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ON MY HONOR "PENCIL MARKS AND DOOR FRAMES" NATURE AND NURTURE

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Published on Oct 10, 2011

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Lyrics:

I can't separate reality from fact
Or read people any better that a sign on my own back
Trust is damaged, confidence is cracked
And has been
Long enough
For everyone
To mention it

Remember when we though
Anyone could be what they wanted to be?
When did my own advice stop making sense to me?
As if it ever did
But what about every awkward kid
That I said the same to?
Now what do they do?

Measuring up
Is getting me down
So I've got to stop
If this is the wish that I've been granted
How can I
Ask for more?

The advice I have to give
Is neither encouraging
Or constructive
So what's the point in that?
What's the point in that?
I can hear the kids two booths away
Stir their coffee cups and say,
"When I turn 21..."
We're all so wrapped up
In what's to come

Yeah, it's hard when
All I ever wanted was to make a difference
Oh so hard, when
All I ever wanted was to make a difference

Measuring up
Is getting me down
So I've got to stop
If this is the wish that I've been granted
How can I
Ask for more?

LYRICAL EXPLANATION (Property of Zack Track-By-Track):

DREW: "Pencil Marks" overall is about getting older and realizing the impact you'd hoped to have when you were younger may have gotten misguided. The song was originally released as a demo under the title "Who Wet My Mogwai?" Haha. Once the ep was finished, that didn't really fit. The chorus has lines about "measuring up," and a lot of the song is about making comparisons and trying to measure benchmarks. Nature and Nurture has a bit of a "home" theme, and I remember my mom measuring my height on our bathroom door frame. So, out of a hunt for a new title, that's where we ended up.
This was actually the first song finished for the record. I think the lyrics are fairly direct. It's sort of a telling of how lost one can get in a journey to "make a difference."

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