The mirrors and the unacknowledged nods. Dial tones and license plates. The words you didn't choose. Everything the day's too small to hold spills on to the dusk, and shorts the evening's fuse. So you fumble for a voice, and sing "Happy Birthday." Read it to yourself again. The stories always end the same. She can't stay and he won't run, and fear is where they're calling from. Staunch the blood from countless tiny cuts. We're all out of bandages. The heaters rattle, taunt. Sifting through translucent shards of glass, looking for a filament that lit the life you want. So you fumble for the phone, grasp the cord and pull. Will your readership complain the stories always end the same? He can't stay and she won't run, and fear is where they're calling from. Afraid is where you're calling from.

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    General CommentI can't believe there isn't any comments on this. I think it's an amazing song, with a good meaning. Love love love love LOVE the Weakerthans. Awgh.
    Alleeon July 14, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"afraid is where we've lived for far too long."
    i love that at the end.
    ConsciousPiloton August 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthese aren't really right. :(
    but they're close enough.

    you can understand what he says without too much effort, anyway.
    loveinvincibleon October 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWe're all out of bandages. These bandages could be metaphors for things in the next song, "fire every phrase". Just good order for the songs in the album. A new name, corrected proof.
    abottleofsomethingon May 19, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationSo It seems pretty obvious to me, I'm pretty sure this song is about a writer who doesn't like their own work. That' where the song name comes from too.
    MustardCastleon November 22, 2009   Link

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