Doctors played your dosage like a card-trick
Scrabbled down the hallways yelling, "Yahtzee!"
I brought books on Hopper, and the Arctic
Something called "The Politics of Lonely"
A toothbrush and a quick-pick with the plus
You tried not to roll your sunken eyes
You said, "Hey can you help me, I can't reach it"
And pointed at the camera in the ceiling
I climbed up, blocked it so they couldn't see
Turned to find you out of bed and kneeling
Before the nurses came, took you away
I stood there on a chair and watched you pray


Lyrics submitted by lakeoffire23, edited by Mellow_Harsher

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    General Comment"Politics of Lonely"... Does anyone know what that is? Is it another witty line from Samson, or is it something concrete, like a book, or such?

    Ever since this song, my friends and I randomly yell Yahtzee...
    poetryoflifeon October 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWow what a great song, the first one ive heard from them so far and they're excellent, im gettin more asap. Also whoever is posting lyrics for this band make sure its in Lyric format, NOT Essay format, ive noticed a lot in essay
    DuTcHoVeNon November 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAs far as I know, the "Politics of Lonely" does not exist. But keep in mind The Weakerthans are from Canada...if that means anything...And the lyrics are in "essay" format because that is how they are in the booklet that comes with the cd. And since John K. Samson feels they should be written that way, it is probably best. I like that this song is the second in what seems to be a song trilogy...or something like that. Begining with (Manifest) and ending sadly with (Past-Due). All very touching songs, best when listened to one after another.
    1ofaBRUTALkindon November 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwhen i fisrt bought "reconstruction site" id usually skip this song, finally i read the lyrics and i got goosebumps. now its one of my favorites!
    eyesuckinkon December 08, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me sad. it's eery.
    thegirlmostlovelyon February 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think The Weakerthans are lyrical geniuses and this song is just amazing. But the thing that intrigued me the most was the song trilogy of (Manifest), this song and (Past-Due). I wonder exactly what the motivation or inspiration or particular meaning behind doing this was. But in each one of the three songs, it's the last line that always seems to be the most profound.
    Abravo52on August 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe last line never fails to give me goosebumps.
    riseriseon March 31, 2006   Link
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    General Comment1ofaBRUTALkind "As far as I know, the "Politics of Lonely" does not exist."

    My friend and I asked John at a show, apparently it was the title of a chapter in one of the explorer books (hopper and the arctic).
    unum_astrumon July 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis whole album is about an amazing story, of loss and reconstruction and moving on. It's the events as they occur in life, with death in the background. Hospital Vespers, Past Due and Manifest are about the same person, someone who is dying, or in the process of fighting a disease, who is very dear to the speaker. Obviously, that person dies (Past Due) but the CD begins with a tone of hope, saying "I'm permitted one act I can save, I choose to sit here next to you and wave."
    By the time "Hospital Vespers" rolls around, the person who we have been sitting next to is slowly decaying, and desperately needs to feel the privacy of spirituality. So we (the singer, the voice of the song) come visit this person in a hospital and turn off the ever-watching nurse's camera, so that they can have one last private moment. It's so heart-wrenching I have cried listening to it.
    I've cried because the story really reminds me of my only brother, dying of cancer. How we supported him, saw him decay and then finally with the funeral and the obituaries.

    John Samsom is an amazing songwriter and much underapreciated.
    kozmikon July 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentunum_astrum is right, I being the friend lol. I got a chance to talk to John and he told me that the "Politics of Lonely" is the title of a chapter in a book about an explorer. I forget which explorer he said it was, I would assume an Arctic one.
    Jaron October 11, 2006   Link

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