It’s The Thought That Counts

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If In Times Of Transition explored relationship dynamics, these lyrics do the same… but on steroids.

 

Continuing many themes from the last grouping, It’s The Thought That Counts takes it to another level. While evolving in the process and creating some interesting results, it eventually leads to diminishing returns. By the end, these lyrics almost feel like a one note song that keeps getting played over and over again.

 

To be fair, I don’t think they really fall apart until Something Unexplained. Up to that point, there’s enough of a narrative tissue and variety to hold things together. Unfortunately, the home stretch is pretty rough. Quality takes a nose dive starting with the lyrics I previously mentioned and doesn’t recover much. (I only like two things out of the last five in the grouping actually.)

 

It’s The Thought That Counts was written shortly after In Times Of Transition and it shows. Looking back with hindsight, I think it would’ve been better by cutting Something Unexplained, Getting Out Of Here, Believe In Everything and maybe Where Should I Begin or I’m Not Sleeping (both seem to accomplish a similar purpose.)

 

Well, now that you inadvertently know what my least favourite lyrics are, I’d say that the best include Monkey Brain, Connections, Balancing Act and Not Again. Despite what I wrote in the previous paragraph, Where Should I Begin and even Falling Out Of Grace are just a rung below too.

 

For those interested, you can check out the original version of It’s The Thought That Counts in the Fireteddy National Library. Feel free to peruse some of what didn’t make the cut here.

 

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01. Bumper Crops

02. Falling Out Of Grace

03. Monkey Brain

04. December

05. Running In Circles

06. Connections

07. Where Should I begin

08. I’m Not Awake

09. Something Unexplained

10. Getting Out Of Here

11. Balancing Act

12. Believe In Everything

13. Not Again

 

Bumper Crops

 

Tip toeing on the graves of those

Who knew the truth but then were still overthrown

Now in the darkness all these whispers have formed

They’re always circling like electrical storms

 

Golf clapping for the new pretend

Where skating by is what they all must defend

Feed the monster ’cause this shit never stops

It’s a crazy season for these old bumper crops

 

I don’t know why I can’t get away

You don’t know, there’s nothing more to say

Hide the dead and find the lines betrayed

Maybe she just knows she’ll get her way

 

Shadow boxing with some make believes

They’re almost fading but still always perceived

Now in the silence come the deafening cries

To end the madness that’s behind this disguise

 

Black listing for some consequence

They’d like to stop it but remain on the fence

Hide your demons ’cause they’re all gonna know

Why all these bumper crops are still overgrown

 

I don’t know why I can’t get away

You don’t know, there’s nothing more to say

Hide the dead and find the lines betrayed

Maybe she just knows she’ll get her way

Baby knows she’ll always get her way

 

Say what you mean and do what you want

We’re victims of course and we’ve got scars to flaunt

Excuses to carry the responsible droves

To bury the past and watch it explode

 

And no one here would ever even know

No one here would ever even know

 

I don’t know why I can’t get away

You don’t know, there’s nothing more to say

Hide the dead and find the lines betrayed

Maybe she just knows she’ll get her way

Baby knows she’ll always get her way

 

Baby knows she’ll always get her way

But maybe I’ll still come around someday

 

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Falling Out Of Grace

 

We make our sacrifices to live a life of bliss

But no one understands them when they’re mostly hit or miss

It’s never quite as simple but that’s all in our mistakes

This profanity we spit out like a habit we should break

 

While making friends gets even trickier each time

I’m sure there’s a reason for this fear to speak my mind

In these hands to trust that maybe there’s some light

I’ve been searching for some meaning but I guess it’s out of sight

 

So tell me now why you question my judgement

I don’t know why I’m feeling out of place

You take your time until the point has been bludgeoned

Don’t look at me, I’m falling out of grace

 

We keep these phrases held so tightly to ourselves

But no one wants to think them much less trust somebody else

Raised in fear to voice a single thought alone

When it’s a matter of opinion that leaves us hanging by the phone

 

