Throw away the radio
Suitcase that keeps you awake
Hide the telephone, the telephone, telephone in case
You realize that sometimes you're just not okay
You level off, you level off, you level off
But it's not alright now
You need to understand
There's nothing strange about this
You need to know your friends
You need to know that

I'll be waving my hand
Watching you drown
Watching you scream
Quiet or loud

And maybe you should sleep
And maybe you just need
A friend as clumsy as you've been
There's no one laughing
You will be safe in here
You will be safe in here

Throw away this very old shoelace
That tripped you again
Try and shrug it off, shrug it off, shrug it off
It's only skin now
You need to understand
There's nothing fake about this
You need to let me in
I'm watching you and

I'll be waving my hand
Watching you drown
Watching you scream
No one's around

And maybe you should sleep
And maybe you just need
A friend as clumsy as you've been
There's no one laughing
You will be safe in here
You will be safe in

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh. ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh (la, la, la, la)

I'll be waving my hand
Watching you drown
Watching you scream
Quiet or loud

And maybe you should sleep
And maybe you just need
A friend as clumsy as you've been
There's no one laughing
You will be safe in here
You will be safe in here
You will be safe in here
In here, ow
In here, ow
In here, ow
In here, ow
In here, ow
In here


Lyrics submitted by bleary02

"Clumsy" as written by Michael Maida Arnold Lanni

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing

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  • +5
    General CommentPersonally, I believe this song is about someone going through self-injury (cutting possibly) and the friend that's trying to get them through it. I think the SI'er doesn't want anyone to know what's going on, which makes sense, since the world does not accept cutting or other forms of self-harm as reasonable or sane coping mechanisms. "Throw away the very old shoelace that tripped you again. Shrug it off, it's only skin." Many self injurers lie how they hurt themselves when people notice their wounds, such as running into doors, falling, etc. ("As Clumsy as you've been, there's no one laughing.") However the friend isn't falling for it, and knows "there's nothing fake about this," and he wants to be "let in," or know how that person is feeling. But the fact still remains that the friend is on the outside, waving his hands happily, not because the friend doesn't care, but because the SI'er won't let him know what's wrong(pretending his life is just fine), even though the friend already knows. He's calling his bluff basically. I also get this idea because Automatic Flowers is on the same cd, and many believe it too is also about self-injury.
    tree151on June 21, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe whole song is built around the image of somone drowning and waving for help, but their friends on the shore just wave back.
    egoat711on December 12, 2001   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI used to think of this song in a negative way, the people watching the person in trouble drown, but making no move to help him. I've done a lot of thinking about this song, and I think what it comes down to is that, the speaker (singer, whoever) doesn't know how to help his "drowning" friend so he just waits on the shore for his friend to come to him to talk. The speaker wants his friend to know that he's there for him, when he's ready. At least, that's what I think.

    Tenacious Joe, the song "Little Things" is by Good Charlotte.
    The Charade is Overon May 26, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe way I see it is, someone is having a serious problem and is deeply depressed and the singer is saying that it isn't uncommon, that I know what your going through but there is nothing I can do about it but watch and let you know that i'm here. Thats what it means to me at least.
    our_heroon May 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is a wonderful song by under-rated band.
    Edit the sad partson January 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is one of the first OLP songs i head, and i think that sickntwistd is right, about it being about someone going down the wrong path. it means alot to me, b/c at one point in my life i was going down the wrong path, and my friend got me into this band, and was there for me, and the more i listened to the music, the more personal it became to me, and i was able to relate to OLP's songs. i just needed a friend, just like in the song, and i found one, in my friend, and in OLP.
    GrafetePympon July 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA friend keeps fucking up their life and fucking you over and finally you just say, fuck it, fine, if that's how you want to be then do it.

    Maybe one day that guy will have a friend as "clumsy" with their own life and their friendship and learn a lesson.
    Mendalusa77on March 07, 2015   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThe start of the song refers to one throwing away the radio, suitcase, etc. that keeps one awake. I feel that his is reality, when someone chooses not to listen to those around them...such as friends or family because they do not like what they are saying, even if they are correct, right, or looking out for your best interests.

    The speaker is disagreeing with what the person is doing and is a true friend. So much of a friend that s/he is stepping back and not enabling the individual, such as in the case of drug abusers or addicts. The speaker is saying that you need to understand, there's nothing strange about this...I am your true friend and I will be waving my hand watching you drown, scream, no one's around. The speaker is referring to the "clumsy" behavior of the person that is/as pushed everyone away.

    However the degree of "tough love" given by the speaker, s/he also tells the person that s/he needs to "let me in" and that "you should sleep," "you just need a friend," etc. These are all examples of the speaker extending out, but if and only if the clumsy behavior stops because as they speaker mentions there's no one laughing and the shoe lace that keeps tripping the person can be seen as the habit and/or excuse that s/he keeps using.
    prattjjon July 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song, when i was little they were my favorite
    geekgirl9on January 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentegoat711, i think its more than that. it's about seeing things in general but not seeing it for what they really are. People should think more and question things.
    fadelon April 13, 2002   Link

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