"Faint Resemblance" as written by and Principe/mcilrath/barnes/wleklinski....
I'm not listening to you now
I wasn't listening to you then
I know that nothing will be the same again

There's only so much I can handle
Only so much I can take
Before my knees start to buckle
And my arms start to shake

Have we been here before?
Will we be here again?
I don't know how much of me you expect standing here right now
I beg for you to let go
I dread the day you finally do
I fight for your attention

Too little too late
Or too much too soon
And how will this plague the time
We share from here on out?
And how long will this taint
All these words spilling from my mouth?

Have we been here before?
Will we be here again?
I don't know how much more of me
You expect standing here right now
Have we been here before?
Will we be here again?

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    General CommentAnother Rise Against song that sounds like it's about a relationship gone wrong. Sounds like a relationship where one person isn't really trying to make it work and the relationship is about to snap. It's expected but it's really not. " I don't know how much of me you expect standing here right now " This line seems to mean that one person thinks that just a presence will resolve issues. Can't really get the bottom line though... Maybe I said it... ???????
    Bamargeraon March 06, 2003   Link
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    General Commentpossibly about the after-effects of a relationship. they're through and done, but they still have feelings for each other. he knows that he has been used (possibly the cause of the end of the relationship) but still has undeniable feelings for the person. they are being asked back, but cannot decide between giving in to the lust/desire or acknowleding the pain that will ensue and turning away
    nyghtcrawleron March 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song sounds more like the moments where your actually comming to realize that a relationship isnt working out. The moment where you start putting together the pieces and hints drop previously but dont want the thought to coalesce in your mind, followed by all the drawn out thought that come after and those nights spent staying awake asking those million silly questions that you cant answer yourself, but cant actually bring yourself to ask the other person either.
    aardvarkscanflyon September 26, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI think nyghtcrawler's on the right path; the song is about post-relationship problems. The two people have split up now, but the feelings they had for each other are still kind of lingering inside of them. Thus, the two feel emotions about each other that are familiar, but at the same time are unusual, which I gather from the lines "Have we been here before? Will we be here again?"
    Lightning.Jon January 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about how life is cyclical... how the same roles in your life are often played by different people at different times. I think he's singing for the people who have come and gone, and singing to the people who have yet to come.
    Tig45on April 17, 2013   Link
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    General CommentIt actually makes a lot of sense when you think of the title. Sometimes you meet someone who gradually takes on the same role in your life... be it a love interest, a significant other, a best friend, a confidant, an enemy... as someone who took that role in a past life. It makes less sense to me being about one person... how can a person faintly resemble themselves?... but they can resemble someone else. And sometimes when they do, it's like being taken back to that place all over again, for better or for worse.
    Tig45on April 17, 2013   Link

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