So tell me now why you question my judgement

I don’t know why I’m feeling out of place

You take your time until the point has been bludgeoned

Don’t look at me, I’m falling out of grace

Oh baby now I’m falling out of grace

 

So maybe we could sit and talk a little while

When the timing’s finally right we could air our grievances

Or I could make amends with my life stuck in denial

Waiting here bewildered, always wondering where the meaning went

 

So tell me now why you question my judgement

I don’t know why I’m feeling out of place

You take your time until the point has been bludgeoned

Don’t look at me, I’m falling out of grace

Oh baby now I’m falling out of grace

 

And this is such a bitter taste, this is such a bitter taste

But baby now I’m falling out of grace

Baby now I’m falling out of grace

 

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Monkey Brain

 

Once again all the names never match

Reach for the phone, it’s an itch I can’t scratch

In my monkey brain all thoughts collide

But there’s always a problem that I can’t define

 

So where was my shoulder?

When the ceiling started to cave

 

I’ll honour your memory

Well I’d call but I’m just too afraid

My monkey brain, monkey brain, monkey brain

 

Now some phrases still run through the halls

They fill up the spaces and cracks in the walls

To my good friend I lie here ashamed

Convinced that I’ve cheated but lost all the same

 

So where was my shoulder?

When the ceiling started to cave

 

I’ll honour your memory

Well I’d call but I’m just too afraid

My monkey brain, monkey brain, monkey brain

 

I promise to read all the headlines

I’ll never skip mentions of names

I’ll listen for each misplaced accent

Though nothing’s repeated the same

 

I’ll never be myself again, I’ll never be myself again

I’ll never be myself again, I’ll never be myself again

 

Monkey brain, monkey brain, monkey brain

Monkey brain, monkey brain yeah

 

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December

 

Hanging out with everyone

You still act like I’m not there

Please don’t flaunt your presence now

Because you know I’m well aware

 

You’ve barely said five words to me

Explaining it’s the thought that counts

Well ain’t that so ironic now?

When it’s my thoughts that won’t come out

 

My tongue is getting swollen still

Because I’m biting it so hard

For all the things I keep inside

Can you see me where you are?

You can’t see me where you are

 

Dropping down in rank and file

Please stop acting like my friend

I’ve got some things to say to you

Why can’t we ever make amends?

 

What the hell is wrong with me?

Are there feelings I should fake?

Believing false intentions now

But how much can I take?

 

My tongue is getting swollen still

Because I’m biting it so hard

For all the things I keep inside

Can you see me where you are?

You can’t see me where you are

 

Why is it so hard to be?

From every little piece of me

Like shooting stars across the sky

Burning out in suicide

 

I’ve still got my pride I guess

But December nights are meaningless

Where have they gone?

Where have we gone?

 

My tongue is getting swollen still

Because I’m biting it so hard

For all the things I keep inside

Can you see me where you are?

You can’t see me where you are

 

You can’t see me where you are

You can’t see me where you are

 

Well I’ve still got my pride I guess

But December nights are meaningless

 

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Running In Circles

 

When I was young I could see it

All the lines that would run down my face

And somewhere in tune I’d believe it

For in time I’ve become a disgrace

 

So maybe it’s not how they meant it

But these days never stop feeling wrong

Find something to fake and defend it

As if anyone else could belong

 

I hate to admit that I’d want some of this

Yeah I’ve been waiting so long to get in

In the end I’ll digress and then try to confess

That I’m running in circles again

 

Now that I’m gone I can taste it

The rejection that comes with this stance

And somewhere in spades it’s deflated

I could change if you gave me the chance

 

So maybe I’ve jumped to conclusions

But these feelings are coming out strained

With something to feed my illusions

Hard to say but I’m still not the same

 

I hate to admit that I’d want some of this

Yeah I’ve been waiting so long to get in

In the end I’ll digress and then try to confess

That I’m running in circles again

I’ve been running in circles again

 

So where are all my friendly lies?

