The Lawrence Arms Detention Lyrics

A Guided Tour of Chicago Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Intro
  • 2 An Evening of Extraordinary Circumstance
  • 3 Kevin Costner’s Casino
  • 4 A Guided Tour of Chicago
  • 5 Take One Down and Pass It Around
  • 6 Someday We’re All Gonna Weigh 400 Lbs.
  • 7 The North Side, the L&L and Any Number of Crappy Apartments
  • 8 Smokestacks
  • 9 Detention
  • 10 Uptown Free Radio
  • 11 Eighteen Inches
  • baseball bats and salivating mouths
    in a square room, doors locked.

    once again i'm alone inside a crowd,
    a misplaced throw, a misplaced swing

    and everything unfolds.
    a microcosm of humanity,
    a microcosm of cold ...

    the waves wash over one another.

    anxiety, proximity erupting from the chemistry
    of testosterone, isolated until the first fists fly.

    instincts pushed to breaking points,
    surging bodies, snapping joints.

    two shoes lost inside a fray,
    two socks on laminated hardwood.
    360 degrees into harms way.

    a length of lead grazed the side of my head.
    as others fall, and others leave,
    and others show their vampire teeth.

    two chunks from my neck,
    four lips that drip with skin,
    socks that slide as the blood runs down my shirt all over two strange chins.

    there is no way out of detention.
    rage pushed a doorway down.
    fear carried me past the last contusions hurled
    at bodies on the ground.

    dizzy terrified awake in sweaty skin,

    "mom, i'm never going back to school again."
    no, i'm never going back to school again.
    never going back to school again.
    no, i'm never going back to school again. Lyrics © OBO APRA/AMCOS

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