You Slide out at night to show yourself
you mean to hang yourself on the wall
with the hems you call your friends.
You've memorized a thousand lines and
kissed a thousand guys but none packed
more than wood.

And still you wake up, the taste of the
night before has grown somehow. You
take off your makeup, you're free from
their eyes and all they laugh about.

Sailboats that never float and lids of lead
that hold your ego down. What's it take
to bend the lens? Well as you can see I
really know but I can't amend the trend
towards the rocks wielding the knives
beneath your breast and all the the waves
that never break within our sight. So come on
treat me right.

If you could keep him you'd dub him
"The rock what aced 'em two to one"
but the powder from your empty boxes
was ground from your whole empty youth.
And so you woke up, the taste of the
night before has grown somehow. You
take off your makeup, and you're free
from their eyes and all they laugh about.


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  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about a band slut
    emogreenon March 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother amazing Shins song.
    I love this part for some reason
    "Well as you can see I really know, but never can amend the trend towards the rocks wielding the knives beneath your breasts."
    ScuTTerBoBon August 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfreaking awesome
    man on tvon October 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dunno exactly what the song is saying, but I'll take a stab at it. I do love this song, it sorta makes me laugh but sad at the same time. This girl is getting used by these guys who "never pack more than wood" but perhaps she does not mind it, she's chosen that life for herself. She's a party girl who lets guys take advantage of her.
    evapor8edon March 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commenta pretty girl who takes time to make herself beautiful. but she looses control out at parties and she gets taken advantage of. she flirts with good intentions but it always ends up being about the guys wanting nuthing but to get in her pants. and she sort of doesnt get it and seems helpless so she keeps on doing it. i really like this song. i love the shins.
    EndlessSummeron October 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentgreat song, its about a girl who puts on all her makeup and goes out to find guys, but they're all just looking for action, she's been picking up all the guys because shes actually looking for a good one but theyre all one night stands and then she takes off all her makeup and doesnt have to worry about guys wanting to "do" her
    toaster51893on August 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI pretty much agree with everyone that it's about a girl who goes out and gets taken advantage of...but I'd like to add that it's also quite obvious that she's also the kind of girl who goes with a guys who aren't good to her but she sticks up for them as if they were the best thing that ever happened to her.
    AnHonestLivingon December 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionInstead of "was ground from your whole empty youth." It's "resound".
    Lucanioon January 27, 2012   Link

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