today is going to be easy
today 'cause you're not around
i'll leave off my makeup
i'll sleep in my bed
to pass all the time by

today 'cause you're not around
today you won't be around

i concentrate on empty spaces
a passive pondering of blankness
sit down shut up, controlled obsessions
your absence it exhausts me

i always panic when i'm left
i always panic when i'm left

today i feel destructive
today who cares about myself?
i'll live in denial
and i'll beat up my head
and i'll eat all the chocolate
today 'cause you're not around
today you won't be around

i can't control my feelings
i sip on dreams and choke on real things
detach myself for preservation
i struggle to not want you

i always panic when i'm left
is it healthy that we met?
if you stop coming will i forget?
I always panic

today is going to be simple
today 'cause you're not around
my heart will pound lazy
no one to impress
no smile is required
today 'cause you're not around
today you won't be around

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Panic song meanings
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    General CommentWow, comments?! wtf? Anyways, this song's on the Everything In Time CD of No Doubt and it's just an amazing song. Slow and peppy at the same time. Anyway, my take on it is pretty much about how Gwen has to spend so much time without Gavin because he's off doing things, but she misses him so badly, so she has to "struggle to not want him" and just distract herself.
    thepuppydog26on April 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI always thought it was about how the person in question is in a restrictive relationship - the man wants her to be perfect ("I'll leave off my makeup"..."I'll eat all the chocolate"). When he leaves for the day, she sees it as a chance to do what she wants without him getting on her case, but still ends up wanting him.
    Brenkyon May 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song. Gwen was so heavily influenced by the flavors of Indian music at this time, and I think it was really her forte, her voice and lyrics were perfect for it. The song actually sounds like somebody engaged in a panic attack.

    And I don't think she was in a "Restrictive relationship", I just think Gwen has a lot of standards for herself, a lot of insecurities. It's not that the man cares if she wears makeup, or eats chocolate, it is the fact that she would feel better about doing it if no one was around to watch her indulge.
    AmoebaCheebaon May 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song!
    jitteryjellyon November 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBased on other No Doubt songs I'm thinking that this is about the difficulty of long distance relationships. She says that today is going to be easy because she doesn't have to get all prettied up for him but in reality it's killing her not to have him around. She almost wishes they never met but she can't let go of him...
    BeMySereneon December 02, 2007   Link

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