"Fully Retractable" as written by and Michael/steinberg Doughty....
Shooed out like a housefly
This house was half my mind
I don't dispute the doubts you've outlined
But it's my right to waste your time
And these things
It stands to reason
These things won't kill me
Your feelings
The spattering
It bores me
Don't tell me
Burned in on the 8th of May
She was spectacular
I walk a half-moon by the bus stop
Sliding 'cross the street to her
Three stings
Three strings
Won't kill me
Your spieling
Is my grief
Please tell me
Half-masted, bass-boosted, slingbacked, fully retractable
Throw out the la-la by the busload
Match the photo to the description
I do indeed and shall continue
Dispatch the shiftless man to points beyond

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"Fully Retractable" as written by Michael Doughty Mark Degliantoni

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    General CommentI really like this song. Really different. It's like the lyrics become the melody.
    smithcuon March 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentmaybe it's another relationship song.. i figure he's talkin' about how unimportant emotions are when the genreal feeling is beneficial. sorry, was that too deep for you fools who come on here and all you have to say is "i like this song!" ..oh, my mistake, i won't let it happen again
    yiggie241on July 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commentfor some reason...this song seems to be about aftermath of a breakup and he wishes he could get the girl back..they had so much but it's fully retracted and they're through...or maybe not
    SixStringSoulon March 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it is about the aftermath of a breakup, he's walking to the bus stop about to leave town, then he sees her and goes after her. I think may 8th may have been when they met and it's forever burnt in his mind the day he met her. He's telling her he will miss her, but what happened to him won't kill him either, that life will go on no matter what

    "I do indeed and shall continue"
    GOBUCKSon July 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNothing about the meaning, but Doughty stated in an interview that he thinks that some of the lyrics are great, but then get shitty real fast.
    beau99on August 11, 2013   Link

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