"In Vain" as written by and Daniel Dale Johnston....
Minds
(It's cold outside)
Will go unbroken
(Close the door)
Thoughts
(Once complete)
Will fade away
(Never more)

I'm reaching to find
The words to define
The feeling entwined
In every aching line
In vain?
I'm waiting
Here at the end
The urge to defend
The meaning in trend
Will never let me bend
In vain?

Words
(It's cold outside)
Remain unspoken
(Close the door)
Hands
(Once complete)
Will soon decay
(Never more)

I'm reaching to find
The words to define
The feeling entwined
In every aching line
In vain?
I'm waiting
Here at the end
The urge to defend
The meaning in trend
Will never let me bend
In vain?


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"In Vain" as written by Daniel Dale Johnston

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    General CommentWhat, you mean no one likes this song enough to think of a meaning?!

    I'm still spent on this song, but it's my favorite by Mad at Gravity. The guitars of the verses remind me of winter. Heh.

    Someone help me, I'm kind of stuck.
    NewSkinon September 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentFear, pure in utter fear. He's afraid everything he is done in life will be for nothing. He's afraid that it's all meaningless and that no one will ever hear his words.

    And he doesn't speak in vain because I hear him loud and clear!
    Jayemelon September 13, 2002   Link
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    General Comment...... Makes good sense... but for some reason, I kinda feel like there's something a bit more than that. Heh heh. But hey, maybe I'm wrong, 'cuz it kinda feels like you hit the bullseye.
    NewSkinon September 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentto me, I can see this songwriter being frustrated and not being able to find the words to say anything. He's pouring his mind into this song! I love this song! No one in my town knows about Mad at Gravity, but they are my favorite band and they are SO AWESOME. He never speaks in vain because his words are too important to me...
    RockerBlairon September 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti agree mad at gravity is excellent, this is my favorite song by them, this band rocks
    yeah i dont really have a good meaning for this one...
    Incubus17on June 29, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThese guys are inspiring. To me this feels bitter and void, it seems he feels like he is falling apart, and feels regretful. Great band for sure!
    caitrockon March 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt makes me think of winter too. =]
    amuffledscreamon August 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely love this song! Just heard it for the first time recently through Pandora. I agree with Jayemel on the meaning being about his fears which goes well with the title and flow of the song. I also love the cover of the album for this song - clever idea, i thought...
    mr.dwightkschruteon March 09, 2008   Link

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