"Dine Alone" as written by Sergio Vega, Tom Capone, Walter Arthur Schreifels and Alan Cage....
It's a cinch to pass the time with you,
But hard to pass the time alone,
Can you take it?
And it's true,

True, the couple next to you
Think you look strange.
Alone, what are your aims,
Or do you have any?

Avoid confusion.
You always know,
Always know how much your paying.
I concentrate on,

On, what the people say,
The couple next to me.
Pass the salt, pour it in my wounds.
It looks like you have no friends,

Can't keep up with the new trends.
Sorry, sorry, for myself I don't agree.
No, I always go out eating with my best friends.
It's less than normal.

Avoid confusion.
You always know,
Always know how much your paying.
I concentrate on,

On, what the people say,
The couple next to me.
Avoid confusion.
You always know,

Always know how much your paying.
I concentrate on,
On, what the people say.
I think at times.


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"Dine Alone" as written by Sergio Vega Alan Cage

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    General Commentyeah, i think its pretty simply about dining alone
    versustheseaon May 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis seems to be a song about knowing yourself, and your friends. Being yourself, without the need of a friend around. Knowing exactly what you are getting in life.
    "always know how much your paying."
    bkgrilleron September 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think like a lot of songs on this album it's about the pressure society puts on you to try and fit in and doing your best to ignore it. This was the 1st Quicksand song I heard when this album came out and like I said in an other post this is by far my favorite album of ALL time. Musical perfection - I must have listened to it a million times. This still may be my favorite Quicksand song but it's hard to say for sure with the other great songs on this album - unfulfilled, freezing process, omission. Insane album. Insane band.
    a7s9kon February 21, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song rocks. He's talking about going out to eat with a girl, and trying to ignore the comments people are making about her. Of course, there's probably some ambiguous meaning that I didn't pick up.
    usernameon August 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentit looks to me like he could be talking about taking a prostitute out. but i'm probaby totally wrong.
    deftonesgirl_57on September 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentUh, or maybe...just maybe, he's talking about, well, I don't know, the awkward social anomalies associated with dining alone perchance? I'm rather baffled as to what could ever sport the notion of this being about a dinner date with a girl slash prostitute. Honestly, you'll have to dig your fingers pretty deep into the lyric sheet to be able to pull out some deeper sense of ambiguity beyond the paint that drapes the canvas.
    A Carbon Sketchon May 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJust like a7s9k said I believe this song talks about the anxiety of a person when he thinks about what society expects from him.

    Versusthesea said that this song might be "pretty simply about dining alone". I respectfully disagree. I disagree because we must ask ourselves why would someone write a song about dining alone if it's not that big a thing. That's what leads me to think that this dining alone in public scene is a concretization of a situation which could reveal much more about our relationships with strangers.
    In that regard, I think that the protagonist of this song puts way too much attention to those around him, feeling himself observed and looked down because of him being alone. He gets even to the point of coming up with an internal dialogue to justify his lack of friends.

    In fact, I believe that the "Me" and the "You" in this song are the same person: He is talking to himself questioning even whether if he has aims in life or not.
    Alienoon August 20, 2011   Link

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