If you were here right now I wouldn’t right this down at all.
I’d think out loud, embracing you in a calm confessional.
If you were here right now, I wouldn’t write this song at all.
I’d sing out loud, and hope that you don’t just laugh it off.
I stay here because it makes too much sense not to, too much sense not to.
If you could hear me now I’d be careful not to say,
How I’ve cancelled all my plans to go away.
Sometimes when you’re around, it cancels out the gray,
But more than not, you tack it on in your lightless way.
I stay here because it makes too much sense not to, too much sense not to.
These joints buckle, from the weight of this wall.


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    General CommentWow. This song throws too much limitation on how much I can describe my feelings for it. I recently listened to the new time spent driving album only days ago and my jaw dropped after hearing the beauty lyrically as well as musically during the reason I stay. You can really hear the honesty straight from Jon's whispers in singing throughout the track. What really grabbed hold of me however, was the point in which the band breaks down into a soft riff with a very very amazing guitar line aligned with his voice as he whispers "My joints buckle, under the weight of this wall, under the weight of it all." After this riff, the distortion draws right back but this time with piano, pulling you in and letting you really feel it. Its just an amazing moment and truly increases the beauty of the song contruction. Awesome stuff. One of my favorites already.
    June zeroon April 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti take it back...this is my favorite on the new CD....i agree whole heartedly with the previous comments
    ohwellhelloon April 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commentgrrr
    dan.on June 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti wish aaron could hear this
    heartbrokenon August 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commenteveryone has reasons..and jon makes his clear. the end.
    xo, j.
    herewithyouon March 03, 2003   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful. i just won this cd at a local show on friday, im so glad i did. this whole cd is awesome.
    xstarstruckxon April 13, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of my favorites...wow.
    summervolcomstarson April 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentit says
    "my joints buckle,under the weight of this wall"
    ??
    xbastardaxon August 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti like this song.....
    oh and xbastardax is right the lyrics on here aren't right at the end
    BURGER KING®on January 02, 2007   Link

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