They stored their passion in the creases
In the corners of their mouths
Every angle of light from the open window
Washed their aged faces out
Should we feel guilty, they said
Should we feel guilty for this sin
Lord, did we kill a man and woman
Just to lie here skin to skin

I wasn't happy
I wasn't happy where I was
What is life without a purpose
What is purpose without love
I pray my children will forgive me
Though I bade the river flood
I have washed my hands a thousand times
But still can see the blood
I still can see the blood

Oh great mercy, I am here to beg forgiveness for this mess
I know I tore two worlds apart
But I can't change the way I felt
Love swept in like a storm and ripped the hinges from the doors
Love poured in like a flood
I couldn't stop it anymore
I will not be
No I will not be drowned

She said, lover come and hold me
I am terribly afraid
While you're shouting at the stars
My scars are not fading away
He said, darling, I was begging heaven make them disappear
But see, I didn't get an answer or at least one I could hear
Now I am thinking of the past and how we both said vows and lied
And I am wondering how we trust ourselves to say a second time
To say a second time

To have and to hold
From this day and onward
For better or for worse
For richer or poorer
In sickness and in health
To love and to cherish
Till death do us part
Till death do us part


Lyrics submitted by eltroyo11, edited by ChipperSpiff

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    General Commenti think this one is about the the struggle two people who left their spouses(for eachother) face. in the beginning they are asking if they should feel guilty for leaving but insisting that they couldnt stay with their spouse that they didnt love. i think when they say did we kill a man and women they are talking about the marrage. in the third stanza he is screaming out to some higher power saying that he is powerless to love. then in the end i think they might be getting married again and they wonder how they can trust them selves a second time, because the first marrage probably seemed perfect than the love just went away. whose to say it wont happen this time? (which is a cool concept)
    andrewbeon March 29, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely love this song. La Dispute has really helped me get through my parents divorce with this CD.
    When he yells out the vows it gives me goosebumps.


    I think the meaning is pretty simple. Just read the lyrics. haha
    Punkgitardudeon July 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree, I get goosebumps every I hear the part when he yells out the vows.
    Also, the part when he says, "I WASN'T HAPPY; I WASN'T HAPPY WHERE I WAS," is absolutely amazing.


    Great song, great band <3
    heathersuexon September 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...every TIME* lol
    heathersuexon September 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentincredible song
    thismayscareyouon January 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI especially love the Macbeth reference:

    "I have washed my hands a thousand times
    But still can see the blood
    I still can see the blood"

    spinspinsugaron June 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcould anyone explain this song to me? i doesn't get the first part.
    why did they kill two people? who were these people?
    thanks.
    blinksongmon December 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDreyer's voice always has such a haunting presence, especially so on this album. I think that this song is almost definitely the same characters from the song 'New Storms For Older Lovers', on which we can truly see the damage done through the infidelity of the couple on this track. Both are such eerie songs, they make love seem so futile and treacherous.
    Sunborneon February 08, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI love this song! I don't have any concrete evidence to this, but it seems as if this song is the ending to a mini opera. "New storms for older lovers" would be the beginning followed by "Last blues for bloody knuckles" and lastly "Sad prayers for guilty bodies". And I know "Said the king to the river" is about the princess and the cowherd, but the second and third stanzas really conjure images of that scenario as well.
    Keenan950on August 01, 2013   Link

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