Measure me in metered lines
And one decisive stare
The time it takes to get from here to there
My ribs that show through t-shirts
And these shoes I got for free
I'm unconsoled
I'm lonely
I am so much better than I used to be

Terrified of telephones
And shopping malls and knives
We're drowning in the pools of other lives
Rely a bit too heavily
On alcohol and irony
Get clobbered on by courtesy
In love with love and lousy poetry

And I'm leaning on this broken fence
Between past and present tense
And I'm losing all those stupid games
That I swore I'd never play
But it almost feels okay

Circumnavigate this body
Of wonder and uncertainty
Armed with every precious failure
And amateur cartography

I breath in deep before
I spread those maps out on my bedroom floor

And I'm leaning on this broken fence
Between past and present tense
And I'm losing all those stupid games
That I swore I'd never play
But it feels okay

And I'm leaving, wave goodbye
And I'm losing but I'll try
With the last ways left
To remember, sing
My imperfect offering


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Aside Lyrics as written by John P. Sutton John K Samson

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is basically the story of my whole life. Yep.

    I believe he is trying to say that he's trying to ready himself for whatever his future is bringing, but he feels so uncertain about everything- the past, the present- and he's overwhelmed. He's trying to put his feelings aside but he can't stop being himself.
    alliebeeon June 14, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe end just kills me; "sing my imperfect offering." wow.
    aDorkinSuburbiaon June 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think it's about transitions in life.
    little_miss_octoberon July 26, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is definately a song about transitions that we all have to face in life!! he couldn't have said it any better.... "leaning on a broken fence btw past and present tense" awesome!! and "Circumnavigate this body of wonder and uncertainty. Armed with every previous failure, and amateur cartography" what a beautiful way of admitting mistakes we've all made in the past! this song is awesome. I can relate so easily to every word.
    kimmyjean12on August 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is really fabulous i love the broken fence line..it is the greatest! this song reminds me ..as do alot of songs of, nik!
    undoneon April 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm in love with this song, it's just perfect. i seriously think that the guys from the weakerthans stocked me for a few months then wrote this song about me.
    aniotaon April 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE THE LYRICS AND EVERYTHING ELSE ABOUT THE SONG
    watchmefallon April 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmore people have gotta check out this band.....im so happy, im going to go check them out live next sunday with the Promise Ring....another great song...they have a way with meaningful lyrics...
    BrokenPromiseson May 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so rad. This band is so rad. I saw them with the Promise Ring. They were awesome. They're from Manitoba though, how could they not be?
    FourEyedLame-Oon May 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI saw 'em with the Promise Ring, too! The Weakerthans were WAYYY Better than TPR ....

    anywho. This song is seriously awesome. It's just fun to listen to, and then when you actually pay attention to the lyrics, you realize what great lyricists the boys are.
    catherinekson June 03, 2002   Link

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