They called here to tell me that your're finally dying, through a veil of childish cries. Southern Manitoba prairie's pulling at the pant leg of your bad disguise. So why were you so anchorless? Shoebox full of photos; found a grainy mirror. Sunken cheeks and slender hands. Grocery lists and carbon-copied letters offer silence for my small demands. Hey how'd you get so anchorless? Got an armchair from your family home. Got your P.G. Wodehouse novels, and your telephone. Got your plates and stainless steel. Got that way of never saying what you really feel: so anchorless. A boat abandoned in some backyard. Anchorless in the small town that you lived and died in.

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    General CommentFrom an interview with John K.

    "Anchorless has more to do with - it does in a way, but it has more to
    do - that's a very hopeful song for me and I know most people don't
    see it that way. It's about a family member close to me that died, and
    who our family had some conflicted feelings about. Who I really never
    got to know as well as I should have. And who just didn't seem able to
    express himself all his life. Didn't seem able to show affection and care
    for other people, and that song is about how I don't wanna end up that
    way, and how I resolve, like, not to be that way. Not follow that pattern
    that so many people have set for them. I think so many people are emotionally
    stunted by the places they live and the people who bring them up. So to a
    certain extent yeah, you have to leave that behind. You have to say like
    "I'm starting fresh right here - no baggage." So I'm trying to escape that."
    Sketchwardon February 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat a terrific song this is!

    I like the version by The Weakerthans much better than the version by Propaghandi, just because I do. This is one of those songs that gets stuck in your head and refuses to leave, so you'll be out in public and then just bust out with "Anchorless!"
    catherinekson June 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is absolutly my favourite Song!!
    Girl-sets-fireon August 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song has been stuck in my head for several days. this morning, i found out my grandma is dead. of all the depressing coincidences...
    audiochion June 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHas anyone read Wodehouse? I've been meaning to pick one up ever since this song.
    poetryoflifeon November 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentof the propagandhi songs to bring with him, i wish he would have used "gifts"
    CoryGreenwellon June 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe played/plays that one live occasionally.
    mattton September 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has a nice melody, but the lyrics are really sad to me. It sounds like the singer is mocking the anchorless person, especially in the first lines
    "They called here to tell me that you're finally dying, through a veil of childish cries."

    I don't know.... It's just sad
    booklover730on March 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think both versions of the song are super cool. Isn't it beautiful how lyrics can be performed differently but still really awesome.
    River Wolfon May 23, 2012   Link

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