And oh, the rage is gone
And oh, the sorries begin
And though the drinking has thinned
Oh, still I wrestle
I wrestle within

And then to you
I don't look so good
Like I did what I felt like
Like I did what I would

But I don't have my dog
And I don't make a sound
I live on an island
In the middle of town

So if you've got a thing
With me or my friend
Remember what we've been through
Remember where we've been

We don't have our dogs
And we don't make a sound
We live on an island
In the middle of town

And oh, the rage is gone
And oh, the sorries begin
And though the drinking has thinned
Oh, still I wrestle
I wrestle within

And then to you
I don't look so good
I got what I asked for
I got what I deserved

But I don't have my dog
And I don't make a sound
I live on an island
In the middle of town

Don't have my dog
Don't make a sound
I live on an island in the middle of town


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    General Commenti really like this song, but i don't get the part about the dogs...
    charosauruson September 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about his sexuality, especially this verse:

    "So if you've got a thing
    WIth me or my friend
    Remember what we've been through
    Remember where we've been"
    onearmedpandaon March 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics are wrong, particularly in the chorus. This is more correct:

    And oh, the rage is gone
    And oh, the sorries begin
    And though the drinking has thinned
    Oh, still I wrestle
    I wrestle within

    And then to you
    I don't look so good
    Like I did what I felt like
    Like I did what I would

    But I don't have my dog
    And I don't make a sound
    I live on an island
    In the middle of town

    So if you've got a thing
    With me or my friend
    Remember what we've been through
    Remember where we've been

    We don't have our dogs
    And we don't make a sound
    We live on an island
    In the middle of town

    And oh, the rage is gone
    And oh, the sorries begin
    And though the drinking has thinned
    Oh still I wrestle
    I wrestle within

    And then to you
    I don't look so good
    Like I did what I felt like
    Like I did what I would

    But I don't have my dog
    And I don't make a sound
    I live on an island
    In the middle of town

    No I don't have my dog
    And I don't make a sound
    I live on an island
    In the middle of town



    Pretty simple message. His alcoholism is no secret; it's about relapse from a supposed recovery, or even just a moment of sobriety. The rage is gone, but only on the surface. He's apologized it all away, and even "thinned" his drinking. Everything's better. But then...he starts to not so good. Like he's gone and done what he felt like. Like we all knew he would.

    The part about not having his dog, I think, is a moment of feeling bad for himself, and also a bit of a red herring for anyone who wants to know what's really wrong. I miss my dog, he says. That's all. And then he withdraws back to his little island where no one can touch him. That's the significance of an island in the middle of town: it's where you withdraw to from all of the people who care about you.
    blue25000000on November 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think the speaker in this song is talking about having to leave certain people behind who have failed to understand or accept him. He has expressed his rage about something and feels bad about that ("all the sorries begin"). He has made a choice and is starting to come to terms with it ("the drinking has thinned") but he still "wrestle[s] within". The people he has left behind accuse him of being selfish ("to you, I don't look so good / Like I did what I wanted. Like I did what I would") but he points out that he has lost a great deal by making this choice. Saying that he doesn't have his dog and doesn't make a sound suggests that he is isolated and silenced. Though he is in the "middle of town," he essentially "live(s) on an island" because he is cut off from the "mainland" of society.
    annetteabmaon March 14, 2012   Link

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