Held like water in you shaking hands are all the small defeats a day demands. 10-6 or 9-5 trying, dying to survive. Never knowing what survival means. Leave the apartment to buy alcohol. Hang our diplomas on the bathroom wall. Pick at the plaster chipped away, survey some stunning tooth decay, enlist the cat in the impending class-war. Let's lay our bad day down here, dear and make-believe we're strong, or hum some protest song. Like maybe "We Shall Overcome Someday." Overcome the stupid things we say. Say I needed more than this, say I needed one more kiss. We left that light on way too long now. Let's plant a bomb at city-hall and kill an MLA. We'll talk the night away. You call in sick, I'll quit the word-games that I play. I swear I way more than half believe it when I say that somewhere love and justice shine. Cynicism falls asleep. Tyranny talks to itself. Sappy slogans all come true. We forget to feed our fear.

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    General CommentI think he's making fun of all the recent college grads and the disillusionment stage that is sure to follow life in the ivory tower.
    catherineoclockon April 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is an amazing song
    EdibleGoldfishon July 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentLike all Weakerthans song's this one has an amazing ring of truth beauty to it.
    It's one of my favorites.
    elizafoxon August 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I know thats a pretty generic comment: so I'll specify, this song is beutiful in the way it changes, the way that he half cynically sings the last part, and how the theme changes during that, into this totally bitter optimism... fuck its wicked.
    Atrophied_Ambitionson April 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt doesn't get any better than The WeakerThans, And The WeakerThans doesn't get any better than this song. It is one of my favorites, and the line "Cynicism falls asleep. Tyranny talks to itself. Sappy slogans all come true. We forget to feed our fear." is my favorite WeakerThans lyric.
    The Smell Of Rainon November 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthat line is probably my favorite lyric ever
    RockSpaceon March 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's the little things about the Weakerthans that blow me away. Samson is great with details. For example, if you listen closely to this song, he sings:

    "Let's lay our bad days down here, dear ET ... "
    "Let's plant a bomb at city hall ET ... "

    "et" is the Latin word for "and" (from where we get the ampersand "&").
    FakeEstateon March 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti'm pretty positive he sings "let's" after those lines, mister fakeestate. hate to shatter that one for you.

    but, you're right; the weakerthans are all about the small details. i really do love how the literary quotes in the liner notes of all their albums slowly start to tie into the lyrics of each and every song.

    can't wait for a new album.
    number1alienon August 19, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"You call in sick, I'll quit the word-games that I play." I love that line.

    Yeah, I think this song is John looking at his own life and having a bit of fun with it. Anyone who has ever been involved in leftwing politics can probably appreciate the sense of despair that comes with a line like, "Enlist the cat in the impending class war." But that's what makes the Weakerthans great: they're able to acknowledge the full spectrum of human emotion, and not stick to one feeling, like say rage at injustice, the way most political bands do.
    blackemmaon February 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGreat lyrics and a great song. I like that the song is up-tempo, but rings sad for the majority of the time, yet ends with a hopeful notion. The Weakerthans excel at this and so much more.
    jomihaon July 05, 2007   Link

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