They called here to tell me that you're finally dying, through a veil of childish cries. Southern Manitoba prarire's pulling at the pant-leg of your bad disguise. So why were you so anchorless? A boat abandoned in some backyard. Anchorless in the small town that you lived and died in. I've got an armchair from your family home. Got your P.G. Wodehouse novels and your telephone. I've got your plates and stainless steel. Got that way of never saying what you really feel. I don't want to live and die here where we're anchorless.

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    General Comment...the version by the weakerthans is better.
    catherinekson June 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI'm from Manitoba. Pretty cool song to hear my province mentioned in.
    Bamargeraon August 31, 2002   Link
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    General Commentcatherineks, propagandhi did it first, when john k. left the band to start weakerthans, he covered it.
    ihatedangeron March 11, 2003   Link
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    General Commentlol john k samson sung the song in propagandhi if you didn't notice...
    fish eat steelon April 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentActually, I like the propagandhi version a lot better. More energy.
    Little Timmyon June 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Little Timmy.
    indigion April 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFact: the Propagandhi version is better than the Weakerthans version. John K. Samson even says it is.
    sandihumeon October 22, 2009   Link
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    General Commentsuch an awesome song; I like both versions. nothing wrong with liking one and not liking the other

    From an interview with John K.

    "Anchorless has more to do with - it does in a way, but it has more to
    do - that's a very hopeful song for me and I know most people don't
    see it that way. It's about a family member close to me that died, and
    who our family had some conflicted feelings about. Who I really never
    got to know as well as I should have. And who just didn't seem able to
    express himself all his life. Didn't seem able to show affection and care
    for other people, and that song is about how I don't wanna end up that
    way, and how I resolve, like, not to be that way. Not follow that pattern
    that so many people have set for them. I think so many people are emotionally
    stunted by the places they live and the people who bring them up. So to a
    certain extent yeah, you have to leave that behind. You have to say like
    "I'm starting fresh right here - no baggage." So I'm trying to escape that."
    River Wolfon May 23, 2012   Link

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