Watsky - Dedicated To Christina Li Lyrics




[Verse 1:]
The first time I went back to homeroom from the hospital
I thought that being more embarrassed was impossible
But God, the second time it really turned my stomach
Now I’m the kid who collapses and then spazzes out in public
This time was a bowling alley, the first was in the yard
And kids in middle school just watched me trip and kicked me hard
Except this girl named Crissie Li, who flips around at her desk
And gives me the world’s biggest Disney card
Wrote “best wishes,” and “kisses” where she signed it
3 feet by 2 feet, I coulda hid behind it
I didn’t like the pity from Christina Li though
I’m thinking “Crissie, can’t you see I’m busy being emo?”
‘Cause I think I mighta heard she maybe sorta liked me
And since she wasn’t cool enough I guess I took it lightly
Had braces and glasses and wasn’t Ms. Popular
And so I didn’t really give a thought to her

[Hook:]
A heart breaking sounds like guitar strings snapping
It’s the notes of the song that’ll never happen
And the wind in the leaves is the sound of ghosts clapping
But a heart breaking sounds like guitar strings snapping

[Verse 2:]
There’s holes in my memory - it isn’t photographic
There’s holes in my yearbook but the cut-out folks were plastic
Ten years pass, I don’t cross paths
With half the people from my class again 'til we meet at Crissie’s open casket
Those who chose to ask it probably knew
I could have dug in deeper if I’d wanted to
But you couldn’t tell a thing was off on the surface
And I didn’t know she was sick until I heard about her service
She was born with a heart defect, used to the cold knife
She’d been in and out of hospitals her whole life
She knew the whole time, and never said why
She felt my pain herself and helped me hold my head high
The nicest folks are those who know the throes of crisis
Though I know it’s crime to twist her life to fit my own devices
Why’s it so hard to mourn, and then try to learn by this
But lights that burn shortest
Are the lights that burn brightest

[Hook]

[Verse 3:]
Our 8th grade yearbook page for dedicating songs wasn’t long
Even in a school eleven hundred strong
The yearbook advertised for months, but when it’s said and done
Crissie bought six, the third most of anyone
Alvin got “Your Faith in Me” by Jessica Simpson
Pebbles got Richard Marx’s ballad “At the Beginning”
It feels like sloppy poetry the way her life would end
After sending Mariah Carrey’s “Any Time You Need a Friend"
But corniness is honesty that’s wrapped in cliché
And most slow jam lyrics aren’t shit I’m brave enough to say without a smirk
But before she went to dirt she left us finally
"I Will Remember You” to Geoff, Mike, Bry and me
You can plot if you must
Say it’s obviously fate, or explain that God is just
But all I know is that until my body’s dust
I will try to think of her as much as Crissie thought of us

[Outro:]
This one goes out to Christina





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Watsky Dedicated To Christina Li Comments
  1. Saryn

    noo this isn’t on apple music anymore:(

    jacoby games

    Saryn it’s not on any platforms other then people who reuploaded it on YouTube

  2. MsMiguel70

    Find it pretty hard to not tear up with this. Good reminder of feelings and such. Maybe said this before. Can't see. 🌻

  3. Mackenzie Williams

    To cheer up I listen to peach scone

  4. BolT Hunter

    https://statehornet.com/2010/09/remembering-a-friend-journalist/ I may be wrong but I believe this is her. May this song immortalize her in all of our hearts.

  5. TheChrisFordShow _

    Am I the only one who's looking for this instrumental?

  6. I'm fine

    that solo at the end feels in the soul

  7. llama masks

    Hey watsky I heard this song 5 years later you published and I just wanted to say Christiana will always live in my heart and so will this song.

  8. Marzy Meow

    A month ago a school friend, Cadmos took his own life. He was the nicest person but he was dorky and awkward, so I avoided him when I could. Even so, he always made sure I was okay and cheered me up when I was down. In creative writing class, he was so encouraging to everyone-- always the first to stand up and clap after someone shared-- so enthusiastic it was embarrassing but it always made you happy. He was incredibly socially unaware and was teased a lot for it. Even still, he always cared about and supported even those who would tease him. He's left a huge mark on me and taught me so much. "The lights that burn shortest are the lights that burn brightest." I'll miss you Cadmos. I'm sorry I never noticed that you were struggling. I'll try to think of you as much as you thought of us.

