When everything we felt fails
Then some music, soft and distant sails
But it don't sound like it did before
Then I know I'm left with nothing more
Then my own soul

When pretty pictures face back
But your coats aren't hanging on the rack
And blue water turns to
A place that I can't get to
A place that I can't

In a room all I feel
Is the cold that you left

Through the air all I see
Is your face full of blame

What's left to see?
What's there to see?

In the room all I feel
Is the cold that you left

Through the air all I see
Is your face full of blame

What's left to see?
What's left to see?
What's left to see?
What's left to see?

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Song for a Blue Guitar Lyrics as written by Mark Edward Kozelek

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  • +2
    General Comment...that my heart is fucking broken
    jmolinaon February 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first thing I thought of was Picasso's painting "The Old Guitarist" done during his blue period. I'm pretty certain the title is a reference to it.
    heidi effin fleisson September 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"then i know i'm left with nothing more than my own soul".. wow. This song is incredible. It is beautiful and sad (like many other songs from them!!) The red house painters are amazing. Mark kozelek is sooo talented. I love all of the deep emotions in all of their songs.
    This song is very lonely, and kind of empty. Yet it gives me an amazing feeling, it is filled with beauty.
    daydreamer82on May 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song makes my skin tingle and my eyes run. That slide guitar entering always sends the first shiver up my spine, it goes up to my head escaping through the skin. I don't think i've ever had a song so emotionally affect me. You know how in those most truly miserable points of your life you get a song that becomes like the theme tune, it speaks to you, and every time you hear it it takes you right back. For me this is that song. I limit my hearing the album to a couple of times a year cause it makes me cry every time, even still..
    josepeskoeffleson November 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first verse kills me because it hits so close to home. I know too many songs that are no longer as pleasant to hear as they once were. Those songs bring up memories of the past and create a dissonance in attitude. What may have been a cheery or lovely song now resonates in an ugly way. The once happy music conflicts with my altered perspective or soul as he sings.
    pel27on July 23, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit´s about being left alone...
    rockkidon May 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a beautiful song, it reminds me of ocean colour's scenes "beautiful thing" i think because of the double tone of man&woman, and the softness. for anyone who likes this, listen to "another song for a blue guitar", also by red house painters.
    rainbow8711on June 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is such a beautiful song. So soft, bitersweet, and sad. But what I want to know is...Why not a song for a red guitar?
    Abe Sapienon March 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti rarely ever love songs the first time i hear them. they have to grow on me. but the first time i heard this, i just said "wow."
    crazyburgeron May 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta song for a BLUE guitar is in reference of when you say you're blue, as in sad. The song, the melody, the voices, it all evoques sadness. it's wicked beautiful..
    TigerlilyGirlon July 07, 2006   Link

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