"Bells" as written by and Richard Johnson....
When I can't find the word I'm looking for
or I reach into the drawer with four tries
but nothing sticks, there's no telling why I opened it.
I try, but I just forget.
What there once was, I have not forgotten.
What there once was, it won't leave me alone.
The synapses still fire and direct my thoughts,
they just seem tired of hunting for homes.
And I'm not brave enough to say that I am not afraid,
should I return to confused bits of blindness,
a tongue wanting words in the sweet speech finds a form,
then returned to the bald toothless need of a child hunched and cradled
(his spine returns the curl to fit the cleft of an arm).
O, we are embarked and return to the place we start to thrash against it.
It's a wild thing to accept, and who can hold it?
Think about the loss of anything.
Well, someday if you wake to a nameless stranger in me, lead me outside.
Let me go.
If I'm already there, just let me go.
I'm not.

Lyrics submitted by notperfect88

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    General CommentI think this song almost certainly is describing someone suffering with a form of memory loss like alzheimers or dementia. The person speaking through the song is the one with the disease, and the last lines are very haunting when read from their point of view.
    vmuendaon November 26, 2012   Link
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    Song MeaningIt seems this song generally concerns loss. It primarily focuses on the loss in forgetting a word, and hoping that the loss is not permanent; as the loss of language would reduce the speaker to a state helplessness similar to an infant.

    At the end as far as I can tell he is talking about what would happen if he were to lose all of his memories (or perhaps merely his capacity for language); thereby rendering him a stranger to his partner. In which case he would want his partner to simply let him go.
    darkenedcorridoron June 30, 2009   Link

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