You were saving the date
But you woke up too late
Pulled the covers down over your head
You haven't left your front door
For a week maybe more
Tell me, hey, what's the news from your bed
You know your face is all covered with your birthday cake
That you're eating in the kitchen at home
Another banner year, a splendid day
Another inch or two that you've grown
But it's hard to celebrate on your own

There's a mouse in cupboard that nibbles your crumbs
And you talk to him every night
You say, “Hey, Mr. Whiskers, I'm bored and I'm numb
You can stay if you just treat me right.”
Just last year you were fortunate baby
And your friends circled around you in droves
Are they thinking of you? Maybe just maybe
But not a one has bothered to phone
Tell me where oh where did they go

Called a car an hour ago
You're gonna take yourself out
Despite the cold and snow
Did they forget about you
Are they in on it too?
You're sitting looking in the mirror
At your dancing shoes

When your family calls you make nice to them all
And assure them you're fine and you're great
Then you cry in the bath, cry so hard that you laugh
Then you watch television til late
Who do you need? Nobody.
You're lucky nobody's around
I can pour my own drinks
No thanks, Mister. Go on, and get out of town
And you're gorgeous in your evening gown.

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The News from Your Bed Lyrics as written by Justin Rice Christian Rudder

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    General Commentoh dear!
    oh dear.on June 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsad sad sad and happy happy happy at the same time. hey mr whiskers!
    kozmikon October 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsad beautiful song
    brottishluvon June 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe February EP version of this song is much much better IMHO. Go out and try to find it if all you have heard is the Broken String version...of course I always like the version I heard first the best.
    jackkerouacon September 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAgreed wholeheartedly. Its taking me a while to get used to the Broken String version
    johnfenon November 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is really great. I love how subtle it is.. so much so that if you didnt listen closely to the lyrics you would think it is a really happy song. In fact, I think it is a break up song.. Hence the last line. I think it really captures loneliness and it is directed towards the listener- they use "you" instead of "I" or "he,"- making it hit much harder.
    Who do you need?
    moeyoldboldon November 14, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI'm thinking this song is about an old person.
    One whose family has left them (even though they assure them on the phone)
    and lives alone, with the mice, with nothing to do.
    No one calls, forgotten and old.
    The third verse maybe implying the character called for a car
    to go dancing, but wasn't taken seriously. (Are they in on it too?)
    " I can pour my own drinks" shows their struggle to not be babied
    while still dealing with the loneliness of independence.

    But mostly I've always thought it's about an old person
    because they wear an evening gown. I figure that's an old
    person custom.
    superdude224on March 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI take it as a person, a young women who has just left home.
    And on the outside everything is fine, but it's not.
    And the part where she called a car and "gonna take [herself] out"
    I take that as she was suppose to go meet some friends, but they kinda forgot about her.
    And she's out there in the world alone, but she doesn't want her family to worry so she just tells them everything's cool.

    That's my take on it.
    Absolutely love this song.
    ArcadeEdgeon April 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song kinda reminds me of my worst times when my friends didn't bother to wish me on my birthday or call me on the new year's eve.When my mom called me up I pretended everything was going great.Didn't have any mr.Whiskers though,but talked to my furnitures...creepy I know...
    thinkinblueson December 08, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis might be one of my favorite songs ever.
    i think we've all been in that state where you're alone and you don't know why you don't have anybody anymore and you just cry about it.
    it's so catchy and i wish i had a mr.whiskers.
    whoagigiohon February 02, 2010   Link

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