"No Backbone" as written by and Tom Morgan....
It's dawned on me again
I can't balance in betweens
It's no longer familiar to me
It's become routine

The bedroom ritual
A simple way to feel
Without running the risk of anything real
Ever being given, ever being shown
Back in the bedroom no backbone

Standards I kept, in the back of my mind
Are now just rules I break from time to time
I'm way past worrying about it getting a hold of me
I realize I ride on it's back for free

The bedroom ritual
A simple way to feel
Without running the risk of anything real
Ever being given, ever being shown
Back in the bedroom no backbone

Predictably I'll stick to the safety of the script
But I know I'll end up settling for a less than perfect fit

The bedroom ritual
A simple way to feel
Without running the risk of anything real
Ever being given, ever being shown
Back in the bedroom no backbone
Back in the bedroom no backbone
Back in the bedroom no backbone


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"No Backbone" as written by Tom Morgan

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    General CommentWell, if I'm right, I think this song shows a lot of maturity in Dando's song writing. The whole new album does, actually. This is one of te better ones.
    First off, lemme get this out of the way- J's guitar playing is awesome. He's one of my favorite guitar players. He's good at writing short, intense, emtional solos that don't drag on too long. This is a good example.
    Anyway. It seems that Dando is sort of saying he's getting tired of both casual sex, and settling on being with girls he doesn't really care for. The bedroom ritual would be, I assume, sex. Yet the way he says it sounds almost like he does it more out of habit now. He realizes that its a simple to feel like you're being loved without actually running the risk of being hurt.
    The second verse is about how he always says he's going to change, going to try to wait for an actual relationship, but always ends up going back to his old ways.
    The short verse- sticking to the safety of the script means that he knows he's just going to do what he always does, but at the same time he knows that it's not really what he wants, or what's best for him.

    And thus, no backbone. It implies that what he does now is either cowardly- since he's afraid of getting hurt in an actual relationship- or that the casual sex is meaningless in some way.

    Maybe I overanalyzed that, but i like this interpretation.
    TheSilverNobleon October 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNote- Dando didn't actually write this song, something of a letdown. Still, I stand by my interpretation.
    TheSilverNobleon October 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHey The SilverNoble- I like your take on this song and what it's about. At first I thought it was about someone who was married, the spark is gone and the sex has become routine. I thought the "Standards I kept in the back of my mind, are now just rules to break from time to time" means that he either might be cheating on her or has a roaming eye. I like your take on it though, because it makes more sense.
    sydbarrett5on June 28, 2009   Link

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