As I'm talking my words slip to the floor
And they crawl through your legs and slide under the back door
Rendering me freakish and dazed

Well here I am
Don't know how to say this
Only thing I know is awkward silence
Your eyelids close when you're around me to shut me out

So I'll go walking in the streets until my heels bleed
and I'll sing out my song in case the birds wish to sing along
And I'll dig a tunnel to the center of the universe

Well here I am
Don't know how to say this
Only thing I know is awkward silence
Your eyelids close when you're around me to shut me out

I'll make my way across the frozen sea
Beyond the blank horizon
Where I can forget "you and me"
And get a decent night's sleep.

Well here I am
Don't know how to say this
Only thing I know is awkward silence
Your eyelids close when you're around me to shut me out

Don't shut me out

And don't count me out


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    One of my favorite songs by them. In my opinion, this song makes s.w.y.a. worth owning. It's beautiful.

    "I'll make my way across the frozen sea, beyond the blank horizon, when I can forget 'you and me' and get a decent night's sleep."

    It sums up a break-up, and the emotions experienced afterwards. The fine art of being pushed out of someone's life, and finding them to be unforgettable.

    ThreeMilesDownon December 04, 2001   Link
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    he is trying to tell a girl how much she means to him, he wants to express himself to her but he can't. whenever he is around her he becomes awkward and his words won't come out of his mouth. Her eyelids close when he's around, he feels like she doesn't see him the way he wants her to see him. he would bring himself to pain (by walking in the streets til his heels bleed) if he could finally express his true feelings. digging a tunnel to the center of the universe...she is the center of his universe. he wants to forget about his unrequited feelings for her so that he can sleep. BUT at the same time he doesn't want her to shut him out. he wants to just tell her how he feels, so he ends the song with "don't count me out." he is going to get the courage to tell her how he feels. I do NOT think this song is at all about a break-up.

    mlb3333on January 30, 2008   Link
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    My goodness, this is SOOOO freakin pretty. His voice just makes me want to cry for some reason. this is the epitimy (how ever you spell that) of emo

    emofanon May 12, 2002   Link
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    Can anyone say "emotion"? This song has it... and lots of it. I agree with ThreeMilesDown (which is also a great song by STD) in the fact that this is one of my favorite songs. Crying is a given while listening to this one...

    XkannenXon December 09, 2001   Link
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    just how he says those words in the chours have the power to make anyone shed a tear.., and then saying don't shut me out is just mind boggling to me cause, knowing that youwant someone so bad and do anyone for them and they try and 'shut you out' just kills you

    HollyHoxForgotsMeon December 12, 2001   Link
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    do anything for them... thats what I mean

    HollyHoxForgotsMeon December 12, 2001   Link
  • 0
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    This is also one of my most favorite songs by STD. I can't really add anymore to the comments people have already made, I just wanted to say just how good it is. I just love the emotion that is present in this song.

    antifox64on December 14, 2001   Link
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    I think we have all beeb in that situation where you need to talk to somebody, and the silence is just deafening because you are being shut out . . . this song is so important to me.

    jellofan11on January 05, 2002   Link
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    Man, me and my exboyfriend loved this CD and we would listen to this song just cuz it was good, but we never listened to the lyrics. Now that we broke up, this song means more than ever...

    maynotbeastarron January 23, 2002   Link
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    I've never been in a relationship, so maybe I'm not feeling the full force of the lyrics, but that doesn't stop me from thinking this song is awesome. "I'll make my way across the frozen sea, beyond the blank horizon, where I can forget "you and me" and get a decent night's sleep." I guess lyrics that are clever and have meaning make the song more than just a song.

    swashbucklingpunkon February 06, 2002   Link

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