"Crossed Out Name" as written by and Ryan Adams....
Orange sky don't go
Manhattan looks like someplace else
Cloudy with a low fog shelf
Into the crowded streets I go
Eventually they lead me back home where we used to live
I live alone
And into bed I go

I wish I could tell you just how I felt
I don't pray I shower and say goodnight to myself
And when I close my eyes
I feel like a page
With a crossed-out name.
With a crossed-out name.

I kiss her mouth and I know
For everything there is a word,
For everything but this.
I like the dresses, the shoes, and the clothes.
And everything you know that goes
With loving a girl, I suppose.

I wish I could tell you just how I'm hurt
Pinpoint the location it's in another universe
When I close my eyes
I see a fire so plain
And my crossed-out name
I see a crossed-out name
I see a crossed-out name
I see a crossed-out name
I see your crossed-out name

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"Crossed Out Name" as written by Ryan Adams


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    General CommentIs it "Man, heaven looks..."? I hear "Manhattan looks..."
    Regardless, Adams is classic with this song. Really shows his songwriting genius with this one: seems to put into words something intimate that only a guy with a romantic history can do.
    wlrob312on October 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYep, it's "Manhattan." A bunch of other stuff is slightly off or missing here; I'll submit the right ones and see what happens.

    Beautiful song though...lonely as hell!
    z4ckm0rrison November 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite tracks on Cardinology. So good. Does it remind anyone else of something Whiskeytown might have done?
    drudo182on December 13, 2008   Link
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    General Comment@drudo182 when he first "leaked" it via sock puppets on youtube, this tune completely reminded me of a Whiskeytown song (rough cut, acoustic only, just him, still working with it) ...and two years later, it holds up as every thing this man writes does. amazing song.
    ManicMonkeyLaughinon August 07, 2010   Link

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