We emerged from youth all wide-eyed like the rest. Shedding skin faster than skin can grow, and armed with hammers, feathers, blunt knives: words, to meet and to define and to... but you must know the same games that we played in dirt, in dusty school yards has found a higher pitch and broader scale than we feared possible, and someone must be picked last, and one must bruise and one must fail. And that still twitching bird was so deceived by a window, so we eulogized fondly, we dug deep and threw its elegant plumage and frantic black eyes in a hole, and rushed out to kill something new, so we could bury that too. The first chapters of lives almost made us give up altogether. Pushed towards tired forms of self immolation that seemed so original. I must, we must never stop watching the sky with our hands in our pockets, stop peering in windows when we know doors are shut. Stop yelling small stories and bad jokes and sorrows, and my voice will scratch to yell many more, but before I spill the things I mean to hide away, or gouge my eyes with platitudes of sentiment, I'll drown the urge for permanence and certainty; crouch down and scrawl my name with yours in wet cement.


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    General Comment...so my favourite weakerthans song changes about once every month or two, and as I've hit the point where this is slowly taking the place of My Favourite Chords I've got to say that much like most of their songs, there is something so honest and beautiful and almost painful about this one.

    "I'll drown the urge for permanence and certainty; crouch down and scrawl my name with yours in wet cement"

    wow.
    Spazrineon July 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of my top 3 favorite songs. the music itself is so simple, but the lyrics are so...indescribable.
    Dahon July 14, 2002   Link
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    General Comment'And that still twitching bird was so deceived by a window, so we eulogized fondly, we dug deep and threw its elegant plumage and frantic black eyes in a hole, and rushed out to kill something new, so we could bury that too.'
    that is soooo true. i
    emonerdon August 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commentso simple, yet so complex

    a masterpiece
    clumsiest1on March 13, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis was the first WeakerThans song I ever heard and my favorite, it was the first song I ever memorized the words and guitar to, even before my own works. It was also the first and only song I ever got in trouble for, for not ceasing singing it to a teacher as a rebuttal to a statement she made in class. She kept interupting me telling me to stop, and refused and kept on singing, and I proved her wrong, so I got sent down to the office.

    God I love this song!!!

    "but you must know the same games that we played in dirt, in dusty school yards has found a higher pitch and broader scale than we feared possible, and someone must be picked last, and one must bruise and one must fail." - about war maybe, i think so.
    The Smell Of Rainon November 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commentamazing song. about growing up and not changing who you are inside, maybe?

    that's how i see it anyway, amazing song, best band ever.
    SteveCTRon September 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAs a student who's about to enter college, I find this song to be incredibly sentimental and I do hold it near and dear to my heart. I tend to interpret this song in it's simplest form - the tumultuous time it can sometimes be to maintain your youth, your innocence. I use the lyrics: "We must never stop watching the sky with our hands in our pockets; stop peering in windows when we know doors are shut; stop yelling small stories and bad jokes and sorrows. And my voice will scratch to yell many more," as a sort of list of the commandments of maintaining. I also think this would have been beautiful in the new release of "The Little Prince," in the soundtrack. Also the song that made me fall in love with The Weakerthans.
    existingon August 11, 2016   Link

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