Photography: @Wasogrunge

Third Eye Blind, 1997

The Background

everything is quiet since you're not around, and i live in the numbness now. in the background. i do the things we did before, i walk haight street to the store, and they say where's that crazy girl? you don't get drunk on red wine, and light no more, 'cause i don't see you anymore, since the hospital, but the plans i make still have you in them, then you come swimming into view, and i'm hanging on your words like i always used to do, the words they use so lightly, i only feel for you, i only know this cause i am, way back down, in the background. words they come and memories all repeat, i lift your head while, they change the hospital sheets, i would never lie to you, no i would never lie to you, no i felt you long after we were through. and the plans i make still have you in them, cause you come swimming into view, and i'm hanging on your words like i always used to do, the words they use so lightly, i only feel for you, i only know this cause i am, way back down, in the background.

 
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let me put it this way: have you ever felt like your life was in high gear, and you were right in the moment, and you were happy, and rolling into some glorious unknown future? and then have that all taken away? and then lived in sort of the post-period of that high? that’s what it’s like to live in the background.
— Stephan Jenkins