There's blood in the sink, and he's plunging his wrists in. A hangover halo is washing away. Mechanic-school dropout stares into the mirror, stands up in his derelict daydreams. Always too tall, always walked around wearing a smile that was never quite sure of itself. Planning a future of failures inflicted in phone calls from strip clubs and bail bonds. Don't give me that look, I looked harder than most did, let details like sharp nails punch holes in my shoes. Soft-traced to frown as I put the receiver down. Where do I go for a pardon? There's a light left on. There's a pace to our direction. There's a movie-still of a heart I'd like to mention. We're listing what's left: a signed Slayer t-shirt, a car up on blocks in his mother's back yard.

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History To The Defeated song meanings
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    General Comment"The stars are dead. The animals will not look.
    We are left alone with our day, and the time is short, and History to the defeated May say Alas but cannot help nor pardon."
    -W.H.Auden March 1937
    laurelinwyntreon October 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is a terribly depressing song!
    BeatJunkie08on March 09, 2003   Link
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    General Commentlol, i love depressing songs. :P so ja, this is one of my favorites of the weakerthans. such a droopy sad song -- the title says it all. "Don't give me that look, I looked harder than most did, let details like sharp nails punch holes in my shoes."
    shrugon May 02, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti have a huge mp3 collection... and every week i still put on an all weakerthans shuffle, then just listen to the lyrics and sing along in a bad falsetto. they're like old friends.
    neuralstaticon April 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is a really great song lyrically and I understand their reasoning for making it slow.. but it gets a bit repetitive & boring by the end.
    Still, a good song and an even greater album overall.
    whatchamacallmeon February 12, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningJohn played this solo in Germany in 2009.

    "This one I wrote a long time ago. I was in a border town in Texas. I was walking around the streets of this border town, El Paso. I was walking around and I saw a man weeping in a phone booth and I thought that was strange. And then I noticed almost everywhere all the storefronts around the center of this town were Bail Bonds. And you don't have those here, and we don't have them in Canada. But it's where people go when their loved ones are in prison and they give over anything they own in collateral to get their loved one out of jail. This song is about that man who was weeping the phone booth. "
    HellionChildon January 30, 2012   Link
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    General Commenti can't believe no one's commented..the weakerthans are awesome.
    nonpunkon July 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti am absolutely in love with the weakerthans
    emptyeyedfearlesson March 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is slow and sad, but I really love it.
    Sepulchraveon May 13, 2004   Link

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