"Winter Bones" as written by and Torquil Campbell Christopher Seligman....
All I've known
I that there is an end
Then you can begin again
Day, everyday
I had a dream
That the sea was helpless
The crowd was loud
I went to leave

Can I come to your house?
Caught in the ropes and the wires
The sun settles hard in the south
Winter lives in my bones

When you awake you;re alone

You say "Is this a war?"
Hardly, and then you hit a wall
Honestly, you want to know but you can't
I believe, I want to believe, in anything

Can I come to your house?
I'm caught in the ropes and the wires
The sun settles hard in the south
Winter lives in my bones

It's all I've ever known.

Lyrics submitted by ricebox, edited by GlassRhino

"Winter Bones" as written by Christopher Allen Seligman Amy E Millan

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    General CommentAs most songs can be interpreted to how was see it, I see this as a song from the perspective of someone that has always gone out of their way to help people and lived a hard life where they always put others before them and then never learned how it is ok to be selfish sometimes; the winter that is in their bones is who they are because of what they've been through. There is a persistent cold feeling they have that permeates to the bone. Not a literal cold, but more of a metaphorical one. They are cold and shut off from the world, haunted, even. They want to believe they can be happy and that they should let themselves be, but they war with themselves on whether they deserve it. And until they find a way to accept that they deserve to be happy, the winter will always be in their bones.
    theslowmotionon November 26, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretation(1st verse)
    I imagine this girl in her room, watching the snow fall. The mood is very haunting. She's thinking about the person she's in love with but he doesn't necessarily know it, or possibly doesn't feel the same way.
    (when your awake your alone) is pretty much what it means.
    She jumps in her car, while the snow falls harder, it begins to worsen. She calls him because she desperately wants to she him (Can I come to your house?). (Winter lives in my bones), refers to how lonely and empty she feels. She shows up at his door steps, he opens the door, she's crying and he takes her in his arms.
    (2nd verse) Basically he's saying have you gone mad, driving out here in this weather. What's wrong? He wants to know what her motives are, she wants to tell him but can't say her true feelings, she wants to know his and believe that they are the same. ( I want to believe in anything)

    (It's all i've known) is referring to the emptiness she's felt.
    stars888on December 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI agree with stars888 that it's about love, but I feel it's all a personal metaphorical madness, brought on by her depressed state. She feels cold and alone, and very desperate.

    "Day, everyday"
    "I went to leave"
    "Caught in the ropes and the wires"
    "When you awake you're alone"
    "Honestly, you want to know but you can't"
    "It's all I've known."

    All of these lines just scream desperation.
    HarlequinChaoson February 08, 2011   Link

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