"Call And Answer" as written by Stephen Duffy and Steven Page....
I think it's getting to the point
Where I can be myself again
I think it's getting to the point
Where we have almost made amends
I think it's the getting to the point
That is the hardest part

And if you call, I will answer
And if you fall, I'll pick you up
And if you court this disaster
I'll point you home
I'll point you home

You think I only think about you
When we're both in the same room
You think I'm only here to witness
The remains of love exhumed
You think we're here to play
A game of who loves more than whom

And if you call, I will answer
And if you fall, I'll pick you up
And if you court this disaster

You think it's only fair to do what's best for
You and you alone
You think it's only fair to do the same to me
When you're not home
I think it's time to make this something that is
More than only fair

So if you call, I will answer
And if you fall, I'll pick you up
And if you court this disaster
I'll point you home

But I'm warning you, don't ever do
Those crazy, messed-up things that you do
If you ever do
I promise you I'll be the first to crucify you
Now it's time to prove that you've come back here to rebuild
Rebuild
Rebuild
Rebuild
Rebuild
Rebuild
Rebuild
Rebuild
Rebuild
Rebuild
Rebuild, oh

Oh, oh oh oh
Oh, oh oh oh


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"Call and Answer" as written by Steven Page Stephen Duffy

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  • +4
    General CommentI actually think there is a platonic level to this song. I see them as a former couple who have ended a deep relationship but must now move on to being "friends". He offers his eternal help and assistance to her but not without judgement and conditions -- the whole "first to crucify you". To me, this is not the blind acceptance of two lovers but rather the conscious and critical oversight of friends. These two are not lovers anymore but they still share a deep bond to each other. It is for that reason that I love the song because it shows a higher level of emotional committment, one that is beyond sex and the romantic. To me, the song is a ode to the ex-girlfriend/ex-wife with whom you can no longer "be with" but who will always be a part of your life.
    pklocekon August 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a song about lovers who have had something traumatic occur. The person singing the song has been hurt by the person they're singing to; something awful and horrible.
    "where we have almost made amends"

    Having been hurt again and again, the person singing the song has finally had enough. They love their significant other dearly, and thus are willing to give it one last try, but this song is to lament to their significant other that this is the last time. If anything happens again, they will leave.
    "And if you court this disaster
    I'll point you home"

    Complicating things, is of course the fact that the person doing the hurting doesn't think they are wrong, they have "justifications" for what they do.
    "You think I'm only here to witness
    The remains of love exhumed
    You think we're here to play
    A game of who loves more than whom"
    and
    "You think it's only fair to do what's best for
    You and you alone
    You think it's only fair to do the same to me
    When you're not home"

    But the singer loves her.
    "And if you call, I will answer
    And if you fall, I'll pick you up"

    And has laid out his ultimatum.
    "I think it's time to make this something that is
    More than only fair"
    "But I'm warning you, don't ever do
    Those crazy, messed-up things that you do
    If you ever do,
    I promise you I'll be the first to crucify you"

    For her to never do whatever it is she did again. And shape up.
    "Now it's time to prove that you've come back
    Here to rebuild"
    That is my favorite and imo the saddest line. The singer is the one making all the effort in the relationship, but he's finally had enough, and needs her to start picking up the slack, and save their relationship.
    luvualwayson May 29, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this is about someone who was in trouble with something in the past. now someone he cares about is saying "i'll help you, but you can't go back to what you used to do"
    ShiverForMeon January 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe video for this song is beautiful
    RachelleBon January 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that this song is about a guy who has gotten back together with his girlfriend after a breakup. The trust has not been completely restored to the relationship and that is basically what he is asking her for. He is telling her that he will always be there for her in the relationship but he wont tolerate it if turns back into what it used to be.
    wiseoneon April 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a great song about rebuilding a relationship.
    stacibugon May 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPretty much what everyone has said here is the meaning of this song. Rebuilding the relationship. Yet, the they also say, you screw up again, I'm not turning back around okay? This song is a beautiful song indeed.
    TasChiBandGirlon May 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that this song is about breaking up but still remaining friends. This is the last song that BNL sings at every show and often dedicates it to the most recent tragedy that has occurred. For example, when BNL sang this song in St. Louis, they dedicated it to the city in honor of its mayor who had passed away a day earlier.
    beatls8on June 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think....
    it's about recovering from a break up.
    Being by yourself and :. being yourself again.
    The girl was selfish and he is waiting for her to apologize.
    sarahmansouron June 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyep. I agree. they're coming back from a break of some sorts in some kind of relationship. things are going back to how they used to be - but they're coming to "the hardest part", because this is where it would be so easy for the other person to go back to what I assume ruined the relationship in the first place.

    this isn't necessarily about a romantic relationship; I mean ... it's probably easier to construe that way, but I've had some friendships that definitely play along like this.

    I love that he is saying "I'll be here for you ... but don't fuck it up" Sometimes in overeagerness to get back the GOOD parts of a relationship, people allow the bad stuff back in, too. He's not willing to stand for it, which is just so awesome.
    catherinekson July 03, 2002   Link

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