"Picture Window" as written by and Benjamin Scott/hornby Folds....
We checked into the hospital New Year's Eve
Nothing to be done about that
Rainbows, daffodils, she's not naive
Symbolism's all crap

There's a big picture window in the room on the ward
With a view over Parliament Hill
But the view offers more joy than they can afford
When there's this much pain to kill

You know what hope is
Hope is a bastard
Hope is a liar, a cheat and a tease
Hope comes near you, kick its backside
Got no place in days like these

The dust, the darkness around surrenders to color
As the fireworks streak the sky
And their window gives them the prettiest picture
Their useless luck makes her want to cry

Then it turns midnight
The shitty whole year's spent
Another mom deserves some sparkling wine
And she nearly gives into the moment
But he'll still be sick in two-thousand and nine

You know what hope is
Hope is a bastard
Hope is a liar, a cheat and a tease
Hope comes near you, kick its backside
Got no place in days like these

And just as she's thinking
Of pulling the blind down
A rocket bursts in front of her eyes
The city lit up London's given a bright crown
And she tries and fails to stop
Spirits rise

You know what hope is
Hope is a bastard
Hope is a liar, a cheat and a tease
Hope comes near you, kick its backside
Got no place in days like these

You know what hope is
Hope is a bastard
Hope is a liar, a cheat and a tease
Hope comes near you, kick its backside
Got no place in days like these


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"Picture Window [London, UK 2011] [Live][#]" as written by Benjamin Scott Folds Ben Folds

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  • +2
    General CommentI actually think the 'she' in the song is a woman whose son is very ill, because of the line, 'Another mum gives her some sparkling wine.' In some ways I think it's even more poignant than if the song were about romantic love. We all know romantic feelings can change and fade over time, but the bond between parent and child doesn't change; you're part of each other, no matter what. I think the idea of the pain of watching your child die before you adds another layer of tragedy to the song.

    Definitely agree with the above comment about the chorus. Singing it just makes everything better when you feel like rubbish. ;)
    Tildaon March 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a mother and son who've checked into the hospital (yet again) on New Year's Eve 2008. The mother is trying desperately not to allow herself to hope that he will get better, because she doesn't want to be disappointed, but the coming year and the fireworks and champagne and energy lift her spirits despite her attempts at pragmatism.
    Cossette729on September 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust heard this song in concert last night. I'm excited to hear it again when it comes out. The song is obviously very depressing but if you are going through a depressing time it is good to listen to. I think it is about a girl who is in love with some guy who is really sick (obviously) and he probably won't be getting better but everyone around her is just moving on with their lives and not thinking twice about it. I love the chorus.
    Danielle1987on October 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSigh...gorgeous.
    causeeffectrelationshipon November 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correction'The city lit up like a crown on London' should be 'The city lit up, London's given a bright crown'...at least on the album version.
    causeeffectrelationshipon November 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAlready mentioned, but "like a crown on London" is really "London's given a bright crown."
    How the hell did that happen?

    Also, it's "Another mum deserves some sparkling wine."
    This is all according to the album booklet.
    Booshafagodlymanon January 11, 2011   Link

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