I can see it in your eyes, i can hear it in your voice.
The signs are obvious that all we had has run its course.
I don't mind giving up the upper hand in this little charade cuz
I've spent too many nights here on the floor waiting for something inside you to change.
Don't look back in anger that's all that you can see.
Cuz anger's all I got to keep me warm when you're away and
I know that this is nothing new but tonight is all i know.
Disconnect myself from your memory and never feel anything at all.
To justify with all your words don't mean anything to me cuz
I've cut you off so here we stand and face each other we've got nothing to say.
A flashback to another time when silence was a welcome friend.
Now I'm sorry I can never really say all the things going on inside my head.
Silence is a justified expression of my war now.
Nothing's like it was before don't look back in anger.
Now is that all that you can say?
Cuz anger's all i got to keep me warm when you're away and all your words and all our actions don't mean anything to me cuz I've got you off.
Don't look back in anger, don't look back in anger, don't look back in anger, it's just a memory and it's easy to forget your face and it's easy to survive in this place without you, without you
I just comb my hair and wash my face. keep straight ahead and keep my pace don't think about nothing I might never be alright.
Well i got my friends I got my pen. I got a million distractions to keep me warm and all I know is that i'll be alright. i'll be alright


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  • +1
    General CommentAgreed. The live in a dive version gave me goosebumps the first time I heard it. One of my favorite
    Strung Out songs. And of course just like everyone else I can relate to this song so well. My take on the
    name Matchbook is just that. A frail book of paper and wood, packed with a burning agent and complete with a
    strike pad on the back to start your own fire. Everything in a matchbook is used for its own self destruction.
    What happens if you hold one of the matches up to the others after its lit? POOF! everything up and smoke...
    just a memory.

    Gauzeron April 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of strung out's best songs in my opinion. it's an anthem for those who have waited and tried for another to decide wether or not to grasp the opportunity of relationship that could work with a little effort from the other side. A person can only go so far before they give up on a hope like this, especially when they are pulled in every direction by the significant other, not knowing the truth. The line "Now I'm sorry I can never really say all the things going on inside my head." is one that anyone can relate to in situations that they've deeply cared about and didn't want to ruin. I'm just an 19 year old boy so what do I know. Thats what I think. The guitar and drums on this track are very intense, they couldnt be better. Vocals fit the music PERFECTLY. Like an orange in an orange peel. With a song like this, I could go crazy to the music and the power of the vocals, or sit and think about the lyrics. Great physical and emotional encouragement.
    njk_15on May 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdefinatly the best strung out song!
    "To justify with all your words don't mean anything to me cuz I've cut you off so here we stand and face each other we've got nothing to say"-how many relationships does that describe? strung out rock and so does this song
    hello_mcflyon June 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song explains an individual who has given up on a relatioship...perfect way to describe the frustration of breaking up and having to deal with personal anger from the past. Agreed with njk 15 that this is a great song
    Quicksilveron June 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Don't look back in anger that's all that you can see.
    Cuz anger's all I got to keep me warm when you're away"

    What a great song.
    pence is godon July 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"so here we stand and face each other we've got nothing to say.
    A flashback to another time when silence was a welcome friend."

    damn are these guys musical geniusses or what. That song is just too awesome. The lyrics, the music, everything. They just fit eachother so well. Punk is a great way to express your feelings, and boy do these guys know how to use that or what
    Da_Maniacon July 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRight now, this is probably my favorite song. I just fucked up in what could have been a great relationship, and although we try to act like nothing's happened, "...I can see it in (her) eyes and hear it in (her) voice..." and it is obvious that all we could have had has run its course. This was always one of my favorite Strung Out songs, but now that i'm in the same predicament, it has a whole new meaning to me. The lyrics and music are so perfectly blended that no one could have done it better. Great song for anyone who's in a relationship that's ending, and we've all been there.
    urbanninja4on July 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentevery line of this song is great. The lyrics are excellent, guitar is perfect for the song. drums n bass aint there really. Vocals are so great. I love the end of this song with "I comb my hair, etc, etc." great way to resolve everything.
    Sk8Er55on July 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is absolutely awesome.
    Every line of this song means something to me, as i am currently going through a strenuous break up with a girlfriend of 3 years.
    This is my all time favourite song By Strung Out, and the drumming! is just awesome, guitars are great vocals are perfect, the song simply rocks in a mega way.
    As we say here in australia,
    that bad is Fair Dinkum Fucking Fantasic
    emokid86on August 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know what to say. Greatest song in the world. Period.
    50punk50on October 06, 2002   Link

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