Headlights race towards the corner of the dining room
and half illuminate a face before they disappear.
You breathe in forty years of failing to describe a feeling.
I breathe out smoke against the window, trace the letters in your name.

And letters sound the same;
full of all our changing
that isn't change at all.
All straight lines circle sometime.

You said "Somewhere there's a box full of replacement parts
to all the tenderness we've broken or let rust away.
Somewhere sympathy is more than just a way of leaving.
Somewhere someone says 'I'm sorry.'
Someone's making plans to stay."

So tell me it's okay.
Tell me anything, or
show me there's a pull,
that will lead you there, from the dark, alone,
to benevolence that you've never known,
or you knew when you were four and can't remember.

Where a small knife tears out those sloppy seams,
and the silence knows what your silence means,
and your metaphors (as mixed as you can make them)
are linked, like days, together.

I still hear trains at night, when the wind is right.
I remember everything,
lick and thread this string that will never mend you
or tailor more than a memory of a kitchen floor,
or the fire-door that we kept propping open.

And I love this place; the enormous sky,
and the faces, hands that I'm haunted by,
so why can't I forgive these buildings,
these frameworks labeled "Home"

Headlights race towards the corner of the dining room
and half illuminate a face before they disappear.

Lyrics submitted by sockmonkey, edited by EmmaBlwgns, stpr83

This Is A Fire Door Never Leave Open song meanings
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    General CommentThe last lines of this song are brilliant. I think everyone has felt this way about home at one point or another...
    RomulusRomstaron August 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentno one every got anything great without taking a risk. the song isnt just about a relationship, its about getting what you want out of life in general. fuck the concept of a fire door. if you really have everything you want then you dont need a fire door, because when the fire comes you would do what it takes not to get your house burnt instead of just leaving it through some escape. its ok to be prepared for the unexpected but when its the one thing that you really want, even though the unexpected might happen you cant treat it like any other thing. if its not important to you enough that you need that sense of being able to abandon it, then its probably not going to be the best thing that you could have (not to say 'be selfish' but dont think that you gotta settle for something that wont satisfy you). anywho this song makes me think of a lot of things and you get the basic idea.
    KTBon January 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this song.
    i love the lines "somewhere sympathy is more than just a way of leaving"
    and "The silence knows what your silence means"
    stellaluna1125on August 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd say this is one of my favorite Weakerthans songs. But I also really like Aside and Sounds Familiar
    an ocean of doubton October 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentToo many times, too many memories, too many songs.
    The Weakerthans are wonderful.
    thursdayisthecureon March 09, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthe line "i still hear trains at night, when the wind is right" absolutely fills me with this intense feeling. cos when i was younger, i lived where you could hear the train whistle at night in summer, and john k. lives in the same city that i do. that memory of the trains is so vivid, and then i heard this song, and i just freaked. i was like "oh my god! he remembers the trains too!!!"
    ihatedangeron March 11, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti was trying to think of what lines to quote but i would just end up using them all... sometimes i cant believe this band, and i will never know how they are able to make me feel the things they do... this song is amazing.
    big_kon June 21, 2003   Link
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    General Commentgreat band, one of my favorites...i loved all of the songs he sang while in propagandhi and later found out he had his own band and got it...this was a year or two ago...i saw them live and WOW, was a great show and they even used that weird wind thing...its like a thing they spin around and the different speeds make different sounds...very great live.
    fish eat steelon April 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBy far my favorite guitar from the weakerthans, i love that solo in the beginning. this is also by far one of their mos poetic songs, and it has their greatest imagery, i can see everything happening so full and perfect, my favorite weakerthans song, but their all my favorite.
    The Smell Of Rainon November 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about coming to terms with yourself and realizing that you were only ever happy and secure when you were a kid and lived in your hometown. He talks about living your whole life and never being able to find whatever it is you're looking for, failing to describe a feeling, and that the changes in life are never real changes since the answer will always be 'home', and that you need to find a place where you belong in life.
    gun left behindon April 13, 2005   Link

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