Simple things like
Your overcoat and your beauty
That's still burnin' me
Let me hang around
Even if it's just some way to have
Some common burn
A common burn

So I spend the night in someone's house
That you clouted
Oh simple me that you fled
But we have that in common

That common burn
That common burn

Oh well, heavens, I have said so many times before
You could sit around and have everything that you scored
Just don't come home and say you've been asleep
When you know you're burnin' someone

That common burn
That common burn


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Common Burn Lyrics as written by Hope Sandoval David Roback

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  • +1
    Lyric Correction

    I think it is:

    “That’s still ARE burning me” instead of “That’s still burning me”

    “Aware, I’m just it” instead of “Aware of atoms, I said”

    and after the last two: “That common burn, that common burn” it says “You know we have.”

    snmmtwtlon December 09, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation

    My interpretation is the person she is singing about was burned/hurt by a previous lover, and now the way he treats her makes her realize that they both share that in common now - he was burned by another lover and now he passes that hurt onto her and now she also feels that burn, because he is the one that's hurting her, just like his previous lover hurt him.

    The end line sums it all up "Just don't come home and say You've been asleep When you know you're burning Someone. That common burn"

    She's saying: Don't pretend to 'be asleep' when he should know better from his past experience of feeling burned by someone and now he's burning her and now they also share that feeling of being burned.

    aluna50on October 01, 2020   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    "overcoat and your beauty"

    "oh simple me that you fled"

    "that common burn, that common burn"

    "and say you've been asleep"

    obobobon November 12, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correction

    Simple things like your over coat and your beauty That's still burning me Let me hang around Even if it's just some way to have Some common burn A common burn

    So I spend the night in someone's house that you clouded Oh simple me that you fled But we have that in common

    That common burn That common burn

    Aware of atoms, I said So many times before You could sit around and have Everything that you scored Just don't come home and say You've been asleep When you know you're burning Someone

    That common burn That common burn

    Havenspearon November 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correction

    "So I spend the night in someone's house that you cluttered"

    "Oh where, heavens, I said so many times before"

    sebrazon April 13, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    "So I spend the night in someone's house that you clouted", not 'clouded', not 'cluttered'

    Vega777on August 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Not "atoms," believe it's:

    "Ooh well— haven't I said (or heavens, I said)"

    And while "times before" would make more sense, I distinctly hear

    "So many towns before"

    obobobon July 16, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Common burn has a bit of a double meaning. It could mean a shared pain but could also mean "burn" as In a lovers burn. Obviously there's implied remorse or denied feelings for eachother in this particular relationship.

    Drhydeiton January 12, 2017   Link

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