I've been driving with the rear view mirror. Who guessed it would be no clearer?
It got me lost, and now I'm late. The clock's dead on, no one to blame but me.

Is this a bad chase dream where speed's not what it seems?
The pedal's pressed, but nothing works. Bite your nails 'til your fingers hurt.

What now? What now boy?
What now? Who you are is not enough.

It's hard to know where we should go
When home's too far away and "here" is a hollow place
Where people come to softly hum
The songs that scare you most, believe me I'm scared enough

Bite down, 'cause everyone's looking. Wouldn't this be the perfect bookend?
Little boy was scared at first. Brazen once, but now he's gone astray

What now boy?

It's hard to know where we should go
When home's too far away and "here" is a hollow place
Where people come to softly hum
The songs that scare you most, believe me I'm scared enough

It stings to say it out loud


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    General CommentThis song alone has more power than most bands can hope to ever even come close to.
    chuffhonchoon March 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song alone has more power than most bands can hope to ever even come close to.
    chuffhonchoon March 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAgreed. Surprised there aren't more comments - this is one of their best songs.
    ikickedagirlon December 10, 2009   Link
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    General Commenta boy, possibly addicted to a substance? it would make sense if this whole album was about losing friends, family, yourself to a drug addiction, "Sometimes Things Just Disappear". "Eat Dinner" would be about losing your girl, this song would be about losing his confidence and dignity, "Heart Attack at Thirty" would be him finally losing his life and "Convinced I'm Wrong" could be like a tribute to his death, if he could write a song afterward.

    maybe
    liberandonon March 22, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti think you guys are spot on - immense power in this song with provocative imagery.

    rear view mirror - sounds like our narrator is looking back - maybe for clarity - but gaining nothing.

    it's like when you're stuck; and then you look back at the events leading up to where you are, hoping to figure out what happened or conveniently blame circumstance. but you come up short: the past illuminates nothing new, you realize you have "no one to blame," and you're where you're at regardless of what happened.

    biting nails; the clock working against you; running out of time; speeding, and not going fast enough; stepping on the pedal to no avail - all reference anxiety.

    how beautiful is this chorus? i think that anyone who has felt lost and out of place finds resonance here;

    "home's too far away and "here" is a HOLLOW place."

    wow.

    and i think the latter part of the chorus is a clear allusion to the feeling one gets when you're surrounded by people you can't relate too.

    simply put, i think this song is about the anxiety associated with being lost.
    crossfitter21on August 16, 2010   Link

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