waltz around the room with a glaze in your stare. In your tuxedo suit.
I will give it a name. Lower you defenses. Lower you casket. Open the door
and open your grave. Murder. Now you're doing the waltz with your murder.
Mediocrity is the Killer. You find yourself helpless. Christ is not a fasion, fleeting away.
Fasion. He laid emralds in her eyes but I'd already tried a bracelet made of gold and
scarlet thread around her wrist. Everything was wrong, so we sang sentimental songs. "oh
how seldom we belong, but how elegant our kiss!" We painted crooked lines, but we danced in
perfect time to a love so much refined we know not what it is until like a dullen wine we
pour into a grief we'd know before, but never quite like this. All I know now is regret,
it follows like a sillouete along the cobblestone behind me, but has nothing much to say
except to innocently ask, its voice delicate as glass "do you see me when we pass?"
but I continue on my way.


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  • +2
    General Commentthe title should actually be be 'laid to waste' not 'laid to rest'
    TwEaKRon September 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou all are clearly reading too much into it.

    Lower your defense, lower your casket.
    Well, it says that mediocrity is the killer, so if you lower you defense and become mediocre (in life in general), you are soon to die.
    Doing the waltz with your murderer means that you enjoy being mediocre.

    The song takes a change of pace and continues on about a relationship.
    I believe that the first and second part of the song is completely irrelevant to each other, but it's just how I perceive the song.
    cegoodmanon April 28, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIm glad they brought in the mewithoutyou singer for this song, his lyrics are so amazing as is all norma jean and mewithoutyou lyrics. But no matter what mood im in, i can listen to this song and get so compltely lost in it that whatever i was worrying about compltely fades away. I hope norma jean will be comming to colorado soon...
    notxwithxthexskyon September 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsad news: Norma Jean is breaking up.
    coolhandlukeon September 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno way, where did you hear that, norma jean in the one band that i havnt seen and want to see, they better atleast stay arround for a little while.
    notxwithxthexskyon September 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah i guess thier singer and bass guy quit after they "spoke with god" or something. Well i hope some new awesome bands are born out of this break up.
    notxwithxthexskyon September 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthey arn't breaking up, they just had a line up change
    PhantasmPon September 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnorma jean is one of the best live shows ive ever seen. these guys actually introduced me to hardcore
    xhopesfallenxon September 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnorma jean is not breaking up. . .josh and doolittle left the band (josh got married, i don't know what doolittle's excuse was :-) the rest of them are taking some time off to look up some full time replacements. . .norma jean will be around again
    octus_falureon September 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe band is strong as ever, they are currently getting new members so it should be all good!!!!
    TheGeneralSchtanon October 07, 2002   Link

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