Contrast and compare
Between the busy ones
And the ones that don't care
Until there is no one
That you really know
So I drift through these days
Of appointments and promises made
They will all end up broken
And quickly replaced

Weeks are slow, days drag on
Even practice and parties seem long
But I found myself going
I guess there's nothing to do
Oh well
Group of kids, line of cars
More will show up after the bars close
There's this boredom that drowns everything
Bottles break, music plays
Conversations competing for space
I look for a corner or a quieter room

There's no heat in this house
I can't breath with these words in my mouth
But I'm not going to say them
Yeah, I've made that mistake before
On the stairs, she grabs my arm
Says, "Whats up, where you been
Is something wrong?"
I try to just smile
And say, "Everything's fine"

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    so relatable, its scary

    AndForgetMeNotson April 14, 2002   Link
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    i love the ending.

    skies are grayon June 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    so true. and that guitars solo just tear my heart :,-(

    FamilyDogon March 05, 2003   Link
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    one of the best songs from letting off..

    tizonicon April 11, 2003   Link
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    General Comment

    This song perfectly describes my life. Bright eyes is so amazing. Conor can really write beautiful lyrics.

    Emoeyeson June 14, 2003   Link
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    there’s no heat in this house i can’t breath with these words in my mouth but i’m not going to say them yeah, i’ve made that mistake before

    i just love the way they do the last part, whos singing with conor enywayse?

    i am just n o ton June 22, 2003   Link
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    the guy just tells you about all that isn't right, like how he's jsut going through the motions.

    and then he says 'Everything's fine.'

    I like it.

    tizzyphon June 26, 2003   Link
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    i love this whole song so much. one of my favorites from them....this is me for the past two years...conor is incredible....

    cupomilk413on June 29, 2003   Link
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    the part on the stairs is so familiar..... ive had that happen to me so many times

    ThingsIHaventToldUon April 24, 2004   Link
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    wow. amazing. the last two lines are so simple yet say so much. and the scream at the end fits perfectly. it's like he's letting out how he really feels and what he wants to say..

    mrs-mojo-risinon November 07, 2004   Link

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