Shaking my teeth loose on your table
The dullest white squares I'll never be
Now that you've picked each one apart
you can't look at me
I'll probably lose you now
But at least the ones I have still sparkle

Putting on your make up
Every day before he wakes up
So he can stomach your face now
Easier than he could without
Yeah, this is love, this is all
That you could want
Open equals heavier

Hold your hand out palm side up
Open, empty, light enough
Minutes all turn to months
This is one thing we have all learned
Equations make a sum but it doesn't add up

Signing up for that second semester
Because you won't marry without the degree
Once I fix things up right
You won't be so embarrassed of me
I'll never make it now, but at least looking in
The mirror won't feel like lying
Posing for your stilted vision
Academic postcard prison

Raise your chin love
Purged a poem I swore was finished
Heaping lines half chewed unconscious
Settle on a plot, chalk another loss
Stage set for breathing and
Choking on swallowed conversations
Clutching and crawling for constant validation

Still nailed in the ruins of
Corporate co-dependence
Still stuck on the thought
That you're the one exception
All the while just the same
I'm worried that the purpose
Is how I look not how I lived

Let's get dolled up and play pretend
Cause nothing stays honest when
Every thought is cursed with intent
A pulse covered in skin and
Words covered in lips
Taste the regret as it leaves your stomach
Coating your tongue with every noun
Watery eyes the only thing
That makes sense now
Spitting your insides out
Start over start over start over start over


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  • +1
    General CommentGreat song about truth and love.

    "Cause nothing stays honest when
    Every thought is cursed with intent"
    Ves1011on March 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the intro is juuust a bittttt too long, but as for the rest of the song, its incredibly amazing
    kenzkenzkenzon August 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has really grown on me.

    It is hard to decipher how clever the lyrics are without reading along as the song is playing. It's pretty genius though and the song is definitely relate able.
    kasparon December 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not really sure about this one. Maybe it's that,

    The woman he loves picks apart his demeanor and appearance and everything about him.
    When the man that she loves does the same to her,
    she tries to change herself for him.
    Like putting on her makeup everyday before he wakes up so he can stomach her face now.

    He's realizing that she isn't worth it and she thinks she so special and better than him when she's exactly like everyone else.
    stuckatseaon December 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is simply beautiful, the way the vocals slow and speed up with emotion!
    simentfon August 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is probably the best song on the Small Steps.
    thedeadwalk138on January 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Let's get dolled up and play pretend
    Cause nothing stays honest when
    Every thought is cursed with intent
    A pulse covered in skin and
    Words covered in lips"

    Those are my absolute favorite lyrics.
    We all have these standards that we feel pressured to live up to, which is what makes this song so relateable. And this "constant validation" that we all seek is so vain, and we compensate our inner-self for it, as depicted in the lines about "spitting your insides out".

    Not to metion, Ian's voice is like a rainbow of poptarts in my ears. amazing.
    jackjacon January 21, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song i believe is about someone being in a relationship with someone and they try to change them to everything they are not.

    "Yeah, this is love, this is all
    That you could want"
    sarcasm. the person is convinced that this relationship is "love" when it's not. love is about loving the person for the way they are. their lover doesn't.

    "Putting on your make up
    Every day before he wakes up"
    "Signing up for that second semester
    Because you won't marry without the degree
    Once I fix things up right
    You won't be so embarrassed of me"
    "Let's get dolled up and play pretend"
    these are all the things the person did to change. putting make up on, going to school, and having the pressure to look beautiful all the time and make it all seem alright for this person to do this to them.

    "Taste the regret as it leaves your stomach
    Coating your tongue with every noun
    Watery eyes the only thing
    That makes sense now
    Spitting your insides out
    Start over start over start over start over"
    i think this is the end of the relationship. the "taste the regret" part is about the feelings of regretting with being with this person. they don't have to regret anymore because they left them. "watery eyes the only thing that makes sense now spitting your insides out" i believe means that they are letting go of this relationship and moving on. "start over start over start over..." means going back to being single and looking for another person to love.
    _bananapancakeson March 17, 2009   Link
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    General Commenthe does not say corporat co-dependance.
    someone listen to it closer.
    i wanna know what he says.
    theres a 'p' in the beginning.
    and corporate doesn't start with a p
    TheInvoluntaryon May 06, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think it's simply about how people feel like they need to wear a ton of makeup to feel beautiful, have to have a degree to be smart, sucessful, and accepted, and so on. overall just a song jabbing at how people are so superficial and lie to themselves of what they think will make them happy in the end.
    afflictionateon June 05, 2009   Link

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