"Spare Change" as written by and Ingrid Michaelson....
Aching, longing
Save all your hands for me
'Cause I won't share them
With anything, anyone else

I grew from you
Branches from a dying tree
But I could save you
If only you looked for me

You can break me
I'm a piggy bank on the floor
Watch all my spare change
Roll out the door
Watch all my spare change
Roll across the floor
Watching me through
Your glass door

Save your smile for
Everybody else you see
'Cause I don't want the
One that you make for me

You can break me
I'm a piggy bank on the floor
Watch all my spare change
Roll out the door
Watch all my spare change
Roll across the floor
Watching me through
Your glass door
Your door

The more that I tried
The more that you pried
Yourself away


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"Spare Change" as written by Ingrid Michaelson

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    Song MeaningI just listened to the audio book, "Wolf at the Table", tonight. This song plays right after Augusten's final few sentences.

    "Even though the sky is still bright, I can see the moon and beside it three stars, or are they planets? I know that behind these three stars in the darkness that is hidden now by light, there are other planets and numberless stars, whole galaxies just like ours, other worlds. And maybe on one of them, there is another me. And I am wearing my green robe with my name stitched onto the chest. And I am standing on stage as somebody hands me my diploma. And out in the audience, all I can see is the radiance of one man whose eyes are so shining blue, they blind me. And he is smiling and weeping and he is my father and he loves me with all the force of the expanding universe. He looks up at me and mouths the words, "Very much, I love you."

    God, it broke my heart. What a touchingly sad book from Augusten, and what a hauntingly beautiful song from Ingrid. This song very much has to do with the realization Augusten came to that his father really missed out on his son, on what could be his greatest achievement...to be a good, loving father.
    somekindofprowesson December 24, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationAching, longing
    save all your hands for me.
    'Cause I won't share them
    with anything, anyone else.

    I grow from you
    branches from a dying tree,
    but I could save you
    if only you looked for me.

    You can break me,
    I'm a piggy bank on the floor.
    Watch all my spare change
    roll out the door.
    Watch all my spare change
    roll across the floor.
    Watching me through
    your glass door.

    Save your smile for
    everybody else you see.
    'Cause I don't want the
    one that you make for me.

    You can break me,
    I'm a piggy bank on the floor.
    Watch all my spare change
    roll out the door.
    Watch all my spare change
    roll across the floor.
    Watching me through
    your glass door.

    The more that try,
    the more that you pry
    yourself away.
    thepartplayedon September 27, 2009   Link

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