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Frank Black – 1826 lyrics

I'm going away
I'm going far away
I'm going further than the land that meets the sky

And I won't rest
Until I'm very far
I'll walk for many days and walk through many nights
I leave today

I smell the death
I smell it very near
I'm going away before that death is coming here

I hear a sound
I hear my enemies
I hear them getting louder, louder everyday
My enemies

I'll run and run
And I won't have a home
I don't know when I'll stop my running I don't know

Won't have a friend
Won't talk to anyone
Oh will I ever stop my running? I don't know

Oh I don't know
Oh will I ever know?
Will I ever stop my running? I don't know
Oh I don't know

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    1826 is 5 x 365 + 1. That is the number of days in the 5 years (assuming only one leap year in that time) that is used to identify cancer survivors.

    My take is that the lyrics are not about the cancer survivor but the cancer care giver. After 5 years the care giver is exhausted with the constant demands and the necessity of always being pleasant. This is especially trying when the cancer victim is particularly demanding and unpleasant.

    After 5 years it is socially acceptable for the care giver to chuck it all and run away. The cancer victim has matriculated to cancer survivor.
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