are there no blinders on lights that glare
white noise on the eyes
from gas station lights and reflected ice glare
so that i can walk home by moonlight
alone

or can we go out to where the wind howls and stand to lean up against the trees
they've grown up so tall that you can't see the house
it's a fortress now but you know how it used to be
i can lie to myself
and say i like it
but i would love it if you were here

these words on paper smell like you
associated in random thought
on my lips the words turn blue
evidence i'm feeling lost
i can lie to myself
and say i like it
but i would love it if you were here
i'm just sad for myself
cause i know you're clear
but i would love it if you were here

i can just see you show me your garden
i thought you'd grow roses and grapes on low vines
i wanted to know you when we were both older
i thought there'd be more of those wonderful times
i can lie to myslef
and say i like it
but i would love it if you were here
i'm just sad for myself
cause i know you're clear
but i would love it if you were here
you were here
yes you were
yes you were


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    General CommentI listened to this song a lot around the time my grandfather died. The lines, 'i can just see you show me your garden
    i thought you'd grow roses and grapes on low vines
    i wanted to know you when we were both older
    i thought there'd be more of those wonderful times
    i can lie to myself
    and say i like it
    but i would love it if you were here
    i'm just sad for myself
    cause i know you're clear
    but i would love it if you were here,' meant a lot to me that I can't really describe.
    It obviously is about missing someone, but perhaps knowing that they are better off where they are.
    lilybarton February 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI particularly adore the image of her wishing the gas station lights would snuff out so she could walk home "by moonlight, alone." I was on a similar walk last night, wishing for a little darkness, a little privacy.

    My mother died last year; Dad and I both had someone we best liked to talk about it with, someone who understood better than anyone what we were going through. This month my friend moved away, and his died, and now the holes in our hearts are hollowed out again, glazed over so nothing new seems to stick there. It's strange how well these lyrics can suit any sort of loss, any kind of mourning.
    SirenAsunderon July 31, 2015   Link

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