So tell me dear where is it you go from here?
As you curse and peel and pose in tears
Against the wall and across the hall…
Across the wards as we both dissolve
I have this habit of punishing things
That move so fast they grow out wings
That sneaks through houses as we barter for sleep…
(So just let me hide)

I wish I had you in my lungs
Id blow you up…and block the sun
To save everyone from this brilliant light we’ve won

And our bodies got so much clearer
With dirty blood and thirty last calls
So fill it up and spin forever down the wall
I throw it up just to watch it fall

Through the window you looked much sweeter

“Tell me something bout a lonely night”
Burnt by the steam from a better life…
But your lottery touch feels lucky enough
Refugee hands from a gin war….
I know a place where we can rest tonight
But when the bombs start falling... you’ve got to open your eyes
And I just hope that I have mine
I just hope that I have….

I wish I had one hundred thousand pounds
Id crack the ground as your struggle for sound leaps
From town to town to town

Share your spoken wealth
Share your body’s health
I need it more than I need myself
I know you’ll leave with the king’s reprieve
I guess that’s just fine by me

Through the window you tasted much sweeter



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    General CommentNorthstar was my favorite band ever in the history of bands, I don't think I'll ever find an album better than Pollyanna. Lucky for me (and so many others), it looks like Cassino (is it pronounced like Casino, or is the "a" pronounced like in "cat?") is shaping up to be almost as good.

    But then...how could it not be if Nick Torres is there?

    I haven't really looked into it much, and Nick's lyrics are hard to break down in the first place, but at a glance I kind of feel like he's setting himself up for a one-night stand, and he's kind of miserable about it. Upset with himself, really. I'm sure I'm way off.
    Die by Duskon October 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYes sad for Northstar but still great music there and this song does seem to be about a one night stand or a fling, because he would "stalk" her and watch her but when he finally had her it wasn't that good. Cause most girls are really like that lol.
    Blink0on January 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthe's crazy. in a mental place.
    aacidburn818on March 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthe's crazy. in a mental place.
    aacidburn818on March 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about alcoholism (hence the title)and also trying to maintain a relationship while addicted to alcohol


    So tell me dear where is it you go from here?
    As you curse and peel and pose in tears
    Against the wall and across the hall…
    Across the wards as we both dissolve

    these lines give an image of a girlfriend breaking down in frustration and sadness of being with an alcoholic. obviously she wants to be with him b/c she still is, but they both know that his alcoholism is a huge obstacle in their relationship

    I have this habit of punishing things
    That move so fast they grow out wings
    That sneaks through houses as we barter for sleep…
    (So just let me hide)

    this part talks about friends that have abandoned him b/c of his addiction. it sounds as though he has either physically hurt them while drunk or emotionally hurt them by being a nondependable friend.

    I wish I had you in my lungs
    Id blow you up…and block the sun
    To save everyone from this brilliant light we’ve won

    i have a lot of ideas about this one, but none that fit as well as they should

    And our bodies got so much clearer
    With dirty blood and thirty last calls
    So fill it up and spin forever down the wall
    I throw it up just to watch it fall

    their relationship makes more sense when he's drunk because he is so constantly. the 3rd line describe drinking and feeling the effects. he throws it up and likes to watch it leave his system. he doesnt want to destroy their relationship with his problem.

    Through the window you looked much sweeter

    he looks through the window of the bar and would like to think hes going to have a fun night of drinking. when he is drinking, he realized that it is not nearly as "sweet" as he had hoped and he is, again, jeopardizing his relationship.

    “Tell me something bout a lonely night”
    Burnt by the steam from a better life…
    But your lottery touch feels lucky enough
    Refugee hands from a gin war….

    he is aware that he can live a better life, but the fact that she stays with him despite his alcoholism weakens him. he still has the most important thing to him (besides alcohol)

    I know a place where we can rest tonight
    But when the bombs start falling... you’ve got to open your eyes
    And I just hope that I have mine
    I just hope that I have….

    he knows of a bar where they can go to, but she needs to stay sober and protect him. he wants to help her do this by staying sober as well, but he cant

    I wish I had one hundred thousand pounds
    Id crack the ground as your struggle for sound leaps
    From town to town to town

    he wishes he had lots of money to buy more and more alcohol with. as they go from bar to bar, she tries to reason with him ("struggle for sound") but he wont listen

    Share your spoken wealth
    Share your body’s health
    I need it more than I need myself
    I know you’ll leave with the king’s reprieve
    I guess that’s just fine by me

    he wants her to help him and he knows he needs help. his alcoholism, though, has become too big of a problem and she finally leaves. he, thinking alcohol is the answer, believes that her leaving is okay.

    Through the window you tasted much sweeter

    this is an amazing line b/c i believe that the change from the word "looked" to "tasted" changes the meaning very much. now in the line, the window is referring to the line between casual and responsible drinking and alcoholism. clearly, he has crossed this line, especially since his girlfriend has now left him.

    amazing song that tells a tragic story. i love it.
    meohanianon April 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentShare your spoken wealth
    Share your body’s health
    I need it more than I need myself
    I know you’ll leave with the king’s reprieve
    I guess that’s just fine by me

    i love this song entirely too much. words cannot even begin to explain it.
    idiotgirlon June 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTell me something about a lonely night... that is probably the best song line out there
    Blink0on August 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGin has been used in quite a few songs of a song dealing in lust and what not, so there's a little backing the one night stand idea. that's one of the strongest vibes i get from the song.
    phrooton March 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSo what is with this song on the new cd, it's only 4 seconds long so it hasn't changed much, but...it's like more upbeat lol, come on I loved that song too, the only one they haven't changed was Amercian Low and I've already burned out on that song but the other two I was in love with, the upbeat isn't too bad though I could learn to love
    Blink0on April 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLine 1-4: Where will this stress take you? You're going to tear yourself apart.
    Line 5-7: I push away my guardian angels.

    Line 8-10: I wish i could help you see God the way I do. It could help everybody to stop living under the sun and start living under Him.

    Line 11-14: We ruin ourselves. You'll see how dirty a person really is if you get to know them. Go ahead and tear yourself apart, we all do it just to see what happens.

    Line 15: You looked better from the outside.

    Line 20-23: We're here for a limited time, when the end comes, you need to realize it's not the end. I hope I'm able to cope with it.

    Line 24-26: I wish I could show you the truth. It would shock you because you've heard nothing like it. You would see the world differently.

    Line 27-31: Talk to everyone you can. Don't spread illness. I need to talk. I wish I could help you see, but you won't believe it. I can't do anything about it.

    Line 32: I thought I could trust your kiss.
    wesharetheairon August 06, 2008   Link

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