Tired of looking sideways
But the things in black and white
No more, no more
Arguing my case to the wee hours of the night
What for? What for? What for?

Put it in your face and let the petals fall
Cursing your family name
Rather be unhappy that's the cause of it all
Panicked and hateful, with nothing to blame

That's a useful dream that pretended to explain
But no more, no more, no more

Superstition in the image of
One I already believe
Easier to use because I made it up to deal with the same things

Tired of looking sideways
But the thing's in black and white
What for? What for? What for?


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    General CommentThough I like Either/Or better, this is a good tune. One thing I notice about Elliott's unreleased stuff, it is much darker.
    imajaron September 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think its about how someone can place a bet on supperstitions. whats the point
    emiton May 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit's because he didn't like to release things that were too personal.
    charcoalsketchon February 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwee hours of the night, do you mean?
    rollercoastersonjaon March 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNot sure if I have a different version of this song but I think he says:

    "That's a useful dream that pretended to explain"

    and

    "Superstition in the image of one I don't even beleive"


    Great song...
    4th Aveon December 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti interpret this as him saying his depression is kind of a lie, even though it's not- i do this to myself to where i'll criticize myself for being depressed and feel it's just a thing i do to cast blame, and remain paralyzed so i don't have to function- so i can stay helpless.

    "arguing his case" is all the negative thinking where he might feel he's trying to convince himself he has a reason to feel so mentally incapacitated, all the while feeling himself a farce.

    He also, in my interpretation, is saying that his depression is a "useful dream" in that it allows him to be useless- it lowers one's expectations of oneself because you can blame everything on the depression instead of dealing with your situation proactively.

    it isn't logical thinking, but i partake in it, and i think this is what he means.

    this thinking is replicated in King's Crossing where he refers to himself as a "method actor".



    whaton December 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSome corrections to the lyrics:

    The lyrics in single quotes '...' are the corrected ones:
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    Tired of looking sideways
    With the things in black and white
    No more, no more
    Arguing my case to the wee hours of the night
    What for? What for? What for?

    Put it in your face and let the petals fall
    Cursing your family name
    Rather being happy was the cause of it all
    Panicked and hateful, with nothing to blame

    That's a useful dream that 'pretended to explain'
    No more, no more, no more

    Superstition in the image of
    'One I already believe'
    'Easier to use 'cause I made it up'
    To deal with the same things

    Tired of looking sideways
    With the things in black and white
    What for? What for? What for?
    frejaon February 04, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to me that this song is talking about how he would try to find a source for his problems (arguing my case to the wee hours of the night), when in fact the source was his own attraction to sadness (rather be unhappy that's the cause of it all). He blamed everything on his stepfather, and thought that with that realisation everything would be okay (put it in your face and let the petals fall, cursing your family name). That blame was useful, it helped him give his negative feelings a focus, but it was not the real problem (That's a useful dream that pretended to explain). He's tired of trying to find someone to blame and of trying to hide his pain and the truth, but realizes it plain to see (Tired of looking sideways, but the thing's in black and white). Beautiful song.
    Jateon April 07, 2014   Link

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