What would she do?
If she could kick time?
Would she go back?
Her arms were mine

Would you go back to four weeks ago?
And tell her everything
Whoever everything

How could she pick
And how could she say
She's already made too many mistakes
She's first at the walls, little baby ones

She tried to cage it if she weren't too smart for that
If she weren't too smart for that

She wants be happy forever
She just wants to be high
She wants to be pretty forever
She just wants to be tied

She be your mother if she had a choice
She'd make more money if she were a boy
We put her away, but she'd try it again
She'd try it again, and keep her mouth shut
Yeah, she'd keep her mouth shut

What would we do?
If it wouldn't matter
We'd still fall apart
One way or another
So would the city
And so would the east
And so on
And so on

She wants to be happy forever
She just wants to be high
She wants to be pretty forever
She just wants to be tied


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    Lyric CorrectionI'm pretty sure that it's not "she just wants to be tied", it's "she just wants to be tight"

    you can hear it clearly in this version
    youtube.com/…
    ichliebetischon February 03, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI really love the chorus. Most of the National's songs are based on issues of men and becoming an adult, so it's cool to hear one like this.

    "We'd put her away, but she'd try it again," seems like it could be about suicide attempts. I know that's really morbid but my mother has tried to kill herself twice and that's what it reminds me off. That part is really emotional for me as is, "Would she be your mother if she had a choice?"

    It reminds me of my mom but at the same time myself, especially the chorus about wanting to be happy and pretty forever. I love the National :)
    Aquarius121on August 23, 2010   Link

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