Don stepped outside
It felt good to be alone
He wished he was drunk
He thought about something he said
And how stupid it had sounded
He should forget about it
He decided to piss, but he couldn't
(A plane passes silently overhead)

The streetlights, and the buds on the trees, and the night, were still

It finally came, he took a deep breath
It made him feel strong, and determined
To go back inside

The light
Their backs
The conversations
The couples, romancing, so natural
His friends stare
With eyes like the heads of nails
The others
With amusement
With evasion
With contempt
So distant
With malice
For being a sty in their engagement
Like swimming underwater in the darkness
Like walking through an empty house
Speaking to an imaginary audience

And being watched from outside by
Someone without a key

He could not dance to anything
Don left
And drove
And howled
And laughed
At himself
He felt he knew what that was

Don woke up
And looked at the night before
He knew what he had to do
He was responsible
In the mirror
He saw his friend

Lyrics submitted by a thousand leaks, edited by cosmicsea, daveizloud

Don, Aman song meanings
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  • +10
    General CommentI relate to Don on many levels in this song, and it really speaks to me. Social anxiety, feeling alone and creepy around couples "romancing" while you're just there.....peoples' stares begin to take a toll on the psyche....feeling smothered and trapped like you need to leave right away and take comfort in your own solitude....talking to yourself under your breath and laughing lightly along the way.....all to an imaginary audience. Slint is such a great band. They truly know (knew) how to capture true, honest, and RAW emotion, while still keeping you at the edge of your seat.
    GrungeRock1991on February 23, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis song strangely reminds of the film Donnie Darko; "He knew what he had to do/He was responsible/In the mirror/He saw his friend". Especially as he is saying this part, he speaks in the same manner in which Donnie spoke. Also, the name of the song. Perhaps the film was inspired by Slint?
    slintwayon March 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt sounds to me like he has a split personality. In the mirror he saw his friend.
    CommunismOnToaston May 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song has wonderful imagery, which is what I look for in a song. A chill and unsettling masterpiece, this one. Don reminds me of myself.
    "His friends stare with eyes like the heads of nails."
    Willboeon June 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is so amazing live. (I saw Slint on their reunion tour last night and it was so unbelievable).
    keelyon March 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds very much like Don has social anxiety. I used to have it, and still do to an extent. This song manages to pin it down quite well.
    Snapmanon March 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti got to agree with snapman. my name is don AND i have social anxiety.
    imnotdonon August 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song, i think, is about a party and feeling sort of out of place...and like people have been saying, social anxiety. about how hard it is to deal with situations where you feel like an outsider and can't at all relate to the situation or to the people, and you realize for the first time..maybe, how hard it is to fit in, when you're thoughtful and you can't have fun being vapid and worthless, but its hard to feel accepted when that sort of "fun" doesn't interest you.
    breadcrumbtrailon January 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about an alienated person, disconnected from all around him. However he wakes up one day and has a moment of self-realization.
    crackheadon February 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe guitars that start at "the light / their backs" show what don was feeling upon re-entering the party.
    rashikalon April 21, 2007   Link

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