"The song is about my wife’s night terrors, which she has all the time. It can be really spooky…sometime’s it’s really funny, but a lot of the time it can just be really startling and...
When she sleeps
There is a fever dream, yeah
It brings a night terror
To harm this fragile bird

She speaks in tongues
Her words they come undone, yeah
And with a wayward mind
She struggles though the night

All that I can do
Is hope she makes it through
Through the night
Through the night

These cold nightmares
They make her worse for wear
Lost in the dark
She's got a heavy heart

And when she wakes
In her fragile state
Well, she calls my name
Hoping that I keep her safe

All that I can do
Is hope she makes it through
All the I can do
Is hope she makes it through

Through the night
Through the night
Through the night
Through the night

All that I can do
Is hope she makes it through
All that I can do
Is hope she makes it through
Through the night


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"Fragile Bird" as written by Dallas John Green

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    Song MeaningI'm pretty sure this is about his wife (Leah Miller) and her night terrors. I saw it in an interview somewhere. Cool new song!
    Cuberonixon April 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI hope the whole new album is going to be like this! I love City and Colour but I only ever listen to him when I'm sad, but this I can listen to all day without feeling down.
    And yeah I read this is about his wife and her night terrors too.
    Peterallen900on April 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI hope the whole new album is going to be like this! I love City and Colour but I only ever listen to him when I'm sad, but this I can listen to all day without feeling down.
    And yeah I read this is about his wife and her night terrors too.
    Peterallen900on April 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentNight terrors makes a lot of sense about the song's meaning. I agree, Peterallen900. Dallas doesn't always have the most uplifting music but I can't help but love it all. This song has such a raw feel to it, I can't wait to hear the rest of the CD.
    jailbirdjuleson April 06, 2011   Link
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    MemoryI think this is about night terrors, horrible memories haunting someone close to you-those times where there is nothing you can do but be there.

    I just heard this for the first time tonight. It's amazing, raw emotion. It's so real to me because of my own experience so similar to this song. I went through a lot of trauma and over the past few years would wake up with nightmares, drenched in sweat and afraid.
    And what did I do?
    I reached over to my bedside table and hit play on my stereo. I listened to so much music every night to get me back to sleep-lots of the time it was City and Colour...As much as these lyrics are a bit too close to home for me, I'm blown away by this song. bravo.
    LightmySoundon July 30, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI'm certain the lyrics are "They make her worse for wear" not "They make her words for ware". Beautiful song. Everything that man does is gold.
    piinkalyon April 09, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"These cold nightmares, they make her worse for where, lost in the dark."
    IMarrydDaveGrohlon August 15, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningThe song is about the futility of one to fix a conflict that deeply concerns him, but is beyond his control even though it's right in front of him. There's nothing he knows to do but to be there when the problem gets the best of what he loves.

    The lyrics tell a story of a man, who witnesses his lover speaking incoherently in a nightmare. "Her words they come undone" suggests the girl's words mean nothing, and the problem is beyond her control as well.
    MajorRogeron March 24, 2013   Link

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