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And you can tell that maybe time is out of joint my love,
So this is maybe just a SOS shrapnel, an echo of dead sentiment
Measurement tossed to nothing for no one, a wasted effort, a shrug

Or maybe resident incurable romantic defunct in the face of fact
Blackboard formula waits by the next class
with the outlines still intact, and I see it
And I'm still not sure of the meaning
But I'll say it, write it down, and read it for you

No protective leathery flesh of emotional chain-mail
(No running shoes) no running, no locking doors, no anger
(No e-mail) no voicemail communicational strangulation
Or distortion of purity sentiment
No fantasy of reconciliation or delusion, no revenge
(No bullshit) no culture hidden agendas, no preaching
(No pedestal) no standing on the pulpit, no ego,
No newspeak or freakish lingo
(Here I go...)
I haven't loved many people
I grew up afraid that I was crazy
And one time when I was deep inside your body, you purred
And I was sure that you were gonna have my baby

And you can tell that maybe time is out of joint my love,
So this is maybe just a SOS shrapnel, an echo of dead sentiment
Measurement tossed to nothing for no one, a wasted effort, a shrug
And you can tell that maybe time is out of joint my love,
So this is maybe just a SOS shrapnel, an echo of dead sentiment
Measurement tossed to nothing for no one, a wasted effort, a shrug
I used to be in love...

Everything you said
I took it all to heart,
And you spurred a change in me
Before I could become a new sun I had to fall apart
And I can see that now
And I wish you well
Cause you saw what was good in me,
And I'll be god damned if I didn't see that myself.

And everything you are
I know you got to cry
Before I could become a new man,
I had to lose my mind, had to lose my mind
And I see that now
And I wish you well
Cause I see what's good in you
And I'll be god damned if you can’t see that yourself.


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    General Commenti could be wrong, but isn't it "time is out of joint" like shakespeare? i swear that's what i hear.
    this is definitely one of el-p's best tracks.
    BorrowedTuneon December 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commentsomeone sent this to me and told me to pay attention. what the fuuuuuck am i supposed to make of that?
    Armadaon January 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti like
    red_chordson January 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about a relationship thats gone wrong. He loved her and wanted her to have his children, but now all he can muster is this song. One last hope of getting back together.
    sillybillyon April 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentand the baby was already on its way, but drowned in the toilet or maybe it never happened
    and El Junior is still waiting in the maxipad detention
    Plkgietron August 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthese lyrics are so off it's a shame they were posted. they contain an error every other line.
    Andolusiaon March 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah it's definitely "time out of joint" like someone already said, shakespeare's hamlet and philip k. dick's short story. brilliant, brilliant song.
    aggravatoron September 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit is "joint". this song is not a last attempt to win her back, it's a last declaration of everything that he felt for this girl. he knows that they will never be together again, thus the "a toss to nothing, for noone;a wasted effort; a shrug" even though they wrote it wrong above. he was in love, obviously, and he wishes in his heart that they could be together, but knows that it will never happen again. this is everything he ever felt for that girl, ever. all he can do is wish her well and live in regret about it not working out, but he is being respectful to her and declaring that there will never be any communication again, ever.

    this is one of the hardest things in life to deal with.... no longer talking or communicating in any way with someone who was a part of your life, perhaps your everything, for such a long time.

    all that he knows about himself that is good, he learned from her. this is his final goodbye. of course, i'm sure he would like to be together again, as they were, but for her, he knows that this is it. pretty sick, emotional shit, without question. pain and anguish suck, but they make for legendary writing abilities. bad for el-p, but good for all of his fans, indeed.


    you're welcome.
    dopplerdefianton October 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentdopplerdefiant: excellent interpretation, I agree with everything you said. It's interesting how so many people have the same exact experiences and feelings
    eminn3mon December 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentdopplerdefiant, i mostly agree w/ ur interpretation up until the last part. I think in th last part, he is trying to say that going through the experience of losing her was what he needed to grow into himself
    kn0ledg3on February 25, 2008   Link

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