At one time when the days were nectar sweet I was a lovely boy.
I brought smiles in my bag to pass around to all the unpleasents I passed.
As life walked by.
I noticed it look at me and not once did it stop its horrible stare.
I made that my occupation, self proclaimed devourer of problems.

It must be a long project to finally bring someone to their knees.
It didn't like me fucking up the balance.
I'm undoing life's work.

Since I never once saw that gaze fade.
My bag became smaller, the unpleasents wouldn't accept my smiles as easily as before.
I think I'm losing my friends.

I noticed it look at me and not once did it stop its horrible stare.
I made that my occupation, self proclaimed devourer of problems.

I think I was a lovely boy.
It feels like a million years since I was him.
I noticed it look at me and not once did it stop its horrible stare.
I made that my occupation, self proclaimed devourer of problems.

To think those stories were a lie and all he had to do was fix a gaze on me.
To turn it all around.
I think I was a lovely boy.
Let's see if we cant make a lovely lovely man.


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    General CommentA child, like any normal child growing up wanting nothing but good in the world and to make a difference to those who let their demons take over. The boy grows up and feels less like he did as a child and let that "monsters stare" suck all the happyness out of him just like everyone else. In other words maybe just growing up and coming to terms on how the world really is, what do you think?
    dangd42on September 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'll first say that this song is pure poetry. Absolutely beautiful.

    I think the song is actually supposed to be rather uplifting. It is a man's recollection of his life up until this point (this song), and the resolution he makes over the course of singing this song.

    The man remembers his life when he was younger: he was a lovely boy who made people happy (handing out the proverbial smiles), when, one day, he is faced with some (or maybe THE) cold, hard fact of life. He never forgets that cold, hard fact, but he decides to give life the finger and work his best to keep bringing happiness to others.

    Then he sings this song, which signifies a resolution, of sorts:
    He comes to a point in his life when he feels hopeless and worn out- why continue? But he also remembers how easy life changed him, and (I think) becomes angry, probably indignant. He thinks,

    "When I was younger, I fought the shit life threw at me and at others and tried to help others and make them happy(/ier). I can't believe life tried to stop me, I can't believe I let it get to me, and, now that I think of it, I can't believe I'm letting it get to me now. I did this when I was younger, and now (I've resolved) I will keep doing this now that I'm older."

    The song is about doing good, getting shit for it from the metaphorical big man upstairs (situationally dependent), saying "Fuck you," and pushing on.
    mechanykon March 07, 2011   Link

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