I don't mean to sound like I want to fight
But the arguments I cause, they can sound like I might
I've got to prove my point
I've got to show you how you're wrong
Does the topic even matter?
Why's my throat getting sore?

Tonight I'm going to touch your hand
And take back every word I said
But not just yet
My head is steaming
I'm busy making you believe me

I know I treat you wrong
You call me out
I turn the argument around
I'm stomping on shells
They're splashing my face
Because my toes are too pointed to tiptoe on eggs

I know I'm right and argue on
You get depressed and fall apart
I make my point but you don't get it
You're busy telling me, "Forget it"

I don't mean to sound like I want to fight
But if you see it my way, we could both see it right

Let me say it one more time
You'll agree with me this time
We could both understand
I'll just say it once more
No!

I know I treat you wrong
You call me out
I turn the argument around
It blows up in my face
And time turns slow
I realize now, you deserve way more


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    General Comment"I'm stomping on shells
    they're splashing my face
    because my toes are too pointed to tiptoe on eggs."


    To "walk on eggshells" means to proceed warily and with great caution. It's what you would have to do if you literally walked on eggs, since otherwise you would break them and be in for some messy footing.

    Sir John Harington, translating Ariosto's "Orlando Furioso" from Italian in 1591, wrote: "So soft he treds.As though to tread on eggs he were afraid."
    laurelinwyntreon August 06, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"I'm stomping on shells
    they're splashing my face
    because my toes are too pointed to tiptoe on eggs."



    EGG ON ONE'S FACE -- "Random House Dictionary of American Slang, Vol. 1, A-G" by J.E. Lighter (Random House, New York, 1994): "have egg on (one's) face -- to look foolish or be embarrassed. Now colloq. 1951-53 'Front Page Detective (syndic. TV series): I can see egg all over my face..."

    Another source says the phrase is "newer" than the 50s. From "The Dictionary of Cliches" by James Rogers (Ballatine Books, New York, 1985): "to have egg on your face - To be embarrassed or chagrined at something one has done or the way one did it; to do something ineptly. The expression originated in the United States some 25 years ago, probably from the fact that someone eating an egg sloppily is likely to wind up with some of it on his face and therefore not looking his best. By 1972 the saying had been picked up in England, as Lord Chalfont reflected in 'The Times' of London: 'There is something reassuringly changeless about the capacity of the highest military authorities for getting egg on their face."
    laurelinwyntreon August 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSo, basically he gets over zealous in arguments between him and his girlfriend and he ends up looking like a fool and he realizes that he doesn't treat her like he should.

    That's what I get.
    Chainsaw Armon August 07, 2008   Link
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    General Commenteh, i don't know about looking like a fool. some people just love to argue and manipulate, and this is how they fight. they won't stop destroying the other person verbally in an effort to eventually get them to let you do what you want. for people who fight like this, what a satisfying song :)
    JMerrill110067on August 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOnly The Faint could make listeners feel like they're in the middle of the argument, yet loving it just the same with the music itself.

    Pretty easy meaning - getting caught up in the rage of the argument, getting flustered, pretending like nothing ever happened, trying to take back what was said, trying to make things right.

    I love the play on words in the line "But if you see it my way, we could both see it right." Seems like such an arrogant thing to say, but at the same time such a truth. Odd twist at the end of the song: the narrator finally experiences recognition, in that he knows his partner/girlfriend deserves more than a hothead like him.

    One of my favorite songs on the album, I must say.
    OKRadiohead97on August 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song blew me away the first time I heard it. Firstly, this whole album is so amazing. This song describes someone in my life who was very close to me and the entire time we were together this could have been our theme song, on both sides.

    "I know I'm right and argue on
    You get depressed and fall apart
    I make my point but you don't get it
    You're busy telling me, "Forget it" "

    That pretty much describes perfectly what would happen anytime we tried to have any kind of discussion.

    Sadly, the relationship did not last.. but sometimes self respect is more important than being right.
    msjinxxon August 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is the perfect song for me and my girl. At some point we lose sight of what we were fighting about, but continue to argue ABOUT the argument itself even though we know it's just silly at that point.

    Also, the writer even knows that the topic of argument is so insignificant, but can't let it go.

    "I've got to show you how you're wrong
    Does the topic even matter?
    Why's my throat getting sore?"

    This song shows you just how important the art of debating really is. The writer seems to be attacking the other person rather than trying to get the point across in a calm fashion. It's more about passion rather than actually winning the debate.

    Just an amazing song if you feel it reflects you sometimes.
    CHANDMANon March 24, 2009   Link
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    MemoryI always think of this song after berating my gf on her religion.
    Cdextraon October 10, 2010   Link

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