you said everything like it was an afterthough. you should have used it more wisely, that soul you bought. and now your mouth's running on, telling us all the was she went wrong. but nobody's listening and so soon we'll all be gone. wrong, so you didn't get it right. no one ever gets it right. what's it like at am 5 o'clock when all the love's asleep on your block. post memorial drive, you'll be the last to leave, to say your goodbyes to ghosts eternally lost inside. your son's hands stayed warm long after he died. it's all a matter of reaching. it's all a matter of covering. believe me it's nothing. believe me it's everything you never wanted it to be. it's all a matter of reaching. it's all a matter of struggling. believe me it's nothing. believe me it's everything you ever needed it to be. this can't be an afterthough. this right here is all i want. you are the beautiful you are the beautiful you are the beautiful you.


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    first of all, this is an amazingly haunting song...the sound is a metaphor, in itself...it wavers back and forth between echoed, melancholic nostalgia and a full, rich present...the lyrics correspond with this...guy talking about a loved one who's seriously screwed up their life in the past...emotional wreckage..."ghosts eternally lost inside"...that's the melancholic nostalgia part...moving on, the guy says he doesn't care about that past..."it's nothing"...and whoever he's talking about is all-important...she/he is the only thing he needs...the past is nothing...the present everything..."this right here is all i want"...that's the full present...the music embodies the lyrics and vice versa...i love it...

    fatekillsdreamson May 04, 2003   Link
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    Does anyone know how to speak this title out loud? "when I was in"? "when I was in blank"? "when I was in line"? DeSoto Records put this up as the preview track to the album. A much better choice for unfamiliar listeners than Rodeo Programmers was for their first album, which made me think they may have been some shoutty Scottish bards. Not that that was a bad song, just not very defining of Juno's sounds and style. This, however, is a shining example of their excellency.

    You can stop being broken up now, please.

    SpooktheHerdon April 10, 2006   Link
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    Spooktheherd,

    You had it right the first time. When I Was In. That is how the band says it.

    junodoc.com

    chineselaundryon April 15, 2007   Link

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