    A Generic Moron

    I lost a friend, four years ago tomorrow, who had been part of my life for twenty years. We grew up together, went to the same school, had the same tastes in music... He actually introduced me to Sum 41, Blink 182, Green Day, and then on to the sort of music that would come to define us both.

    We were very different people. I was always a distant kind of person, the guy who shows up once in a blue moon. I was quiet, and pensive, and hesitant to act. He was the life of the party and made friends of everybody. He was enthusiastic, full of live and vigour. He'd scream out his favourite songs, revelling in the melodrama of emo (We weren't emo, you never called us emo, that was A Thing) as well as roaring through hard-hitting rock and metal with more heart than anyone.

    He was a keen artist, a talented photographer, a skilled musician, but most importantly a thoroughly decent human being. He did charity work on weekends. He'd give you his time if you needed help, and if there was something happening he'd try to get everyone he could involved. He'd understand if you couldn't, or didn't want to, and never held it against you. He understood that I didn't drink, and never once asked why or tempted me to try. I never thanked him for that, small a thing as it is, it seems important now.

    Maybe I wasn't the best friend, maybe I could have seen it... it was so sudden. He went out to a party one night, had a riot of a time, came home, and then put up an ambiguous Facebook post about not remembering the night before. Then he was gone. When we had his funeral, we packed that small crematorium hall, every seat, standing room, wall to wall... He was missed by so many people.

    It's hard to not beat myself up about it. Maybe if I'd ignored my inhibitions, just once, and spent a little more time with him, maybe I could have changed things somehow. I didn't realise he was so messed up, so alone. Maybe if he could have seen what I saw that day... It's hard to say that he's stopped me from doing what he did, so many times now, and I don't know what to think about that. It's hard. It's still hard four years later. So right now, this song is hitting me hard, and your comment even more so.

    Remember the joy your friend brought you. Hold that thought with you wherever you go, and let his spirit live on in you. Sometimes we don't realise how important people are, how much we value people, how much pressure they are under and how little more they can take.

    All I know is that until my body's dust, I will try to think of him as much as Daniel though of us.

  9. Josh Debrowsky

    Was not ready for this today.... Damn man

  10. The..Out..Real

    Best song off cardboard castles

  11. The..Out..Real

    This just makes me think keep up the work great song

  12. Drake Carman-Loveless

    Dang, I was sad when I heard paul walker died, i was a big fan of him but I never cried, but this christina, never heard of her, And i cried hearing this song, You are amazing at putting a song together, watsky.

  13. Jbear201

    Anyone looking for the lyrics to this beautiful song

    The first time I went back to homeroom from the hospital
    I thought that being more embarrassed was impossible
    But God, the second time it really turned my stomach
    Now I’m the kid who collapses and then spazzes out in public
    This time was a bowling alley, the first was in the yard
    And kids in middle school just watched me trip and kicked me hard
    Except this girl named Crissie Li, who flips around at her desk
    And gives me the world’s biggest Disney card
    Wrote “best wishes, ” and “kisses” where she signed it
    3 feet by 2 feet, I coulda hid behind it
    I didn’t like the pity from Christina Li though
    I’m thinking “Crissie, can’t you see I’m busy being emo?”
    ‘Cause I think I mighta heard she maybe sorta liked me
    And since she wasn’t cool enough I guess I took it lightly
    Had braces and glasses and wasn’t Ms. Popular
    And so I didn’t really give a thought to her

    A heart breaking sounds like guitar strings snapping
    It’s the notes of the song that’ll never happen
    And the wind in the leaves is the sound of ghosts clapping
    But a heart breaking sounds like guitar strings snapping

