All trees are oaks
All birds are blue
In the mountains of a magnet
Are the mountains of you

I'm proud of my genius just like a painter
And dumb like a poet I think
I can just say it from the throats of our wrists
With full sets of teeth

Vanilla almond teeth
From vanilla almond tea spent afternoons measuring time in spoons
A southern run for a late longing to drink
What's 80 miles in canada or 18 years in the mountains

Where all trees are oaks and all birds are blue, ach' do
I thought everyone was you
Where forget-me-nots and marigolds and other things
That don't get old

Don't get old between one June and September
You're all I remember
But I'm a lantern, my head a moon
I married a room where I'll at least keep my hands in order

And what about the air, lying awake.


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Forget Me Lyrics as written by Didier Bohlen

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    how clever - a song full of allusions to Sylvia Plath's "Daddy". how they work within the context of a love song escapes me, though - the poem is about a woman with an Electra complex and an explicit desire to commit symbolic patricide in order to lift the oppressive legacy of her father from her shoulders. only Davey could get away with something like that, I suppose.

    Halo Apeon May 01, 2002   Link
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    halo ape..if u read this..im in NO way at all trying to contradict what you said i just really dont understand how Sylvia Plath's poem, Daddy relates to this song. You seem very intellectual, and im not very smart so if you could explain how they compare, it would be great. Thanks

    jazzysavesthedayon August 16, 2002   Link
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    promise ring as the best band ever!

    lazyduck187on January 18, 2005   Link
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    strange no one mentioned the obvious shout out to T.S. Eliot's Prufrock with the line... "measuring time in spoons". That's right out of the Love Song... Davey we miss you. This song is wonderful. I makes me want to fall in love. The chorus just drives me nuts.

    iamnothing2uon February 20, 2005   Link
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    the line "from one june to september you're all i remember" kind of reminds me of a summer crush...

    sean7711on July 17, 2005   Link
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    Yeah I read the Plath poem as well and there are definite allusions to the words from the poem in a lot of the songs. I had no idea to what any of it meant until I read the poem, yet now the songs are even more confusing. Still my favorite promise ring song though

    nra4everon October 24, 2004   Link
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    i had always noticed the 'daddy' allusions in this song [i.e. 'ach, du.' and 'i thought everyone was you.' = 'i thought every german was you.'], but i hadn't noticed the allusion in 'a broken tenor' until you pointed that out. tpr is my favorite band, but i definitely agree that the newer stuff lacks lyrically.

    sarahsavedlatinon September 11, 2002   Link
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    I always used to think i was wrong singing vanilla almond tea. my life has finally been affirmed.

    easttexason April 21, 2008   Link
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    p.s it's not just daddy. the line "throats of our wrists" comes out of another poem of hers, i can't remember the name of it.

    easttexason April 26, 2008   Link
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    just to add to easttexas' p.s.... the poem with Throats of our wrists from by Sylvia Plath is called "Stings" poemhunter.com/poem/stings/

    wellsamon August 28, 2008   Link

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