I believe in desperate acts.
The kind that make me look stupid. (Look like a fool)
Just keep reinventing myself.
It's move or die. (I change my form)
These days the people I love
are spread so far apart. (All out of reach)
It's a thin sheet
Across the face. (Cover me now)

That's pretty old.
I never felt like this before.
I say that every hour.

It's never going to be like it could have been.
Now it's just this room. (Window looks back)
You're a big part of it.
But I don't care. (You take the lead)
And can you really see me now
Like I made me? (Made me anew)
Just like anyone at all.
Safer alone.

So right, so wrong.
Another winter's coming on.
You win, you lose.
It's the same old news. (These things go wrong so often)
Pick up the phone
and punch your code.
Somewhere, sometime let me make you mine.

Lean your head on mine
Like you used to. (Used to your lean)
I don't mind if you're faking it. (Make it seem real)
I'm not asking the questions.
I'm not demanding the answers now. (Take what you give)
Right or wrong, just take me,
lead me on.
I'm going.


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    I think this song is about growing up and having things change that at some time or another were constant. The lyrics are saying to me that the person was trying maybe to hold on to a love or special person. The first paragraph is talking about how sometimes people want to change who they are, like they want to be able to make a new first impression when it didnt work the first time.

    brianta69on March 04, 2003   Link
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    good thoughts brianta69...i think its pretty much telling how he feels everything is changing and hes so far from when he was happy and that he will do anything to get back there even if its pretend...."I never felt like this before. I say that every hour." those are incredible lyrics and I can very much relate to them.

    betweenyou&meon April 21, 2003   Link
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    this song is amazing. its about self doubt and surrender. this song can make me cry if i let it. when he says "thin sheet across the whole face" he means that he's self-doubt conceils his expression of emotion. blake can't get over himself. he'll never be happy moving and changing.

    bicyclewhoaon March 07, 2006   Link
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    the last verse kills me every time. especially when the chorus before fades out and blake starts to sing "lean your head on mine".

    thisboyistocotronicon June 26, 2006   Link
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    "And can you really see me now Like I made me? (Made me anew) Just like anyone at all. Safer alone."

    Gets me every time.

    natoishaon February 08, 2009   Link
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    This song is really sad.

    ausoc666on September 05, 2009   Link
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    "Everything's empty and meaningless, and nothing ever really gets better from here." Only Schwarzenbach makes it sound good.

    The first time I listened to this album, I sat in an empty playground in the middle of June and just listened to this song on repeat. Cathartic shit, this music.

    Rabidon November 27, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretation

    change as a variety of escapism. it's a coping mechanism, a life raft. maybe not a subconscious happening, but certainly someone intelligent could lead themselves to believe it's not happening, or rather that it's a natural progression rather than one of, maybe, cowardice. 'just take me, lead me on' - there's a fear of living, what does it even entail to be in complete control of one's own life? living by pre-supposed rules and following someone else's instructions is oh so much easier, despite being a copout. he(not necessarily blake, but i need to give the song a body) doesn't like himself for whatever reason, likely he blames himself for failed past loves. he's more in love with the idea of what was than anyone at the moment. plagued by nostalgia, his regret and longing for the past(it'll never be the same) is almost unbearable. i think we've all been here.

    afkrobothon February 16, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretation

    It's about loneliness and desperately loving someone who doesn't love you back. You'd do anything for them even though you know that they will never feel the same way.

    rathernoton November 06, 2014   Link

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