I had a brother once
He drowned in a bathtub
Before he had ever learned how to talk
And I don't know what his name was
But my mother does
I heard her say it once

Padriac, my prince, I've all but died
From the sheer weight of my shame
You cried but no one came
And the water filled your tiny lungs
Appear, my dear, and cry for me
It was six years ago today
That I laid you in your grave
Your sweet young skin was shining then too

And so tonight to celebrate, I will, I will poison myself
Another coughing, shaking fit in a bathroom that is spinning

So I close the door and rest my head on the tile floor
Sickness and sleep turning me cold
I'm still not sure
Is there some better place I should be heading towards?
Where the selfishly sick and self absorbed are welcome

I saw the future once
I was drunk in a phone booth
My eyes were wet and red
But I could not tell what was said
And through the screams of the traffic
Voiced carried, saying, "Im sorry"

On a day so gray it's black inside
Watching churches on TV
In a coma you don't dream
You just hope that someone sits with you
Babies turn blue when they're ignored
Like the sky on summer days
Before you turn and walk away
It has changed you

So tonight to compensate, I will, I will poison myself
Another coughing, shaking fit in a bathroom that is spinning


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    hey poet insomniac how many songs have you been? hahahahahaha

    therymzon May 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
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    Every line of this song is sad. You don't see much of that... and i love it

    skies are grayon May 24, 2002   Link
  • +1
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    Why does everyone think that interview is real? God....And yeah, Padriac colum, with the whole storytelling style. Ever wonder why?

    ruchlaxon May 01, 2003   Link
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    Understandably, Oberst does a fantastic job relaying the misery of the mom after the death of her baby. Not every singer/songwriter can put so much of the right kind of emotion in such a song.

    Spongetasticon July 03, 2008   Link
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    this could be the saddest song i've ever been

    poet insomniacon April 25, 2002   Link
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    it's genius though. conor oberst is a genius.

    ifxwinterxendson April 27, 2002   Link
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    it's genius though. conor oberst is a genius.

    ifxwinterxendson April 27, 2002   Link
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    conor amazes me... i mean his lyrics and voice pulls you into the songs like nobody else can ps... good one therymz

    brighteyes4750on May 27, 2002   Link
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    "in a coma you don't dream, you just hope that someone sits with you." - this whole song is so beautiful and so sad.

    aDorkinSuburbiaon June 19, 2002   Link
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    Did Conor really have a brother who drowned in a bath tub?

    ShiverForMeon July 24, 2002   Link

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