    There’s holes in my memory- it isn’t photographic
    There’s holes in my yearbook but the cut-out folks were plastic
    Ten years pass, I don’t cross paths
    With half the people from my class again 'til we meet at Crissie’s open casket
    Those who chose to ask it probably knew
    I could have dug in deeper if I’d wanted to
    But you couldn’t tell a thing was off on the surface
    And I didn’t know she was sick until I heard about her service
    She was born with a heart defect, used to the cold knife
    She’d been in and out of hospitals her whole life
    She knew the whole time, and never said why
    She felt my pain herself and helped me hold my head high
    The nicest folks are those who know the throes of crisis
    Though I know it’s crime to twist her life to fit my own devices
    Why’s it so hard to mourn, and then try to learn by this
    But lights that burn shortest
    Are the lights that burn brightest

    A heart breaking sounds like guitar strings snapping
    It’s the notes of the song that’ll never happen
    And the wind in the leaves is the sound of ghosts clapping
    But a heart breaking sounds like guitar strings snapping

    Our 8th grade yearbook page for dedicating songs wasn’t long
    Even in a school eleven hundred strong
    The yearbook advertised for months, but when it’s said and done
    Crissie bought six, the third most of anyone
    Alvin got “Your Faith in Me” by Jessica Simpson
    Pebbles got Richard Marx’s ballad “At the Beginning”
    It feels like sloppy poetry the way her life would end
    After sending Mariah Carrey’s “Any Time You Need a Friend"
    But corniness is honesty that’s wrapped in cliché
    And most slow jam lyrics aren’t shit I’m brave enough to say without a smirk
    But before she went to dirt she left us finally
    "I Will Remember You” to Geoff, Mike, Bry and me
    You can plot if you must
    Say it’s obviously fate, or explain that God is just
    But all I know is that until my body’s dust
    I will try to think of her as much as Crissie thought of us

    This one goes out to Christina

  14. Alexandra T. Leigh

    A heart breaking sounds like guitar strings snapping.
    Arianna would have liked this song. I like to believe she can hear it still. I miss her. I miss Corey Knoll. I coulda shoulda woulda been a better girlfriend. Maybe if I was he wouldn't have died. Each day I hear guitar strings snapping but I also see their smiles...warm - a place that was home when I was lost in the war in my own head

  15. whatiswhat lawl

    This hits me, I was born with dysgraphia and during my middle school years I met a girl named Riley, she cared about me, but No one ever talked to her because she was weirdly awkward and nerdy. During 8th grade there was a rumor that went around that she liked me but I was moving out of state just a month after that rumor went out. I slowdanced with her at a school dance just to see her happy. One day after a moved I got news that she died of brain cancer.

  16. shams ajmeri

    very very very well put together story. shoot made me cry cause it's true that the brightest star lives the shortest.

  17. Haleigh Godin

    my best friend passed almost 4 years ago from an enlarged heart. he was my only support system and all i had. i miss him dearly and hate that i didnt get to say goodbye. im lucky enough he shows hes around all the time. id be lost without his spirit.

  18. Brooks The Cheese

    "The light that burn shortest are the ones that burn brightest". That one got me hard

  19. Itis CGBurrito

    Christi would love this George, I know it.

  20. Itis CGBurrito

    God damn dude, so fucking deep, love it watsky. Much love.

  21. Sammy Sines

    this song makes me cry every damn time. such a great song.

  22. Misfortune

    "The Light that burn shortest are the one who burn brightest"

  23. Vincent 47

    Heard this song when it first came out. I still get the same chills ...

  24. C-LUCK MEDIA

    Military Vet here and Step Father to a 2 year old with a CHD love him I've lost buddies to war and suicide and this song hits me just as deep as losing my military brothers and sisters

    Sammy Sines

    CHRIS REDCON1 thank you for your service to our country. it is appreciated. also, you have great taste in music!

  25. Rose Breindl

    the first time i listened to the song i stopped at 20 seconds then i came back and well it is amazing im gonna stop now before i gush

  26. LydiaMinx

    when I was depressed and was being bullied. my friend sent me this song.

