"Absence Makes the Day Go Longer" as written by Tim Kasher, Matthew Ryan Maginn, Steve Mark Pedersen and Clint Frederick Schnase....
Please hang my raincoat
I guess that I'll stay a while
While I wait on the return
It seems the distance you've made
Has since lost its meaning
Meanwhile, I've meant to ration my thoughts
To help quicken this sloth driven day
As I wait, my joints slowly stiffen
They're warning me that something is nearing
Memories like fireflies
A green hue of imagery
But much too random to see clearly
And I don't recall much between you and me
Grey and cloudy
This tragedy plays itself over again in my mind
What's my line
Where are the cue cards
Memorize my actions, my discourse
Like a discontented fool
This just won't do
It's no use
These crushing days
Absence made your heart bruise
You're all bruise
You're all bruise

Lyrics submitted by jephque

"Absence Makes the Day Go Longer" as written by Matthew Ryan Maginn Clint Frederick Schnase

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    General Commentthe title of this song could never be truer.
    i_forgot_to_breatheon March 17, 2003   Link
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    General Commenttruue. this song means way too much to me. fuck cursive for making every song the story of my life.
    nightingale!singon March 21, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti agree with nightingale!sing, they know me so much! too much
    Carlos21on June 14, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWell you could pick this song apart completely. In the beginning when he's talking about "Please hang up my raincoat". It means that he's comming in from the 'rain'. In symbolic terms, I think the rain represents the numbness he's going through with a girl he thought he loved.

    The song kind of tells a story about how they broke up, and he's waiting for her to return again. The line, "It seems the distance you've made has since lost its meaning", kind of implies that she ended things with him instead of vise versa.

    There must have been something going on in the relationship that she just couldn't handle. And then, all of a sudden, when it was over there was a distance growing between them. The memories of good things started to fade and were replaced over time with bad memories instead.

    The warnings of "Disaster" that he senses are that they are on such bad terms that they tend to have very emotional fights with each other when they talk about their relationship.

    The line "This tragedy plays itself over in my mind", sort of goes to say that he feels some level of guilt or remorse over what happened between them. He tends to think about it quite a bit, even though time has passed over since their relationship ended.

    The "absence" is basically about the void he feels without this person. The absence of him being in this person's life has turned her cold toward him. Perhaps he betrayed her in some way and regrets it.

    VERY GOOD SONG. i love cursive :) ^^ that up there is just my take on it. I could be wrong.
    UhLivingDeadGiRLon June 02, 2004   Link
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    General Commentinteresting take. i've always thought of it as the distance is more of a physical distance since he says at the end absence made your heart bruise as in distance between them and time they spent apart destroyed her affection for him.

    i also always assumed the end of the relationship is more in the present or very recent past. the hailstorm could even represent her ending the relationship with him in my opinion. interpreting the song that way i like the line "i don't recall much between you and me" meaning either the distance caused the relationship to slowly fade away and he's already forgotten the good times or also perhaps that the breakup is so rattling that the idea of the two of them being together even if it was just moments ago seems far gone.
    JeremyB1on October 20, 2004   Link

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