Our love is the size of these tumours inside us
Our love is the size of this hospital room
You're my hospital groom

Put the ring on my finger, so tight it turns blue
A constant reminder I'll die in this room
If you die in this room

Sit like a watchdog and patiently wait
Listen for footsteps down the hallways
Visit beds like they're graves

Days go by so slowly
Nights go by so slowly
In a hospital room
In a box built for two

I fight for air, fight for my own air
Forget all the things I can do alone
I fight for a heart. I fight for a strong heart
I fight to never know this sickness you know
But I know its my own, I gave it a home

Our love is the size of these tumours inside us
Our love is the size of this hole in the ground
Where my heart's buried now


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    General CommentThis is such a neat, creepy song. I love how the riff (between "our love is the size of" and "our tumors inside us") sounds like something echoing down a hallway.
    I don't think it's literally about someone who has a tumor, and might not even be about someone who's in the hospital. It seems to me like it's about an unhealthily dependant relationship.
    They're too possessive of each other--"so tight it turns blue"--and they can't survive without each other.
    The narrator of the song is the more mentally healthy of the two, and she knows the relationship is unhealthy. She feels suffocated and tries to break away and become independent--"fight for air, fight for my own air." But she knows she let the relationship develop this way, and now she's part of the sickness too ("I know it's my own, I gave it a home").
    Throughout the song, romance is associated with sickness and claustrophobia. "The Size of Our Love" sounds like a grand statement, but it turns out their love is the size of tumors--something small and wrong inside you that makes you sick. It's also the size of a hospital room, which is gloomy and contained. Same for a hole in the ground where something is buried (as well as the implication of death). "A bicycle built for two" is romantic, but "a box built for two" implies that though they're together, they're suffocating/dead.
    mockingsmileon October 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe vocals in this song are flawless.
    ***on January 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAH! MY FAVORITE SONG!
    stickingtosheetson July 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of my fav as well
    ladii bon April 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song means everything to me. i always think of amy and her family, watching kristy die in the hospital room. who ever knew that suicide was so close to home.
    regardemylasheskgmon September 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwho is amy and kristy??

    Anyway, I always saw this song as the horror of having said husband in hospital:
    "You're my hospital groom...
    Put the ring on my finger, so tight it turns blue"

    Who eventually dies of tumours:
    "Our love is the size of this hole in the ground
    Where my heart's buried now "
    amberbreathon January 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I fight to never know this sickness you know
    But I know its my own, I gave it a home"

    Smoking reference maybe? Cancer of le cigagunworld?
    tdamcbigityon August 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have nothing to say about the meaning, BUT....

    When the violin transitions into the guitar as the drums kick in is pure genius.
    3-65-7-50on November 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song always makes me think of Dana and Alice fro the L Word for some reason.
    Schlafon February 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a beautiful song. I honestly cant listen to this without tearing up.
    Jestoon425on December 26, 2013   Link

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