Strings That Tie You
Jon Brion Lyrics


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From the wrinkles on my forehead
To the mud upon my shoe
Everything's a memory
With strings that tie to you

In my dream I'm often running
To the place that's out of you
Of every kind of memory
With strings that tie to you

Though a change has taken place
And I no longer do adore her
Still every God forsaken place is always
Right around the corner

Now I know it's either them or me
So I'll bury every clue
And every kind of memory
With strings that tie to you





And every kind of memory
With strings that tie to you

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Jon Brion's song Strings That Tie You are a beautiful reflection on the power of memories and the way that they connect us to people from our past, even if we no longer have a relationship with them. The verses describe the way that everything in our lives can be linked to someone we used to know, as we carry memories of them with us wherever we go. From the wrinkles on our forehead to the mud on our shoes, there are always strings that connect us to our past, whether we want them to or not.


The second verse takes a more reflective tone, as the singer dreams of a place that is free from the memories that tie them to someone they used to love. The lyrics suggest that these memories can be overwhelming at times, as they keep us firmly rooted in the past and prevent us from moving forward. Even when we try to leave these memories behind, they can continue to haunt us, lurking right around the corner.


The final verse acknowledges the power of these memories but also suggests that sometimes we need to let them go. The singer recognizes that the memories tying them to their past relationship are holding them back and preventing them from living in the present. They resolve to bury every clue and memory, letting go of the strings that tie them to their past and creating the space to move forward into their future.


Line by Line Meaning

From the wrinkles on my forehead
Every expression on my face, every sign of aging reminds me of you


To the mud upon my shoe
Even the dirt and grime on my shoes is intertwined with memories of you


Everything's a memory
Every aspect of my life, from the mundane to the momentous, is tied to memories of you


With strings that tie to you
These memories are deeply rooted, inextricably linked to you


In my dream I'm often running
My mind tries to escape from the memories of you


To the place that's out of you
I long to go to a place where memories of you don't haunt me


Of every kind of memory
No matter what kind of memory it is, it reminds me of you


Though a change has taken place
Even though things have shifted and I don't love you anymore


And I no longer do adore her
And I no longer feel affection for you


Still every God forsaken place is always
Everywhere I look, there are memories of you


Right around the corner
There's no escaping the memories, they're always nearby


Now I know it's either them or me
I realize that I need to choose between these memories and my own well-being


So I'll bury every clue
I'll try to forget everything that reminds me of you


And every kind of memory
Every single memory, regardless of its nature


With strings that tie to you
Is intimately connected to you, like strings that bind me to the past




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