"Barely Listening" as written by and Chris Greenough William Keeley....
I lie awake on this phone call,
She's dreaming of better days
Flowers lie on the counter,
Remind her of better days

She sends a prayer up to Jesus
And she asks him for his strength
And the night will go on bleeding
Was it faith that paid the rent?

And I know you're barely listening
I know you're barely listening
I know you're barely listening
Now I know you're
I know you're barely listening
I know you're barely listening
I know you're barely listening
Now I know you're

Standing here in the doorway
With a candle and a gun
The lights you threw open windows
For now the day has won


Like a child on her way here
You just smile and run the other way
And faith won't find me a reason
It just smiles and runs the other way
And it just smiles
It just smiles and runs the other way
It just smiles
It just smiles and then runs the other way

It's not worth waiting


You question love with a camera
And you're catching love with a will
Well heart lies in loneliness
Now fight the past can kill

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"Barely Listening" as written by Chris Greenough William Keeley


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    General CommentI don't see the 'barely listening' part of this song referring to a past lover or something- I see that aspect of the song referring to God. Things are, for lack of a better phrase, sucking, and God is apparently 'barely listening' to the prayers, because nothing's changing, and it all just keeps sucking. It's about losing faith and the closure that you used to get from prayer that just doesn't come anymore, because the prayers have stopped being answered. Amazing song, and one I can definitely relate to more than any other.
    celestiayoon February 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commentim not absolutly certain, but i think that this song is about how people put too much faith in religion.
    "Was it faith that paid the rent?" that line means that when people pray (for example to make rent) that its not religion that makes that happen, its them. people make their own miracles and it has nothing to do with their religion or faith. its almost kind of anti religion to me...but im not sure.
    carlyyon April 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. Video scared me a bit @_@. can someone tell me what the meaning of this song is??
    cloudy_daiz123on April 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFrom checking other lyrics sites, I think the lyrics of the last verse submitted here are wrong. The last verse should be:

    You can't shape love with a hammer
    You can't shape love with a will
    What horror lies in knowing
    There's no fate that chaos can't kill.

    -- With those lyrics, I think the song is saying that while religion ultimately cannot provide any answers about life in a universe which in truth we all know to be horrifyingly chaotic, prayer is necessary because it fulfills the need of providing temporary solace and relief ("smiles and looks the other way") until we die (or until the afterlife in a different universe where prayers are answered). The reasons answers to prayers are illusive now is because even if a godlike entity is listening, it has no powers in this universe other than the inner strength that faith provides to help you get through life, e.g., for Christians part of that strength is provided by belief in the afterlife.
    wraton June 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is great, but i think their other songs off the new album are even better, like "hold the line" and "i won't blame you". if anyone has the lyrics to them, please post 'em!
    mrsmartin7on August 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is absolutely haunting...
    to me, it means my ex now puts his life in God's hands, which is fine and of course his choice, but my flowers lie on the counter and remind me of better days when he used to pay attention to ME. i know he was barely listening.
    the album is spectacular in its entirety.
    thelittlegirl468on October 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about religion mostly since in the first it describes how she says a prayer but faith never paid the rent in a sense that it's like we ask god for all this help and strength but he ignores us.. which leads to the chorus "i know you're barely listening"

    and then the second verse is like god runs away from our problems leaving it all up to us and kinda abandoning us in a way that makes you think god is laughing at you thinking that he will help you. at least from mypoint of view
    suckon March 30, 2007   Link

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