"Coats Of Ice" as written by and Damien Jurado....
You'll be happy to know
The situation is worse
The endless bottles of pills
That never seem to work
Sleeping in his clothes
And still looking his best
He's so high in the tomb
You wouldn't know he's dead

You look like you could use a rest
You look like you'd be better dead

They're making requests
For songs that you never play
And the sanity lost
Is worth the money paid
How does it feel
To be what you sing about
We all came to applaud
But the ghost said you'd long checked out

You look like you could use a rest
You look like you'd be better dead

You'll be happy to know
The situation is worse
The endless bottles of pills
That never seem to work
She's keeping receipts
On all that you've done wrong
Your selfish efforts were cheap
And have lasted far too long

You look like you could use a rest
You look like you'd be better dead
You look like you could use a rest
You look like you'd be better dead


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    General CommentIt's really bitter towards someone he knew in the past? It's such a simple song yet still very powerful.
    laurentertainingon September 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this might be a really sad song about himself. Remember his song paxil? It also sounds like a song about myself, These pills they sell to the public only work for so long, then you look half dead and you feel less alive then ever
    CcPunk82on September 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI know this is absurd, but I always think it's about R.E.M. I know from twitter posts that he once hung out with Peter Buck, but...any other link is tenuous at best. It just, for some reason, always reminds me of R.E.M. Probably these lines: 'They're making requests / For songs that you never play.' To be honest, I don't actually think it's about R.E.M.; it's just what comes to mind.

    Also, I think, if this song is meant to be about Jurado himself, it's a bit like Predictive Living thematically.

    All I know is he's my favorite singer/songwriter and I love this song.
    shanieron December 29, 2010   Link

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