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 a window
Trace the letters in your name

Our 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
Unassailable

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


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This Is a Fire Door Never Leave Open Lyrics as written by John P. Sutton John K Samson

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    The 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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    no 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 12, 2007   Link
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    i 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
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    I'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
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    Too many times, too many memories, too many songs. The Weakerthans are wonderful.

    thursdayisthecureon March 09, 2003   Link
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    the 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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    i 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 22, 2003   Link
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    great 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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    By 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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    This 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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