oil dripping on my head
let's go back to bed
bring him back to me
bring him back to me

oil dripping on my head
bring you back
from the dead, from the dead

here's wishing here with me
here's wishing we could massage
the history, the history

i'm witness to what you do
anything that you feel
in between, between

you and me
you were near
along the sea, floating on debris

you're so close, close to me
you're so close, close to me

oil dripping on my head
let's go back to bed
bring you back, bring you back
from the dead, from the dead

wishing you were here with me
wishing you were here
let's massage the history

all the money's gone, all the money's gone
funny, it was never here, it was never here

here's a song, here's a song,
to the massage the history

come with me to the other side
not everyone makes it out alive

i want you to sign my neck


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    General Commentsorry about the errors, but at least the ball's rolling, right?
    LOVE the eternal, it's incredible.
    meg;on June 13, 2009   Link
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    General Commentim so high right now and love this song, blowing my mind
    dmbstanon June 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentApparently this was inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which Coco loves)....it's also supposed to be a metaphore for the record industry.
    notyourfiendon June 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds as some kind of memory to a lost person as well, like a lost lover, although considering Kim's married to Thurston, it's quite unlikely.

    The "all the money is gone" part sounds like an ironic twist. Don't expect much drama from this band!

    Spectacular song.
    Santiagofon February 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is another of SY winding beautidful meandering songs. Tangibly bittersweet. As old and numb as i've become with age, they've always been able to bring me back to that time when i could feel the dull ache of pure emotion (maybe angst?) right in the pit of my stomach.

    Thank you SY. for reminding me.
    eddiebon June 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSad to say, but this is a perfect swan song. Whatever happened between Kim and Thurston, it seems fitting that their last song would a bittersweet meditation on love, regret, and the immutability of the past.
    WBlake4Evaon July 29, 2012   Link
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    Song Comparisonfor those of you who didn't already know, the "all the money's gone" lyrics was also sung on their first self-titled 1982 ep on the song "i dreamed i dream".

    soooo the "history" is at least part literal.
    sarmientoon December 03, 2013   Link
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    General CommentFor the record, Kim says in her autobio/memoir that this is the only song she wrote about her and Thurston's relationship.
    smallwonderroboton March 17, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThanks to sarmiento and smallwonderrobot for those insights. This is one of my favorite Kim songs--indeed, one of my fave SY songs.
    smokymoondogon May 14, 2015   Link

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