"Dare a Smile" as written by and Josh Myers Jeremy Enigk....
Dare a smile
I'm outta style
Worry rested on my head
Heaven, Hell, the Lords of my redemption
I am drained of all of my hope

Eyes gone red
Voice half dead
Worry of things I can't control
I need something new to keep me going
By the lake, kicking feet on the slope

All half read
The words half said
Politicians fill my head
Seven tears of Lords steal my devotion
Am I safe?
Kicking feet on this rope, oh no
Can I run back to you?

Lyrics submitted by satansaiddance

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    General CommentJE’s lyrics are SO hard to interpret, but I’m taking a crack at this one. He has a fundamentalist Christian background, which I think began during the Sunny Day Real Estate days. Then, he seemed to ease off the whole religious thing for a while. So I think that in this song, he’s worrying about god, eternity, his salvation, etc. In the first part he’s wrestling with afterlife stuff, then in the second part he elaborates on how much it’s tearing him up. In the third section, when he says, “all half read, words half said, politicians fill my head” I think he might be saying that he doesn’t know how to find the truth or who to trust. There are tons of people, including him, and including pastors/teachers in today’s fundamentalist movement who are relatively uneducated but speak with certainty, arguing against each other (like politicians), so it’s like, who do you trust and how do you know? So then “Am I safe?” would be referring to salvation, since they call it being saved. The last line is sad to me, “Can I run back to you?” but I have two interpretations of it. He feels like he’s drifted away from god and he either 1) wants to know if he can get his salvation back, or 2) misses the feelings he had in the beginning and wants that back, like it’s gotten complicated and he just wants the simplistic devotion to god back. Either way, it’s desperate and sad and I think a lot of us can relate. Poor guy.
    vickykim9on January 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commenteverything you've said seems accurate. "kick and feed on this rope, oh no" makes me think of an umbilical cord, like he wants to crawl back into the womb (like you said, the simplistic, the beginning, etc.) where he is safe ("can i run back to you?"). literally or metaphorically or both.
    satansaiddanceon January 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOh yeah! I think you're right. Nice.
    vickykim9on January 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI suggest two edits to the lyrics above. First, "Kick and Feed" should be "Kickin' Feet". Then the lyric reference to "slope" and "rope" make sense in that he feels unbalanced, ready to fall. The second change is, "Seven tears of Lords still my devotion" should be "Seven tears of Lords steal my devotion". To me, this means false promises of politicians distract us from our dependence on God by making us dependent on the State.
    zn1500on March 29, 2008   Link

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