I will pack all my pretty dresses
I will box up my high-heeled shoes
A sparkling ring for every finger
I'll put away and hide from view

Coats of boucle, jacquard and cashmere
Cartouche and tweed, all silver-shot
And everything that could remind you
Of how easy I was not

I'll tuck away my gilded buttons
I'll bind my silks in shapeless bales
Wrap it all up in reams o' tissue
And then I'll kiss you sweet farewell

You saw me rise to our occasion
And so deny the evidence
'Caused me to burn and twist and grimace against you
Like something caught on a barbed wire fence

Now you can see me fall back here redoubled
Full bewildered and amazed
I have gotten into some terrible trouble
Beneath your blank and rinsing gaze

It does not suffice for you to say I am a sweet girl
Or to say you hate to see me sad because of you
It does not suffice to merely lie beside each other
As those who love each other do

I picture you rising up in the morning
Stretching out on your boundless bed
Beating a clear path to the shower
Scouring yourself red

The tap of hangers swaying in the closet
Unburdened hooks and empty drawers
And everywhere I tried to love you
Is yours again and only yours

La-la-la-la...


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  • +3
    General CommentWithout a doubt about a dissatisfying relationship... I just listened to this song for the first time, and thought that I should note the short instrumental at the end of the song--it reminds me of Native American, traditional Chinese, and Venetian music between 5:20 and 5:40. I doubt this was intentional, but just looking into the symbolism of it is interesting. The Native American aspect seems to tell me that the story she speaks of will go down in history for her, almost as a myth. It also tells me that something beautiful and peaceful can easily be 'raped', for lack of a better word, by an experience that deprives one party for the sake of the other, more powerful party flourishing. The Chinese element of the song speaks to me in the sense of tradition, which is commonly associated with feeling emotional or physical pain to feel accepted. (this is, of course, important to look at from the metaphoric perspective of a relationship). The Venetian music also speaks to me on the level of tradition, but moreso on the level of masking part of yourself. People in masks often wear them not only for decoration, but also sometimes because they are self-conscious or cannot accept a certain part of themselves for what it is. She may have been 'masking' part of herself or part of the relationship because it did not fulfill her.

    Wow, all that from the impression that 20 seconds of a song gave me at first listen.
    Once again, I don't think this was intentional at all... it's just another aspect of the song to take into account.
    heytorieon February 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI actually sort of think this song might have been written as a response to Smog's "All Your Women Things." In the song, Bill Callahan (Joanna's ex) is describing all the womanly clothes left strewn around his room. He goes on to sing about missing the person who left. "Why couldn't I have loved you This tenderly When you were here In the flesh So tenderly." The lyrics to this song just seem like an interesting counterpoint that has Joanna picking up all her clothes and leaving him to be with himself.
    zortmuckermanon March 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'm fascinated by how she quotes herself from songs earlier in the album -- like "Of how easy I was not" referring back to "Easy," the "bales" and "burn" pointing back to "No Provenance," and the La-la's at the end quoting the melody from "In California." This feels like a fitting way to end the album, with her stating why she's closing the door on this relationship, even as she regrets it in many ways.

    And I can't help hearing the "In California" La-la's at the end as a reminder, with all the caveats present in that song ("But when you come and see me, in California, you cross the border of my heart."), about where she can be found if he ever changes his mind.
    rickterpon March 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favorite lyrical moment in this song doesn't even have words - it's the very end of the song. Something about that music perfectly conveys the feeling of everything changing.
    JeremyB1on July 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo beautiful!

    I think it's about a relationship that has ended and the characters possibly lived together, hence the whole packing of the clothes thing...especially with the whole 'everything that could remind you of how easy i was not' sort of as if her clothes were still there, he would constantly be reminded of how bad things had become between them.

    'You saw me rise to our occasion
    And so deny the evidence
    'Caused me to burn and twist and grimace against you
    Like something caught on a barbed wire fence'

    I think at this part and onwards it's the narrator going through what happened when they actually broke up, this particular part makes me think she didnt want to, that she fought the decision as much as she could which is then carried on with the whole 'it does not suffice to say..' meaning she wanted a lot more than when she got by the end of it.

    The last 2 verses are so well written in theme with the rest of the song, it seems as if the narrator is under the impression that her lover just gets on with things whilst she is obsessing over them and that everything that was once theirs together is now just his, which is exactly what happens when a relationship ends.
    atweekon February 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is amazing, but so painful to listen to. it's clearly a heartbreak, because after i hear it i cringe and feel heartbroken. yet, it feels hopeful in a sense- so the contrast of sadness and being full of promise makes it even harder.
    sibylseacowon March 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentStunning...
    missmeon March 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI hold this up with 'Sadie' as one of my all-time faves.
    It's beyond beautiful and melancholy.
    MilkForWhaleson March 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"And everywhere I tried to love you
    Is yours again and only yours"




    I mean..... holy holy holy. How else can you say it better?
    backyon March 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite song off Have One On Me, which I discussed in depth over at caffeinesounds.blogspot.com/2010/12/… - it's 5th on my year-end ranking.

    That instrumental bit at the end just rips my heart out - its pure, visceral emotion.
    caffeinesoundson January 06, 2011   Link

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