Tell me where are all my friends?

 

With nothing to say I’ll just give it away

And then turn it around in the end

I can turn this around in the end

 

I hate to admit that I’d want some of this

Yeah I’ve been waiting so long to get in

In the end I’ll digress and then try to confess

That I’m running in circles again

 

I still can’t explain all the choices I’ve made

Yeah it’s taken awhile to sink in

Now there’s nothing to do to get closer to you

And I’m running in circles again

I’ve been running in circles again

 

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Connections

 

Late at night I sit alone

And curse the ones I can’t condone

Pretenders with their lovely lives

Struggling with their alibis

 

With everything swept underground

These whispers stopped from crying out

But I could take back anything

And now they try to pull my strings

 

I can’t stop feeling angry because I know it’s all my fault

An innocent civilian who gets lost in this assault

Bombarding me with words and thoughts that I can’t even see

And I don’t wanna be redeemed

I don’t wanna be redeemed

 

I used to know my friends I thought

But they took my name and then forgot

Lost inside a vacant mind

To drift and throw it back in time

 

Every night they’re talking now

But these whispered words keep coming out

Locked behind some guarded doors

Now I don’t trust them anymore

 

I can’t stop feeling angry because I know it’s all my fault

An innocent civilian who gets lost in this assault

Bombarding me with words and thoughts that I can’t even see

And I don’t wanna be redeemed

I don’t wanna be redeemed

 

Now everybody hates me

It doesn’t matter what they say

All words were made for lying

They’re all connections gone astray

 

Oh nothing really changes

With these thoughts kept to myself

Well no one stays exclusive

But maybe I just need some help

 

I can’t stop feeling angry because I know it’s all my fault

An innocent civilian who gets lost in this assault

Bombarding me with words and thoughts that I can’t even see

Won’t you look at me? Please look at me

 

I can’t stop feeling angry because I know it’s all my fault

An innocent civilian who gets lost in this assault

Bombarding me with words and thoughts that I can’t even see

And I don’t wanna be redeemed

I don’t wanna be redeemed

 

But look at me, please look at me

Won’t you look at me? Fucking look at me

 

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Where Should I Begin

 

I’ve been picking up the pieces

Of this life I can’t reject

Well at least I still have someone

And I’m surprised she hasn’t left

 

I wake up every morning

Often struggling through some sleep

It used to be that nothing phased me

But now there’s no one to believe

Now there’s no one to believe

 

And somewhere deep behind these eyes

Shut so tight to keep my head

We’re all so quick to criticize

Now tell me where should I begin

 

I keep stumbling through the reasons

Wondering where I lost myself

But at least I’ve still got something

In these rumours to dispel

 

I’m running down the evening

Because it still won’t let me through

It used to be that I could take it

But now there’s nothing left to do

Now there’s nothing left to do

 

And somewhere deep behind these eyes

Shut so tight to keep my head

We’re all so quick to criticize

Now tell me where should I begin

 

We charged too fast and failed to look

It only led to civil war

Well I thought I had you figured out

But you weren’t meant to be ignored

You weren’t meant to be ignored

 

And somewhere deep behind these eyes

Shut so tight to keep my head

We’re all so quick to criticize

Now tell me where should I begin

Tell me where should I begin

 

I still don’t know why everybody bends

Well maybe I was wrong but tell me where should I begin

Oh tell me where should I begin

Tell me where should I begin

 

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I’m Not Awake

 

Take me out of my element

Or you can beat me through the ground

But please don’t pass your judgements here

And I won’t ever make a sound

 

Now up against these tortured lies

Repressed to face another day

I’ve got some pride inside my head

Until it falls and rots away

 

But I’m better than this I know

She says that this is different but I still can’t let it go

Well no one looks for trouble but it follows me around

I’m always feeling lost so tell me where can I be found?

