"Can't Finish What You Started" as written by and Matthew Scott Taylor Tony Richard Thaxton....
Why can't you finish what you've started?
Why can't you try and understand?
It doesn't make a bit of difference if you start what you can't finish
Every story needs an ending, after all.

I think I've known it for a long time
Suffice to say, it's been a while
You're too afraid to face the outcome
Quite likely, you're a failure
It's a shitty thing to say, but hey man - the clock is ticking

I thought of all the things I'd like to say
Cramped up and couldn't write a word all day
I just waited for my world to fall apart
That's why I'll never finish anything I start

What fills the magic in the meantime?
I know it?s hard without a vice,
You need to find a new solution,
Adaptation or retribution,
If you truly do believe in something,
Somehow it all works out.

I thought of all the things I'd like to say
Cramped up and couldn't write a word all day
I just waited for my world to fall apart
That's why I'll never finish anything I start

I'm completely bored
With every single word
And nothing ever works
And this juvenile search
Is systematically revealing to me
That I need a new approach

I thought of all the things I'd like to say
Cramped up and couldn't write a word all day
I just waited for my world to fall apart
That's why I'll never finish anything I start

So sick of all the things I'm trying to say
Cramped up and couldn't write a word all day
I just waited for my world to fall apart
That's why I'll never finish anything I...


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"Can't Finish What You Started" as written by Joshua Allen Cain Jesse Mack Johnson

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  • +1
    General Commentgod i feel like this so mauch of the time

    you think your doing good, you turn over that new leaf but you can never finish what you started just the way you planned
    softlyforsalvationon September 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationMy interpretation of this song (rightly or wrongly) is that it is to do with relationships. I'm probably wrong but it works very well if you apply it to a relationship that's drifting in the wind. I love this bit:

    "I think I've known it for a long time
    Suffice to say, it's been a while
    You're too afraid to face the outcome;
    Quite likely you're a failure
    It's a shitty thing to say,
    But hey man, the clock is ticking"

    It makes me reflect on my own relationship. I've known for a long time it's not working, but I'm too afraid to face the outcome, too afraid to end the story. It certainly is a shitty thing to say but the clock is ticking and I'm wasting my life in the meantime.

    Brilliant song though, as is the whole album. I hope My Dinosaur Life is as good, but from the sounds of it it's going to be heavier.
    War|ordon November 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"advice" sounds like it could be "a vice"
    i could be wrong though
    allstar2003on September 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalso in a websode.
    dom alerton September 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"If you truly do believe in something,
    Somehow it all works out"

    For the life of me, I can't figure out if MCS is being uncharacteristically optimistic or ironic. Any ideas?
    awkward/innocenton November 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought of all the things I'd like to say,
    Cramped up, and couldn’t write a word all day
    I just waited for my world to fall apart
    That’s why I’ll never finish anything I...

    the chorus kinda reminds me of like the songwriting process. having like writers block, or not being able to concentrate on one thing for too long.
    pk21on November 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, I think this song is about the songwriting process and feeling like you have nothing to say/can't say anything now that you're clean.

    It also kinda reminds me of the Coen brothers movie "Barton Fink" with the whole "self-destructive artist" who drinks when he can't write. Sadly, I think I kind of idolize that.

    I also think that he's coming to terms with the fact that without a vice (drugs or alcohol) the creative process is going to be harder because he's not just having words coming out of him that just flow and work.

    Long story short: it's hard to write something because of ridiculous amounts of self-doubt/loathing.
    hope like hellon November 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch an awesome ending. Could not have been more clever.
    thebluthcompanyon November 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti honestly don't know what this song could mean.
    you could put so much into it,
    but this is my favorite song ever.
    i just love it.
    natty27on March 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is great
    its been stuck in my head for like three days now.
    xrobin1234on April 27, 2008   Link

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