face down on the ground
stormclouds lie in white snowpiles all around
i don't know if i can make it through
one more winter in this town

voted worst in show the last two years
got a refill on my tears
another bottle of foam yellowed clear
old man twitching on the train
reminds us of mortalitly
the snow everywhere reminds us of the rain

and my burned and brittle skin
cracked and blistered in the wind
is testament to repetition
as the impossible happens again

so, what's your new years revolution
take off those ten unsightly pounds

the snow is piling higher
and your face is growing closer to the ground

raising your glass at the office party
or photocopying your secretary's ass
is no less pathetic
than our self righteously self important tasks

of barfing rhetoric on shiny table tops
as our collars and turtlenecks choke us right there
in the coffee shops
winter will not wait for you
ironically, your worst fear has come true
pontification means nothing

when i woke up
and looked around
i saw my dreams had melted into dirty puddles
on the ground


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    General Commenti love this song. i think it's really awesome the way that brendan points out the hypocrisy of society, while still acknowledging the hypocrisy of the "scene" itself. everyone's a fucking hypocrite, and that's okay. it's in our nature or something. no one can honestly claim to have never in their lives contradicted themselves. if you live in fear of going back on your word, that's stupid. that's the way the church built a dam on progress for hundreds of years. by being afraid of admitting that they were wrong. that maybe the world really isn't flat, and maybe putting leeches on your skin isn't the best way to cure illness, etc. pontification means nothing is an awesome line, because it's saying that just dressing up your beliefs in fancy rhetoric and self-aggrandizement is a waste of everyone's time. all the winter in chicago references also give it a kick ass tone.
    drewlermanon April 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWinter in Chicago. Nothing like it. The post above said it all, so nice job. But yeah, this song is epic I love the break down with the bass at the end and the "when i woke up..." its depressing just like winter in chicago.
    This Shit Rules 001on January 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentmy fav lawrence arms song....awesome!
    ashison March 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnother great New Year's song, along with 1000 Resolutions.
    ikickedagirlon December 14, 2009   Link

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