"Temporarily Blind" as written by and Doug Martsch....
Bet you can't tell I'm
Temporarily blind

And how much more can I
Get sunburned?

How much more can I
Get sunburned?

Bet you can't tell I'm
Temporarily blind

Isn't everyone?
Isn't everyone?
Isn't everyone?
Isn't everyone?

Isn't everyone?
Isn't everyone?
Isn't everyone?
Isn't everyone?

The thought of you waiting
For someone
Turn your back on this hating
Turn your back on this hating

Before I forget
It took so long
Turn your back on this waiting
Turn your back on this waiting

I need to know where you're
Coming from
Turn your back on the framing
Turn your back on the framing

Who history doesn't teach
It makes numb
Turn your back on their taming
Turn your back on their taming

Yeah, they might let let you say it
But it'd take all day to explain it


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"Temporarily Blind" as written by Doug Martsch

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    General Commenti have no idea what this song means but it is a awesome song
    *Modest_ Mouse*on February 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentUgh, I wish I could understand this song. Particularly wish I could make out the words in the outro, which is awesome. I assume it's about not paying attention to a friend or lover at some point (being temporarily blind), causing trouble, and trying to explain that it was a misunderstanding that could happen to anyone: "Turn your back on this hating... turn your back on this waiting" (and let's be friends again). It would take all day to explain what went wrong. Maybe the unintelligible stuff is imitating the explanation that the friend doesn't get.
    onefishon April 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSo I don't have anything insightful to say, but when (L)Doug(L) says "the thought of you waiting for so long" like it just kills him that someone is holding back or afraid of something he knows they should just do makes me feel like doing something crazy right now.
    loveloveloveron December 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti believe this song is about enlightenment. I think "temporarily blind" refers to the lack of insight of humanities origin. Acknowledging that all the answers given to us are merely other's theories allows one to think independently which brings about recognition of the soul, or higher power. yeah...i think these are some enlightened guys. genius. "There's one in everyone" i think is referring to the soul that so much of humanity is waiting for, or tyring to fill with material things and whatnot.
    throyourhornsupon April 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI thought he said:

    "Bet you can't tell I'm, temporarily blind
    Isn't everyone?"
    alovelyfadeouton June 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti really like this song alot and its liek inspirational when he gets to the chorus part
    the lyrics made me laugh though (mumbled unintelligible nonsense) haha

    all hail built to spill
    Sunset Rubdownon February 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti really like this song alot and its liek inspirational when he gets to the chorus part
    the lyrics made me laugh though (mumbled unintelligible nonsense) haha

    all hail built to spill
    Sunset Rubdownon February 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commentits about racism
    Bankyon July 22, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretationi had to interrupt some serious homework for this but i think, about a billion listens in, i've finally found what i think this song means. "temporarily blind" is, of course, not about not being able to see for a bit, it's about how in any given situation, we don't know everything there is to know. we actually know very little, hence the line, "i need to know where you're coming from."
    i guess this only holds up for so many of the lyrics in the song, but i do think it's what doug's trying to get at here
    twoclockon April 10, 2014   Link

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