I've got nothing to say
I've got building block for teeth
And a tube sock, for a tongue

I can't do anything
I can't do my hair right
Or have a good time
Or fall asleep,
With my girl

If you don't wanna see
The worst in me
You've got two choices:
Cover your eyes,
Both hands tight
Or, just leave

I don't know what I think
I'm unsure
That I could or couldn't
Care, less or more
About everyone
I do or don't know

If you don't wanna be
With a dead beat like me
I won't blame you
I won't blame you
I won't blame you

If you don't wanna see
The worst in me
You've got two choices
Cover your eyes
Both hands tight
Or just leave.


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  • +2
    General Comment

    self-doubt, that's someone I'm familiar with. Never being "on", my bad qualities are those that inhabit me a majority of the time. I can't have fun anymore, or even enjoy the simple things of life. I don't care..not because I don't want to, but rather because I can't. This song really tugs on my heartstrings because it's so hopeless. The music is hauntingly beautiful, and masks the sadness and emptiness of the lyrics. THIS is music, if ever there was a question anyone's mind whether such a thing still exists.

    WhiteTideon August 13, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    gorgeous song..i love how those simple chords it starts with, it just kind of moves you.

    My favorite part, though- If you don't wanna see The worst in me You've got two choices Cover your eyes Both hands tight Or just leave

    I think thats incredible songwriting.

    cherryfairyon February 10, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    it is my life. and whats more? im not happy here anymore.

    samuel becketton October 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    i couldnt have said it better, i hate feeling like youre not yourself and you dont care and everyone is completly different and unrelating..hard to put into words i guess

    slideshow_whiplashon August 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    gorgeous song..i love how those simple chords it starts with, it just kind of moves you.

    My favorite part, though- If you don't wanna see The worst in me You've got two choices Cover your eyes Both hands tight Or just leave

    I think thats incredible songwriting.

    cherryfairyon February 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    heydogsup, be nice!

    this song defines my incapability of truly being okay with myself. all while realiazing i dont give a shit. if one doesnt accept the "error of my ways" they can get lost. we're all different. ppl need to accept that difference and either respect it... or "just leave".

    ifemme fataleion October 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I've listened to the song a fair few times, and the beginning line still gets me. It sounds a lot like he subverted the opening line to The Misfits' "Last Caress", which is an odd start for a song about apathy and inadequacy.

    Sin-éon October 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    WhiteTide, i thank God for people like you and Mike to say things that people with a low vocabulary like me can't find the words to say. This is music in its raw and most beautiful form.

    vsmtriggeron September 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    awesome.

    a town like parison April 16, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Hey vsm, if your vocabulary can't match up with WhiteTide's post then you really need to start reading more.

    haydogsupon July 05, 2004   Link

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