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Sorrow found me when I was young,
Sorrow waited, sorrow won.
Sorrow that put me on the pills,
It's in my honey it's in my milk.
Don't leave my hyper heart below
On the water,
Cover me in rag and bones, sympathy.
Cause I don't wanna get over you.
I don't wanna get over you.

Sorrow's my body on the waves
Sorrow's a girl inside my cave
I live in a city sorrow built
It's in my honey, it's in my milk.
Don't leave my half a heart alone,
On the water,
Cover me in rag and bones, sympathy.
Cause I don't wanna get over you.
I don't wanna get over you.

Don't leave my half a heart alone,
On the water,
Cover me in rag and bones, sympathy.

Cause I don't wanna get over you.

I don't wanna get over you.



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    Sorry, contains a correction.
    The song is about someone predisposed to gloominess and melancholy and asking to be saved through another's comfort and empathy. They are refusing to let go of their nature, though, and only wish to wallow in their own misery. "i don't want to get over you" doesn't refer to anyone in the present tense, but someone from his past that he's built a shrine of self-pity around, a muse for his condition.
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    The song is about someone predisposed to gloominess and melancholy and asking to be saved through another's comfort and empathy. They are refusing to let go of their nature, though, and only wish to wallow in their own misery. "i don't want to get over you" doesn't refer to anyone in the present tense, but someone from his past that he's built a shrine of self-pity around, a muse for condition.
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    I'm guessing I can slightly relate to this song. It's defiantly one of my favorites from the national. They always find away to get into the depth of everything they write. Sorrow is basically fulfilling everyone's lives at some stage. We don't know when it gonna hit us but then bam. Knocking us down before we can get up. It's impossible to run away from sorrow. Just like anything else. That's why I really admire this song. Because I believe they were sending different messages to corespond with everyone emotional state. Keep going guys :)
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    I agree with the person who said that his past lover is his "muse" for his constant sorrowful state. Maybe he really loved her and now that he can't have her its like a mental block that can never be stopped. As if his life will never be complete without this person. Imagine if you met your soulmate and you knew they were your soulmate and they didn't want anything to do with you? I can see how a situation like that can make sorrow a way of life. Because that's what this song is about. Sorrow is everywhere for him. It's become normal to go through each day accepting sadness as the norm. And seeing as the mind always looks for satisfaction and pleasure, I think he has finally learned to live with sorrow be satisfied with how life is for him. He can't have the woman he loved and that's how its supposed to be.
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    I think it is the case of a permanently depressed type of person, who realized that it is just a part of him from early age. Even though he might have tried to fight it, it waited and it won (now he is just medicated.) it is underlying even in all things that should bring him joy. But he acknowledges that he still has capacity for love and some joy (half a heart). He is asking for sympathy and understanding from his woman and doesn't want to lose her over the fact that this is the way he is.
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