Met my mother in a dream.
She was just a stranger on the street.
We averted eyes.
Time will vindicate us all someday.
Some, anyway.

Why is my face so wide?
Cheek to cheek is almost chin to eye.
I'm in a bucket seat.
Anger is a car door I can't reach.
I can't reach.

Don't close the door on me.
I need the light to sleep.
Your shadow on the ceiling.
Toothpaste on my teeth.
There's books but I can't read.
Lay back and count the strange men.
Mix toys from different sets.
Lick felt tips, get them wet.
The AFX is broken.
God damn that closet door.
Every night it's war.
Who will get there first?

This is a waking dream.
Sometimes I greet my nightmares with relief.
So I walk with that first step.
One leg holds its own or else it dies.
Still, it tries.

Don't close the door on me.
I need the light to sleep.
Your shadow on the ceiling.
Toothpaste on my teeth.
There's books but I can't read.
Lay back and count the strange men.
Mix toys from different sets.
Lick felt tips, get them wet.
The AFX is broken.
God damn that closet door.
Every night it's war.
Who will get there first?

Don't close the door on me.
I need the light to sleep.
Your shadow on the ceiling.
Toothpaste on my teeth.
There's books but I can't read.
Lay back and count the strange men.
Mix toys from different sets.
Lick felt tips, get them wet.
The AFX is broken.
God damn that closet door.
Every night it's war.
Who will get there first?


Lyrics submitted by emoJustin, edited by raymond101

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    General Commentoh em gee

    this song makes me sad to listen too.. help anyone?
    this is jakeohon February 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLiterally, it's through the eyes of a baby

    what it's really about is being helpless or being dependent, and the anger that comes from being in that state. there's a desire to be independent, but there's also a fear that goes along with that. it's about growing up.
    Cr4wfordon November 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always thought that this song tied in with their other song Sleep, which was made around the same time. He seeks escape in sleep, which only reminds him of his existence in reality. Maybe referring as to his mother as a stranger means that they are growing distant, and this fear is being made prevalent through his dream.

    I can buy the part about being helpless. In 1992, Blake had throat surgery to remove polyps, and novacaine is commonly used to numb the face and throat. When I had my wisdom teeth out, the doctor said that my face would feel extremely wide because of the numbness. Blake might be describing that with the line "Why is my face so wide? Cheek to cheek is almost chin to eye".

    So, during recovery, Blake felt helpless and angry, and sleep offered no solace. I'm probably reading way too much into this, and it's probably really about losing a mix tape he really liked or something.

    The only thing I've never figured out is the title. Maybe a reference to the Velvet Underground's Peel Slowly and See?
    Rabidon January 15, 2007   Link

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