"Seventy Times 7" as written by Jesse Lacey, Brian Lane, Garrett Tierney and Vincent Accardi....
Back in school they never taught us
What we needed to know
Like how to deal with despair
Or someone breakin' your heart
For twelve years I've held it all together
But a night like this is beggin' to pull me apart
I played it quiet left you deep in conversation
I felt uncool and hung out around the kitchen
I remember I kept thinking
That I know you never would
And now I know I want to kill you
Like only a best friend could

Everyone's caught on to everything you do
Everyone's caught on to

As if it happening wasn't enough
I got to go and write a song
Just to remind myself how bad it sucked
Ignore the sun, covers over my head
Wrote a message on my pillow that says
"Jesse, stay asleep in bed"
Don't apologize (I hope you choke and die!)
Search your cell for something which to hang yourself
They say you need to pray
If you want to go to heaven
But they don't tell you what to say
When your whole life has gone to Hell!

Everyone's caught on to everything you do
Everyone's caught on to
(and I can't let you let me down again)
Everyone's caught on to everything you do
(and I can't let you let me down again)
Everyone's caught on to

So is that what you call a getaway?
Tell me what you got away with
Cause I've seen more spine on jellyfish
I've seen more guts on eleven-year-old kids
Have another drink and drive yourself home
I hope there's ice on all the roads
And you can think of me when you forget your seat belt
And again when your head goes through the windshield

Is that what you call tact?
You're as subtle as a brick in the small of my back
So let's end this call and end this conversation
And is that what you call a getaway?
Tell me what you got away with
Cause you left the frays from the ties you severed
When you say "best friends" means friends forever

Is that what you call a getaway?!!
Tell me what you got away with!!
Cause I've seen more spine on jellyfish!!
I've seen more guts on eleven-year-old kids!!
Have another drink and drive yourself home!!
I hope there's ice on all the roads!!
And you can think of me when you forget your seat belt
Then when your head goes through the windshield!!

(I can't let you let me down again)
Everyone's caught on to everything you do
(and I can't let you let me down again)
Everyone's caught on to
(I can't let you let me down again)
Everyone's caught on to everything you do
(and I can't let you let me down again)
Everyone's caught on to


Lyrics submitted by BrandNew1208

"Seventy Times 7" as written by Jesse Lacey, Brian Lane, Garrett Tierney, Vincent Accardi

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  • +4
    General CommentThe song is nothing to do with Adam Lazarra, it's Jesse Lacey and John Nolan, who have now made up, Jesse performed No I In Team with TBS, and Straylight Run (John's new band) have both supported Brand New and covered Play Crack the Sky

    Here is the explanation of what happened:

    Seventy Times Seven was written about a falling out between best friends. Lead singer Jesse Lacey had been best friends with then Taking Back Sunday guitarist/singer John Nolan (who has left the band) since grade school. Lacey's girlfriend at the time cheated on him with Nolan. John called Jesse, and the last words that Jesse spoke to him were, "You're as subtle as a brick on the small of my back so lets end this call and end this conversation" and hung up. That was the last time they spoke and then years later Brand New added it as lyrics to their song "Seventy Times 7" which is about what happened and his feelings toward Nolan. Taking Back Sunday then came out with the song "There's No 'I' In Team," which expresses John's side of the story. In "There's No 'I' In Team," he says, "What I can't regret, can't you just forget it?" which shows how he wants to get past was happened between them
    JontyLarron July 03, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Commenteh...

    Enough with the drama kids, let's get back to the quality of this song. Damn good.
    dlewion May 10, 2002   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningThe was written about a falling out between best friends. Lead singer Jesse Lacey had been best friends with then Taking Back Sunday guitarist/singer John Nolan (who has left the band) since grade school. Lacey's girlfriend at the time cheated on him with Nolan. John called Jesse, and the last words that Jesse spoke to him were, "You're as subtle as a brick on the small of my back so lets end this call and end this conversation" and hung up. That was the last time they spoke and then years later Brand New added it as lyrics to their song "Seventy Times 7" which is about what happened and his feelings toward Nolan. Taking Back Sunday then came out with the song "There's No 'I' In Team," which expresses John's side of the story. In "There's No 'I' In Team," he says, "What I can't regret, can't you just forget it?" which shows how he wants to get past was happened between them.
    ebitzon December 18, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOh my god...fuckin powerful
    alkalinegirlon January 22, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentooooo this is the best song for when you are angry or hurt.

    To me its about pure hatred. hating someone so much that you dont care if they die.
    RedNosedBaboonon September 29, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm not sure if this has been pointed out yet, and I don't feel like reading 26 pages of comments to see, but, in the bible, Peter asked Jesus "How many times shall I forgive the man that sinned against me? Seven?" and Jesus replied "Not seven, but seventy times seven." I'm not sure if that has anything to do with this song in particular, but it must have some meaning behind it. Maybe a girlfriend who hasn't been faithful and he feels as if he should forgive her, but maybe he has already forgiven her so many times that it would be irrelevant to forgive again.
    I don't know, it could be anything, it could be nothing. Maybe just a clever name for a song?
    Brand New is amazing though.
    leeshabeeon January 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdamn glennsarmychick, calm down, thats damn near rude
    corkyiversonon May 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell, I may be a little off base here, but I see something different in this song. It doesn't remind me of a friend stealing a girlfriend from the speaker or any other type of betrayal like that. To me, perhaps because of my own life experiences, it's actually falling in love with you best friend, who by every indication has the same feelings you do. And just when everything is at a blissfully happy zenith, you find out that she has feelings for another man. That she loves you with all her heart, but not "that way," even though that's how it seems.

    It's like, an outlet for the frusteration felt when you care so deeply for somebody that you'd do absolutely anything for their happiness, even settle for a love less then what you feel for them. It's true, you see somebody you care about that much on so many levels with another man, and you can't even think entirely straight.

    While the "kill" may not be literal, you do feel like you would do anything just to get that special person to see that nobody else is going to care about them as much as you do.
    j-pezon June 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpossibly one of the most expressive songs ever.
    i love how Jesse is like chanting the "Is that what you call a getaway" part, and then it just...explodes.
    i can't get enough of it.

    intelligent lyrics as well, it seems like it was so beautifully thought out.
    so much emotion.
    *shivers*

    love love love.
    blinkblinkblink182on March 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhat does "your a subtle as a brick in the small my back" mean? i mean i get the "subtle" part, but why does he say "in the small my back"? is that a saying or something...

    "your a subtle as a brick in....my back", why did he add "the small"
    sivy1989on November 23, 2009   Link

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