Weakerthans Appreciation Post

Pretty stoked right now, because I just pre-ordered two of my all time favorite albums on gorgeous vinyl. (Psst, you can, too!)

I love the Weakerthans. I remember seeing them at least a couple times at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor back in the Life’s So Rad days. Sarah and I interviewed John K. Samson for the LSRzine and I remember him being so genuine and sincerely cool.  He is absolutely one of my favorite lyricists – he has an incredible poetic (and frequently gut-wrenchingly-heartbreaking) approach to lyric writing that makes me swoon.

This is everyone’s first favorite Weakerthans song.

 

 

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 unconsoled, 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.

 

 

“…enlist the cat in the impending class-war.”

 

I remember singing this at Open Mic Night once!

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One thought on “Weakerthans Appreciation Post

  1. Thank you for posting this! I really need to get these on vinyl. “Aside” is one of my favorite songs of all time, easy. I think I’ve put it on nearly every mix CD I’ve ever made. I wish I could have seen them at the Blind Pig! I saw them at St. Andrew’s in Detroit several years ago, but unfortunately that was the only time.

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