"How I Remember" as written by and David Shannon Bazan....
I go out in public now more than you might think,
But only after several drinks

That's how I remember.

Then if I see any girl I've ever met before,
I run like hell for the door

That's how I remember.

Memory records selected shorts and interpretations,
Then later plays them back as gospel fact.

That's how I remember
That's how I remember

With one eye open,
You can focus like a camera on
Whomever you are capturing.
Without exception I prefer it as a way to document
The objects of my interest

Red and yellow, black and white
Are precious in his eyes
But who he roots for in a fight

That's how I remember

So everytime I find a girl
Beaten, gagged, and bound,
I let her go and write it down

That's how I remember
That's how I remember


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    General CommentYaaaaaaaaay my first posted lyrics!

    Anywho, this song is yet another example of Bazan's amazing ability to write songs and tell stories. I don't know if there's any hidden meaning in here, but lines such as "then later plays them back as gospel fact" show the quality of lyrics that this man writes.
    thewalrusamion July 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn the acoustic version of this song he says "but only after pills and drinks" instead of "several drinks". Just thought this was an interesting change, although it may have little to do with the song. this song is yet another testament of the mans genious songwriting.
    poseur69on August 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe changes the lyrics in a lot of acoustic versions.
    thewalrusamion August 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe is talking about his selective memory, especially when intoxicated, (you kinda remember talking to an attractive woman so in the morning you assume you were a stud) A camera lens only focuses on one part of what is happening, only one eye open. He focuses on what he wants to remember.
    The red yellow black white stanza refers to the way people might know what the Bible says about God loving everyone, but we still look at the world with an ethnocentric persepective (we must spread democracy because our way is better than everyone else's), we only absorb a limited part of the Bible and ignore some of the broad meanings(love God, love others as yourself).
    johnbon November 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHe is talking about his selective memory, especially when intoxicated, (you kinda remember talking to an attractive woman so in the morning you assume you were a stud) A camera lens only focuses on one part of what is happening, only one eye open. He focuses on what he wants to remember.
    The red yellow black white stanza refers to the way people might know what the Bible says about God loving everyone, but we still look at the world with an ethnocentric persepective (we must spread democracy because our way is better than everyone else's), we only absorb a limited part of the Bible and ignore some of the broad meanings(love God, love others as yourself).
    johnbon November 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentokay, okay.

    but what about this creepy line :

    "So everytime I find a girl
    Beaten, gagged, and bound,
    I let her go and write it down"

    ????
    loveinvincibleon March 23, 2008   Link
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    General Comment^^^^
    an allusion to the old west, tied to the train tracks type thing. He writes his good deed down, that's all he remembers even though he may be doing terrible things at the same time.
    johnbon March 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentRecently he has been using "pills and drinks" more than "several drinks"
    fewerbrokenpieceson March 24, 2010   Link

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