I watched you steal away
A man's best years
With the drumming of his fingers
With the kicking of his heels

I watched you put away
Your sweetest sins
I watched tempters satisfied
With the sweet taste of wasted time

Don't let me disappear
Don't let me fall apart
Don't lead me to the wayside
Just don't let me go
Don't let me fade away

I watched him travel down
A steady road
With no milestones
Just a gentle slope

Soft underfoot
No sudden turns to warn of sliding
Down that safe and sound
But all too familiar road
This is all too familiar

Don't let me disappear
Don't let me fall apart
Don't lead me to the wayside
Just don't let me go
Don't let me fade away

Just keep this off my mind
Anything or not a thing will do

I watched you steal away
A man's best years
With the drumming of his fingers
With the kicking of his heels

Without the twinkle in his eye
I watched him beg and plead with moving lips
And bended knee
Just to have you back

Be numb my heart
Oh, nothingness

Don't let me disappear
Don't let me fall apart
Don't lead me to the wayside
Just don't let me go
Don't let me fade away

They've got you wrapped around their fingers
Because anything or not a thing will do
(A dead fire in a cold room)



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Disappear (Oubliette) song meanings
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    General Comment:Revenga is right. the lyrics are from The Screwtape Letters. Here's the section of the book where Brendan got it from:

    "Nothing is very strong: strong enough to steal away a man's best years not in sweet sins but in a dreary flickering of the mind over it knows not what and knows not why, in the gratification of curiosities so feeble that the man is only half aware of them, in a drumming of fingers and kicking of heels, in whistling tunes that he does not like, or in the long, dim labyrinth of reveries that have not even lust or ambition to give them a relish, but which, once chance association has started them, the creature is too weak and fuddled to shake off.
    You will say that these are very small sins; and doubtless, like all young tempters, you are anxious to be able to report spectacular wickedness. But do remember, the only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy. It does not matter how small the sins are, provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts."

    A dead fire in a cold room is an example of how his character can be satisfied with nothing.
    cossaron January 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:what the fuck? why do you do this?
    saocoreon August 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:yeah youre a douchebag
    spiritussancti87on August 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:yeah youre a douchebag
    spiritussancti87on August 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I watched you steal away
    A man’s best years
    With the drumming of his fingers
    With the kicking of his heels

    I watched you put away
    Your sweetest sins
    I watched tempters satisfied
    With the sweet taste
    Of wasted time

    Don’t let me disappear
    Don’t let me fall apart
    Don’t lead me to the wayside
    Just don’t let me go
    Don’t let me fade away

    I watched him travel down
    A steady road
    With no milestones
    Just a gentle slope

    Soft underfoot,
    No sudden turns to warn of sliding
    Down that safe and sound
    But all too familiar road
    This is all too familiar

    Don’t let me disappear
    Don’t let me fall apart
    Don’t lead me to the wayside
    Just don’t let me go
    Don’t let me fade away

    Just keep this off my mind
    Anything or not a thing will do

    I watched you steal away
    A man’s best years
    With the drumming of his fingers
    With the kicking of his heels

    Without the twinkle in his eye
    I watched him beg and plead with moving lips
    And bended knee
    Just to have you back

    Be numb my heart
    O’ nothingness

    Don’t let me disappear
    Don’t let me fall apart
    Don’t lead me to the wayside
    Just don’t let me go
    Don’t let me fade away

    They’ve got you wrapped around their fingers
    Because anything or not a thing will do
    (A dead fire in a cold room)
    ciesl279on August 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Brendan said this about the song:

    "The lyrics for this were really inspired by a book called "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis. This song sort of follows the character falling into one of the most camouflaged of all vices; nothing."
    Revengaon August 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i don't mean to be a perfectionist but this song is actually called "Oubliette (Disappear)" not Disappear (Oubliette)
    yeee_sonon September 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:oh yeah, and the Screwtape Letters is a great book. Very deep and a tough read, but great nonetheless.
    cossaron January 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i'm probably wrong but it seems as if this song refers back to the heart and synapse...? the last few seconds plays the melody of "he can be anywhere" that is repeatidly in that album...
    youthinkyourejohnlennonon January 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Wow, I love this song. Forgot how great these guys were :P
    vampricon February 28, 2010   Link

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