The way she looked at you, tears streaming down her face. You felt the brush of her dress as she walked away. And that’s all it took, sat down to buy her a drink. An empty or a half full glass, it all goes down the same. And that’s the way that it’s been, years later she took your name. Hopeful and now unafraid. Your gut sinks each time you see her. Another night at the Copper Coin. Tell me about the old days. Another night at the Copper Coin. Put the sun into the sea. Because there ain’t nothing like your smile, your legs and those eyes. And I will beg and steal and borrow to keep you safe for your whole life.

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    General CommentAlright so I thought for a very long time that this song was about his father is the story cheating on his mother, at a bar called 'The Copper Coin'. But according to the storyline from the research i have been doing it doesn't seem like it, I think the main focus is him battling with his alcohol addiction and how it is tearing him away from his mother and eating away at him. obviously the only thing that contradicts that is the line 'Years later she took your name', which is talking about marriage. I am pretty lost as well but I love defeater
    Oceaneyes216on January 28, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is about the older brother and how he met his wife. After his father's murder, the older brother turned to alcohol as a means of coping. As time went on and the older brother kept waiting for the younger brother to return, his alcoholism became worse. He felt the affect it was holding on his marriage, hence the line, "Your gut sinks each time you see her." He felt embarrassed and ashamed that he had fallen into such a state, but despite everything, he still drank. This is evident throughout the album, especially in the song 'White Oak Doors', where he is drinking in his father's chair and sets the glass down to answer the door.

    As a side note, the line "Put the sun into the sea" refers to the fact that the family lives in a port town (in other songs, one is able to determine that the older brother is a shipyard worker). The sun is "put into the sea" as he spends the evening drinking, so he is essentially wasting the hours when the sun is still up.
    Autuson March 18, 2015   Link

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