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Donna
The Lumineers Lyrics


It's not the words you say but how you say it
I saved the picture where your hair was braided
They found your wallet in the cemetery
You told your daughter she was ordinary

You hate the name Junior
Your husband loved his computers
Your mother never was one
The eldest of seven children

If you don't have it then you'll never give it
And I don't blame you for the way you livin'
The little boy was born in February
You couldn't sober up to hold a baby

You hate the name Donna
You love to judge strangers' karma
You drove from New Jersey
The trucks always made you worry

Hold my hand now, time to
Go to bed it's way too late

You hate the name Donna
You love to judge strangers' karma
You drove from New Jersey
The trucks always made you worry
You raised a saint, Donna
You love to judge strangers' karma
You're praying for a funeral
You're singing like Hallelujah

You're singing like Hallelujah
You're singing like Hallelujah
You're singing like Hallelujah
You're singing like Hallelujah

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites

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Pradeep Poonia

LYRICS:
It's not the words you say but how you say it
I saved a picture where your hair was braided
They found your wallet in the cemetery
You told your daughter she was ordinary


You hate the name Junior
Your husband loved his computers
Your mother never was one
The eldest of 7 children


If you don't have it then you'll never give in
And I don't blame you for the way you're living
A little boy was born in February
You couldn't sober up to hold a baby


You hate the name Donna
You love to judge strangers' karma
You drove from New Jersey
The trucks always made you worry


Hold my hand now, time to
Go to bed, it's way too late


You hate the name Donna
You love to judge strangers' karma
You drove from New Jersey
The trucks always made you worry
We raised a saint daughter
You love to judge strangers' karma
You're praying for a funeral
You sang it like Hallelujah


You sang it like Hallelujah
You sang it like Hallelujah



cuchalainn

Listening to that melody makes me feel drunk inside
On prohibition wine

Syncopated lives
Lived on slides in black
And white

Why did I wish for life
When all I wanna do is die tonight

The pain of family a destiny unlived

Wrong person in the wrong place and time

Besides
We're all victims and perpetraters in this life

It's a symptom of being alive
And For the grace of God go I

(Thanks boys you really helped me out tonight
Thanks again really
For everything)



Abhishek Sharma

[Verse 1]
It's not the words you say but how you say it
I saved the picture where your hair was braided
They found your wallet in the cemetery
You told your daughter she was ordinary

[Chorus]
You hate the name Junior
Your husband loved his computers
Your mother never was one
The eldest of seven children

[Verse 2]
If you don’t have it then you'll never give it
And I don't blame you for the way you livin’
The little boy was born in February
You couldn't sober up to hold a baby

[Chorus]
You hate the name Donna
You love to judge strangers' karma
You drove from New Jersey
The trucks always made you worry

[Bridge]
Oh, my henna tattoo
Go to bed it's way too late

[Chorus]
You hate the name Donna
You love to judge strangers' karma
You drove from New Jersey
The trucks always made you worry
You raised a saint, Donna
You love to judge strangers' karma
You're praying for a funeral
You're singing like Hallelujah

[Outro]
You’re singing like Hallelujah
You’re singing like Hallelujah
You're singing like Hallelujah
You’re singing like Hallelujah



All comments from YouTube:

Eilis42

Trust the Lumineers to come up with cinematic masterpieces that end in 3 odd minutes but end up saying so much.
Gloria is apparently a character inspired from one of the band members' relatives who suffered from alcoholism. And the struggle of an addict is portrayed so wonderfully here, my heart couldn't help but break for her. I think the song suggests that Gloria didn't have a very healthy relationship with her mother, Donna which lead to her having a difficult childhood. Her mother was probably a single parent as well (she died at 63 while the father died at 43). But now that Gloria is a mother herself, and she can see her baby crying the same way as herself in the flashbacks, she can see her repeating her mother's actions and maybe understands her struggles better. Maybe Gloria didn't receive a lot of love from her mother ("You told your daughter she was ordinary") and now her baby boy (Junior) feels abandonment too. Gloria might be able to forgive her mother in the present, but she can't forgive herself for never repairing her relationship with her mother, it's the guilt of this and her addiction that keeps her up at night and motivates her to run out in the field. The field is also where she runs back to after the accident in 'Gloria' so it could also be a foreshadowing of the guilt that is to follow.

Watson. JG

Love this! Some of the comments underneath this are awfully uncalled for and extremely silly, shame. I guess some just don't truly understand.

Judi

Amazing! like the interpretation

Todd Canino

@Khanh LaManna if you make everything about race guess what you are....

scarfhead96

I think her father died during WW2, probably executed for being Jew. The mother managed to flee with her daughter, and maybe or maybe no more kids. The white skin, blue eyes and blonde hair is an attention to detail I think. She could pretend to be Christian. Eurocentric features saved her and maybe her mother’s life. The Hallelujah reference sounds hauntingly miserable with the scene shown. The portrayal of suffocation as she burst out of the house into the open field and rips off her shirt to be able to breathe. Singing hallelujah saved her. There is definitely guilt there...

cuchalainn

@Khanh LaManna were all victims
And perpetrators
Its a symptom of
Being alive
But for the grace of God I
Why do I live to do what I hate
One mistake
One mistake

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Shiba Community

Просто спасибо, что делаете настолько крутые работы, что, кажется, что мы можем прикоснуться к искусству


Just thank you for your great work! Love it so much. It seems like we can touch the art

Zannardi Kretli

If it doesn’t crush your heart, it is not Lumineers.

Marco Perez

TOTALMENTE DE ACUERDO :V

Daniel Vitor

Exatamente

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