who lives in a pinecone tangled in steel?
who talks to a pinecone alone?
hey hey hey hey
love letters and cell phones
filled up with dead codes to old homes
connect you to no one
a message for no one
scroll through the old ones
colleagues and cousins
obsessions and lovers who write
"hey hey hey hey"
scroll through the future
will you find another?
will you find another?
will you find a lawyer?
a teacher? a brother?
a healer? or what?
hey hey hey hey
i've got a message for you
from the monopines
shell trunk and poor disguise
i've got a message to no one
from the monopines
steel trunk shoots for the sky

don't wait to hear from me
brace your face for the fist of spring
i got a feeling that can never be
i got a feeling it can never be
that's my tendency

who lives on the nightstand
where you close your eyes?
after a soft good-bye
there's no dialtone to linger on
no mystery to unwind
i've got a message for you
from the monopines
shell trunk and poor disguise
i've got a message to no one
from the monopines
steel trunk shoots for the sky

don't wait to hear from me
brace your face for the fist of spring
i got a feeling that can never be
i got a feeling it can never be
the way you thought it would be
you thought it would be
you thought it would be

the words rumble under the thunder of the year's first storm
the words rumble under the thunder
the words rumble under the thunder of the year's first storm
the words rumble under the thunder

don't wait to hear from me
brace your face for the fist of spring
every blade of grass is a knife
breaking through earth on its way to the sky

in the atmosphere, words that missed their target ear
all colliding into flames
past the timberline, some urgent words of mine
are being mangled by their monopine
way past the highest cloud
words are slipping in and out
of a trick dimension
me and a box of wine
we're running out of time
to capture your attention
i want to hear you breathe
to know just what you need
come and connect me to you
i want to hear you breathe
come and connect me to you
come and connect me to you


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    General CommentMonopine = a cell phone tower designed to look like a pine tree. There's also such a thing as a "monopalm".
    bocmaximaon September 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think it's not "shell trunk and poor disguise".. it's sounds to me like " still jump, shoot, for the sky"
    spiCheLon September 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyah i really doubt its that spiChel. this song is amazing. now that I know what a monopine is this song makes a lot of sense. really pretty lyrics to a really pretty song.
    tsucolon September 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is from an interview with Tony:
    "What does "Brace Your Face" mean?

    It's basically describing this frustration... One way to describe it is this year that I had - I titled it "The Year of Diminished Expectations" - which is sort of a way to be happy by not expecting too much and then just being pleasantly surprised by everything. Like living in upstate New York and saying, "Oh look, it's a beautiful snowfall" instead of saying "Oh, man I thought it was gonna be nice today so I could play basketball or plant flowers," or something.

    That song, "Brace Your Face" is all about trying to communicate, especially via technology, and just sort of failing. I don't know, I guess if there's any sort of hopeful message it's sort of scaling back to something that you can achieve, like talking to someone face to face. I don't know, that's sort of where that song comes from."
    bocmaximaon November 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbocmaxima, thanks, you've really helped me to understand this wonderful track.
    kaaton July 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIf anything they are putting down technology. Especially through the monopines and cell phones, which i saw for the first time in LA, and are extremely ugly and a poor excuse of a 'tree'. "I want to hear you breathe" reflects how unnecessary some conversations are. "Scroll through your future", like when one reads their text inbox. 'Lives on a nightstand' would be the cell phones, and their 'trick dimension'

    Just more of a side note, a "box of wine", reflects something pathetic. Some people believe boxes just arnt the same as bottles, and it seems they believe cell phones arnt as good as person to person interaction.
    hayheatheron January 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSo good. Also, I don't like cell phones either. No one should ALWAYS be able to be contacted, hence I do not nor plan to ever have one. Seeing my friends' dependency on them is pathetic.
    RyanWilhiteon August 24, 2009   Link

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