City of blue tile.
Figure in ceramics.
Where we reach out.
Grab for porcelain.

But it's too fragile to hold.
And it shatters in our hands.
In time the seasons will seal these shards.
Into the slits that denote your wrists.

Death is the answer.
To calculations composed of motions that are the same.
And secret and different
A missing alphabet with a message for us.

When people die.
They take a piece of us with them.
(people die and die!)
And holes in clouds are minutes passing.
(die and die!)
Rescind this line and several ties.
(people die and die everyday!)
The skyline unfolds into explanation.

That sometimes words give up.
And silently walk off the edge of the page.
And here the cry opens up reveals the word inside.
The crack in the porcelain.

The silent line of sky-lit eyes show.
Death up there shine more brightly than lives down here.
Try and live.

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Porcelain Lyrics as written by Chrissie Hynde

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    This is a brilliant song. This is my favorite song off Waiting. I can't stop listening to it, the lyrics and music go so great together and the way it is written is just beautiful.

    fordirelifesakeon February 11, 2002   Link
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    i'm surprised there arent more comments on this song. This is one of my favorite songs lyrically because of the honesty of the lyrics and the message it sends to today's broken youth. The song is about suicide. The lyrics directly relate to humanity by relating something as delicate as porcelain to the fragility of human life. It sends a message to those thinking of committing suicide in the last few lines of the song. Thursday wrote this song in memory of one of their dear friends who committed suicide in hopes that somehow they could save a life and prevent someone else from feeling the pain of losing a loved one to this horrible and pointless act of violence against oneself. Read the words, digest them, understand them, and relate them to you or someone you know who may be considering suicide. Suicide is the escape of the weak, an escape for people who think they are too pathetic to help themselves. No one is that pathetic. Geoff's last word in this song: Live

    xSavesthedaYxon April 05, 2002   Link
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    For those of you that don't have the CD, here is a message from the band printed in the booklet after the lyrics for this song:

    Handguns facilitate the impulse, making suicide a reality for hundreds of people every year. Please boycott stores that don't run proper background checks on handgun buyers. If you are thinking aobut suicide know that you are not alone. There is help: 212-750-8400
    In memory of Kevin

    Ben0008on April 16, 2002   Link
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    This is also my favorite song off Waiting. Tons of meaning behind this song, and allthough it can be depressing its ultimatley uplifiting and makes you think.

    HardcoreJustinon April 27, 2002   Link
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    Drowned Standardson May 11, 2002   Link
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    General Comment drugged or sumethin?

    RockinRoseon May 11, 2002   Link
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    brokenwishon June 03, 2002   Link
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    I love the last line "try and live" It just... I don't know how to explain it. It just works so incredibly well. genius

    not_fully_convincedon June 08, 2002   Link
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    This is certainly an amazing song by Thursday; all of them are. This is the best Screamo band ever, and one of the best songs right here. Porcelain is an amazing song, lyrically. I love powerful vocals and sexy, sexy music.. I don't know Kevin, but my heart goes out.. .Adi

    *a jump for joy*on June 11, 2002   Link
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    oh god, i love this song. this is the first thursday song i heard and i was instantly hooked. i think this song is about how words arent the whole story... and how sometimes life is just really hard. or maybe im totally wrong.

    erasethesunon June 17, 2002   Link

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