Oh tell me where can I be found?

 

Lead me into the arms of faith

But don’t be feeding me those tricks

Some beliefs they’ve learnt to make up

Until we’re only talking shit

 

Now up against my blinded eyes

I never thought to let you in

We’re not sure of where it came from

And that’s not how it should’ve been

 

But I’m better than this I know

She says that this is different but I still can’t let it go

Well no one looks for trouble but it follows me around

I’m always feeling lost so tell me where can I be found?

Oh tell me where can I be found?

 

Another altar to my lovers

It’s just a shrine for all the fakes

To keep these secrets unrecovered

With all the ties I had to break

 

And I don’t know what I should do

Are there some thoughts I should forsake?

I’m still asleep, I’m not awake

 

But I’m better than this I know

She says that this is different but I still can’t let it go

Well no one looks for trouble but it follows me around

I’m always feeling lost so tell me where can I be found?

Oh tell me where can I be found?

 

Take me out of my element

Or you can beat me through the ground

But please don’t pass your judgements here

And I won’t ever make a sound

I won’t ever make a sound

 

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Something Unexplained

 

On these words I’ve tripped and choked

My thoughts dissected through these jokes

We’re always trying to guard ourselves

It gets so hard but they can’t tell

Now what’s to say and what’s to hide?

You pull me down and through both sides

Our love is great but shadowed light

Creates a darkness undefined

 

I wanted something to take back

But my thoughts they still won’t give me that

I’d rather speak and feel some pain

Than feeling something unexplained

My thoughts are unexplained

 

All these years that I’ve erased

My memories still can’t be replaced

Held so tightly to the ground

But in this silence I will drown

More black holes to suck you in

But this is how it all begins

Our shackled phrases will escape

And lead our heads to find their way

 

I wanted something to take back

But my thoughts they still won’t give me that

I’d rather speak and feel some pain

Than feeling something unexplained

My thoughts are unexplained

 

Waiting here beneath the rain

My words are skipping stones again

Rippling through some gravity

Deflecting how this had to be

 

In my head that’s how it plays

So I won’t go outside today

This is all that I can take

I think it’s time to break away tonight

I wanted something to take back

But my thoughts they still won’t give me that

I’d rather speak and feel some pain

Oh yeah…

 

I wanted something to take back

But my thoughts they still won’t give me that

I’d rather speak and feel some pain

Than feeling something unexplained

My thoughts are unexplained

 

Waiting here beneath the rain

It’s time that I get on my feet again

 

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Getting Out Of Here

 

So I’ve gone off the deep end now

And I’m refusing to come back

Watch the walls, they’re slowly closing in

As the plaster starts to cracks

 

While crawling in your awkward mind

You keep stumbling for relief

But I’ll be counting down the days you’re gone

For our friendship’s sake at least

 

So you look at me as I walk away

And you’re dying to know what I was gonna say

I’ll say it now so don’t you fear

Now I’m getting out of here

 

Though we’ve wrestled with some stranger words

Our indecisions make us slaves

Is it time that we release our thoughts?

Only phrases to relay

 

Nowhere to go, now there’s nothing to save

I’ve been trying my best but it’s hard to behave

 

So you look at me as I walk away

And you’re dying to know what I was gonna say

I’ll say it now so don’t you fear

Now I’m getting out of here

I’m getting out of here

 

Self-destructive tragedies

They always want a piece of me

I’m wound so tight but even so

Beneath my skin you’ve found a home

 

Walking on a tightrope now

No safety nets for falling down

I’ll try to make this crystal clear

Now I’m getting out of here

I’m getting out of here

 

So you look at me as I walk away

And you’re dying to know what I was gonna say

I’ll say it now so don’t you fear

Now I’m getting out of here

I’m getting out of here

 

I’m getting out of here

Getting out of here

 

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Balancing Act

 

