I don't really need to see
so I don't need to see so I'll paint,
I don't know I'll paint it black.
I don't need to see,
I don't see how you see out of your window.
I don't need to see
I'll paint mine black.

I don't know me and
you don't know you,
so we fit so good together cuz
I knew you like I knew myself.
We clung on like barnacles on a boat.
Even though the ship sinks you know you can't let go.
I was talkin like two hands knocking.
Yelling "Let me in, let me in, please come out."

Black glass,
dirt based soap,
tell yourself what you know.
My friends, all my friends,
bury you head I'll help you bury your plans.
Hard hit, hard to miss.
The problems are what a problem is.

My light it came up quick
call it your asterisk
buried boys first book of the stars.
Saw it as satellite...
Constant unblinking as...
Buried in the bottom of a brackish lake...

I don't really need to see
so I don't need to see so I'll paint,
I don't know I'll paint it black.
I don't need to see,
I don't see how you see out of your window.
I don't need to see
I'll paint mine black.


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    General Commentquick thoughts on this lovely song...it talks to me and this is what it says....

    i dont have to look at things the same way you look at things
    i have my own point of view.
    if you are going to try and make me see things the way you
    see them. i wont look at anything at all.
    your view is so twisted i dont even know how you see things
    the way you do

    we thought we were good together bc neither of us knew
    ourselves so we bonded on the one similar thing.
    All the other differences caught up. We started to sink
    So we had to hold on to that one thing
    as tight as we could and not let go.

    I tried but you just shut down
    your hiding and you think you know everything
    your taking yourself down so i will help you

    i finally realized it was right in front of me
    something i already knew or knew since i was young
    that this is all a waste of time its not what i expected
    SexyCockroachon October 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all, Ugly Cassanova is one of my favorite bands ever.

    "I don't know me and/you don't know you,/so we fit so good together cuz/I knew you like I knew myself./We clunb on like barnacles on a boat./Even though the ship sinks you know you can't let go."

    That part of the song touches me pretty deeply. I had a summer love, a girl who was totally emo/indie and basically my polar opposite, and the little time i spent with her was probably the happiest moments in my recent life. She taught me so much about other people and about myself, even though I believe she was somewhat lost and confused herself. I didn't know myself completely before I met her.
    When we went away to college, we tried to cling together over the long distance, but we both knew it was an impossible relationship. The ship eventually sunk, and we both knew it was coming but couldn't let go or talk about it until the breakup was upon us.

    I haven't seen her since her greyhound pulled away, and I miss alot.

    btw she was the one who introduced me to this band, as well as most of my other favorite bands.
    what_would_jeff_doon December 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWow what_would_jeff_do.

    That was an amazing comment. I know what you mean. Very enlightening, opened my eyes.
    _nihiliston October 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWow what_would_jeff_do.

    That was an amazing comment. I know what you mean. Very enlightening, opened my eyes.
    _nihiliston October 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAre these the Nazis, Walter?
    No, Donny, these men are nihilists. There's nothing to be afraid of.
    kidmehon March 07, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti am quite terrible at this whole interpretation bit and i dont see the song as one big theme but some good seperate points that you can kinda intertwine...
    butttt
    the lines

    I don't really need to see
    so I don't need to see so I'll paint,
    I don't know I'll paint it black.
    I don't need to see,
    I don't see how you see out of your window.
    I don't need to see
    I'll paint mine black.

    this, to me, screams frustration. Like not understanding how to do something, so you give up and spite yourself in the process of giving up... for example "im not even going to bother trying to figure out how you got that from that." HA
    stailfishairon May 18, 2009   Link
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    General Comment
    I don't really need to see
    so I don't need to see so I'll paint,
    I don't know I'll paint it black.
    I don't need to see,
    I don't see how you see out of your window.
    I don't need to see
    I'll paint mine black.

    This to me conveys a sense of anxious aspiration. It describes a person who tries so hard to fit in with whatever it may be, that he doesn't care about what he thinks anymore so he automatically takes an easy route and instead of discovering himself, takes an ambiguous note. He sees other people enjoying what they have "out their window" but he doesnt want it, so he just makes everything the same. "I'll paint mine black"


    there are alot of kids out there today that are exactly like this, it may just be social commentary, or it may depict a part of Isaac's mindset, either way it's surprisingly deep.
    fernandoblohardon June 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWho's the moron that changed the lyrics, especially the book of the stars and brackish lake lines, so they're totally off?
    LETSBEREALon June 21, 2010   Link
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    Lyric Correction"Buried in the bottom of a brackish lake"

    "in the bottom" is repeated actually, so the actual lyric is

    "Buried in the bottom of the bottom of a brackish lake"

    In other words, SUPER buried.
    Ryuhzaon October 02, 2012   Link

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