You used to be like toffee between the kitten's teeth
You used to build arid shelters out of sticks and leaves
And spend the whole day underneath

You used to be like copper, pliable but strong
You used to smile and nod, say "you're right"
Be polite when you know that everybody's wrong

So you dare the plane to crash
Redeem the miles for cash when it starts to dive
And we'll dance like cancer survivors like we're grateful simply to be alive

Dare the plane to crash, redeem the miles for cash
And we'll dance like cancer survivors
Like your prognosis was that you should've died

No, there's nothing wrong
There's nothing wrong when it starts to down
And we'll dance like cancer survivors like we're grateful simply to be alive

No, there's nothing wrong
There's nothing wrong when it starts to down
And we'll dance like cancer survivors


Lyrics submitted by streblo, edited by smallwonderrobot

Near Death Experience Experience song meanings
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    General CommentThe experience of having a near death experience. Andrew Bird does not disappoint.
    Really good instrumental music and very clever lyrics. To me, the song is this mostly bitter and yet somewhat sweet reflection on our value of life.The recklessness that people have, the urge to challenge life, living on the edge and so on (the need to experience a near death experience)...I think maybe the beginning part is about how life might have seemed simpler in the past?

    Great line, sinks in real well I think:
    "And we'll dance like cancer survivors -
    like we're grateful simply to be alive."
    InTheHazeon August 10, 2012   Link

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