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Less Than Jake – Is This Thing On? lyrics

When all the things that you've been thinking
Has you so confused and so unglued
Your head is spinning
Well we've all felt the same inside
I've been on that ledge countless times
And I know what that feels like

You're on your own can't make it through this world all alone
Is this thing on at all? [x2]

When all your friends don't have the answers
And you're so convinced that inch by inch
They've turned to strangers
Yeah we've all seen the different sides
No one hears even though you've talked all night
And I know what you feel like

You're on your own can't make it through this world all alone
Is this thing on at all? [x3]

Can we really measure if we're any better
Than that skyline that goes on and on forever on and on?

You're on your own can't make it through this world all alone
Is this thing on at all? [x3]



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  • bradforddre
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    bradforddre
    'This' in the song title refers to a microphone - is it on? In other words, are people hearing me?

    The answer in the song is no. Despite hanging out with your best friends talking all night they become inch by inch strangers. Which isn't what normally happens. So, either the main character is experiencing mental illness ("I've been on that ledge"), or is growing and changing and doesn't feel connected to his friends any more. The second seems more likely given the chorus "You're on your own".

    The bridge reinforces the growing and changing theme: we've always thought of ourselves as better, but now it's not so clear. The world is more complicated and infinite than we previously thought.
    It's a bittersweet song. Change is sometimes difficult and lonely, but the new world is often more rewarding and interesting.
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