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Birdy: Skinny Love Meaning

Song Released: 2011

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Skinny Love Lyrics

Come on skinny love, just last the year
Pour a little salt, we were never here
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
Staring at a sink of blood & crushed veneer
I tell my love to wreck it all
Cut out all the ropes & let me fall
My, my,...


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    Jul 8th, 2015 7:17am report

    This song is very strange to me, in the fact that depending on who reads it or hears it, the meaning could change drastically. While rereading this song I have seen it in numerous ways but, finally, I've landed on one that sits with me the best as it fits the song better than the rest. I think this song is about a relationship between two very broken people. The tags which suggest some relation to mental illness somewhat helped lead me this theory. The line "C'mon skinny love just last the year" to me is very powerful as it reveals a lot, if viewed in a certain light. It makes it seem as though the song is being addressed to a person who is very important to the writer of the song, and that this person may be dealing with an eating disorder, as skinny was the first descriptor they used, or depression, as it is a plea for them to keep going. The sink being filled with "blood and crushed veneer" leads me to think that possibly the writer is as broken as the person being addressed in the song. Like maybe they also have depression and the blood is from cutting, the veneer possibly referring to their broken facade of being okay. [I have no real proof that this part is more related to the writer than the writee, it's just a feeling] In the chorus the list of "I told yous" seems to be different things the writer said to the writee in the past, possibly things that they thought would make them better but have failed to do so. Towards the end of the song the writer suggests that there was some sort of fight between the two as the writee supposedly said that "all their love was wasted" The surrounding lines also suggest that the writer was still angry and hurt, while also stating that they are "breaking" after all thats happened. Then the writer asks three questions which seem sort of like pleas to the person they are writing to.


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    Jun 10th, 2014 6:33pm report

    Suckle on the hope and in lite brassier


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    May 19th, 2014 5:21pm report

    Come on skinny love just last the year,
    Pour a little salt we were never here,
    My my my, my my my, my-my my-my...
    Staring at the sink of blood and crushed veneer.

    Tell my love to wreck it all,
    Cut out all the ropes and let me fall,
    My my my, my my my, my-my my-my...
    Right in the moment this order's tall.

    And I told you to be patient,
    And I told you to be fine,
    And I told you to be balanced,
    And I told you to be kind,
    And in the morning I'll be with you,
    But it will be a different kind,
    'Cause I'll be holding all the tickets,
    And you'll be owning all the fines.

    Come on skinny love, what happened here?
    Suckle on the hope in light brassieres,
    My my my, my my my, my-my my-my...
    Sullen load is full, so slow on the split.

    And I told you to be patient,
    And I told you to be fine,
    And I told you to be balanced,
    And I told you to be kind,
    And now all your love is wasted,
    Then who the hell was I?
    'Cause now I'm breaking at the britches,
    And at the end of all your lines.

    Who will love you?
    Who will fight?
    And who will fall far behind?

    Come on skinny love,
    My my my, my my my, my-my my-my...
    My my my, my my my, my-my my-my.

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