"Withered Hope" as written by John Robert King, Michael S. Simpson, John C. Flansburgh and John Linnell....
Very Sad Sack is a sad bag
Very, very sad
Very Sad Sack

Withered Hope says she is his friend, to the end
But she doesn't like Very Sad Sack

Today Withered Hope saw the Very Sad Sack
And she tried not to meet his eyes
As he cut out a paper heart,
Pinned it to his arm,
Told her everything he was holding in his head,
This is what he said:

Withered Hope, I'm in love with you,
Wanna live with you, Withered Hope!
Are you gonna say to me, this can never be,
Are you gonna say to me, Withered Hope?

Saaad Saaaaaaaaaack!
Saaad Saaaaaaaaaack!

Withered Hope says she has a soul mate
Living in a city in another state
But the soul mate thinks about a picture in a book
Of a beautiful crook
But the picture in the book, of the crook, is in love
With a brand new motorbike
But the motorbike doesn't like crooks
...it's in love with the Very Sad Sack!

Sad Sack, I'm in love with you,
Wanna live with you, Sad Sack!
Are you gonna say to me, this can never be,
Are you gonna say to me, Sad Sack?

Saaad Saaaaaaaaaack!
Saaad Saaaaaaaaaack!

Lyrics submitted by blinxbcr

"Withered Hope" as written by John C. Flansburgh John Linnell

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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    General CommentGreat song. This is probably my favorite from the album. Here is my literal interpretation:

    This is a song about a crazy love pentagon between a sad bag, a 'withered hope', a soul mate, a picture in a book of a beautiful crook, and a brand new motorbike. But here is my real interpretation:

    The first half is about how Sad Sack is trying to tell Withered Hope that he is love with her, but she won't listen and just wants to be friends. Sad Sack can't believe that he has been turned down by Withered Hope. The second half follows a line of people (things?) back to Sad Sack, and it turns out that Sad Sack is doing the same thing to the brand new motorbike, hence the same lines repeated with Sad Sack replacing Withered Hope. I think what they are trying to say is that when someone turns you down, or when you are turning someone down, you always have to view it from the other perspective.
    eOgason March 11, 2008   Link

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