Coughing inside your coffin
Like at the bottom of the sea
Inside you're breathing
Too numb for asking
So I will leave it outside your door
Warning the threat of morning that just extends you another day
Some lights were shining
Not much for seeing
But you'll be leaving the way you came
Shot shooting shot shot shot
Shooting yourself again for what
To taste all the waste
Flare fakes a flower
A burnt-out shower
No one can see
You were needing too shy for asking
So I will leave it outside your door
Pulse stalls uncut but clotted
When you had thought it would force a flow
Some lights were shining
Not much for seeing
But you believe in the way you came


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    "flare fakes a flower"

    jesuisyannon July 26, 2002   Link
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    The play on words sold me. When said out loud, a lot of the words take on different forms...ie "Coughin inside your coffin", You'll be leavin the way you came, you'll believe in the way you came." I also like the anology about, what I think is, being petrified.. "Pulse stalls uncut but clotted when you had thought it would force a flow.."

    Chanbaraon March 29, 2003   Link
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    I said earlier that i thought 'do you like me' was my favourite fugazi song...i'd forgotten about '...slow dance'. Greatest song ever recorded, no question.

    rich79on December 19, 2004   Link
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    easily, by far, above and beyond any other song fugazi song. That wicked fucking guitar hook just yanks you in and drags you for the ride whether or not. I've played this song for so many people who hated "punk" or "emo" or whatever and about 90% liked this song. So yeah that's gotta mean something.

    voltafan101on January 12, 2005   Link
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    oops meant to say whether you like it or not. never said i was smart just like good songs. umm yeah. gonna go now

    voltafan101on January 12, 2005   Link
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    I love this song and if any of you get a chance to watch/buy the dvd "Instrument" there is a great live version of this song. Not my favorite Fugazi song but on the top 5 for sure.

    Bellyfull of Swanson January 17, 2005   Link
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    Transcendent song. It has sort of a personal meaning to me (based on a lot of things that happened around the time the album came out), so I'll leave the explanation to others. But it is a beautiful, sad song - one of Fugazi's best.

    ShepherdofBeingon September 01, 2008   Link
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    SHOT SHOOTING YOURSELF AGAAAAIN FOR WHAAAAT? some lights were shining, not much for seeing Also, I agree with the analogy to being petrified. The thing that makes this song so amazing is the build up. Chorus speaks for itself.

    yourenotpunkenoughon April 13, 2010   Link
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    To me this song is about the limited perspective of our own self inflicted struggles, unaware that there is another path outside the door if we seek it. In other words, choosing a different or "higher" path instead of being a victim of a situation we chose in the first place. "Shooting yourself again for what," when all other possibilities of life is a decision away.

    Dav29on September 10, 2016   Link

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