So I'm just a medicine
You take when you're sick
You get well and that's it
I'm put back
On the shelf in your mirror
And it isn't exeptional
The course of our fate
Because people love and they hate
And I guess
It's just all turned to hate
Yeah, you were just some song I wrote
A poem on a page
A sculpture I made
Out of clay
Desire was the flame
But now you're more of a basketball
Boys just pass you around
They bounce you hard on the ground
And dribble
Then we all get high fives
And you think I'm an asshole now
Well, you're probably right
But at least I'm not blind to the facts
I've been wishing were all lies
But still, I hope you get everything
That you care to possess
And unbelievable sex
With him
Or any one of my friends
But just don't ask about my appetite
I didn't lose it tonight
It's been gone half my life
It's just, I
I've been eating for you


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  • +3
    General CommentGah, it makes you wanna find the girl and just slap her across the face a few times...oh, wait, most every Bright Eyes song does.
    bright.eyed.girlon July 20, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe hostility of this song makes it so wonderful
    PLANESon June 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"...put back
    on the shelf in your mirror"

    "...at least i'm not blind to the facts
    i've been wishing were all lies"

    I'm pretty sure that's what they are.
    queerdevilon April 22, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhabam! conoroberstisgod set all you straight. haha
    thats cool though, didnt know the song title was wrong.
    Jess333on June 14, 2003   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think some of you have misinterpretted the eating disorder thing. Its not an intentional thing, I think he wishes he could eat but he just never gets hungry. Ive had the same problem as him since I was young. Some one who is depressed or uses a lot of drugs eventually just loses their appetite completely after a while. For a long time I couldnt eat more than half a meal a day, or else i would start feeling really sick. I think that in this song hes dealing with the same thing, but conor wants to start eating so this girl will think he is happy and healthy. I think maybe some of you have been thinking hes not eating because of annorexia, but its really just an appetite thing.
    clifford420on March 15, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI also agree with other meanings for the end.... who knows
    Cocaine and how he's been off it since being with ehr so he's still eating = still staying clean
    or
    what i said above
    or
    That regardless of the cocaine she would have to remind him and ask him to eat something because of depression or whatever else and he is maintaining a healthier eating pattern despite their break up and because he knows that she would want him to or whatever
    m2dai2dak2daeon October 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthow could anyone ever hurt someone as beautiful as conor? he's something you should treasure and never let go. i love conor, more than words could ever express. he's a genious. xxx
    echoon April 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthow could anyone ever hurt someone as beautiful as conor? he's something you should treasure and never let go. i love conor, more than words could ever express. he's a genious. xxx
    echoon April 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthey.. does anyone else notice a reference to eating disorders in some of conor's songs?
    like this and 'neely o'hara'. i've seen it in a few other songs i've failed to remember the titles of.
    and the cover art to "every day and every night".
    hate to mention it, but even the desaparecidos song 'what's new for fall' says "i shouldn't eat so much."
    hm.
    even so. the songs are great.
    if you can write and sing and play, you're good to go.
    raddestxthingxeveron April 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis has to be one of my favorite bright eyes songs. it hits every memory and feeling ive experienced. it goes from feeling used to denial/wishful thinking to feeling bitter and then finally acceptance.
    Blue Eyed Devillon May 03, 2003   Link

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