  27. pumkingamer

    23 heartless people disliked WHY

    Kai Mantupar

    27, they can't handle shit this deep

    Rose Breindl

    34 *shakes head*

  28. CMMaddenJr

    RIP Christina : '-(

  29. nomnomnomey

    I can't listen to this without tearing up at least a little.

  30. BagelBytes

    This song hits really close to home for me... My cousin was born with a defective heart and was very lucky to get a transplant at a few years old. This heart was from an organ donor girl who had perished in an accident. He lived with medicine for organ rejection and a foreign heart that pumped his blood, and he lived to shine. He was a vibrant little boy who spread his personality wherever he went. He was very bright and loved films, directing, and eventually went to Full Sail to make movies. When he was 18, he started having complications with his heart and went in for routine checkup to see what the issue was. He ended up needing a new heart for whatever reason and was again, fortunate. He got a second donor heart, but he never recovered... There was an issue with the heart and before my cousin turned 19, it finally gave out and he passed away. I dont know if Watsky will ever see this comment, but please know that your song has touched me and made me feel those feelings I had back when he passed. I am not a religious man, nor do I believe in god, but I do hope that some day, if possible, I will be able to see him again, however impossible that seems to me. Thanks Watsky, keep up the flow!

    12D3

    BagelBytes I know it sounds cheesy, but Watsky said it best: "The lights that burn shortest are the ones that burn brightest". I really hope you'll get to be with him again.

    BagelBytes

    @12D3 Thanks for the feelz man :-P

    Misfortune

    12D3 Ture

    Maxwell Tyree

    Sorry man. That sounds rough.

    Ohm

    BagelBytes the

  31. Blastor Pastor

    I need to watch some explosions and monster trucks to mend my masculinity I cried in public hearing this

  32. Souls OnSale

    who the living fuck disliked this, fuck you pieces of shit for hating on something straight from the heart

  33. Xavier Holmes

    I am a 340lb man and this song just made a single tears run down my cheek, as it did the first time I listened to it, two years ago.

    Blastor Pastor

    me too man. it just hits you in a way that messes with you

  34. Ari Love

    Wow this is so profoundly deep...you've earned my respect Watsky...keep up the good music even if the general public doesn't hear. The underground will always be listening...

  35. Jill Fitz

    Every time I hear this I cry a little

  36. Jinxx and Ava

    Whoarethe13whodisliked???

  37. Grimsun

    I cry every time. <3

    Ebah

    +Unholyentity17 Me too

  38. Hgnasty

    Song hit me at a rough time and sent me in a spiral I found an article about Christina on the Sacramento bee website, real heavy stuff :(

  39. Lily Stricklin

    Fuck... my heart. ;_;

  40. TishFaco

    Fuck dude tell everyone in your life that you love them. You never know what they're going through and how long they'll be with you!

  41. kronos

    i understand...

  42. Timmy Taylor

    Damn i love this song, it's so sad but beautiful. It makes me feel my regrets though, but still. Definitely my favorite song by him, and one of my favorite songs period.

  43. Elijah Clements

    Same experience here. Several people within the Burnsville Community have died and nobody cares anymore. They even decided to give us SHIRTS with the #burnsvillestrong  logo on them ? Are you kidding me? No. Not how it works.

  44. Michael Smith

    This song made me for the first time in awhile.. feel.

    - via YtPak(.com)

  45. Melon Moments

    A heart breaking sounds like guitar strings snapping it's the notes of a song that will never happen..

  46. btnhmurdamo

    corniness is honesty wrapped in cliche

  47. kris newhouse

    When I was in the fifth grade, There was a girl in my class named Christina. She was the nicest girl you could meet, but she had a lot of heart problems. Sadly, one day our guidance counselor talked to us before class...Cristina died the night before in her home. I'm a Senior now and am about to graduate, but nobody in my class remembers her. She will always live on in my memories.

