" Irrelevant" as written by and Ryan Christopher Webb....
There's only one light on in the house
And that's the light up in the hall
And it's shining on the back of my head

And I'm concentrating hard
On the cigarette, to the ashtray
From the ashtray back to my lips

So I lean up from my easy chair
I rub my three day beard
And give that thousand yard stare
As I recall all the time and the money we spent
Before I became irrelevant

So the straw dog threw rock salt
And the precious girl took a bow and walked
As I ran my finger over the screen door

Yeah, every kiss has reeked of betrayal
Since my heroine jumped the guardrail
And decided who she wanted to be once more

Now, every night I'm paralyzed
By the fear of rope burns and morning light
And the smell of wet cement
Since I became irrelevant

Now, memory's just a flash flood
A thick and black sticky mud
And heartache it's like a breaking bone

It was always twelve hours on a missionary line
You think I would've spared some time
But I didn't, I never went home

Now, it occurs to me like blinds undrawn
Or a bullet from a shotgun
That she knew long ago, oh, what it meant
To feel irrelevant

Now, I'm always smilin', cryin'
And hidin' my intent
Since I became irrelevant



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"Irrelevant" as written by Ryan Christopher Webb

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    General Comment"There's only one light on in the house
    And that's the light up in the hall
    And it's shining on the back of my head
    And I'm concentrating hard on the cigarette
    To the ashtray from the ashtray back to my lips
    So I lean up from my easy chair
    I rub my three-day beard
    And give that thousand yard stare"

    ^I love that he is so vivid. Ok I'll take a stab at interpreting it. I think it's about a guy and girl who were in a relationship that went sour. It seems the girl left him and he is feeling really low and insignificant. He's just sitting in a dim room (which kinda reflects how he feels), he hasn't shaved for a few days and he's reflecting on what went wrong. I think when they were together he ignored her/didn't spend enough time with her and wasn't there for her " You think I would've spared some time But I didn't, I never went home" and this becomes crystal clear to him as he is pondering what happened. He realizes that the way he feels now is how she felt while they were together, "Now it occurs to me like blinds undrawn Or a bullet from a shotgun That she knew long ago what it meant To feel irrelevant" and that is why she left.

    With that being said, there are a few lines that I am a bit unsure about, which could alter my interpretation, "Yeah every kiss has reeked on betrayal Since my heroine jumped the guardrail And decided who she wanted to be once more" maybe she committed suicide, I mean jumping the guardrail could be literal or metaphorical (as in I said before -she left) but if I go with the literal translation I now see the song as a guy who’s girlfriend committed suicide sometime ago but he is still deeply heartbroken and he’s feeling horrible and insignificant and he knows he didn’t appreciate her enough or spend enough time with her and he now knows how she felt before she killed herself. He is also trying to move on with his life but he feels guilty about it “Yeah every kiss has reeked on betrayal Since my heroine jumped the guardrail”

    I really like the closing lines “Now I'm always smilin' and cyryin' And hidin' my intent Since I became irrelevant”

    Well, that was a bit long-winded. Anyway I could be wrong, but since I am the only one who has offered an opinion, I guess it stands for now :)
    strangersatelliteon August 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agrree SS up until jumped the guardrail. I thik he is saying she wanted to leave him and be herself... He becomes Irrelevent to her becasue she has moved on....
    Who knows - he is brilliant though!
    Tiltcron September 20, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentOoh that's a good way of looking at it too!!! I like it Tiltcr! Glad someone else shared their opinion!
    strangersatelliteon September 30, 2007   Link

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