"Opus 40" as written by Jonathan Donahue, Sean Mackowiak, Adam Snyder and David Fridman....
Well she tossed all night like a raging sea
Woke up and climbed from the suicide machine
With her Spanish candles and her Persian poems
Stuck on the rocks inside opus 40 stoned
And scratching her wrists in the pouring rain
She collapses down upon the ocean floor again

Tears in waves minds on fire
Nights alone by your side

Catskill mansions buried screams I'm alive
She cried but I don't know what it means
Somewhere out there across the moonlit sands
There's a line drawn like the lines on her own hand
And slamming her eyes locking the door
She collapses down upon the ocean floor again

Tears in waves minds on fire
Nights alone by your side

Tears in waves minds on fire
Nights alone by your side


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"Opus 40" as written by David Fridman Adam Snyder

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    General CommentOkay, I'm probably way off here, but I always saw this song as being about a girl who tries to kill herself, again and again, but never dies, perhaps because she has yet to fulfill her purpose?

    Lines like 'woke up and climbed from the suicide machine', 'scratching her wrists', and 'collapses down...' all imply suicide. She is desperate to end it, but she can't.

    '"I'm alive!" she cried, "But I don't know what it means."'

    All her attempts are futile, and she is wondering why.
    plank201on May 25, 2006   Link

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