"Laughing With A Mouth of Blood" as written by and Anne Erin Clark....
Just like an amnesiac
Trying to get my senses back
(Oh, where did they go?)

Laughing with a mouth of blood
From a little spill I took
(Oh, what are you laughing at?)

See I traded my plot of land
For a plane to anywhere
(Oh, where do you go?)

And I can't see the future
But I know its got big plans for me
(Oh what does it see?)

All of my old friends aren't so friendly
All of my old haunts are now all haunting me

Holed up at the motel ritz
With a televangelist (Oh what did he say?)

At the bottom of a swimming pool
With all the water out of it
(How'd you get in there?)

I'm sending consolation prizes to my next of kin, allies
(Oh, they'll be so thrilled)

I can't see the future
But I know it's watching me
(wonder what it sees)

All of my old friends aren't so friendly
All of my old haunts are now all haunting me


Tell my sister that I miss her
Tell my brother that it gets much easier

Tell my sister that I miss her
Tell my brother that it gets much easier


All of my old friends aren't so friendly
And all of my old haunts are now all haunting me

All of my old friends aren't so friendly
And all of my old haunts are now all haunting me


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"Laughing with a Mouth of Blood" as written by Anne Erin Clark

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    Song Meaning“Well, they’re more like little meta moments; story-within-the-story things. There’s an emotional truth to all of the songs, but I fictionalized the time and place and event. A song like ‘Laughing with a Mouth of Blood’ is the story of a young person going to Los Angeles, living in a motel, sending letters back home that say ‘everything is going well, I’m doing great out here’ but the reality is that they’re just watching televangelists on TV, and finding themselves in more and more desperate situations. I think desperation is a big part of the record. And of the life of any actor. To me, there’s nothing more admirable, but also more bad, this archetype of artistic endeavour, than an actor’s work. That image, to me, is like a metaphor for the whole artistic mindset.” - Annie Clark
    superhappyfunbretton May 19, 2009   Link
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    General Commentpart of these lyrics are missing. fuck if i know all of them, but whoever posted these, fix 'em up, please.
    beepohbeepon April 13, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti love:

    "I can't see the future but I know it's watching me. (I wonder what it sees)."

    It's a great and mysterious, thoughtful bit.
    zoolahon May 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song, it reminds me of Talking Heads, in sound and subject matter, a song like Mind or Don't Worry About The Government.
    DevastatorJr.on May 14, 2009   Link
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    General Commentlyrics tell of a time when she isn't so happy with herself or with others (ex. old friends)
    but she knows it will be better (since the future itself exists to watch her)
    backyon May 29, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favorite cut from actor. it sounds so lush and pretty.
    jasonchriston July 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe first few measures of this song are straight up Dan Fogelberg
    abirataon November 12, 2012   Link
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    My Interpretationi think it's about going through this phase where you trying to come to terms with everything that changed, you are trying hard to remember your older, more sensible self. but you're also embracing the current self and being a little cynical yet humorous about it (laughing with a mouth of blood).
    it all happened so fast that you can no longer see your future. for now you just want to get by by living in a motel, sitting at the bottom of a pool with no water in it. but you're not depressed. you're just recovering. that's why you are telling your sister that you miss her, and giving a piece of advice to your brother that everything gets easier after a while, the pain recedes.
    the only bitter part is the realization that your friends aren't really all that friendly when you're kind of down. they probably keep away. so you're left there, wounded but cynically laughing with a mouth of blood, taking it as a part of life.
    pipeofmagritteon April 16, 2014   Link

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