you're so sensitive,
you can feel a single hair curl while you're sleepin',
and each fraction of a millimeter fingernail's growth.
you show half a heart when you play euchre
and i face the punching bag, and do what i'm told,
but you stoop so low,
to write a word in white pastel on a skull shaped gauge,
you say: "i'm not myself without my challenger commemorative button
on the chest of my brown down vest."
you say: "coffee's turned my dark days into woody allen *long sigh* anxiety."
you say: "hide in denver, and i remember montreal. i swear i'll write soon."

don't encourage the wind;
the candles will retire.

the cumulative weight
of all my chain letter curses.
something about this
is clowns with knives.
an ambulance siren
searching for an injured person.
that ain't no god
it's just a hedge on fire.

that ain't no god
it's just a burning bush.

you're so sensitive,
you can feel a single hair curl while you're sleepin',
and each fraction of a millimeter fingernail's growth.

don't encourage the wind;
the candles will retire.

the cumulative weight
of all my chain letter curses.
something about this
is clowns with knives.
an ambulance siren
searching for an injured person.
that ain't no god
it's just a hedge on fire.

that ain't no god that ain't no god that ain't no god...


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  • +2
    General Commenti believe the game is "euchre"
    suckeranddryon October 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyou sit tight in denver, i remember montreal. i swear i'll write soon.
    BROOSEon October 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think instead of "you say: 'hide in denver..." it's "sit tight in denver" but really i'm not sure. i guess just don't know what is meant by hiding in denver. i think it makes a bit more sense.
    alluringbeaton October 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's so strange to me to hear a song like this one from Why?. I'm so used to his work with Dose in cLOUDDEAD. I just bought this album and I love it man. Every song, every line. Cheers Why?, keep writing.
    tell the paperson March 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteuchre! i love all the Ohio/Cincinnati references in Why? songs. euchre, the racer...
    icouldseethedudeon May 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone else think the "candles" (that will retire) might have lit that burning bush? Maybe a commentary on the belief in god. Disbelief will happen naturally, don't encourage it?
    jarvison October 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment> and i face the punching bag, and do what i'm told

    lifted directly from another ohioan, guided by voices' 'do the earth'.
    crispingsleeveon November 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh and i just noticed that someone already said that haha ps. if you haven't heard the almost live version of this song, you must!
    alluringbeaton October 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningIt is written from the perspective of a devout person, disappointed in a young person who is thinking freely, the lines after "you say..." cut in as if the young person is sick of this blind response they have heard a million times, the devout person has nothing new to say, hence the second verse just being the first line repeated, then a long pause, the first part of the chorus is the devout and the second part is the free-thinker, if you really look into the other lyrics it all makes sense, Yoni would never write in opposition to individuality and free thinking, as jarvis suggested, it is just in that point of view to make the song work
    Thor24xon August 24, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think the name comes from one of Yoni's friends (Acquaintance?)Brendon 'Alias' Whitney, who is another artist on anticon. Maybe this refers to Brendon's outlook on life when he was younger?
    IMABEARon July 30, 2011   Link

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