"Unbearable Why" as written by and Scott Mcmicken Toby Leaman....
I'm doing time, I'm guilty
Rise in the morning, oh sleepy

The clouds in sky, unknown and untied
A reason for reasons you die
The eye of the storm beware beware and still there's a thrill in the air
Unbearable Why

While I'm doing time I'm guilty, for now
Rise in the morning oh sleepy, dream on
The clouds in sky, alone and untied
A reason for reasons you die
The eye of the storm beware beware
And still there's a thrill in the air
Unbearable Why

While I'm doing time therefore now I'm not guilty
Sun rise up in the morning what a dream oh so sleepy
Lying in letters to someone I don't know
Like an old song in the waiting for something from the past
So long from now


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"Unbearable Why" as written by Toby Leaman Scott Mcmicken

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    General CommentLead guitarist Scott McMicken (from Express Night Out): "The idea behind that song was far more abstract or something. Toby (Leaman, bass) and I wrote the lyrics for that song together and the way it all went down - and we'd never done anything like this before - the concept was I had written that song and it's got its verse, and it's got its chorus, of course, and it's got its bridge, what I was doing was over the verse I had three different melodies.
    I had three different melodies for the same chord progression, so we decided that the way we would work it is in the first verse we'd have the first melody. In the second verse we'd have the first melody, with the addition of the second melody. In the third verse we'd have the first melody, the second melody and the addition of the third. And so it became this crossword puzzle-word game to write those lyrics because what we did is we wrote the first melody - it exists alone in the first verse at the top of the song - and then those lyrics repeat as that melody repeats again in the second, but the second melody is introduced and what we wanted to have happen - if this makes any sense - is as new lyrics and new melodies are introduced over previous melodies and previous lyrics, that the sentences should make sense on their own, but they combine to make a third sentence. Like one syllable exists in one line where there isn't a syllable in the previous line.
    For instance, the first melody's lyrics are: 'I'm doing time, I'm guilty' - we decided it'd be about this guy in jail - 'I'm doing time, I'm guilty for now,' so when the second line comes in it's, 'While doing time for now.' So the third sentence created out of those sentences at once is: 'When I'm doing time, I'm guilty for now.' I always hoped - it's cool that it sounds like a girl group - but I was hoping in some magical thing, especially in the third verse, what you would hear is actually lyrics that no particular person is singing, this combination of all."

    TyTheGuyon September 25, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis might be my favorite on the new album. I'm trying to figure out the "unbearable why" part. Is it asking why something is unbearable? Or is the why itself unbearable? Hopefully Scott will shed some light on it at some point like he did for Rabbit because I would have never figured it out.
    mattwood24on April 11, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis IS my favorite on the new album. from the moment i first heard the intro i was hooked. i would have to take a guess and say that the "why" itself is the unbearable part. sort of like he's in a figurative prison (doing time/guilty) and having to address how he ended up there is literally unbearable.
    then again, very little of the dog's lyrics can be taken for face value...
    im also curious to know what the "lying in letters to someone i don't know" part is all about.
    seffroniaon April 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMaybe about death wondering why it must happen and not knowing what comes next if anything, but then that gives it a kind of thrill and wonder not knowing for sure how mysterious it is. Not sure about the last 3 lines though. The song could also mean he lost someone close to him and now his life feels like jail time? both together seems to work too
    jc4jcjcjc20jcon April 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMaybe about death wondering why it must happen and not knowing what comes next if anything, but then that gives it a kind of thrill and wonder not knowing for sure how mysterious it is. Not sure about the last 3 lines though. The song could also mean he lost someone close to him and now his life feels like jail time? both together seems to work too
    jc4jcjcjc20jcon April 28, 2010   Link
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    General Commentand its definitely my favorite too right when the drumsssss started really sick
    jc4jcjcjc20jcon April 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think its about how he experienced something negative and was punished, and was trying to figure out why, but he couldnt. They "why" was always stuck in his head so it was unbearable. In the last stanza, he is reflecting to that bad time, he still doesnt know why and is forgetting about it.
    fgarofalo8on November 18, 2010   Link
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    General Commentlove this song. the concept behind it as TyTheGuy posted is genius.

    p.s. can anybody help out with the piano bits during the verses? i know they're pretty minimal and no more than a few chords but i haven't got the best ear for that.
    jouheion May 03, 2013   Link
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    General Commentlove this song. the concept behind it as TyTheGuy posted is genius.

    p.s. can anybody help out with the piano bits during the verses? i know they're pretty minimal and no more than a few chords but i haven't got the best ear for that.
    jouheion May 03, 2013   Link

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