    Yehoshua Thompson

    that's fucked up. glad you still remember her

    Master Pope Yoda

    I'm really sorry to hear that, but I'm sure they remember, somewhere in their head, and even if they don't, it's not exactly something a kid wants to carry with them through their childhood

    Doggie OverLordX

    @Master Pope Yoda sometimes it better to faxe the darkness when your young

  48. Chris Emerson

    She had a heart disease.
    Yet she gave it out to anybody who needed it.

    Kutsy

    Sorry for the criticism, but your statement makes it sound as if she gave out disease not the heart...

  49. Magicfire productions

    i bet she would have been at least a 9/10 when she grew up with a perfect 11/10 heart and personality :_( i really feel this song man, HELL OF a good song.

  50. Noah Armstrong

    Sad....Good though.

  51. Ashley Smith

    This song in comparison to his others shocked me to tears. Holy hell. My heart is broken. :c

    obligatedfool19

    Listen to sloppy seconds. Not as tear jerking but sweet!

    Ashley Smith

    @Jeshan Ayesh Coonghe
    I've been listening to it on repeat for a month and a half. It's probably my favorite song by him. :D

    obligatedfool19

    Wounded healer is another one. Just be careful you don't get sick of listening too much

    Vadez01

    I listen to it wounded healer almost all the time for months now havent nearly gotten tired of it

    Vadez01

    Cri evrytime the feels

  52. Bo Robinson

    *sobs uncontrollably*

    Mackenzie Williams

    So true

  53. Chris Bernsen

    i love this song and want to learn how to play the melody on the guitar, any help?

  54. Midnight NinetyTwo

    I fucking love smoking to this

    Kzzori

    Really?  You have a song this beautiful and you decide to get high to it?

    Midnight NinetyTwo

    I get high to everything beautiful you schmug

    Pharoah Dox

    @Kzori Really? You have a song this beautiful and you DON'T get high to it?

    Kzzori

    @Jake Woodard Hmmm....
    I never thought of it like that....

  55. HamzaSayedAli

    @Hogwit You can't blame yourself for that...

  56. SportsLuvr

    Watsky should've made a music video for this song

    Logan Witt

    @SportzLuvr I'm sure he meant video :)

    SportsLuvr

    @Logan Witt Yeah I thought so, I was just making sure.

    Midnight NinetyTwo

    I know right forreal

    Itis CGBurrito

    SportsLuvr maybe he still will

  57. Antonio Bond

    Proper rap

  58. BGM Live!

    I know a girl just like this. I'm gonna give her a big hug tomorrow.

    BGM Live!

    @JimRaynorism Yeah I did, and we still talk :)

    nomnomnomey

    @Cab You were supposed to wait a year before adding another comment, dude.

    BGM Live!

    @nomnomnomey Damn...I didn't get the memo.

    nomnomnomey

    @Cab It's okay. I forgive you.

    Blue

    Do you still talk to her in 2019?

  59. Matt Hessing

    Whoever disliked this has no fucking heart.

    T'Jeem Evans

    were you the ass  who disliked it i get were you coming from but still.......you cant just dislike such great music

    Gongall

    Or they didn't like the music.

    Gongall

    @T'Jeem Evans You can very easily dislike great music, by the way.

    Kutsy

    ginger too

    The..Out..Real

    Matt Hessing t

  60. Caleb Harris

    Damn it watsky :(

  61. Darkclipz

    When i heard this song for the first time i cried..

    TOPgamer069

    Just the first? Bruh, I can't make it through half the song before I start bawling.

  62. Alon Dar

    i came to listen to music, not cry

  63. MusicLover

    Ouch, RIGHT IN MY FEELS :(

  64. Danny Koolaid

    Wow I have a new all time YouTube favorite, This ranks up with all-stars such as Oddmusic, Greydon Square, and Lindsey Stirling! My day has been made!

  65. Hannah

    right in the feels. right in there

  66. ttylbodydark

    Dam..I wish somebody liked me

    Ian 9876

    ttylbodydark I like you for liking this music :) what's your name?

    pumkingamer

    ttylbodydark yeah

  67. Saint John

    Hhnng, these feels. They hurt.

