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I wrote you a letter
asked your best friend to send it
but took to the sea before you could have read it
retreated to snowcapped waters of the unknown
extracted my heart while it was still beating

but glowing and red
and i swear that sweat would
envelop your arms if you broke down and held it

i swear i'm a good man
so why don't you love me back?

instead of twisting up words you just sat there in silence
in wind burnt homes sighing rays from a sunset
and all i could hear was the sound of the wasp nest
my head made a home for the hum of the insects

but my hands shake and shudder at the mention
of half written reasons why we'll only be friends

i swear i'm a good man
so why don't you love me back?


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    My InterpretationMaybe it’s obvious, but I think this song is about unrequited love, and how the protagonist is trying (and seemingly failing) to deal with it. He seems desperate to win someone back, and I love the rawness of the simple chorus where he just screams “why” over and over; his anger at his sheer misapprehension of the requited aspect of his love dominating him.

    This is accompanied beautifully by the imagery in the verses. I especially like the juxtaposition of the object of his love in a picturesque house somewhere, just silent, not even engaging his pleas anymore and beginning to accept that it is over, and the protagonist inviting insects to build a home in his head, perhaps in a desperate attempt to not feel quite so alone. In the first verse, he is clinging to the fact that he’s a “good man” and that his heart is huge and weighty, and he thinks this should be enough for someone to love him, though you sense he knows somewhere deep down that it isn’t, and that love doesn’t work like that.
    Get_Well_Soonon September 18, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a guy becoming friendzoned by a girl he really loves
    muckman1090on September 15, 2015   Link

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