"Trusty Chords" as written by and Christopher James Wollard Charles Allen Ragan....
"You'll get it right sometime. You will."
I tell myself that everyday.
"You don't need to latch on to anything.
You'll just end up back here
In your little limbo scene."
It's repetitious and exhausting.
I might need some therapy;
Anything to keep me in check through the day.

Don't think about your lover.
You're already steady shaking."
I might need a sedative,
But I hate the taste of medicine.
"You just need to let her go."
These pills shaking in my hand
Just make me feel defeated,
Like I'm not able to just let her go away.

I hate this place but I love these chords.
"An empty fate just means an even score."
And the pain this morning...
It filled my head.
It's Jameson.
It means that I'm not dead.

And I just can't seem to get away
There's no such thing as escape,
Even with the sedaives
You're always in the same state,
Clutching to a limbo scene.
You're never changing anything,
You just stop the shaking.
And it's constantly repeated through the days.


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"Trusty Chords" as written by Christopher James Wollard Charles Allen Ragan

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is fucking beautiful. Beautiful.
    MarcusHon October 26, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can really identify with this song.I mean, at least in my interpretation.

    ""you'll get it right.You will."
    I tell myself that everyday.
    "you don't need to latch on to anything.
    you'll just end up back here
    in your little limbo scene."
    it's repititous and exhausting.
    I might need some therapy;
    anything to keep me in check through the day."

    He needs help.Therapy.
    Anything to keep him in check trough the day.

    ""don't think about your lover
    you're already steady shaking."
    I might need a sedative
    But I hate the taste of medicine
    "you just need to let her go"
    These pills shaking in my hand
    Just make me feel defeated
    Like I'm not able to just let her go away"

    It can be either drugs or anti-depressants, but it's a remedy, his way to deal with the pain.And he can't let her lover go away.Whatever the reason, he needs to let her go away, but he can't.He is too fucked up to deal with not having her.And he feels pathetic and defeated because the pills he takes shows that she "wins".He is defeated, alone, broke.She's not, she's ok.

    "I hate this place but I love these chords
    "an empty fate just means an even score"
    And the pain this morning......
    it filled my head
    It's JAMESON.
    It means that I'm not dead."

    An empty fate would be life without trying, only trying to dull the pain.The pain is filling his head, and he's dealing with it with alcohol.He is not dead, he is fighting, trying to kill the pain.He is alive.

    "and I just can't seem to get away
    There's no such thing as escape
    Even with the sedatives
    you're always in the same state
    clutching to a limbo scene
    you're never changing anything
    you just stop the shaking
    and it's constantly repeated through the days. "

    He can't get away of the pain and his life.There's no such thing as escape, or at least he did not found it.Even with the sedatives(anti-depressants,drugs) he keeps in the same state.He is in limbo, never founding salvation, never changing anything, just stopping the shaking(which i interpret as the crisis he have to deal with).
    Ikzon August 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti truly love this song, as i love the whole new record.
    "I hate this place but I love these chords",
    this line itself is so great.
    anyway, there's something i don't understand - probably because i'm from germany - and that is:
    what does JAMESON mean???
    is it a place, a person, a band, or what?
    i really hope you can help me out because it sucks to quote and sing along with words you don't understand.
    rockotronon October 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm pretty sure that "Jameson" is a brand of whiskey
    leftovercrackon March 13, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Jameson" is an Irish whiskey.

    Great song. Kinda wish they would have played it tonight.
    PJCsecondplaceon March 16, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti thought i heard this one when i saw em not too long ago.maybe not?! but this song is so fucking awesome..i love it. and hot water music is one of the best fucking bands in existance. right on
    FallenAngel6on April 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe vocals on this song, and all are just so fuckin immense now...they keep the roughness, but the solid im pact n emtion is unrivaled
    rieveon May 01, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCould someone explain this line to me:

    "an empty fate just means an even score"


    great song, great band, nuff said
    wussyon July 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfucking amazing, heard it on punk-o-rama 8 and went out the next day to buy the album. fucking brilliant.
    Die80sdieon April 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe amazing thing is that they sound better live than on Albumn. I always thought that song was about the future and uncertainty, but at the same time not being totally content with the present. "an empty fate just means an even score" seemed to be that no one knows whats gonna happen and its the same for everyone.
    Neb iqon April 29, 2004   Link

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