Measure me in metered lines, in 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 un-consoled, I'm lonely.
I am so much better than I used to be.

Terrified of telephones and shopping malls and knives,
And drowning in the pools of other lives.
Rely a bit to 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 breathe 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.

Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by EmmaBlwgns

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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
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    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
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    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 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is really fabulous i love the broken fence is the greatest! this song reminds me 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 17, 2002   Link
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    watchmefallon April 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commentmore people have gotta check out this 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
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    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 26, 2002   Link
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    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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