Something came from nothing today
While I was saying no
So don't you knock on my door
I can't answer you anymore

Absence makes the heart grow far
Staying away from the people
Was a question before
But I can't answer you anymore

Skip to the scene where we meet
And wrote a song
I did everything right for somebody
That does everything wrong

So I go from coast to coast
Over the Hawthorne Bridge
To the one I adore
You asked me what I'm looking for
But I can't answer you anymore
No, I can't answer you anymore


Lyrics submitted by EnjOy IncUbus, edited by ghost06, stonecodfish

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    General CommentWhen I hear this I think of a girl repeatedly leaving or breaking up with him when a guy is in love with her and treating her right (I did everything right for somebody that does everything wrong). He keeps taking her back because he's deeply in love with her. And finally, she leaves him, and stays away for a while (Absence makes the heart grow fond, staying away from people). He gets his head together, and she comes back to him again. But this time it's different, and he can't answer her anymore.
    DMV666on December 04, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think this could about when youre in a relationship with someone, and you take a break.. but during that break, you become more and more disconnected with the other person that you have nothing left to say to them.
    hoydenon November 08, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA few months back i posted for "Talking to Mary" about how that song makes me think of Mary in the bible and having faith and how this song was sort of like the "other side" of that- like about doubting. I still feel that way when i hear "Talking to Mary" but i don't think of doubting anymore for this song, although i really like it. Maybe it is about doing your own thing and how space in relationships can be for the best sometimes, whether it is a temporary space to sort of clear your mind and get some point of view or a more permanent space in the case of a toxic relationship.
    6johnnymac21on November 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenttoo ambiguous for me to guess. perhaps about his relationship with his mom, a (ex)girlfriend, addiction, or a combination of the three.
    ohyeahohnoon March 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song again uses the term 'coast to coast'.. he really liked that expression i think.. he also used the moon and roses a lot in his songs..
    he did live coast to coast a lot.. always back and forth from one extreme to the other.. (portand, mass, portand, ny, cali).
    lisalynnon January 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentportland*
    lisalynnon January 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfor the middle part, its:

    stepped to the scene where we'd meet
    and wrote a song
    i did everything right for somebody that
    does everything wrong

    ...beautiful imagery, kind of like everything means nothing to me
    silentmovieson January 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about a relationship that fails
    giv_emhellkidon May 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is about the despair that you feel when people who you thought were friends turn their back on you or act as if they like you....its like there teasing him always asking him questions that they already know the answer to ' I cant answer you anymore ' its like nothing he could say would satisfy them. Its like hes being toyed with.
    HotRats86on February 12, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI see the "one [he] adores" in a different light:

    I seriously think this is song is about suicide from the perspective of the deceased.

    For some reason I never noticed the inherent ambiguity of the line "Over the Hawthorn Bridge" (the "coast to coast" imagery perhaps?). The way "bridge" is dragged out definitely, for me, evokes a sense of falling.

    It would certainly clarify why he "can't answer you anymore."

    I don't mean to suggest that there is no "romantic" element to the situation being described in the lyrics, but that self-murder was at least a hidden subtext.
    wordsdrawnighon September 29, 2009   Link

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