"The Coat Is Always On" as written by and Marshall Cat Power....
Mother don't sit
Mother don't stand
Mother don't send me

Smoking grass go into the movie
The ambulance is after you too
Promise we're gonna go to New York City
Sorry about the fight in front of you
Angry women said 'motherfucker' on TV
Sister come and lay your head on me,
I can see you haven't had any sleep in a long time.

That baby's gonna be so easy on me
Never see his smile
Never see his face

Smoking grass go into the movie
The ambulance is after you too
Promise we're gonna go to New York City
Sorry about the fight in front of you
Angry women said 'motherfucker' on TV
Father said he was gonna give me something
He gave me hate

Mother don't sit
Mother don't stand
Mother don't send me

The coat is always on
Because it's always cold
We always ? when she wants to hear it
A lot of times we would just starve
They recognize the color of the smear
Maybe I'll listen and you can read my mind
I'm sorry please don't be mad Brother can't even speak
He's got a tongue and two legs to walk on and he can leave
Brother is old and grey
Brother is old and grey
Brother is old and grey
And he's only
He's only seventeen
We recognize the color of the smear
Maybe we will all listen when we are all under
Maybe we will all listen when we are all under

Father said he was gonna give me something
He gave me hate

Mother don't sit
Mother don't stand
Mother please don't send me

Angry women said motherfucker on tv
Maybe I'll listen and you can read my mind
I'm sorry please don't be mad

Two
What happened to home
What happened to home sweet
What happened to home sweet
Home


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"The Coat Is Always On" as written by Cat Power Marshall

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    General Commentsmoking grass go into the movie
    the ambulance is after you today
    promise we're gonna go to new york city
    sorry about the fight in front of you
    the anchor woman said 'motherfucker' on tv

    the coat is always on because it's always cold
    you always laugh when she wants to hear it
    a lot of times we would just starve
    they recognize the color of the smear
    maybe i'll listen and you can read my mind
    i'm sorry please don't be mad

    we recognize the color of the smear
    maybe we will all listen when we are all under
    emergeon April 23, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Brother can't even speak
    He's got a tongue and two legs to walk on
    And he can leave
    Brother is old and grey
    Brother is old and grey
    Brother is old and grey
    And he's only
    He's only seventeen"

    i think this is a refernce to george orwell's "1984"
    scarygreenmonsteron July 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWow I never noticed how much this song relates to me
    AlphabetTownon March 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of my childhood best friend and his relationship with his family. Ironically, his hair was a little grey at 17...
    the_mighty_penon February 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about how depression affects those around us, and how ultimately the environment will affect us. The first part, requesting her sister to lay her head down, means that her sister (or the one she pretends to have for this song) is fatigued and weak from depression. The lyrics "Father said he was going to give me something / gave me hate" mean, in my perception, that you can't even run to your family for help; they will only hate you and make you feel worse. The part stating "Brother can't even speak...he's only 17" talks about that depression has gotten the better hold of her brother, to the point he can't even function normally in daily life. Surprisingly this brother she refers to is only 17, so young yet depression can still affect anybody. I think the very last part, about "home sweet home" questions what happened to the "good old days" and wonders if life will ever get better. Either that, or perhaps she is referring to suicide and the "home" is Heaven, and she is contemplating suicide and remembering there is always death to fall back on.
    lan56on April 10, 2008   Link

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