She’s wearing too much lipstick tonight
The little black dress a little too tight
She tires to make small talk but it drips with spite
She knows that he’s coming; it’s really all right
Nobody here could know how she feels
Not getting drunk and she hates wearing heels
She tries to stand but the room seems to bend and reel
Her friends all keep asking why can’t she just deal
If she spins fast enough than maybe the broken pieces of her heart will stay together
But ain’t no gyroscope can spin forever, yea
If she spins fast enough than maybe the broken pieces of her heart will stay together
But ain’t no gyroscope can spin forever, yea
He says it’s over and it’s such a relief
It’s finally happened and he’s making his peace
All the reminders don’t bother him in the least
The Jekyll and Hyde shit will finally cease
His eyes on fire and his hands kind of shake
Like his voice is ready to break
You kind of wonder how long this boy’s been awake
Or how much less sense one person can make
If he spins fast enough than maybe the broken pieces of his heart will stay together
But ain’t no gyroscope can spin forever, yea
If he spins fast enough than maybe the broken pieces of his heart will stay together
But ain’t no gyroscope can spin forever, yea
Happiness is such hard work, and it gets harder every day
And it can kill you, but no one wants to be that tacky about it, yea
If you spin fast enough than maybe the broken pieces of your heart will stay together
But some things I’ve seen lately make me doubt it.


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    General CommentActually, I believe the song is primarily in 15/16 time. The sixteenth note gets the accent, not the eighth. If you count it out as a quick 1234 1234 1234 123, it makes sense. During the verse, it's 3 bars of 15/16, one of 2/4 and one of 5/4, then three 15/16, one 2/4, one 19/16 (5/4 minus one 16th note, I'm not joking). During the chorus, it's alternating three at 15/16 and one at 4/4. You really need to count like Dracula to keep up. Genius.
    absenteron May 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbomb ya'll (y)
    myheartbleedscoldon May 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe chorus alone blew my mind and got me into the song. All D-Plan songs have fantastic lyrics in a great storytelling style, and this is just one of the many examples of that. These are the songs that should be in the Top Five.
    AKMooseon July 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is simply awesome.. the chorus makes me grin really wide with this stunned amazement.. excellent.

    as to what the songs all about.. possibly a warning? the spinning makes me think that it may be telling people that going out and having fun and freaking out to try and forget stuff is all very good but.. you cant carry on like it forever.. some day you have to slow down and sort your shit out.
    gyroscopeon March 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so awesome and is written sooooo well...


    i love the DPlan!!!
    elementalsk8er5on March 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe best thing that has ever happened in the entire world is seeing and hearing this song live. At the very end, all of the instruments stop suddenly and Travis is still singing, but all of a sudden you can hear the entire crowd singing as loud as they can (having not yet realized the instruments have stopped). It's awesome.
    Weasealon April 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentNo, I'm sure they've realized the instruments stopped, and are probably singing louder because they can be heard.

    As for the song, it certainly is a work of art. A pretty straight-forward song about the effects of going out night after night trying to find love but only getting your heart broken.
    lexicon devilon September 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentto me this song represents two people that were seriously in love and they break up. They try to hide the pain it causes them but no matter how much they try, it still gets to them.

    'If you spin fast enough than maybe the broken pieces of your heart will stay together
    But some things I’ve seen lately make me doubt it.'

    That signifies, no matter how hard you try to cover it up, or how deep in denile you go, you can't stop the pain of a heart break.

    brilliant song. These guys are too good.
    bludgeron October 31, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe time signiture on this song is crazy. i can't quite pin it down, i think it is a different signature at the end of every third measure.
    JimDillonon December 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYo JimDillon,

    it's a 7/8 timing. (Seven beats per measure, the eighth note gets the beat)

    That's what sets this song apart from all others in my book. It's also an incredible song
    TenaciousPiebaldon December 05, 2004   Link

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