No, I don't really want to die
I only want to die in your eyes
I'm still here below the chandelier
Where they always used to read us our rights

I want to wander through the night
As a figure in the distance even to my own eye
Have you ever rented a room
Have you ever even rented a room

An anchor lets you see the river move
But now that your evil dreams came true
There on your face
A row of teeth he'll come to replace

I know you laughed when I left
But you really only hurt yourself
When you see your curtains move in the wind
You can bet I'm betting against you again

'Cause I'm a man who has a wife who has a mother
Who married one but she loved another
You're a tower without the bells
You're a negative wishing well

I should have checked the stable door
For the name of the sire and dam
You were always at the dog track
With your brother and all his friends

Chalk lines around my body
Like the shoreline of a lake
Your laughter made me nervous
It made your body shake too hard

Now there's a lot of things that I'm gonna miss
Like thunder down country and the way water drips
When you're running for the door in the rain
Read the metro section
Read the metro section
Read the metro section... See my name

No I didn't really want to die
I only want to die in your eyes
Grant me one last wish
Life should mean a lot less than this
Grant me one last wish
Life should mean a lot less than this


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    General CommentHow is it possible for one person to be so goddamn clever?
    3ricon June 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI believe the metro section refers to the obits
    iago galdstonon January 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentobviously the greatest song ever.
    ThunderDownCountryon July 13, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningA metro section of a newspaper most commonly refers to the local city's news and events. It may include "human interest" or "lifestyle" articles. I believe it could also mean obituaries.

    The line in 3rd stanza definitely is "an anchor," Berman just says is oddly.
    ApesMaon April 22, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt's "An Anchor", I have the LP with the lyric sheet. This is one of my favorite DC Berman songs. What I get from this song, it's kind of about a botched suicide attempt, but then maybe the death really did happen. Maybe the narrative is coming from a ghost perspective. I don't know. Great song though.
    NathanWestwoodon August 26, 2014   Link
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    General Commentmagic and cognac my friend, magic and cognac.
    _potter_on July 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti created an account here just so i could say that Berman's poetry book was published three years after this song was released. also, the first words of the third stanza are not 'an anchor', although i can't figure out what they actually are.
    mugggsyon November 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAlways took this song to be aimed at DCB's father (even before he revealed the true nature of their relationship). By only wanting 'to die in your eyes' he means he wants to do the one thing that will more than anything else distance him from his father.
    TomBlakeon April 13, 2016   Link
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    General Commenti always took the metro section as meaning she saw an article written about him (about his poetry book) and realized he was brilliant, but since he's talking about dying that's probably true. I also always thought it said "chop lines around my body" meaning cocaine, but i guess chalk lines makes a lot of sense.
    Skiptomylouon January 05, 2008   Link

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