Why you turned out the way you did
That thunderstorm is still crashing in
Your cranium
Find that all these funny faces look the same

I know who's to blame
But I swore I wouldn't say
It's time that I got moving on
As you're still burning the dress you wore to senior prom

Try to forget how you've been touched
I loved you so I told you
But it didn't matter much
And I'm trying to figure out

What you're all about these days
I don't have much to say to you
And I've been drunker than a skunk
Ever since the day I left you

With your darkest secret safely packed away
Up in my steamer trunk
Why I turned out the way I did
Someone somewhere dropped me on my cranium

I'm sorry can you repeat what you just said
My short term memory is gone
But my long term's far from dead
I've been swearing like a sailor

Ever since the day I left her

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Steamer Trunk Lyrics as written by Matthew Thomas Skiba Daniel Michael Andriano

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    General CommentI think this is about someone who has a friend or girlfriend or whatever who was assulted, or otherwise hurt physically at some point, and his leaving her because it damaged their relationship. It seems like he doesn't want to leave her, but he can't deal with it anymore and is trying to work through his own shit.
    BlackEyedAngelson April 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI got from the line "trying to forget how you've been touched" that she was raped or something at her prom. but maybe he means something different.....
    thursdaylvron May 31, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti take it as he left her because she can't let go of the past. she keeps bringing it up, and he wants to her realize what they have together is right now, not back in high school. and she keeps bringing up past lovers and how they've "touched" her, and he finally has enough and breaks it off. it's also self-deprecating, saying on how he wasn't that good for her anyway. he wants to make it mutual (the breakup), so maybe it won't cause as much pain, but ultimetly he just gets drunk more, and goes back to his "wilder" ways.
    MizunoPunkon June 20, 2002   Link
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    General Commentit's about a girl who (apparently) had a fucked up life (ie "thunderstorms crashing in your cranium") and told him all of her deepest secrets. her life was too fucked up, and he couldn't take it anymore, but he still has to deal with hiding her secrets away and it drives him mad.
    superman9kon July 16, 2002   Link
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    General Commentsomething bad happened to her at prom, and he was sort of her person to confide in (I think). She's still trying to confide in it, and he got tired of it or something and left her, but he's realizing he really loved her and misses her. It's a great song
    finchguyon July 19, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"Find that all these funny faces look the same
    I know who's to blame"
    Alk's songs are usually about this guy and his girl.. so i'd guess one or the other is to blame. usually he feels it's her fault..
    so she has all these thunderstorms in her head.. her confusion.. and he's tried to help her out over and over again. "trying to figure out what you're all about these days" and "I loved you, so I told you. But it didn't matter much"
    no matter what he does for her she won't be with him. so he's dealing with his own long-term memories of how much he loved her, knowing he can never be with her. but at the same time he realizes "I don't have much to say to you"
    "And I've been drunker than a skunk, Ever since the day I left you". depressed and understanding his depression "But I swore I wouldn't say"
    with all her baggage "With your darkest secret safely packed away" that he can never tell anyone else.
    but i think he knows that he won't get over her
    "Why I turned out the way I did"
    he's probably feels she wasted his time... but regardless, he still can't get over her and just drinks her into his long term memory, forgetting his short-term memories..
    Yaenon August 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think you guys got it pretty much down, not really a lot I can add, except that I love this song. One of my faves.
    Madcappunkon August 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think the rape thing might be valid... But I think it might have something to do with high school sweethearts who have sex, and the girl gets pregnant... And either has an abortion or puts the baby up for adoption... And he, of course, knows about her "darkest secret"... And the turmoil having to do with a young pregnancy has shown that he doesn't have what it takes to stay with her and help her through it... That's just my 2 cents, though...
    StupidKid67on August 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentProbably the overall best song on FHTI if you ask me, it's an amazing song when the chorus kicks in, it amazes you and leaves your jaw on the floor. Awesome.
    InTylerWeTruston September 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti just love the line 'i loved you so i told you, but it didn't matter much'... its about someone who's in love with a really messed up person, and they've realised that simply being in love isn't enough anymore. and so they've walked away, but they can't change how they feel
    Miss_Chainsawon October 17, 2002   Link

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