That night he hurt you bad
In that green, pastel
summer dress
You'd die alone with the land
A hollow head in its hands
But everybody does that
But with particular scorn,
in polyurethane form,
freeze dried, stuff to the brim

- Preservation

Hide in our hideous masks
Your daddy's shitty
shake grass
I told you I couldn't see it
A monument of pills,
grocery lists, telephone bills,
pamphlets & dollar
store trinkets

- Preservation

But if that was how you put
it, and if you ever willed it,
I would embroider you
In disaffected kisses, in
bleach reticent sunsets,
soldered animal glue

A hand too heavy to hold
Lips that won't
do what they're told
How do we ever begin it?
How do we grow old?

- Preservation

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    General CommentWas wondering if anyone had an opinion as to the meaning of the lyrics to this wonderful song.
    hugotheyugoon October 02, 2010   Link
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    General Commentmy personal interpretation of this song is that he is speaking to a ?friend/girlfriend?, someone who has known some unhappiness in early life as apparently he has, grown up in challenging circumstances and is trying to find a way to drop what was bad and preserve what was good; trying to find themselves in an unfriendly world, fighting things like addiction (your daddy's shitty shake grass sounds like a pot reference to me, if i ever heard one lol) and the emptiness that plagues modern life (the many references to plastic coatings, freeze-drying, grocery lists and telephone bills, etc, evokes this simply but powerfully).

    one of my favourite bands of all-time, and canadian! very proud of the excellent music that this country manages to produce--one of the few worthwhile contributions to the world that a nation can make that i think is worthy of being proud of.
    starvingartist79on May 31, 2011   Link

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