Every day has a beginning and ending,
just like every life has a start and finish.
July is gone like the gasoline it took to
make the circle again. Florida to Florida,
by the way of America. Cocaine and
soda, playing Tetris in our underwear.
We take turns reading letters, I read the
haiku and you move your nails across
my legs. In your arms, I don't know who
I am, taking all I know about nihilism
and trying to build it into a life. With your
thought in mind, I walk the streets down
to the shore and I sink into the Pacific.
This is evrything up to now ending. It
was nice to believe for a while.


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  • +1
    General CommentI think this is Tom's realization that everything Against Me! was before this release is over.
    BrokenRepublicon September 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite against me song. This is passion.
    Justin_Watton November 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPsh. You don't know passion.
    anneymalon November 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful
    wistful0on December 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgeez. this is sad. the lyrics are very pretty, though.
    moldbyhandon February 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe way the entire EP is just so cohesive and perfect for that sense of feeling that comes from all the uncertainty and knowledge of moving on...I am in love with Andrew's backing vocals on this EP. Adds a wonderful, passionate element to every word.
    shieldyoureyeson April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it is about how one can look back on the past and remember all the great times and how much you've changed into the person you are now. This doesnt mean that tom is "realizing that AM! is over" but that they are turning into something that he never knew would come "I am, taking all I know about nihilism, and trying to build it into a life."
    antihero6977on February 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe best song on a perfect EP.
    Sausage Finger5on March 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits simply looking back on when he was against me! tom gable by himself.. and he is thinking is this better? is this worse? what si this? quess we are gonna find out
    againstMe!fanon June 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA truly heartfelt and emotionally stirring work. The lucid lyrics create powerful and poignant imagery.

    Lonely undertones and expressions of isolation suggest that the subject/protagonist has become lost, alienated, and disillusioned with life:

    "Taking all I know about nihilism and trying to build it into a life"
    "In your arms, I don't know who I am"
    "Every life has a start and finish"
    "It was nice to believe for a while"

    It would be an over-simplification to call this a song about suicide, although I believe there are some serious allusions to ending ones life: "I walk the streets down to the shore and I sink into the Pacific. This is everything up to now ending."

    I also love that this song sounds like it was recorded in a bathroom; the raw sound and grittiness contribute to its sincerity and pairs so well with Tom's intensity as a vocalist.

    As if it were possible to pick only one, I may very well appreciate this as my favorite AM! song.

    crossfitter21on July 20, 2009   Link

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