Let's get together and talk about the modern age
All of our friends were gathered there
With their pets, just talking shit
About how we're all so upset about the disappearing ground
As we watch it melt

It's all of the good that won't come out of us
And how eventually our hands will just turn to dust
If we keep shaking them
Standing here on this frozen lake

I do this thing where I think I'm real sick
But I won't go to the doctor to find out about it
Because they make you stay real still
In a real small space
As they chart up your insides and put them on display

They'd see all of it, all of me, all of it

All of the good that won't come out of me
And all the stupid lies I hide behind
It's such a big mistake
Lying here in your warm embrace

Oh, you're almost home
I've been waiting for you to come in
Dancing around in your old suits
Going crazy in your room again
I think I'll go out and embarrass myself
By getting drunk and falling down in the street
You say I choose sadness
That it never once has chosen me
Maybe you're right

Let's talk about all our friends who lost the war
And all the novels that have yet to be written about them

It's all of the good that won't come out of them
And all the stupid lies they hide behind
It's such a big mistake
Standing here on this frozen lake

It's all of the good that won't come out of me
And how eventually my mouth will just turn to dust
If I don't tell you quick
Standing here on this frozen lake


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    General Comment"as they chart up your insides and put them on display

    they'd see all of it, all of me, all of it...."

    lovely.
    deathbeforelifeon April 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think it is partly about people who complain about everything, but just stand by idle, instead of trying to change it. She is saying in the song that she is doing the same, and no good will come out of her, because she too is standing there idlely. Example is the first stanza, they ar complaining about the grownd melting, and they are just standing there watching it happen.
    Shmac215on May 02, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"you say i choose sadness
    that it never once has chosen me
    maybe you're right "

    <3
    omgon June 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentJen Lewis.. not Jen Wood... wow was I out in left field with my brain right there...
    avs2006on September 04, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"all our friends who lost the war"
    -suicides.

    this is a song about how in the world today people are miserable as ever and fake as ever, holding onto delusions and ignoring problems they have the ability to solve. we're on a 'frozen lake' that is bound to melt sometime soon and drown us. we all have such immense goodness inside that is so hard to bring out to the world. jenny is very prolific writer and it comes across in the beautiful lyrics...
    XianSnakeon April 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with you Shmac215, but I think part of it is about bottling up your emotions and "not going to the doctor to find out about it." So feeling shitty about something but not bothering with it or acting on it and staying on the "frozen lake" until your "mouth turns to dust" because you're not talking about it to solve the problem.
    dancinthemoonlighton May 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commentjust to add to you, dancinthemoonlight, it's also about being afraid to admit things to yourself, especially in the context of relationships. She's hurting herself by turning away from the fact that this guy keeps mistreating her, over and over again.

    In other words, yes it is about keeping your mouth shut in the face of problems, but only because you're scared of the consequences, which of course, is ironic, since the consequence of saying nothing at all is silent suffering.
    keyz48on January 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentshe's just like this person i was involved with for what seems like forever. she sang all the stuff that was in my head and i couldn't express it.
    kidcodeaon February 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthi, im new here.
    i think this song is mainly about taking things for granted, about how we all just focus on all the negative things that will happen and never the positive. i guess i am basically saying the same as shmac, she notices all of these things but does nothing to change it. i am not very good at this so, im sorry, haha.
    radiowaron January 04, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"you say i choose sadness, that it never once has chosen me. maybe you're right."
    SaraWithOutAnHon January 22, 2006   Link

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