I'd eat your heart out but my teeth are sore
besides I'm tired of you crawling right back for more
cause I usually suffer later from a lack of things to say

don't wanna see the whites of your eyes
don't wanna have to euthanize
you've showed endless indications you'll just dodge the inevitable

I wouldn't self-destruct for anybody else
come on, you know you know me better than yourself

I'd just as soon retreat and fail
than be the one behind your sails
you'd never be deficient for the comfort of heeding it
you're aching to get caught up in
the way these problems always begin
there's no use for me to tell you
you refuse to listen
you lack consideration for all the things you're missing but

I wouldn't self-destruct for anybody else
take notes, pay close attention
surely you can tell
it's never worth the pain inflicted on yourself
but adjunct in misery we love the clientele

you can try to validate your grievances
by severing your ties
but instead of walking out and moving on
you'd rather keep living a lie
say goodbye

I wouldn't self-destruct for anybody else
if you can't acknowledge that
then just [go fuck yourself]


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    General CommentI'm pretty sure instead of "love the cry and tell", it's a shoutout to the band The Clientele, "we love the Clientele"...cry and tell probably makes more sense, but clientele might make sense if that's a band he likes to listen to when he's down...
    ka_roskoon March 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is definitely a standout track on the new album I was lucky enough to pick up at a their first show in LA on a tour to support its release.

    To me this is sort of a confrontation, to someone who ignores that their relationship isn't not working. And even though they've kept it going, and clearly love each other, it's not working, and it's leading both of them to a bad place.

    It could be a love song but somethign tells me it's about some other type of relationship. Great song, great composition.
    PapaSlurpon February 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think if you listen closely you'll find that it's clearly 'cry' and not 'cli'.

    Also, I strongly doubt that this band would give a "shout-out". In the middle of one of the potential singles on their album. Because that would be tremendously cheesy. That would be as likely as finding a shoutout to Pabst Blue Ribbon elsewhere on the album. This is indie rock, not the latest dope-ass Chamillionaire joint.
    PapaSlurpon March 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYou know what? On closer scrutiny, I agree with ka rosko that it's 'clientele'. But I think the intended meaning was strictly lower-case.
    PapaSlurpon March 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree, it is clientèle, but strictly as a word sense, not a "shout out". Especially if you look at the context it is used in the quatrain.
    Nocturnon March 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti was joking about the shout-out thing...of course an indie rock band called "what made milwaukee famous" wouldn't do a "shout-out" to a baroque pop/indie pop band called "the clientele". i was being "ironic" and making a "joke"...as i am here with all the "quotations" (if we were having this conversation in person i would be waving both my index fingers and middle fingers like the quotation sign right now, a lot)
    ka_roskoon April 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthey dont get sarcastic ka rosko. you sounded pretty serious in your first post. and you didn't have your "quotation signs" around your theory in the first one, only around what you thought the lines were
    fangsupon April 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti just have to say instead of
    "than be the one behind your sails" I'm pretty sure he says "the wind behind your sails" and
    "you'd never be deficient for the comfort of heeding it" is "the comfort of heated air".
    julznlon July 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTo me "you'd never be deficient for the comfort of heeding it" sounds like "you'd never be deficient for the comfort of heated air".
    hemlock_echoon July 28, 2010   Link

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