten your face" It's "You are boundless in beauty, with fright in your face"
    PaperFlowers18on March 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLyrics corrected: Instead of "Is just powder, white bones" it's "Is just powder-white bones" and instead of "You are boundless
    And beauty will frighten your face" It's "You are boundless in beauty, with fright in your face"
    PaperFlowers18on March 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think that this song is about someone who wants to commit suicide.
    "And when you're gone
    Will they say your name?
    And when you're gone
    Will they love you the same?
    If not, that's okay"
    that's how i always feel when someone i know commits. i think it's the most selfish thing ever.
    drunkromanceon June 26, 2008   Link

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