"A Quitter" as written by and Melora Creager....
I have worked out every small detail
In this plan I've made.
This thing which cannot fail.
I dare myself to do this one thing.
You can have my car
You can have everything.
All that's good is gone.
I have tried too long.
I don't think I miss my mom & dad,
The class I cut,
The friends I never had.,
These things I won't miss,
Won't miss me.
My house,
My block,
The baby bird I set free.
The dance that I was never asked to,
The teachers
that thought they knew me.
They'll all remember what I did.
They'll ask "Whose fault was it?"
"Oh she was just a kid."

I'll be glad to go, you see.
You don't even know me.
Not at all.


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"A Quitter" as written by Melora Creager

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  • +2
    Song MeaningThis is apparently the inspiration for the song:

    "On May 1, 1947, Evelyn McHale leapt to her death from the observation deck of the Empire State Building. Photographer Robert Wiles took a photo of McHale a few minutes after her death.

    The photo ran a couple of weeks later in Life magazine accompanied by the following caption:

    On May Day, just after leaving her fiancé, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale wrote a note. 'He is much better off without me ... I wouldn't make a good wife for anybody,' ... Then she crossed it out. She went to the observation platform of the Empire State Building. Through the mist she gazed at the street, 86 floors below. Then she jumped. In her desperate determination she leaped clear of the setbacks and hit a United Nations limousine parked at the curb. Across the street photography student Robert Wiles heard an explosive crash. Just four minutes after Evelyn McHale's death Wiles got this picture of death's violence and its composure."

    also.kottke.org/misc/images/…
    heusedarsenicon April 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat's really sad about this song is the fact that there are so many people in America nowadays, especially teenagers, are able to relate to it.
    Cris925on September 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor the person asking about the hidden song that follows this one, here are the lyrics to it:

    oh, we are as one with the acorn my son
    not trunk, not branch, nor tree
    you scratch at my skirts and thats what we call fun
    i rock you endlessly
    i'm Queen of the Hilltop
    you're Prince Number One
    i see the devil alive in your eyes
    i beg you no, don't stop, my baby, my son
    dont look at nobody but me
    oh, we are as one with the acorn my son
    that's where we ought to be
    WitchDollon August 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is obviously about suicide. She's hit bottom; she doesn't care what anyone thinks of her anymore; she's fed up with being the outsider, so she's going to kill herself to get away from her miserable existence and the people who don't understand her.
    WastedYouthon June 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, this song is about suicide, but WastedYouth makes it sound so harsh. I think she sounds melancholy and disillusioned.
    Atalayaon June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know what the hidden track in this song is?
    VampedVixenon August 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes it's the one that goes "Oh we are as one with the acorn, my son..." etc. It's about a mother who doesn't want her child to lose its inocence; "I see the devil in your eyes... look at no one but me..." etc

    "A quitter" is about suicide, yes. And it's my favourite on "Cabin Fever." I agree with Atalaya it's not so harsh, the music reflects that. She is indeed as WastedYouth describes but on the other hand I believe she's mocking everyone around her, proven particularly when she says, "I'll be glad to go, you see!" I think this because I feel like her. Like everyone else is so stupid that there's no point in trying to join them, but leave them... I haven't got round to the leaving part... yet... :D
    Rasputinaon April 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I don't think I'll miss my mom and dad
    The class I cut
    All the friends I never had"


    I love that verse. To me, it's like saying "yeah I have so many friends, who aren't actually that at all. Where are they when I'm about to kill myself?"
    foxxycottonon November 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgod, i remember listening to this song and being so glad to hear everything i was feeling articulated once upon a time...

    last month, i was backstage after rasputina's recital in montreal, and melora was telling me how at the beginning some reacted in an "oh, that's so cheesy, such a girly thing to write" - but she realized that no, it's not cheesy when people actually do feel this way, do have these thoughts. it's a beautiful song.
    Salineon December 01, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyes, i'll admit that i was in tears the first time i ever heard it. :d
    errky39on February 27, 2005   Link

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