  68. IAmDaedem

    Damnit Watksy I'm trying to do homework. Stop hitting me in the feels :(

  69. Drethebostonkid Official

    I know how he feels I've had epilepsy since 3rd grade

  70. Chloe Betros

    So sad and sweet

  71. Hogwit

    This is very similar to someone I know...she always liked me...no one else did...she always asked for a hug, and I gave her one, but never more...she wasn't popular or anything...but she cared about me...she was killed in a hit and run and I wish I had done more with her...because I actually liked her...and maybe...just maybe...if I had, she wouldn't have been there, then, and would still be living. :'(

    Ian 9876

    Hogwit don't blame yourself bro

    JetterBach

    That's deep but there isn't much you can do about it. I bet she was a great person

  72. mryomantoo

    braces red hair glasses freckles = pretty as fuck!

  73. Christina Motes

    My friend just showed this to me, my name is Christina:)

    Ian 9876

    Christina Motes poetry girls <3 :)

  74. mrmidnightarts

    Cannot wait for you're Dublin Date man :)

  75. donatedobject

    I didn't even notice

  76. nyte84

    Incredible song!! I can visualize the story every time I hear this song. The lyrics get a hold of emotions. WELL DONE Watsky!!

  77. Crude Birth Rate

    Should make a film of this

  78. Omar Vasquez

    Thats the most beautiful and saddest song I heard

  79. Shoutouts1and1likes

    So sad :(

  80. Cooperink247

    Man Watsky, you might need a rope cause you go deep.

  81. Jacob Cook

    man i cant imagine eminem and watsky on a song together..and if it did happen it'd probably be my least favorite song unless watsky saved it with his genius ..eminem is way passed his prime and i dont even care what he has to say anymore..i know i know im a hater lol but I'm ok with it

  82. EvyX

    the feels

  83. Barney Atkinson-Saul

    That verse about her open casket... chokes me up ae. Makes me think that we all really need to make the most of our lives, and the people in them. This is why I want Watsky to come to NZ.

  84. 913dynasty SupaNovaHelix

    My god you're cliche. rap is bigger than a handful of names,man. Watsky is proof of that.

    Gimmie a SLUG collab. Gimmie one with brother ali. Gimmie one with grieves. Gimmie one with eligh. Gimmie one with r.a.... Gimmie one with rittz. the list goes on.

  85. On The Beat

    Già,ho provato a far sentire qualche sua canzone ai miei amici,ma hanno detto che gli fanno schifo. Beh,d'altronde da gente che ascolta commercialate cos'altro potevo aspettarmi xD

  86. On The Beat

    A quanto pare non sono l'unico italiano che ascolta Watsky ahahaaha

  87. On The Beat

    Imagine Eminem and Watsky on a song! It would be the best song ever,even better than some 2Pac songs

  88. Nhami1

    i cried

  89. Slumpty Dumpty

    dont we all

  90. Vince Cardona

    Damn watsky, you are my inspiration in life and in music! you are too real for most people
    and so im glad i know about you

  91. Vince Cardona

    Kinda different style, but hey :p

  92. Mason Walsh

    Watsky's lyrics and voice are always so appealing that you almost forget just how "next-level" his instrumentals are. I love that they are real instruments and he tours with a band. Genuine.

  93. jeremy faulkner

    I dont cry much to music but i did to this one beacause a close freind of mine died of cancer and everybody made fun of me for careing about it so this song has alot of meaning to me

  94. Trevor Rains

    The seizures could be from the medication he was taking

  95. Clinton Reid

    thanks for clearing that up for me

  96. tifflesland

    so sad :cc

  97. Rogue

    Please, Drake says he started the bottom? Watsky is the only one that truly came back from ROCK bottom, and then grew from it. Watsky, if you read this, you sir are a fucking inspiration, and we all love you :)

    Ryan Sloan

    Hobo Johnson also started from the bottom. Legit when he got his fame he was homeless.

  98. Alycisna

    yeah, he would have seizures and one day they just stopped.