And I could never tell as a kid
What that window door went to
Only told to stay away
I almost had an accident at age 6
When I found the key in the attic
And now the smell of these wood frames
Is the only sense I've left
So as you pull me from the bed
Tell me I look stunning and cadaverous

And since you are my friend
I would ask that you lower me down slow
And tell the man in the black cloak
He doesn't need to trouble his good soul
With those latin conjugations
And if it's all the same to them
You should tell your gathering friends
Please not to purse their faces grim
On such a lovely sunday

Don't fix my smile, life is long enough
We will put this flesh into the ground again


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  • +6
    General CommentThis song is obviously about death and acceptance.

    "And I could never tell as a kid
    What that window door went to
    Only told to stay away
    I almost had an accident at age 6
    When I found the key in the attic"

    An early incident in the protagonists life, he describes his curiosity as a child.

    "And now the smell of these wood frames
    Is the only sense I've left"

    The protagonist has passed on.

    "So as you pull me from the bed
    Tell me I look stunning and cadaverous"

    The protagonist is being moved from the bed where he died.

    "And since you are my friend
    I would ask that you lower me down slow"

    (into the ground)

    "And tell the man in the black cloak
    He doesn't need to trouble his good soul
    With those latin conjugations"

    The priest doesn't need to read passages at the ceremony etc.

    "And if it's all the same to them
    You should tell your gathering friends
    Please not to purse their faces grim
    On such a lovely sunday"

    Tell the people at the funeral not to feel sad the protagonist has passed away and ruin a nice day.

    "Don't fix my smile, life is long enough"

    Fixing his smile refers to when a body is staged to look peaceful and at rest at an open casket ceremony. He says not to do that, because they don't have to. He truly is at peace already.

    "We will put this flesh into the ground again"

    The protagonist is being buried.

    This is such a beautiful song, and one that I hope will be played at my funeral one day.
    Spectrum92on June 22, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is wonderful, in case y'all don't know... the first part too.

    This band too.
    drdoeon November 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"So as you pull me from the bed tell me I look stunning &cadaverous"- so brilliant. I can't get enough of this band lately.
    annaisfancyon December 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"So as you pull me from the bed tell me I look stunning &cadaverous"- so brilliant. I can't get enough of this band lately.
    annaisfancyon December 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningLove, love, love this and part one!

    To me, this song is very much from the perspective of an (older?) person who is at peace with his death. In the first verse, he recalls a near-accident from his childhood, implying that this person is adventurous and curious. And in the second verse, it seems like he doesn't want anyone to mourn his death, because he's ready to leave this world behind.
    xoxochrissyon January 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust heard this song for the first time. I think I've listened to it ten times in the last hour. So good.
    TONERon April 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Don't fix my smile, life is long enough". I want this played at whatever is held when I die.
    tealeafon May 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgorgeous
    ChamomileCourieron October 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think that this song is about him committing suicide.

    Its a beautiful song and I cant stop listening to it.
    mspandaon February 20, 2013   Link

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