Playing by the rules that you set in stone

But the game that I play isn’t quite the same

Bouncing in my head but I’m not alone

And the roles are reversed for some more restraint

 

For all of the time that I’ve wasted in fear

Thinking that I had to sacrifice myself

I don’t need your approval or anything here

Still watching as the silence trickles down the well

 

I’m trying so hard not to rub it in

When all these accusations keep surfacing

You think that it’s beneath you but I’m still intact

It’s just a balancing act

It’s all a balancing act, oh yeah

 

Waiting as your lips stay frozen shut

This matter of opinion leaves you stumbling straight

Trailing in your mind like a paper cut

Your thoughts are always burning ’til they’ve faded away

 

With all of the doubts you keep throwing around

Wondering when I’d just be falling out of my head

I don’t need to belong and I’m not backing down

For fake validation in the lines you’ve been fed

 

I’m trying so hard not to rub it in

When all these accusations keep surfacing

You think that it’s beneath you but I’m still intact

It’s just a balancing act

It’s all a balancing act, oh yeah

 

Now tell me where you draw the line

Between assurance and your grief

There’s still one word left on my mind

And it’s insecurity

It’s your insecurities

 

I’m trying so hard not to rub it in

When all these accusations keep surfacing

You think that it’s beneath you but I’m still intact

It’s just a balancing act

It’s all a balancing act, oh yeah

 

Nothing to say so let’s attack

It’s all a balancing act, oh yeah

 

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Believe In Everything

 

We’ve wasted time still running down

This starlit life that we never found

Now lick your finger and turn the page

Point out the place where you wanna stay

 

While in your head it’s not the same

You never thought it would be so plain

With expectations raised so high

For the logic that your dreams defied

 

I don’t wanna see anything else again

It makes it easier when I have to pretend

That everything’s alright, but I can’t believe in everything

 

I’m trying hard to drown my thoughts

With these old feelings that we forgot

For confrontations I still don’t want

Yeah there’s still some better scars to flaunt

 

Now in your mind it’s always wrong

And you still insist we play along

In all the things you’ve gone without

Through some distant thoughts to build your doubts

 

I don’t wanna see anything else again

It makes it easier when I have to pretend

That everything’s alright, but I can’t believe in everything

 

Bring it down and pass the crown

Defences made for tired clowns

I’ll take it on where lines are drawn

But I’m never gonna be your pawn

 

So I guess I don’t belong

I guess I don’t belong

 

I don’t wanna see anything else again

It makes it easier when I have to pretend

That everything’s alright, but I can’t believe in everything

 

I don’t wanna see anything else again

It makes it easier when I have to pretend

That everything’s alright, but I can’t believe in everything

 

Some wings to fly attached to strings

Well I can’t believe in everything

I can’t believe in everything

 

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Not Again

 

I walk alone by circumstance

But I’ll finally let this go

To save myself for someone else

For someone else who knows

 

Love could be a summer thing

So I’ll spin it back around

It’s time to change, to re-arrange

There’ll be no more breaking down

 

The words you say are over me

They’re with the things we’ll never be

Packaged up with my misery

It’s something I won’t do

At least not again for you

 

I spent so many nights on this

And we’ve been struggling through the days

But it seems you’re just a memory now

Another name to pack away

 

Watch this as it falls apart

Collapsing fast into the night

That’s all we are, we’re shooting stars

Two exploding bursts of light

 

The words you say are over me

They’re with the things we’ll never be

Packaged up with my misery

It’s something I won’t do

At least not again for you

 

So if these words were all mistakes

Would you keep them locked inside your brain?

Well they’re only thoughts we can’t restrain

All replaced with out a care

Embraced in your blank stares

 

The words you say are over me

They’re with the things we’ll never be

Packaged up with my misery

It’s something I won’t do

At least not again for you

 

Love could be a summer thing

That still resides to stretch through spring

But still in bloom, I’ll always sing

When the words aren’t coming out

 

Baby it’s the thought that counts…

 

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