One chance to show your face.
This one shot all you get.

Pass by your one good thing.
Lift your head back shoot and chase.

Never hear you laugh like that, so full.
Not since you were nine.

Unsettled, severing
Always severing old ties.
One last good-bye
May last the rest of your life.

Learn your restricted ropes.
Paint a cross on your left hand.

One good thing signed away
And with it your only hope.

Attention focused on today.
So quiet slip behind my back.


One way trip can work both ways.
Loose ends kept untied make better friends.

The things you buy may someday leave you.

Can you say full ride?
I can still see you around.

Lyrics submitted by girlypunk

"Claire" as written by Richard E Burch James Christopher Adkins

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentGod I love this song! so so so so much! I can tottally relate! I get the feeling it's the end of a relationship and decideing if he can remain friends or not! never an easy choice!
    Dean Martinon April 16, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwell Claire off of STACTIC PREVAILS a great album
    two people who grew up together and ended up being in a relationship all through highschool and when the time was up the both had to go there seperate ways and move on-- i love it jim's voice rocks totally on this track
    well to jim adkins rock and roll brother if you ever get to read this one day i'll respond hopefully...............
    SkepticSighton May 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI can relate to this song completely. To me, this song is about a serious infatuation with someone. Knowing this is going to be the last time you'll ever see them, and your last chance to let them know how you feel. This has happened to me before, and many other people, and that is what the song means to me.
    mestup825on May 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love a girl named Claire. Too bad she doesn't and will never have mutual feelings. Well, life's a kick in the teeth isn't it? This song arguably has more meaning to me than it does to anyone else in the world. I love this song and Jimmy Eat World.
    first star I seeon June 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commentto me, the end of the relationship j.e.w. sings about is nearly inevitable. however, he still wants the relationship to continue (i can still see you around). i think the song is about the hard choices we have to make in our life & the refusal to see obvious changes occuring (attention focused on today)

    i covered this song with my friend josh at an open mic i hosted. we each played an acoustic guitar, him on lead. i sang the lyrics & he did the back-up & harmony vocals. this is the song that first got me interested in jimmy eat world.
    another lonely dayon June 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song! and not just because my name is claire =) my favorite part it "one last goodbye, may last the rest of your life"...stuff to think about
    clairebear1on June 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentprobably my favourite Jimmy Eat World song.....definatley a break-up song. I agree that the realtionship had long-time roots(not since you were nine)
    emo_danon June 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commentgreat great sond. almost makes them emo. but not quite. lol good song though. very sad and lost romance-itic.
    dsillusndbttrflyon June 22, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"loose ends kept untied make better friends"
    what a great lyric
    blue dream flyeron July 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMy fave song of Static Prevails. It really hits you when Jim sings the line "One last goodbye maybe the rest of your life". Just kills me this song! Kills me!
    quiet_poisonon July 03, 2002   Link

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