"Sundials" as written by and Mathew Thomas Skiba Glenn Porter....
You were like a toilet bowl at the end of the rainbow
Something like a pot of gold stuck under my pillow
Keeping me up at night you kept my head spinning
And wishing there were windows to throw you from, throw you from
Day or night
Fuck if I know
Hard to tell with no fucking window
And sundials
What good are sundials once the sun is gone?
What are you good for?

And we laid in my bed like a train wreck
And we both got laid like concrete
And we fought like soldiers
But we died... We died like flies
Day or night
Fuck if I know
Hard to tell with no fucking window
And sundials
What good are sundials once the sun is gone?
What are you good for?


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"Sun Dials" as written by Derek R. Grant Daniel Michael Andriano

Lyrics © BMG GOLD SONGS OBO HELL TOUPEE

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  • +2
    General Commentwow wow wow
    all of you are wrong and probably crappy over emotional emo kids
    this song is about the apartment matt skiba used to live in on the south side of chicago
    there wasnt any windows in his apartment so there was no sun coming in his room
    he felt bad cause he used to share that tiny cramped apartment with his gf
    that pretty much sums it up
    cflres23on November 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is a very good song.... one of my favorites.
    alktrio182fanon April 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim thinking this song is about a relationship and its at the stage when you hate the person ure with and every single thing they do fucks u off but for some reason ure still there with them cos u do need them in some sadistic way. i mean a pot of gold is good but under ure pillow it probably destroys any chance u have of sleeping. shes the sundial an he doesnt kno if he feels for her anymore or why he bothers (what are you good for) maybe the loves the sunlight, he feels none an that renders her useless.
    suicide_makeoveron June 06, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah... i agree with sucide makeover... its like hes being suffocated in a room with no windows. this has to be one of my favorite songs... although i yelled for them to play it in concert and they said they didnt like to play it:( well it was either that or '97 cause someone else requested it at the same time.
    alk3girlon June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthey played 97 when I saw them, and dereks sticks broke. bad omen i guess.

    suicide makeover i think you got the song perfectly..."you were like a toilet bowl at the end of the rainbow" she's not the way he expected her to be before they got together.
    fre5hon August 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it might be about how one person in a relationship, is has high hopes of the other person, but is always disapointed, and he/she is stuck with that person, and how useless they are, but he can't do anything about it.
    AlkalineRadioon September 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the first person's theory a lot, it fits perfectly and makes the song better knowing that, because of the metaphors.
    InTylerWeTruston September 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't like this song too much, it is just kinda below par for the Trio...maybe that's why they don't like playing it in concert.
    Madcappunkon March 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is probably my favortie Alkaline Trio song, at the moment at any rate (Jaked on Green Beers is vying for the spot). I can't get enough of it. I think my favorite part is:
    and we laid in my bed like a train wreck
    and we both got laid like concrete
    and we fought like soldiers
    but we died.. we died like flies
    Really great use of similes there (even if they are the poor man's metaphor), and it seems to just roll together so well. As far as the meaning, I think suicide makeover hit it pretty damn well. Seems like he hates the place this relationship has taken him to and hates the woman that took him there. He questions their love but, for some reason, can't bring himself to leave... or maybe he's trapped? Meh, whatever.
    wuzelwazelon March 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"what are you good for?"

    it's powerful. i'm so loyal to alk3. i don't think i could pick my favorite song, this is def. top 5.
    amazing, overall.
    lauren539on March 18, 2003   Link

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