Dear Jack
I'll write you as a friend
Dear Friend
I write I fear the end is coming soon
To you it's not so clear
It's clear to me
It's clear as glass
Dear Jack (x2)
Dear Hope
Attach it to the end of your rope
A rope that wove ambition in with sorrow
Distancing tommorow, tomorrows come and past
Dear Jack (x2)

You were the fighter
I was the kid against the world
I heard theres nothing gonna hold you down
I'll use a lighter so you can see what isn't there
We'll swing at air
Swinging off eventually you're bound
Bound to the ground

Dear Jack
Wherever you are hold tight
Wherever he is shine light right there
Be strong I dare
I know it's hard but I will wait
I will wait, yeah

You were the fighter
I was the kid against the world
I heard theres nothing gonna hold you down
I'll use a lighter so you can see what isnt there
We'll swing at air
Swinging off eventually you're bound
You're bound to the ground

I, I had songs for you
I had all your music written out
The words came when I heard you screaming
I, I, I, I had plans for you
Until the plans fell through
Now there is no turning back my dear jack

You were the fighter
I was the kid against the world
I heard theres nothing gonna hold you down
I'll use a lighter so you can see what isn't there
We'll swing at air
Swinging off eventually you're bound
You're bound to the ground
And oh, oh, oh
We're bound to the ground
bound to the ground
We're bound to the ground


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  • +1
    General CommentWhy isn't there a comment on this absolutely beautiful and frightenly honest song? Andrew really is amazing..

    "I will fight" <3
    ilytrueblueon November 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMan now that I heard it I finally paid attention to the lyrics.
    It's so sad. I had leukemia as well, and while in the hospital I shared a room with a boy named Josh who had a very serious, complicated type of cancer. He didn't make it. Since then I've known many, many people, mostly kids younger than 18, that have died because cancer took their life. It is such an awful, awful shame. I will keep this song in my head and in my heart for all of the young lives lost due to cancer. =/
    ellie117on January 12, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionI agree with SwimFan4her... To me, this song is almost written to himself. Like he is referring to Jack's Mannequin, his solo identity. Though i know the song is referencing his friend who had previously had cancer I still think there is a double meaning there. It becomes especially obvious when he says "I, I had songs for you
    I had all your music written out," meaning he had big plans for Jack's Mannequin that he fears will never happen because of his cancer. It also makes sense since his album was already near finish and release right when he found out about his cancer.
    chessycatSMILEon September 02, 2010   Link
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    General Commentwhere can i find this song?
    ellie117on December 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentahh amazingg i wish there was a studio recording of it...

    i think the "the world couldnt hold you down" part is about how jack just couldnt stay on his feet and everytime something good happened his cancer kept coming back to him

    does anyone know what actually happened to jack, though? ive been wondering for a really long time but i cant find anything...like is he still alive and if so, is he in remission?
    trsjmsocoon December 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAt first i thought this was about Andrew but then i read this on youtube....

    I remember reading when jacks mannequin first formed that this was the first song andrew wrote after soco broke up and this is where they got the name jacks mannequin from because he wrote it for a kid named jack who had lukemia and he was diagnosed with it himself a few months later. hence, he is jacks mannequin. ive been looking for a way to hear this song for three years. im so glad he decided to finally start playing it
    haley9892on February 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so touching and indescribably beautiful, it's pretty self explanatory when you think about who it was written for. it gives me chills. andrew is amazing.
    katlovesyouon November 05, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti was in the audience the first time he played this song for anyone. incredible song.
    ohheroineon November 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThis song is phenomenal. The lyrics have so much meaning.
    theretherekatieon November 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOhhhh my. i am so unhealthily obsessed with andrew mcmahon. I have been waiting for his really good stuff to come out and I'm so happy that Dear Jack (the documentary) and the ep came out. He is truly a piano genius. And the way he feels about Jack (the Jack behind Jack's mannequin) just makes me tear up. I cried listening to this for the first time.
    youwerethefighteron November 17, 2009   Link

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