Said you'd found a way to end it peacefully
I remember finding shoes near the lake under a tree
And I'm sittin' on the shore
I thought I saw your charm float by
It doesn't matter now
'cause all you wanted to do was die

If only you'd stuck around
I never would have made a sound
But now you're on the ocean floor
And I've opened a brand new door
Brand new door

Swimming out to sea
Trying to find something else
While I'm skipping stones
And I'm listening to the shells
And I won't forget you
If someone else comes along

I found the words you wrote
But I would not dare to quote
My friends, the lines you amend
Like, "What's so bad about dying anyway?"

Swimming out to sea
Trying to find something else
While I'm skipping stones
And I'm listening to the shells
And I won't forget you
If someone else comes along
You'll always come to mind
Whenever I hear that song

The one about photographs
Sung by Ringo Starr
Especially in the chorus part
You always said, "Now, don't you start."

Don't you start, yeah yeah
Don't you start
Don't you start


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  • +2
    General CommentI always kinda assumed this was about suicide...was I taking the lyrics to literally?

    -I found the words you wrote
    But I would not dare to quote
    My friends, the lines you amend
    Like, "What's so bad about dying anyway?"-

    I thought he found her suicide note, but couldn't bring to share it with thier friends/family because it was so bleak and sometime it is better not to know the truth?
    5daysinmayon February 08, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI found the words you wrote
    But I would not dare to quote
    My friends, the lines you amend
    Like, "What's so bad about dying anyway?"

    -ok those lines right there, just the way Chris Murphy sings it, is one of the best things in music history. I just find it so beautiful, it sometimes gets me emotional. That's what music is about, and Sloan nails it.
    pinklemonadeon September 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentithink this is a great summer song where i guy is tlak about a girl he loved and his frineds and what happend to there lives and how he hope ever thing would end peacefully
    Kaireenon June 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhat about all the references to drowning?:

    Said you'd found a way to end it peacefully
    I remember finding shoes near the lake under a tree

    all you wanted to do was die

    now you're on the ocean floor

    Swimming out to sea
    Trying to find something else

    I found the words you wrote
    Like, "What's so bad about dying anyway?"

    I'm listening to the shells
    And I won't forget you
    lvron January 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe the quotes are from "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath...A book that ends with the protagonist's suicide. At one point, she states that drowning is the kindest way to die.
    mofloon September 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe song is written and sung by Jay, not Chris. I love Chris too, but credit where credit is due. There's a vid on YT of just Jay and Chris performing this song at a radio station promo. Not the greatest version, but this song lives on forever for anyone who listens closely to it. It's really beautiful, and so distinctly human how a song can bring back the closest remembrance of someone who has gone on. Sloan. Live on, indeed.
    doorknobtenon March 02, 2011   Link

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