"Nothing At All" as written by and Rob/rooney Thomas....
Anything we should know about your change?
Well there's an ideal inside of me
That we're nothing at all
There's nothing threatening controlling me
In fact there's nothing at all
And still the wheel turning's all I'll be
It carries on til you crawl
You gotta know what you want to be
But there's no number to call

You got a feeling nothing here is free
'Cause you grew up in a mall
On T.V.
And you can still hit a ball
You got a milllion things you want to flee
Smuggle an ounce in a doll
I cut you eyes so you can finally see
That they're nothing at all
Turns out there's nothing at all

There must be a flaw in this fatal eye
Have to contend with all night

Wasn't alive back in the sixties
Somehow that was my fault
I'm just a shell empty as can be
Yeah, I've got nothing at all
You want to put your trust in some solid thing,
Yeah, its a drug to us all
But there's no ideal inside of me
So I got nothing at all
No I got nothing at all
and I got nothing at all

Must be a fault in this fatal eye
Have to contend with all night
Such a danger so we gotta slide
Into the depths of the salt mine

There's nothing at all

Lyrics submitted by ladybug87, edited by ariennba, Kow, AnytimeAnyhow

"Nothing at All" as written by Roy Alan Lynes Alan Charles Lancaster

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    General CommentI really like the line "Such a danger so we gotta slide, into the depths of the salt mine." Salt is often used to mean wit, so it happens to be a very witty line.
    ladybug87on November 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentoh dear. i thought i had every shins song ever recorded! looks like i will be placing an order with subpop...
    fursoftasfuron December 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJust heard this one on Pandora. It's off the Phantom Limb single. Awesome song, proving once again that it's virtually impossible to make a bad song that has hand claps.
    sein514on December 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe chord progression, melody, and rhythm sounds identical to their cover of "We Will Become Silhouettes."
    ENEPon January 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentENEP, i agree! i forgot that i downloaded this song and when i was letting the album play, i got to it and thought; "what the hell, shins. what the hell." it's disappointing. mostly because i love their cover of "we will become silhouettes" so much.
    portion for a foxon February 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJust some lyric corrections.

    "I see that you can finally see" is actually "You cut your eyes so you can finally see."

    And in the chorus, is might be "flaw," but I hear

    "There must be a fault in this fable, I
    Have to contend with you all night."

    And as far as this song being disappointing goes, it's not. The chord progression does sound the see, which really isn't that hard considering it's probably written in the same key. The melody itself is not the same, perhaps the theme, but not the range. Perhaps this song was inspired by Silhouettes, it's not uncommon to manipulate the same tones and themes from a piece that inspired the piece being written.

    The song in itself, especially with James' lyricism, is awesome.
    TheMattfordon April 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song, being probably a cull from Wincing the Night Away, fits into the whole theme of that album - the guy becoming disillusioned with life philosophies.

    It's basically pretty self-explanatory, but I've no idea about some bits - what does the salt mine mean?
    sam99fosteron May 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI first heard this and immediately thought of a book, i had read by the Dali lama, these lyrics sound like some Buddhist concepts . such as :
    "Well there's an ideal inside of me,
    That we're nothing at all."

    Buddhists say that there is "no self", like you are nothing at all.

    by realizing this you are free:
    'There's nothing threatening controlling me,
    In fact there's nothing at all.'

    the wheel is another idea, and a fairly common symbol plus death rebirth etc. like the cyclical existence carries on till you are a baby again:
    'And still the wheel turning's all I'll be,
    It carries on til you crawl.'

    another idea in Buddhism is that you have to overcome your desires for material things, because the are what controls you and makes you suffer:
    'You want to put your trust in some solid thing,
    Yeah, its a drug to us all.'
    darksmashon May 01, 2008   Link

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