"Good Grief" as written by and Dan Smith Mark Crew....
"So, what would you little maniacs like to do first?"

Watching through my fingers, watching through my fingers
Shut my eyes and count to ten
It goes in one ear out the other, one ear out the other
Burning bright right till the end
Now you'll be missing from the photographs, missing from the photographs

Watching through my fingers, watching through my fingers
In my thoughts you're far away
And you are whistling the melody, whistling the melody
Crystallizing clear as day
Oh, I can picture you so easily, picture you so easily

What's gonna be left of the world if you're not in it?
What's gonna be left of the world, oh

Every minute and every hour
I miss you, I miss you, I miss you more
Every stumble and each misfire
I miss you, I miss you, I miss you more

Watching through my fingers, watching through my fingers
Caught off guard by your favourite song
I'll be dancing at a funeral, dancing at a funeral
Sleeping in the clothes you love
It's such a shame we had to see them burn, shame we had to see them burn

What's gonna be left of the world if you're not in it?
What's gonna be left of the world, oh

Every minute and every hour
I miss you, I miss you, I miss you more
Every stumble and each misfire
I miss you, I miss you, I miss you more

"If you want to be a party animal, you have to learn to live in the jungle
Now stop worrying and go get dressed"

You might have to excuse me
I've lost control of all my senses
And you might have to excuse me
I've lost control of all my words
So get drunk, call me a fool
Put me in my place, put me in my place
Pick me up, up off the floor
Put me in my place, put me in my place

Every minute and every hour
I miss you, I miss you, I miss you more
Every stumble and each misfire
I miss you, I miss you, I miss you more

Watching through my fingers, watching through my fingers
'Cause every minute and every hour
I miss you, I miss you, I miss you more


Lyrics submitted by Chugway

"Good Grief" as written by Mark Blair Crew Daniel Campbell Smith

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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    My InterpretationAt first I thought it was about a soldier who lost a companion, because of "misfire" and "watching through my fingers" (eg. hiding in trenches?). Also the line "Sleeping in the clothes you love - it’s such a shame we had to see them burn" seemed like maybe someone died in a fire (bomb, perhaps) however, it seems more realistically to be about cremation. Amazing song.
    DJgifon August 29, 2016   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about losing someone who is very dear to you, like a family member.
    Some sentences are very strange, but I think it reflects the different kind of relationships you can have with family members like grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters.
    Lyrics like 'put my in my place', 'dancing at a funeral (I hope the person died of very old age and death is the relief), 'watching through my fingers' and 'every stumble and each misfire' reflect the mixed emotions one could feel in different relations and in losing someone you love.
    lorenzowillon September 09, 2016   Link
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    General CommentAfter reading the lyrics to this song I have to say I believe its a song about grief in any form whether it be a loss/death of a loved one/friend or a loss of a relationship. I can't seem to understand what the first line and couple other lines are referring to that states "So, what would you little maniacs like to do first?"
    "If you want to be a party animal, you have to learn to live in the jungle
    Now stop worrying and go get dressed" however, I feel like it has a funky vibe of a childhood show so maybe this song in reference to losing someone you have known since childhood. I also feel these lines also could be phrases said by this particular person the song is about or these phrases were said by someone who was apart of the memory that involved this particular person. the lead singer also has childhood references in the chorus such as "watching through our fingers" what I believe this line is trying to refer to is when your a child and you are watching a scene in a movie or watching something your parents tell you to cover your eyes to and you are just a little curious as to what you are missing so you peak through your fingers, I believe it's literal and in reference to a childhood memory spent with this person the song is written for. (not sure if anyone took that line as a literal meaning) its very relatable for any child. I remember my parents telling me to cover my eyes while watching the love scene in titanic and peaking through my fingers. The rest of the song is pretty obvious he is referring the loss of a special person meaning death or just in general losing a relationship. What’s gonna be left of the world if you’re not in it?
    What’s gonna be left of the world, oh. this doesnt have to mean this person physically left this world but by some means they left his world, meaning they are no longer around in one way or another. It’s such a shame we had to see them burn, shame we had to see them burn.." This could mean a literal burn of clothes as in cremation via death or it could mean burn as in they are no longer around.
    Shut my eyes and count to ten
    It goes in one ear out the other, one ear out the other
    Burning bright right till the end
    "Now you’ll be missing from the photographs, missing from the photographs":.
    These few lines means they were very close burning bright right to the end of this relationship and by stating it goes in one ear out the other and counting to ten he cant come to terms with the loss nor does he want to. He's in denial and cant seem to process it, this is another stage of the grieving process.
    In my thoughts you’re far away
    And you are whistling the melody, whistling the melody
    Crystallizing clear as day
    Oh, I can picture you so easily, picture you so easily "
    This is also part of the shock which is a stage of grief because it seems like it was just yesterday this person was around and things were happy.
    ou might have to excuse me
    I’ve lost control of all my senses
    And you might have to excuse me
    I’ve lost control of all my words
    So get drunk, call me a fool
    Put me in my place, put me in my place
    Pick me up, up off the floor "
    Obviously these lines are quite self explanatory and this is one of the final stages of grief where you are past the denial and shock stage and come to terms with the fact that this person really is no longer here. Hes describing that he is having a hard time and you'll have to understand he cant deal at the moment normally with what has just happened.

    Wow this song speaks to all of the different deaths and loss of relationships I've had and manages to still have a funky catchy beat to the point of where you maybe would not recognize it was a song about grieving. Its sort of similar to the song by the Bleachers "get better"
    Brittanyaleeneon September 27, 2016   Link

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