What's it like there outside
With the living with the living
Here I've found a place I can hide
From the living from the living

Because I don't care to stay with the living
Oh the bottle has been to me
My closest friend my worst enemy
For a flavor I walked a fine life

Squandered it all and wasted my time
And I don't stand a chance among the living
For the lovers I've gambled and lost
Count my mistakes whatever the cost

I'll go off, I'll make myself scarce
Oh, come tomorrow
You won't find me here
Because I don't care to stay with the living

I don't think I'll remain with the living
And I don't care to stay with the living
No, I don't care to stay

Lyrics submitted by kevin

The Living Lyrics as written by Natalie A Merchant

Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing

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    General CommentIsn't it pretty clear that this is about suicide? Or am I crazy. It's not about alcoholism... that reference indirect. The person in the song tried to self medicate with alcohol but it didn't work
    zenistron October 21, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWhile the other songs on this album are powerful, this one and the one that plays before it (Effigy) are full of dispair. She's weak here. Shes giving up
    beautifulcowon December 31, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song just. wow. its sore. natalie merchant is amazing with words, all her songs just the words are so deep they can make you feel n think stuff that you never even knew was inside you. awesome.
    BillytheKid.on July 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis could be about the alcoholic who has hit rock bottom.
    sem3000on April 11, 2012   Link

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