"When We Two Parted" as written by and Richard Mccollum Greg Dulli....
Baby, I see you've made yourself all sick again
Didn't I do a good job of pretending?
You're saying that the victim doesn't want it to end
Good
I get to dress up and play the assassin again

It's my favorite
It's got personality
I should have seen this shit coming down the hall
Every night I spent in that bed with you facing the wall

If I could have only once heard you scream
To feel you were alive
Instead of watching you abandoning yourself
Baby you can open your eyes now

And please allow me to present you with a clue
If I inflict the pain
Then baby only I can comfort you
Out of the night we come

And into the night we go
If it starts to hurt you
Then you have to say so


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"When We Two Parted" as written by Richard Mccollum Greg Dulli

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  • +1
    General Commenttitle's taken from a byron poem.
    one or clownon February 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe greatest second verse ever:

    I should have seen this shit coming down the hall
    Every night I spent in that bed with you facing the wall
    If I could have only once heard you scream
    To feel you were alive
    Instead of watching you abandoning yourself

    Dulli is a genius.
    tsma120on December 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta torturous relationship coming to an end
    pabloon April 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsecrets create drama, especially when they are secrets we hide from ourselves to get away. The truth pulls us back and it hurts.
    pinion7on January 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOnce upon a time, I saw this as a theme song to my relatonship with my ex girl friend. She was un happy and in pain and was very silent about it, although the trouble within was clear and would manifest in ways that had nothing to do with the real problems.

    The song was true to us but I was wrong with how I viewed it. It was her lonliness who was her partner who inflicted the pain and it was not I that cold comfort her, but it was the pain itself.

    None the less the pattern remained and she would go to her partner bringing us into the night, and I would bring us out of the night taking away the thing that brought her comfort and it wasn't me.
    pinion7on May 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe New Amsterdams version is pretty much an insult to Greg Dulli.
    This is one of the most powerfully emotional songs I've ever heard, however the meaning is pretty obvious.
    thirtythirtythreeon July 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand please allow me to present you with a clue
    if i inflict the pain
    then baby only i can comfort you
    TheWrongGirlon December 06, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General Commentdefinitely 100x better than the new amsterdams cover. this song is brilliant. "if i inflict the pain / then baby only i can comfort you / YAH!"
    myeyesareopenon May 14, 2002   Link

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