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  1. anonymous
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    Aug 29th report

    In my opinion, this entire song is abt the guilt that comes with depression and suicidal thoughts. The section abt “dying an ugly day if you hit and miss” reflects the origin of suicidal thoughts, which is oftentimes one’s mistakes and struggles in their past. The line about her “own grand daddy” seems to be the singer reflecting on how hard their family worked to get them where they are, and likely implies a feeling of guilt they have for not living up to what was given to them. The lines about being kicked out shows more of this familial guilt, and having the rope tied around the singer’s neck is pretty self-explanatory. The line about the Christians knowing she “applied to hell” seems to refer to how religions often consider suicide the ultimate sin, explaining why the Christians are begging her to stop. Additionally, the line of the chorus about “living like a porcupine”, which in another version of the song is followed by “You live your whole life living underneath your spines”, seems to show the guilt that comes with pushing away your loved ones as a result of your struggles with mental health, and the line about “dreaming about the time when you were mine” seems to show these loved ones wishing they could be closer to the singer struggling alone.

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