We drank bottled water together and talked business,
I think I played the right moves. You were looking over
my shoulder , as I went through the motions of another
night. And it is was alright, because I thought I knew
who everybody was just by looking at them. My heart
is anywhere but here and how tired I was from the
past couple of weeks, from the past couple of years,
well it hit me all at once. On a balcony overlooking
nothing, with snow falling all around, I called just to
say good night. And you hadn't done anything wrong,
really, it's me not you. I Can't believe how naive I was
to think things could ever be so simple. And can you
live with what you know about yourself, when you're
all alone, behind closed doors, the things we never
said but we always knew were right there. It's got me
on my knees in a bathroom, praying to a god that I
don't even believe in, "Dear Jesus... are you listening?"
If this is the one chance that really matters, don't let
me fuck this up. If you had told me about all this when
I was fifteen, I never would have believed it.


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  • +3
    General CommentIt's got me
    on my knees in a bathroom, praying to a god that I
    don't even believe in, "Dear Jesus... are you listening?"

    Great lyrics right here people
    bigbadburton May 05, 2004   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning"Both 'The Disco Before The Breakdown' and 'Tonight We're Going To Give It 35%' are about gender dysphoria." - Laura Jane Grace herself
    reddit.com/r/Music/comments/1x6vt7/hi_im_laura_jane_grace_ask_me_anything/…
    joaquin67on February 06, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is poetry. especially the breakdown when tom says "its got me on my knees in a bathroom"

    pure genius.
    OlaBELmeOon April 08, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI never realized how amazing this song is until I actually listened to the lyrics.
    anneymalon November 13, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsave for the guy with the sarcasm (mentioning sire and all), the rest of you are too caught up with the current am! sellout diatribes to realize that this was written before cowboy even came out. try look past the fact that 90% of clarity is about them selling out and dealing with their old fans and realize that this isn't about them doing just that, but something else, something closer to tom at the time. let us enjoy am!'s pre-"sellout" phase in their music and not morph it into something it's not because we're blinded by where they are now. (ps. i still don't enjoy using the term sellout and against me! in the same sentence)
    skaughton April 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTonight I saw Against Me! play at a smaller venue called the Metro here in Chicago. It was an all-acoustic set. Against Me! is and has been my favorite band for a while. They played an acoustic set benefiting the Harvest of Hope Foundation.

    They pretty much fucked their own new album up the ass. A lot of the set was just Tom or Tom accompanied only by Andrew. Furthermore, the new shit banner that they've been using since "New Wave" came out was not let down for this show.

    They performed a lot of their old songs including this song, "Tonight We're Gonna Give It 35%".

    The part of this song where Tom says:
    "And can you live with what you know about yourself, when you're all alone, behind closed doors? The things we never said but we always knew were right there. It's got me on my knees in a bathroom, praying to a god that I
    don't even believe in, "Dear Jesus... are you listening?" was nothing short of motherfucking incredible. Here I was, getting beaten the fuck up, pushed, punched and kicked from every direction with a thousand other people screaming at the top of their lungs and I hadn't ever felt better.

    If you don't get this yet,
    "T.W.G.G.I. 35%" is my favorite song by AM!
    brunoisradon November 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think she said in an interview that it's an early example of her singing about grappling with her gender identity.
    Crane42on December 18, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentum hi, best song ever
    CountMyCrowson April 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment=D looks like we all have that same favorite part.
    LulusXeon October 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song, is pure greatness.
    I think this song is about giving up, about reflecting over things that happened and knowing what went wrong. "I can't believe how Naive i was, to think things could ever be so simple"
    the lyrics are really poetic.
    droWning_lesSonsxxon January 03, 2005   Link

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