Walked beyond the fence played outside our yard
You took it hard
Through a one way door hinged high on doubt
No ins, no outs

I like my clothes
Don't want to grow
I'll wait around
'Til you say go

The lights were off when I got home
Black room, blue phone
Hey I know your name weren't we almost friends
Guess that depends
Take some benefit with all your doubt
If this is principle, I'm dropping out

You demonize, you don’t look so bad
You wouldn't take, what you couldn’t have
My back is warm
With your friendly fire
I know you’re trying
Could you please aim it higher?

So alone I wrote, I wrote this will,
I will decline
This fish ain't big, this pond is small,
So small of mind

I like my clothes
Don't want to grow
I'll wait around
'Til you say go

You demonize, you don’t look so bad
You wouldn't take, what you couldn’t have
My back is warm
With your friendly fire
I know you’re trying
Could you please aim it higher?


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    General Commentthis song makes me think a lot about the common fighting that goes on between rebellious, independence-seeking teens and their smothering parents, particularly mothers.
    'Walked beyond the fence, played outside our yard. You took it hard.' - metaphor for leaving the nest

    'I like my clothes. Don't want to grow. I'll wait around 'til you say go.' - this to me is somewhat of a recollection of childhood, when one's relationship with their parents tend to be good or at least better

    'The lights were off when I got home. Black room, blue phone. Don't I know your name? Weren't we almost friends? Guess that depends.' - this just really reminds me of how lots of teens stay out of the house as much as possible to stay away from their parents and come home late at night once they're asleep

    'Take some benefit with all your doubt. If this is principle, I'm dropping out.' - this makes me think of fights between parents and their kids.
    'take some benefit with your doubt' to me is a kid addressing their parent and telling them to stop assuming the worst, and acting on it, and instead let things go to see that the kid really isn't doing all that bad. It's the kid telling their parents to get off their back.

    "if this is principle, i'm dropping out" seems like a sort of thing a teen would say to their parents in a fight--a sort of 'cutting your nose off to spite your face' type of thing--threatening to drop out of school

    "My back is warm with your friendly fire. I know you're trying. Could you please aim it higher?" - this, to me, is the kid realizing that even though they feel like their parents are dragging them down, they realize that it is indeed contradictory "friendly fire"--something intended to be friendly, to help, but it ends up hurting or antagonizing.

    "So alone I wrote, I wrote this will. I will decline." declining what their parents perceive as "friendly" help, but is "fire" to the kid

    "This fish ain't big. This pond is small. So small of mind." - Means that the kid believes all the fighting and problems are their parents' fault. it's not that they're too big of a fish for the pond, the pond is just too small and constricting

    just an interpretation reflecting my experiences and the point in life that i'm at
    Cr4wfordon September 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou have the lyrics horribly wrong.
    jawbrokenrhymeson August 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyup, they're inaccurate lyrics, but this is best song off of "Etc". This was taken from the recording sessions for "Dear You", shame it was left off.
    pr0leon August 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWent beyond the fence layed outside our yard
    You took it hard
    Through a one way door hinged high on doubt
    No ins, no outs

    I like my clothes
    Don't want to grow
    I'll wait around
    'Til you say go

    The lights were off when I got home
    Black room, blue phone
    Hey I know your name weren't we almost friends
    Guess that depends
    Take some benefit with all your doubt
    If this is principle, I'm dropping out

    You demonize, you don’t look so bad
    You wouldn't take, what you couldn’t have
    My back is warm
    With your friendly fire
    I know you’re trying
    Could you please aim it higher?

    So alone I wrote, I wrote this will,
    I will decline
    This fish ain't big, this pond is small,
    So small of mind

    I like my clothes
    Don't want to grow
    I'll wait around
    'Til you say go

    You demonize, you don’t look so bad
    You wouldn't take, what you couldn’t have
    My back is warm
    With your friendly fire
    I know you’re trying
    Could you please aim it higher?
    heroinhotwateron September 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commentawesome song faggots
    Volatile18on March 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentActually the first line is

    "Walked beyond the fence, played outside our yard"
    knobsackon January 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSo, whats this mean? I'm not too sure myself
    AesopRockon March 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love this song i love jawbreaker
    redandbluejeanson March 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLooks to me like it's about a friend stabbing you in the back.

    I heard there was a completely different version that they played live. Anybody know where I can find it?
    againston August 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is actually, like Boxcar, about the Berkley punk scene. specifically, it was written in anticipation of the backlash and sellout claims that the band was expecting (and had already begun getting) as a result of signing to a major label
    aubible_sighon July 05, 2009   Link

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