"Can't See" as written by and Danny Elfman....
We were both cast forth from the same pale hand
And we both moved freely in the shadowlands
And we both were sculpted by the same cold wind
And we both had armor that was made of tin
And I tried to find you, but it's useless
And I tried to speak, but it was useless
And I felt so bad and I didn't know why
And it didn't get better as time went by
I was there for you, but you turned away
And I tried to find you, but you turned away
And I tried to find you, but it's useless
And I tried to speak, but was useless
And I tried to find you, but it's useless
And you're so close, but I can't see you
And you're right there, but I can't see you
And I feel so dumb and I didn't know what to do
You were right there but I can't see you
And I realize that it's useless
And I want to fight, but it's useless
And I know you're there, but it's useless
And you're everywhere, but it's useless
And I tried to say it, but my tongue got tied
And I tried to say it, but I was numb inside
And I can't see you anymore
And my peace of mind has gone through the door
And I realize that it's useless
And I thought I was right, but it was useless
And I know you're there, but it's useless
And you're everywhere, but it's useless
And I can't see now in front of my nose
And I know you're there, and I know you're close
And you're fading away - now you disappear
And I try to focus, but I can't see clear
And I don't know why I feel this way
And I can't control myself anyway
And I don't know why I feel this way
And I can't control myself anyway
And I feel so bad, but it's useless
And I feel so bad, but it's useless
And I feel so bad, but it's useless
And I can't see... now in front of my face.





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"Can't See (Useless)" as written by Danny Elfman

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is actually a really beautiful song, personally I think this is the best off their last album.

    The song, I think, has a couple of interpretations.

    1. It could mean losing someone that the person telling the story was madly in love with, but she left him for whatever reason, and she's moved on and is with someone else. She just doesn't acknowledge the him anymore or his feelings he still has for her. He struggles with this reality, as his feelings seem to be eating him alive at this point.

    2. It could also be about a family member, or just a family in general. They used to have been close once, but at some point drifted away and no longer have that close relationship. I think its possible that the person had become so eaten up with drugs that his family has basically shunned him (much like in Mary, which is also on the album). No matter how hard he tries to clean up his life, his family still rejects him, either out of embarrassment or disgust. The rejection clearly hurts him, as he simply wants to be loved and have their acceptance.

    Either way, the end I think possibly denotes him possibly taking his own life, unable to live with the rejection any longer. If he can't live with them and have their love, then he has no point in living.
    CanadaStoleMyNameon July 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLosing someone he loves, or otherwise feels a bond with. Shoulda seen the signs , but he'd been so lost in the moment that it all comes as a suprise.
    Polecaton November 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI quite agree with Polecat above. I've lately been in a similar situation and recognized it at once. All I have to add it that he also seems to have tried to remedy the situation once s/he left, but, now, realizes it's useless -- he efforts to talk it out went badly, as far as he's concerned entirely on his part, and possibly he's even starting to feel that the version of her that he knew and loved is fading away from his sight now, cementing his sensation that there is no point in trying anymore to salvage things.
    Taliaon March 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWho posted the lyrics to this song? I made a bunch of corrections here. Such a gut wrenching song. Very painful song. It pretty much states the obvious, no need to explain. Such a deeply sad song for OB.


    We were both cast forth from the same pale hand
    And we both moved freely in the shadowlands
    And we both were sculpted by the same cold wind
    And we both had armour that was made from tin
    And I tried to find you, but it's useless
    And I tried to speak, but it's useless
    And I feel so bad and didn't know why
    And it didn't get better as time went by
    And I tried to be there, when you turned away
    And I tried to find you, but you turned away
    And I tried to find you, but it's useless
    And I tried to speak, but it's useless
    And I tried to find you, but it's useless

    And you're so close, but I can't see you
    And you're right there, but I can't see you
    And I feel so dumb and I don't know what to do
    And you're right there but I can't see you
    And I realize that it's useless
    And I feel out right, but it's useless
    And I see you there, but it's useless
    And you're everywhere, but it's useless
    And I tried to say it, but my tongue got tied
    And I tried to say it, but I'm numb inside
    And I can't see you anymore
    And my peace of mind has gone through the door
    And I realize that it's useless
    And I thought I was right, but it's useless
    And I see you there, but it's useless
    And you're everywhere, but it's useless

    And I can't see now in front of my nose
    And I know you're there, and I know you're close
    And you're fading away - and you disappear
    And I try to focus, but I can't see clear
    And I don't know why I feel this way
    And I can't control myself anyway
    And I don't know why I feel this way
    And I can't control myself anyway

    And I feel so bad, now it's useless
    And I feel so bad, but it's useless
    And I feel so bad, but it's useless
    And I can't see...in front of my face.
    knightvisionon July 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAt the time this song was written, Danny and his wife Marie were going through a lot of marital problems. (I think they divorced around this time, but I'm not sure.) He realizes that things are on the rocks and his marriage might be ending.
    quampon May 19, 2014   Link

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