"My Maudlin Career" as written by and Tracyanne Campbell....
You kissed me on the forehead
Now this kiss is giving me a concussion
We were love at first sight
Now it's crush
It's crushing
Now choose two stops through the city though
I'm lost easily
I took to the desert but my heart just whines
And deceive me

Now we're in love again
And you're wherevers
I'm not a child I know
We're not going steady

You're pain's gigantic but it's not as big as your ego
Promise not to abandon you, please let me go

Now I've been hurting your feelings
Yeah they were worth protecting
They say I'm too kind and sentimental
Like you could catch affection

Oh in your eyes there's a sadness
Enough to kill the both of us
Are those eyes overrated?
They make me want to give up on love

I'll brace myself for the holiness
Say hello to feelings that I detest

This maudlin career has come to an end
I don't want to be sad again
This maudlin career has come to an end
I don't want to be sad again

This maudlin career has come to an end
I don't want to be sad again
This maudlin career has come to an end
I don't want to be sad again


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"My Maudlin Career" as written by Tracyanne Campbell

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  • +3
    General CommentLyrics transcribed from the booklet included with the "My Maudlin Career" CD. Parts in brackets were erronesouly left out of the booklet lyrics despite obviously being a part of the song. Parts enclosed in parentheses are in the booklet lyrics despite not actually being in the recorded version. Sans the bracketed and parenthetical parts, everything else from the booklet checks out to my ears.

    You kissed me on the forehead (in Spain)
    Now these kisses give me concussion
    We were love at first sight
    Now this crush is crushing
    I retraced your steps through the city of romance lazily
    I took to the desert with your harshest words
    And they saved me

    I'll bail you out again I've got the readies
    I'm not a child I know we're not going steady
    Your pain's gigantic
    But [it's] not as big as your ego
    I promise not to abandon you
    Please let me go

    I harbored worried feelings
    Like they were worth protecting
    You say I'm too kind and sentimental
    Like you could catch affection
    In your eyes there's a sadness enough
    To kill the both of us
    Are those eyes overrated?
    They make me want to give up on love

    I'll brace myself for the loneliness
    Say hello to feeling[s] that I (despise) [detest]
    This maudlin career must come to an end
    I don't want to be sad again
    This maudlin career must come to an end
    I don't want to be sad again
    [This maudlin career must come to an end
    I don't want to be sad again

    This maudlin career must come to an end
    I don't want to be sad again
    This maudlin career must come to an end
    I don't want to be sad again]
    BrentLongon July 26, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe best album of 2009.
    summerteeth99on January 18, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI take the "career" part to mean her singing career, i.e. writing and singing, primarily about her feelings, and mostly about her relationships.
    Technophobiaon June 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI felt this song deserved an explanation of what I see they are trying to portrait

    First of 'maudlin' is a person who is self pity , a sentimental person who often get like that thru alcohol



    Now,... I feel this song is about an old love reunited! They meet again but in between it all she realizes she sees sadness in her ex's eyes sees so much pain and can't comprehend why that persons held so much inside over the years and realizes that same ego that broke them years ago still exist snd will not do her any good to go back to someone who never changed and truly broke her inside.

    S used to turn to which was once used to forget her ex then began to be a problem because that was the only thing that would bring her back to happy moments and was the only closure she had to her past for some time

    But this time deep down inside she doesn't want to go back to 'sadness, depression,and being seen as a soft broken hearted soul

    She doesn't want to go back to drinking her eyes shut
    She decides to stop being a sad drunk and move on because a love as hurtful as the one she had will only make her loose her mind and depress her.


    Beautiful song. My first time narrating what I feel the song portrays


    Jamillejoetteon September 19, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis song is hauntingly beautiful. It has been growing on me since I first heard it several months ago. Every time I listen to it, a different verse lingers in my mind for days.

    Beautiful and alluring songs like this one probably don't have explicit meanings, but I can share my own interpretation, which of course is often heavily influenced by our own experiences.

    Based on the correct lyrics found from their album or spotify (the lyrics posted here are incorrect at parts) it would appear this song is about a women who has an intense history with someone that they were deeply in love with. It seems the relationship was toxic in some way and she wants to give up.

    It seems that the man she was in love with had some intense sadness or emotional problems and she was sick all the all the sentiment that was not reciprocated, taking on all his emotional baggage on her own. Maudlin is defined as highly sentimental and tearful, which seems to fit in with many individual lines in this song.

    This is the sort of song that sticks with me every time I hear it. The way the song flows is so unique, it's just verse after verse of story and raw emotion, just beautiful.
    JWStreeteron May 20, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am certain that there are mistakes here, but I listened and re-listened and still couldn't figure several parts out. The parts I'm least confident of have the (?)s.

    Please leave any corrections you have! This post was really just meant as a starting point for people with better ears than mine.
    dodaon February 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGodammit man this song is way too good.
    Laffz-A-Loton March 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI hear:

    "we were love at first sight
    now this crush, it's crushing
    I chased your steps through the city of romance lazily,
    I took to the desert with your heart, she (?) and deceives me"

    I definitely do not hear:
    "Now we're in love again
    And you're wherevers"


    she says something else, don't know what.

    then I think it's
    "now I've been wearing your feelings,
    like they were worth protecting"

    and maybe it's "I embrace" instead of "I'll brace"... not sure.

    letmegohomeon March 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti thought it was my modeling career, then i saw the album and song title (and had no idea what maudlin meant [and still don't])
    pavement33on May 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaudlin - adjective - 1. tearfully or weakly emotional; foolishly sentimental 2. foolishly or mawkishly sentimental because of drunkenness.


    That's what Maudlin means and the career is her relationship that must feel like a chore/job.
    JimmieNeverDieson May 15, 2009   Link

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