"Virginia" as written by and David Shannon Bazan....
Virginia I had a dream you invited us over
You still lived on the street where you laid down for good
We all sat on the floor as my kids swam around us
You smoked cigarettes like I knew you would

We were worried about your personal salvation
Was it heaven or hell that you saw when your eyes closed?
You smiled at us floating high above the question
Like you knew something we didn't know

Virginia I had a dream we were closer than brothers
Singing "Pictures of You", crashing cars, skipping school
We drove all over town as the days blurred around us
We wore out your cassettes, we were nobody's fools

They were worried about our high school graduation
They read us a poem, "Oh The Places You'll Go!"
You smiled it off, floating high above the question
Like you knew something they didn't know

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"Virginia" as written by David Shannon Bazan

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  • +4
    General CommentI saw Bazan play this song at a house show in Austin recently, and this song was the highlight of the evening. It's absolutely perfect. Best song on the new album.
    We asked who it was about, and he said it was about a friend who died really young. It was actually a guy who's nickname was Virginia.
    austinnormancoreon April 21, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI can't help but feel horrible and cry to this song, it's Bazan's voice and the simple (as usual) lyrics. First two lines especially, because they can apply to anyone. But the last two make it more. And I guess it is that I know it will apply to me someday, maybe not to the same circumstances, but people die, and you will miss them.

    I do want to know what his friend knew that Bazan didn't. That is the one thing I don't get.
    eVNq6r8CaNq7Kgk6on June 30, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs far as my own interpretation, I think the song really gets a lot of power from the lyric "floating high above the question," which succeeded the line asking "Was it heaven or hell that you saw when your eyes closed?" To me it means that Virgina is high above that question. He transcends that question. It doesn't matter if he is in heaven or hell, it only matters what he did and what he means to David or anyone else in that person's life. Maybe I am thinking too little or too much about this line, but this is what I take away from it. I had a friend who passed away when he was seventeen, and I used to wonder stuff about the afterlife and what happened. I think about how it really doesn't matter and what matters is how he has affected my life. Who he was will matter to the people around me, no matter who they are, if they knew him or not.
    lukedalaon July 12, 2013   Link

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