"Dirty Dishes" as written by and John Mccauley....
And I cried all night
You created a stream and it flows forever
With made up dreams that didn't come true
And I'm sorry, there's nothing more that I can do

When we get together
Take apart my fantasy
And we are done
We'll work on you
It's sweet, lie motionless just staring at the ceiling
Back turned up against the wall

And now I can barely see
Strangers in the back of my skull
And I've been shivering all night long
Yes, my skin is clear and you can see what I'm thinking
I'm thinking hard about all the things I've been dreaming
I've been dreaming about you and only you

Turn the lamb in to weight
And burn in the parking lots, I'm constantly turned off
By the look of the flock
And it's turning in an hour from tonight
I've got nothing to look forward to
'Cause I killed all the flowers

And that cold wind will blow
Tear the skin off your nose and you've got nothing to be grateful for
It's your list of wishing

It's some dirty dishes and you wanted more
And you got left, and it hurt
Oh but it could be worse
Yeah, things could be so much worse


Lyrics submitted by anabel lee, edited by sharkycharming, skrank

"Dirty Dishes" as written by John Joseph Mccauley Iii

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    General CommentYeah there are still some lyrics that I think are wrong.

    "by the look of the CLOCK [as noted above]
    and it's TURNING INTO HOURS
    and I've got nothing to look forward to
    'cause I killed all the flowers"

    The turning into hours line is a lot like the line in "Not So Dense" where he says "And I watch sixty minutes go by HOUR AFTER HOUR AFTER HOUR!" I think a big theme in this entire album is how sometimes life doesn't go anywhere, and this song is a perfect example.

    It's not about how anything in particular about his life is really terrible, but it's just a drag. That's why he ends by saying "Things could be so much worse." But the song really shows how depressing life can be even when it's not all that bad.

    Also the first line is definitely "And YOU cried all night," hence why YOU created a stream (out of tears).

    Actually the fact that he sings about himself AND you is an interesting part of this song, it's like the two of them are living through this drag together, which makes this a really beautiful and unique song.
    RaceYouAnyTimeon August 28, 2009   Link

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