Fate will find a way for you
On golden wings or leaden shoes
All the way to the house our father knew

And this angry storm of slamming doors
And broken glass on hardwood floors
Wait for you in house our father knew

Don't you hear the deafening roar
Agan and again in a broken refrain
We're homeward bound, pulling by the sound of
History repeating

Gray monkey grass and granite stone
A bitter heart and frozen bones
Pave the way to the house our father knew

And every second chance to be free
Has come and gone and left a key
Left for you in the house our father knew

Don't you hear the deafening roar
Agan and again in a broken refrain
We're homeward bound, pulling by the sound of
History repeating

Only rooms
Stairways going nowhere
Let it be the house our father knew

Don't you hear the deafening roar
Agan and again in a broken refrain
We're homeward bound, pulling by the sound of
History repeating


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    General CommentThis song was written by Jay and Evan about an abusive father.
    judithavoryon June 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAbusive?! My god, please go to a concert before assuming such things! This song was written by evan. Matt was adopted by Evan's family. Their father was a great man and when he died Evan wrote this song and Jay wrote Words of Wisdom.
    Virithon January 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentVirith, your comments are very ignorant.
    have YOU ever been to a show before?
    If you've ever seen Matt and his mother, the very talented actress Mary Lucy Bivins, you would see that they look SHOCKINGLY alike.
    there is no adoption.
    know your source.
    and check your cd jackets for who-wrote-what before you comment next time.
    Rizo228on September 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think, more precisely, this song seems to be about an abusive grandfather and history of violence in a family especially against the song-writer's father, although I can't say for certain and neither Virith nor Rizo were helpful with giving us the definitive meaning of this specific song. The song seems to be condemning the "grandfather" individual to an afterlife whether in heaven (golden wings) or hell (leaden shoes) spent in the house where the abuse/anger took place against the song-writer's father. This song reminds me of my own family's history. The image it invokes in my mind is the character Jenny's childhood home from the film "Forest Gump" as well as the house in Hell from the film "What Dreams May Come".

    Objectively speaking, a cycle of violence that moves through the generations seems to be indicated, however, the extent to which it has continued beyond the "grandfather" spoken to in the song is unclear. Perhaps being "pulled by the sound" could mean that, generally speaking, it's a very easy cycle to fall back into and the house of violence spoken of in the song metaphorically becomes a "home" that one inherits and can't leave as easily as one might wish to.

    The bridge for this song is very powerful with some great harmony. One of my favorites by Jump.
    robesonon January 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI relate this song to my own family. There's never been any abuse (not that I'm aware of, anyway), but on my dad's side, there's always been petty bickering and pointless feuds. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are like walking on eggshells. No one's thrown a punch, but shouting matches and even the occasional thrown object is not unheard of. There's a cycle of parents pissing off their children to the point where they want nothing to do with each other that goes back generations.

    My sister and I long ago made a pact break this cycle, but my greatest fear is this will happen with me and my own (future) children. I think that's what this song is about, facing those fears and making a choice. We're all "called by the sound of history repeating," and you can either break the cycle ("golden wings") or be condemned to repeat it ("leaden shoes")

    BTW, from what I've read, Matt and Evan were very close to their father, so I think this might be about their grandfather.

    Oh, and neither Matt nor Evan were adopted! Just look at the pictures of them and their mother! It's pretty obvious.
    fifteenstorieson November 12, 2007   Link

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