"Cotton Crush" as written by Kevin Patrick Devine, Jesse Lacey, Amy Bracco, Chris Bracco and Mike Skinner....
The bricks get laid,
And they get torn up,
And laid again,
But the bricks always get torn up again.

Your friends won't wait,
So don't believe that shit,
When they say they'll wait.
Trust me; your friends will not wait for you.
Then you'll be stoned in some park,
Just nodding your head and pinching your arms,
When a girl walks along.
She's humming your song,
With your t-shirt on.
That's when you're done,
Oh, that's when you're done.

There's a cotton crush
Down in the southern states.
But back up here, man, we've got
So much thread and space
To waste, waste, waste.

There's a microphone
Picking every word up
And it shuts itself off
When it's sure that's its heard enough.

The quiet can scrape
All the calm from your bones,
But maybe it should.
Maybe we need to be hollowed
To get up and grow,
And stop fucking around,
To kick off our braces and start straightening out.
Let's sift through the static
To find a simpler sound
Let's sift through the static
To find a simpler sound.
Simpler sound than the shit that's clouding our heads now.

Lyrics submitted by helenrips

"Cotton Crush" as written by Chris Bracco Amy Bracco

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +3
    General CommentI came.
    Lagon November 24, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentObviously we all know this is a Kevin Devine song, we're in the fucking Kevin Devine section of the site. There is nothing wrong with appreciating Jesse Lacey's guest appearance.
    cowboyupinblueon February 16, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentan amazing song, although that word does not do it justice. this is just my interpretation of it, but anyway you look at it, it never loses its beauty.

    i see this song as a lament for the pressures life bestows. in the first stanza, the bricks are a metaphor for the things in life we try to create for ourselves. inevitably, everything will come apart. it's a desperate commentary on the things that aren't permanent in life.

    kevin then goes on to talk about the fact that you can't ever really trust anyone but yourself. "your friends won't wait"; no one is going to be there for you no matter what, so you need to learn to rely solely on yourself. he then finds himself trying to deal with his problems on his own, stoned in a park because it's hard to deal with it all. the girl he sees wearing his shirt & humming his song is interchangeable with any fan of his who is dedicated to his music. he feels like a failure; he can't live up to the expectations his fans & the world have for him.

    then the song just explodes into a metaphor for the way we waste our lives and take things for granted without ever realizing it. the southern states represent the way we should be living; working hard and valuing everything we are fortunate enough to have. we just waste everything we're given and don't realize the importance of it all.

    the microphone is yet another metaphor for the complexities of life and how you're forced to face them on your own. people will listen to your troubles to a point, but at the end of the day, they'll just go back to their own lives without truly caring.

    he then talks about the fact that we should constantly be reevaluating ourselves, because we are continuously in need of change. you should always contemplate what you're doing and how it's affecting your life. and if you don't like the place you're in, "hollow yourself out" and start anew. grow up and take care of your problems instead of trying to rely on others to do it for you. sort out your problems and clear your mind so that you can move on with your life.

    and God, kevin and jesse's voices mixing together is just flawless.
    kodawon December 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think what kevin devine signifies about him being stoned somewhere and the girl walking by with his shirt and singing his song, thats supposed to show that she doesnt even recognize him as she walks by. though shes obvioulsy a fanatic of his music for randomly humming his song and stuff like that, the fact that she doesnt recognize him and that hes in such a sorry state basically says "youve dwindled down to nothing, and you arent as good as the songs you used to write anymore." thats why the next line says "thats when you're done."
    theguy77on September 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song so much.

    the only part of this song i can really explain is the obvious
    "Then you'll be stoned in some park,
    just nodding your head and pinching your arms,
    when a girl walks along.
    She's humming your song,
    with your t-shirt on.
    That's when you're done,
    Oh, that's when you're done..."

    its like when kevin devine sees someone with a tshirt of his and it's just surreal and creepy to see someone with his shirt and humming to words he wrote.
    amandaaaaon May 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgod damn this song is awesome.
    heyjealousyon June 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song so much. My only complaint is that it's too short.

    brandnewninjaon June 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch an awesome song. jesse and kevins voices are so similar.
    RuthLesson June 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song looks like it's abotu growing up and i dont know. Who cares? JEsse lacey is in this song.
    therookieloton July 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthonestly,

    all the kids going on-and-on about jesse lacey need to find a new song. this is creditted to kevin. their voices are far from alike and your stupid comments are irritating as hell.
    drinkliquidclockson July 19, 2005   Link

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