Said that I'm afraid to die
with a pitchfork ready
And a man who sits up high

And I can hear the fire
I'm a dead dog sinner
And a man too scared to try

And you're too close to call
I would sell my mother
For the chance to hear you talk

And oh no, I tried
And I tried

What if you could see my skin
Would you burn me moving
Would you make a match out of my head

What if you could touch my hand
Through the deep sweat sweating
For a guilty, guilty man

What if you could see my heart
Would you say, "Oh brother
you're the reason that we still all fall
and the reason that we still look starved"

And oh no, I tried
I tried

(x7)






Lyrics submitted by YourFavWeapon83, edited by ywmymuse, Jimbo454, hannah1101

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    General Commenti'm really curious about the line in question still, because really, i think all of the possible words could make sense, other than 'money'. you don't sell money, you give it away. and it just sounds nothing like the word money.

    "I would sell my martyr" - like selling out or offering up his martyr. makes sense, but andy is very religious and i don't know if he'd say something like that

    "I would sell my mutter" - he's a musician, so selling his 'mutter' is selling his voice, his way of expressing himself, his livelihood.

    "I would sell my mother" - i honestly thought this was what he was saying for a long time. i assumed the h sound was missing because of andy's accent when singing? selling one's mother is considered generally a pretty serious thing i suppose, like someone else said, its like swearing on 'your mother's grave', but obviously andy's mother is still alive, so..

    because i've wondered about the meaning for so long, it kind of took on all three meanings to me. which i like a bit more than just one word, one meaning. art is all about perception, and only andy can say for sure what the line is


    beautiful song, regardless. ragc! never ceases to amaze me
    liesarelieson May 19, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI think he says "What if you could touch my HAND".
    JamieLou007on January 22, 2009   Link
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    General Commentis it really "i would sell my murder for the chance to hear you talk"?
    because, it just doesn't sound like murder at all....
    every other website says it's money, which it's definitely not...hm.
    cris__on November 06, 2009   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI'm a dead dog sinner
    And man too scared to try

    And you're too close to call
    I would sell my mutter
    for the chance to hear you talk


    Antonskeyon March 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI would sell my mother for the chance to hear you talk
    that's what I hear
    Brightereyeson March 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI feel like this is from the brother's aspect. Mostly because he feels guilty, and he's glorifying his brother:

    "What if you could touch my hand
    Through the deep sweat sweating
    For a guilty, guilty man

    What if you could see my heart
    Would you say oh brother
    You're the reason that we still don't fall
    and the reason that we still don't starve"

    I could be misinterpreting it though.
    MunkeyNerdon December 17, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'm with MunkeyNerd on this one; I think this is from the perspective of the brother. Trying to get the Sailor to see that he is full of guilt, and that he "tried" to control himself; begging his brother to let him live.
    ZDistroon February 24, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General Commentit's "i would sell my MUTTER for the chance to hear you talk" duhhhhh
    heathertreaton December 09, 2010   Link

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