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Artist: The Antlers
I wish that I had known in
That first minute we met
The unpayable debt
That I owed you
'Cause you'd been abused
By the bone that refused
You and you hired me
To make up for that
And walking in that room
When you had tubes in your arms
Those singing morphine alarms
Out of tune
They had you sleeping and eating and
And I didn't believe them
When they called you a hurricane thunderclap
When I was checking vitals
I suggested a smile
You didn't talk for a while
You were freezing
You said you hated my tone
It made you feel so alone
So you told me I had to be leaving
But something kept me standing
By that hospital bed
I should have quit but instead
I took care of you
You made me sleep and uneven
And I didn't believe them
When they told me that there
Was no saving you
Writer(s): Peter Joseph Silberman
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the whole album is about the singer's (fictional or autobiographical) relationship with a bipolar woman. this song introduces the metaphor of a bone cancer patient, as bipolar is "terminal" in the eyes of the boyfriend. this is according to an interview with peter
I think my heart is breaking a little bit each time I listen this song...
It might transcend the ideals behind the lyrics or what someone might read into them. The album came out around the same time I lost a close relative to a degenerative neurological disease and a lot of the sentiments apply. Who cares if it's your mother, daughter, lover, sister, the girl who sits across from you in math class.If you listen to the whole album, you could almost say it's a love song to what could have been. But sometimes you only know what you've lost when it's left you. Their live performance is like a wall of sound that will knock you on your ass. Sometimes listening means you have to stop thinking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...Thank you for this music.
Touching, its easy to relate to and understand clearly having similar interactions..
Very sad, pulled at my heart. Great song tho-What is the real meaning of the song?
like almost all good songs it can be interpreted in a nr of different ways. and even IF the dying wife theoryis correct as far as how it was written. We can all add our own meanings to the lyrics. myself i think of the ppl couldve helped in these types of situations but couldn't while guy nr2 thinks of snowcones or cheese. On a little sidenote, if you can catch a cold. you can catch cancer. Cold comes in viruses and several forms of cancers been proven to be directly caused by viral infections
i believe you are all wrong. you should do research before posting all of this random stuff. by posting such random things you're starting rumors. i thought we all got rid of the rumor bug.
Whoever mention Ursula Le Guin, that's "kemmering" and describes her particular brand of hermaphroditic reproduction. Clearly this one's got to do with Sloan-Kettering.Additonally, guys, this is a fairly transparent, although stunningly beautiful, album in general and this is not one of the foggier songs...
You can "catch" things that increase your risk for cancer. Don't go so hard on him.
You don't "catch" cancer you moron. And it wasn't his childhood girlfriend, and she didn't recover. she died. go catch cancer you ....
the album is about his ex childhood girlfriend who caught cancer. he stood by her and she eventually recovered only to cheat on him and leave him
This was meant to be listened to in HQ headphones. Incredibly beautiful song.
The bands frontman, Peter Silberman, expresses on the album's microsite that the idea for the album came from "the idea of caring for a patient who's mentally abusive to you. You don't have a right to argue with them, either, because they're the one who's dying here...you take it, but you can only take so much. Eventually this person is just destroying you." Whatever the original idea was, it's impossible for anyone with a soul to hear this album and not be moved by it.
i was born in kettering ohio haha|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------
Kettering is also a word Ursula K. LeGuin uses in her novel "the Left Hand of Darkness" and stands for a sort of mating period that the hermaphrodite inhabitants of the planet where the action happens go through every year or so. the whole society, in fact, is predicated on and revolves around the "kettering". But this may be completely off. I guess we'd have to ask The Antlers themselves...
I think the song, and the whole album, is about a hospice worker falling in love with a patient. I know that sentiment has been expressed already here. I just want to reiterate it, because I believe it to be the truth.
It may have been about his wife but I think the album is written from the perspective of a hospice worker. I think anyone working in the human service field especially the health care field can relate to this song. The hurricane thunder cloud lyric makes a lot of sense in perspective. Health care workers often tell the oncoming staff about the behavioral traits of the client they're assisting. Sometimes they talk a lot of shit about the client if he/she's difficult. This is obviously the case with this client.
actually, it's a concept album and the whole thing is about losing his wife to bone cancer and it follows from finding out to her death.
It's a beautiful song. The instrumentation goes with the lyrics perfectly. The whole album is pretty mellow and it is a perfect album for when you're just wanting to chill out.
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