"Passenger" as written by and Lisa Margaret Hannigan....
Walking round Chicago,
I have smuggled you as cargo,
though you are far away unknowing.
By the time we get to Salt Lake
I have packed you in my suitcase,
ironed the creases from my own remembering.

She said Bird, why?

We wound our way to Texas
where I summoned remote hexes
and I sent them across dust and oceans.
In Phoenix, Arizona I had the notion
I might phone you,
but there it lived and died, a notion.

She said Bird, why? I said Bird, why?
Oh my satellite, oh my passenger.

We came up on Ohio,
I have you chewed on like a biro.
You are a sum I am no closer to deciphering.
We came to Minneapolis,
all fizzy blood and twitchy fists.
I buried you in a day of snowing.

She said Bird, why? I said Bird, why?
Oh my satellite, oh my passenger.

Lyrics submitted by jaynecobb

Passenger song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentBird is actually the name of Lisa's best friend.
    susqubirdson July 12, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShe is from Ireland, they call girls- birds. bird is the word for girl. Hence... Girl, why? (why are you still holding on to him?)
    Josiegirlon March 07, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLittle bird is her nickname from Damien, no? Or I just got that idea after listening her Little Bird song and that it was her song after breaking up with Damien.

    :) Yeah, I should come to my senses, knowing they're not together anymore *sigh*
    soimahon July 07, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI get the feeling this song uses the metaphor of taking on a funeral urn on a 'road trip' and eventually burying the urn instead of spreading the ashes...
    RoyDeSmeton February 19, 2013   Link

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