"The Stenographer" as written by and Matthew Arnold Thiessen....
I got in a fight with the stenographer
Afterwards she read me like a book
I had tried to get along with her
But my temperament was quickly overlooked

On the weekends we can
Sneak into this courtroom
And you'll offer me
Some sort of bargain plea

Yeah Smith and Weston Junior was a son of a gun
He pressed his nose up to my head
Yeah I was sweatin' bullets but I dodged the one
It was not as much sweat as was lead

Oh I still love you
Oh I still love you even though I know that you want me dead
And when I turn my other cheek
I will beg and I'll plead
At this time you might just kiss it instead

[Repeat: x2]
Cause this my story
And like the glue on the binding I'm sticking to it
If you want to implore me,
Change my tune well I just won't do it


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"The Stenographer [Demo Version]" as written by Matthew Thiessen

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    General CommentI think it's "Smith & Wesson Junior" in the third stanza, which would make sense when they start talking about guns & bullets.
    >>amdmb91on July 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I guess that makes sense.
    Puffcoaton July 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the line after:

    "I was sweatin' bullets but I dodged the one"

    is suppose to be


    "That was not as much as sweat as was lead"

    Otherwise good =)
    boffboffon July 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's "but my temperment was quickly overlooked"
    relientkfanaticon July 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the lyrics:

    "Yeah, Smith and Weston Jr. was a son of a gun
    He pressed his nose up to my head.
    Yeah, I was sweatin' bullets but I dodged the one
    That was not as much sweat as was lead."

    are incredibly clever. I love it!
    KingoftheEyesores09on November 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite lyrics in this song are


    "Oh, I still love you!
    Oh, I still love you
    Although I know that you want me dead.
    And when I turn my other cheek
    I will beg and I'll plead
    That this time you might just kiss it instead."


    these words are the best i've heard in a long time.
    AmyOon January 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNot completely sure what this song is trying to say, but it's incredibly catchy and very clever. Relient K's cleverness with lyrics is what makes them my favorite band. Just wish this song wasn't so short....
    cheeseninjaon March 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is SPLENDID!
    sillyshenaniganson February 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSo "The Stenographer" is pure lyrical genius!!!!

    this song is extremely well crafted when it comes to flawless and intricate metaphors
    the metaphor to begin with is, a stenographer is the person who types out a record of all the words spoken in the court of law

    which to me implys the fact that he's having a fight with someone who likes to keep score
    and can use his words against him because she remembers them 'word for word' almost as if she's reading them back to him "afterward she read me like a book"
    and it seems that he doesnt want to fight, he tries to get along and is coming in pleasant temperment, but she disregards this fact to shoot him down with words

    and sneaking into the court room is just another brilliant reference to fights/stenographers etc

    the next metaphor, is Smith and Wesson Jr.
    (being australian i did not understand the referrence without looking it up)
    but Smith and Wesson is the largest gun manufacturer in the U.S., so putting a Junior on the end is setting up the story and the segue into the common expression "son of a gun"
    then "pressed his nose up to my head" is implying the nose of the gun being held up to his head
    as he feels that she is shooting him down
    which leads into the next expression "sweating bullets"
    implying nerves, and trying to dodge the proverbial bullets being shot at him

    "Oh i still love you, Oh i still love you, even though you want me dead"
    to me is reflecting again on the fact that he doesnt want to fight
    and he's trying to go about it in a Chirst-like way
    by turing the other cheek
    which is implying he's already been hit (perhaps by her words/bullets)
    but he is obviously (as we all do in situations like this) hoping "beg and i'll plead" that instead of being hit again
    maybe forgiveness, "this time you might just kiss it instead"

    the the last part is the metephor of a book
    being his side of the story,which he is sticking to, and he won't change
    regardless of her begging, or asking, or twisting his words to change his tune
    but he is sticking to his guns ;) (mind the pun)

    AAAAANNNNNYYYYYWWWWAAAAYYYYYY
    that is my interpretation of the incredibly well-written song by the WONDERFUL Matthew Thiessen.
    God bless him!





    RKobsessedon December 06, 2011   Link

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