- "Song for My Stepfather:"
He feels no pain at all
You erase me
You erase me
I'd be grateful my children aren't here to see this
Had you ever seen fit to give me children.
- "No Children:"
I am drowning
There is no sight of land
You are going down with me
Hand in unlovable hand
I hope you die
I hope we both die
- For anyone who has ever had a dream that didn't fit their community, "The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton" can be pretty poignant, especially the following lines:
This was how Cyrus got sent to the school
Where they told him he'd never be famous
- Pretty much the entirety of The Sunset Tree, an album detailing John's relationship with his stepfather.
- One of the most painful songs would have to be "Hast Thou Considered the Tetrapod?"
I'm awake and I'm guarding my face
Hoping you don't break my stereo
Because it's the one thing that I couldn't live without
- "The Mess Inside" in its entirety will hit anyone close to home who's gone through a mutual fading of affection at the end of a relationship.
Found that bench we sat together on a thousand years ago
When I felt such love for you I thought my heart was gonna pop.
I wanted you to love me like you used to do.
- "Harlem Roulette" is about the last days of Frankie Lymon's life - he was a child star who got drafted, and by the time he got back, his voice had changed. He recorded a couple more songs, which gave him enough money to by more heroine, which he overdosed on. This line is particularly heartbreaking:
Armies masking in the dusky distance
Ghosted ribbon in the microphone
Leave a little mark on something, maybe
Take the secret circuit home