"Hospital Beds (Cold War Kids cover)" as written by and Matthew Aveiro Jonatahn Russell....
There's nothing to do here
So just lie and complain
In bed at the hospital
Coming and going
Asleep and awake
In bed at the hospital

I've got one friend
Laying across from me
I did not choose him
He did not choose me
We have no chance
Of recovering
Laying in hospitals
Joy and misery
Joy and misery
Joy and misery

Put out the fire boys
Don't stop, don't stop
Put out the fire on us

Put out the fire boys
Don't stop, don't stop
Put out the fire on us

Bring your buckets by the dozen
Bring your nieces and your cousins
Oh, put out the fire on us

Bring your buckets by the dozen
Bring your nieces and your cousins
Oh, put out the fire on us

I've got one friend
Laying across from me
I did not choose him
He did not choose me
We have no chance
Of recovering
Laying in hospitals
Joy and misery
Joy and misery
And joy and joy and joy and joy and joy and joy and misery.


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"Hospital Beds" as written by Matthew Cole Aveiro Jonathan Bo Russell

Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing

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    General CommentNo it's not the original, I haven't heard this yet but I'm sure I will love as I like the cold war kids version!
    cookieodoon November 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhere can I hear this?
    betsapp91on February 26, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI'd say it is about two soldiers really become brothers in arms, now awaiting their fate in the hospital.

    "Coming and going, Asleep and awake" - wounded coming in, 'falling asleep' and maybe dying supported by the line "We have no chance of recovering laying in hospitals" though the recovering could also be meant metaphorically as in not being able to deal with what they've seen and been through.

    "I've got one friend laying across from me, I did not choose him, He did not choose me" - they somehow ended up together in some sort of situation that formed a strong bond between them which results in "joy and misery" - joy about having gained a true friend, misery because of their condition.
    pORG13ion August 09, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs if no-one has commented! This song is completely beautiful, Florence's voice doesn't seem incapable of anything and I think the way she uses it tells its own story in each of her songs.
    polkadot.peekabooon April 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis this her own song? it's just that it says cold kids cover on the title...
    jazzyspazzyon August 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentin love with that song.
    LUPINLOOPSon August 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust heard this, had hi hopes but the cold war kids original is waaaaaaay better!

    sung with much more soul, especially as the lyrics were written by the lead singer about making unlikely friends whilst on a hospital bed
    cookieodoon November 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionLOVE this song!! Better then the orginal (I think).

    It talk about someone finding a new friend they thought they would never like. This is everdent in "I did not chosse him, He did not chosse me". Also the song explains how they meet in "Joy and Misery" which means that they meet in difficult times and how they can both feel two emotions at a time. I think that that the song also talks about how they both want to die ("Put out the fire on us").

    Amazing song... well Florence is amazing so what can you expect?
    oakleymon December 31, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIts about an eating disorder. She wants help but she knows she will never recover. Personally this reminds me of being hospitalized for anorexia.
    Madbrads14on September 25, 2015   Link

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