"Basket" as written by and Dan Mangan....
We are young
We have years ahead maybe
We might fall in love
Fall apart
Fall apart
Before it ends
Well we should try to start

So I'll go but I'm telling you I don't wanna go
Could be stuck here and happy

So there's a puzzle I work on endlessly
And I've got the sides and all the corners
But there's a space
Yeah there's a space
Lost some pieces I can't replace

So I'll be but I'm telling you I don't wanna be
Just a wasted puzzle piece

We are old
And our son took the dog away
And fair enough, guess we're tired all the time
All the time
And you know dogs they need ample time outside

So I'll stay but I'm telling you I don't, I don't wanna stay
So I'll brace myself against the wall and hope to God that I don't fall
My bones are worn, my hip won't hold
I used to be so young, how did I get so old?
Won't you take my cane and hold my hand
You're holding onto all I have
Just a basket full of memories
And I am losing more each day it seems
But if I can make it to the street
I'll steal a car or a bike whatever there is to steal
And it might get cold I just don't care
I'm going 'til I'm getting there
I'll ride my steed all through this town
'Til I have looked and I have found
Your peaceful memory
Won't you return to me?
Won't you return to me?

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"Basket" as written by Dan Mangan


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    General CommentSuch a beautiful song. I've heard him say this about it:

    "It's a bit of an ode to my grandfather. After he passed away, I came up with this idea that your life is a basket and throughout your life you're putting letters and notes into this basket and every story, every experience you've ever shared gets fueled into this basket that becomes you and you are shaped by everything that's ever happened to you or around you. And what do you do when that basket starts falling apart and all those letters and stories kind of fall to the ground. So the song is about getting old but at the same time it's about redemption and holding onto those memories."
    mugsyd87on January 03, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti was initially drawn to Dan Mangan by road regrets...but every song on the album is great.
    this song is outstanding. I can't disagree with the post above, but i do have to add that the overall theme seems to be rejecting, or at least vainly fighting, the aging process and the memory loss it brings with it.
    efjio17on December 15, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis song kills me every time.
    TheWrongGirlon November 17, 2011   Link
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    MemoryI heard this live and I couldn't get into the fucking show so I'm standing outside the doors and I can hear Dan singing this so I'm literally just standing there and it gets to the "I used to be so young, how did I get so old?" and I just start completely bawling
    ldksfhkhflkhghf so beautiful I can't even.
    beautifulanddoomedon January 10, 2012   Link

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