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How come I end up where I started
How come I end up where I went wrong
Won't take my eyes off the ball again
You reel me out when you cut the string.

How come I end up where I started
How come I end up where I went wrong
Won't take my eyes off the ball again
First you reel me out and then you cut the string.

You used to be alright
What happened?
Did the cat get your tongue
Did your string come undone
One by one
One by one
It comes to us all
It's as soft as your pillow

You used to be alright
What happened?
Etcetera Etcetera
Fetch for whatever
Fifteen steps
Then a sheer drop

How come I end up where I started?
How can I end up where I belong?
Won't take my eyes off the ball again
You reel me out then you cut the string.



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  • Muzick_Lvr
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    Muzick_LvrDec 8, 2008 at 3:24 am
    I think it's talking about 1 person who became friends with someone and got really close. But the something happend (possibly popularity) and they didn't want to become friends anymore. That person ended up where they started. Reeled them out and then cut the string...
  • U
    UnregisteredMay 8, 2014 at 8:47 pm
    Those people who are once friends and slowly become just 'friends'. The people whom you can form quite close connections to. The ones who claim that they prefer to be alone. They're very open and warm with you to begin with, and as time goes on they begin to recede and become colder. For example, you may have an argument, and break up temporarily. When you reconcile with each other, all is well again. It's almost as if you've ended up where you started with a decent friendship. But, of course, as time goes on they've become more receded, and become colder again. In the end, they perhaps end up no longer caring about you. They only speak to you, but don't talk with you. They've reeled you out, and cut the string. All of a sudden, you're back where you started. Either at the beginning of another argument, with all of the thoughts you'd had with the last one, or without a friendship. All of their unsaid thoughts? Well, the cat got their tongue. Why don't they care about your feelings anymore? Well, their string came undone. Etcetera, etcetera. You end up leaving them in the dark, leaving them to go and fetch for whatever. It doesn't matter to you now. You've had your fifteen steps, your friendship has run its' course, and now you're crawling your way out of this sheer drop.

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