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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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    UnregisteredJul 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm
    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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    UnregisteredMay 19, 2012 at 11:09 am
    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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    UnregisteredNov 16, 2013 at 8:36 am
    Sometimes the trauma involves a loved ones death, it marked you so deeply, its impossible to get over. You wake up and go to sleep with it. Its not a choose, in fact a lot of people will try anything to stop thinking about these loved ones. The singer of the song builds his shrine and turns his sorrow into art…
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    UnregisteredAug 21, 2012 at 2:14 am
    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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    UnregisteredJul 31, 2012 at 9:48 pm
    This song makes me get in a deep sorrow. Sorrow found me when i was young too, and it seems it will never lose me.

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