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Turn away
If you could get me a drink
Of water cause my lips are chapped and faded
Call my Aunt Marie
Help her gather all my things
And bury me
In all my favorite colors,
My sisters and my brothers, still,
I will not kiss you,
Cause the hardest part of this,
Is leaving you.

Now turn away,
Cause I'm awful just to see
Cause all my hair's abandoned all my body,
All my agony,
Know that I will never marry,
Baby, I'm just soggy from the chemo,
But counting down the days to go.
It just ain't living
And I just hope you know,

That if you say, (If you say)
Good-bye today, (Good-bye today)
I'd ask you to be true (I'd ask you to be true)
Cause the hardest part of this,
Is leaving you...

Cause the hardest part of this,
Is leaving you...

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    tokmulOct 8, 2008 at 6:47 am
    "Cancer" depicts the most emotional point in the Patient's story. Here the Patient is tired and bedridden from the cancer that is surely killing him. He is starting to come to terms with the fact that he will die, and begins to make arrangements and requests for his inevitable death, ("Call my aunt Marie, help her gather all my things, and bury me in all my favorite colors"). As he is doing so, he realizes that there is still something he just can't quite accept, and that is having to part with the one who loves him the most, his lover ("The hardest part of this is leaving you"). He tells his lover that he will not kiss her, possibly because he wants to sever his connection with her as much as possible to make it easier for him to cope with having to leave her. Also he may be regretful of being spiteful to her like he was in "I Don't Love You", and may feel that he does not deserve her forgiveness, which is a point that is touched on more in "Sleep". He goes on to somewhat apologize for his erratic behavior, saying he's just "soggy from the chemo". Finally he asks her that even if she were to leave him at this moment, he requests just one thing of her, that she'll never marry. ("And if you'd say goodbye today, I'd ask you to be true"). "Cancer" shows that the Patient still has the potential to go to heaven, and that he isn't all bad. This foreshadows his eventual change of attitude in "Famous Last Words".
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    tokmulAug 4, 2008 at 4:27 am
    yes a SAD song really.. so hard to leave them, having a couple of days remaining in your life.. having CANCER... and trying to bury in his favorite memories.. ^^
  • dellier
    dellierNov 14, 2009 at 5:43 am
    the hardest part when leaving is to say Goodbye to the people you love and mean most to you. especially if the reason is an uncurable ailment that no amount of money can help to treat it, when all you have to do is just let go and accept reality.
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    antotzztotnhojSep 21, 2009 at 10:10 am
    it so hard to let go of someone which you love most,but its really really hard to let go of someone which both of you love each other and knowing that the reason for leaving is not just simple as leaving you temporarily but leaving you totally...
    you will get hurt seeing your loveone is sufferring from sickness that you know there is no treatment..the only thing you need to do is to spend your life and the most of the moment,never wasting any single minute or second while he is existing until grasping breath while still holding with your arms and seeing him dying...
    you see in his eyes that he is fighting against sickness because of his love and wanting to have a chance to live, bringing back all the good memories with you...
  • HarrietMinor
    HarrietMinorAug 20, 2008 at 6:40 pm
    Well, this is easy to explain the meaning to this song.
    Everytime I hear this song I cry.
    It's such a great song, explaining all the difficulties of cancer.

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