displacement, the basement
isolation cemented
relented six stairs down
naked bulb, tired lungs
tired eyes, crooked thumbs
not up but sideways for now

the rise and fall and gentle drops
precipitation never stops
i pulled the clouds
inside me and now it's raining
raining again

cried in my sleep last night
for the first time
dying while i live
living where we die
futility abounds
six feet deep
beneath the coffee grounds

these ashtrays are volcanoes now
apartments burn in red and brown
salt the earth and never grow
notice ashes look like snow
falling and just sitting there
more trash than the county fair
the smell of crowds, a burning nose
a smell familiarly morose
half-assed attempt only to fail
half-assed reflection ghostly pale
you're waving while i disappear
ashes cementing my fear

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    General Commentholy crap, these lyrics are so goddamn great. what makes this song incredibly cool is the way brendan makes his voice clean in the middle and then halfway through changes it back to his gravelly-roar-type-voice. it's just like "holy shit, this is the coolest man alive." what is so cool about this is that, as far as i can tell, brendan's never recorded using his voice with that clean sound other than on this song. i know he didn't when he was in the broadways, and i'm pretty sure about slapstick, but not positive. anyway, it sounds really, really great, and i kind of wish he'd use it more. it would be cool, because for the verses of songs he could make his voice all clean, and then do the choruses all scratchy and shit. it'd be like matt skiba did with "radio." i think it'd rock like hizell. i think the second verse is the best, but that's stupid, since the whole song is amazing as hell. " a smell familiarly morose." i could listen to that thing over and over and over. also, i think when brendan's voice is clean, it sounds amazing with chris's backups.
    drewlermanon April 11, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyea man these lyrics are terrific. about the whole brendan singing thing.... im not so sure it's him. cause his regular singing voice and his talking voice sound nothing like how it does in the song. you may be right though. im thinkin maybe it's chris singing and they threw in his background vocals too. im not too sure, my friend and i were actually talkin about that earlier today. weird. anyway, this is my favorite larry arms song. the lyrics just hit me like no other song. ok um well lawrence arms are the best.
    ltjskank22on April 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah it is him singing "cleaner."

    If you got any doubts though, pickup the latest CD "Cocktail's and Dreams" and in the liner notes he admits to singing that way.
    Josion July 03, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"These Ash Trays are volcanoes now"

    That line gives me goosebumps. Also the drums in this song are amazing.
    akelly61on July 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's Brendan singing. If you go to youtube.com and find this song it's obviously him
    powahrangahon March 23, 2008   Link

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