So far from me stands a man known as disease.
He's shaking all the hands of the people that he meets
and

Now you just don't see me anymore.
Now I've been losing everything.
You just don't see me anymore.
I'll say goodbye.

Since you left she's a mess.
She regrets all the things that she
could have said but... we fall asleep,
Never think about anything.
We wake to the sound of
a phone as it hits the ground and now.

You just don't see me anymore.
Now I've been losing everything.
You just don't see me anymore.
I'll say goodbye.

and Oh at the wake, at the wake,
I will turn to see a face. just a face, just a face,
so surrounded by a name. what a name, what a name,
and you never want to change. what you gave, what you gave,
never want to let go.

So surround me, I need anything
and you you're everything I want to live like
I did before all this hit. to sleep in your arms, to think,
we'll never fall apart.

and oh. you know it's, you know it's such a drag
to live your life for a heart attack. to never get
a second chance to say goodbye, so say goodbye
I'll never get to try.

You just don't see me anymore.
now I've been losing everything.
You just don't see me anymore.
I'll say goodbye.


Lyrics submitted by Staywhatyouare, edited by Paperflowers12

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    General Commentthis is my favorite format song the piano is amazng rock on local bands from az
    Staywhatyouareon March 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI'm going to do a little "Song-Dissection" for this one, because theres so many good parts to it.

    "So far from me stands a man known as disease, he's shaking all the hands of the people that he meets."
    This to me means that the girl thinks theres something wrong with this guy, the "disease", but since he's obviously shaking everybodys hand theres nothing truely wrong with him.

    "Now you just don't see me anymore, Now I've been losing everything, You just don't see me anymore, I'll say goodbye." This to me is the girl saying how the guy kind of sees how shes treating him and he doesn't watn to be with her anymore, and she's now seeing what shes missing and she's losing everything now, and that she'll have to say goodbye.

    "Since you left she's a mess, she regrets all the things that seh could have said but...we fall asleep never think about anything, we wake to the sound of a phone as it hits the ground." This to me is her explaining whats wrong, that shes a mess now because he broke up with her and she regrets everything she said to him or wanted to, but she remember how they fell asleep and they kind of took what they had for granted because they never "think about anything", and the "We wake to the sound of the phone as it hits the ground" is kind of a metaphor for kind of a sudden rude awakening, as we all know that is, that they weren't together anymore and things fell apart.

    "And oh at the wake, at the wake I will turn to see your face, just a face just a face so surrounded by a name, what a name, what a name and you never want to change what you gave, what you gave, never want to let go." This is the girls emotions. the "wake" kind of symbolic for the uncomfortable, sad, depressing feelings when she sees him around, and she looks and sees him, and she says how its just a face, but that face is surrounded by a "name", and what a name that is, because of what she had felt for him, and then she says how she never wants to let him go.

    "So surround me, I need anything and you, you're everything. I watn to live like I did before all this hit, to sleep in your arms, to think we'll never fall apart." This to me is her plea for him to come back to her, because she needs someone and to her, he's her world. She wants to live in ignorance again like it was before the whole messy breakup happened.

    "You know its such a drag to live your life for a heart attack, to never get a second chance to say goodbye" This shows that shes saying how much it hurts. I don't interpret this song as an actual heart attack, I see it as more of a heart break, and she says how she'll never get a second chance to say goodbye and make ammends.
    Sorry this became so long, but I hope its a good, thorough and accurate!
    opivy7898on May 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWell done opivy7898!
    duritanon May 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSo far from me stands a man known as disease, he's shaking all the hands of the people that he meets."
    If disease is shaking hands, that means he's spreading. get it?
    fall out taraon October 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about someone's father dying. Hence the term "wake". Also, a girlfriend is lost.

    "so far from me stands a man known as disease. he's shaking all the hands of the people that he meets"
    - ah, yes. The first part of the song - yet it means a lot and sets the mood. the setting's at a funeral and the 'man' is the preacher-minister-dude. he is known as 'disease' because he's always around when there's death. He tries to comfort by shaking hands but it doesn't shake off the fact that there's death around them.

    "since you left she's a mess. she regrets all the things that she could have said but... we fall asleep, never think about anything. we wake to the sound of a phone as it hits the ground"
    - his father dead, the mum's a grieving mess. The sound of the phone dropping is probably from the hospital saying that his father had died and the shock of it.

    "and oh at the wake, at the wake, i will turn to see a face. just a face, just a face, so surrounded by a name. what a name, what a name, and you never want to change. what you gave, what you gave, never want to let go"
    - is the sole simplicity of the pain of someone very close to you dying and the deadness in you at the funeral - looking at everyone's face and thinking it's just a face that corresponds with a name.

    "i want to live like i did before all this hit. to sleep in your arms, to think, we'll never fall apart"
    - now this part is about a girl that he also lost about the same time. It's like two heartbreaks in one, ya'know?

    "know its such a drag to live your life for a heart attack. to never get a second chance to say goodbye, so say goodbye ill never get to try"
    - heart attack = death. Maybe it was unexpected, 'cause he never got a second chance to say goodbye [to the girl and his father]

    "now ive been losing everything. you just dont see me anymore. ill say goodbye"
    - he's been losing everything that he thought would be there for him. he feels since they're gone, that no one will be there anymore. He wants to say goodbye to them so the pain of losing them will go away.

    Okay, yeah. Just wanted to put my own two-cent analysis in.

    btw, I love this song to bits.

    xx
    SheenaIsAPunkRockeron October 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about the death of a father, sort of like on your porch

    also about a break-up, where, the girl left the guy for someone else, the guy realizing he lost everything(his mom went bonkers,dad died, girl left him), is considering moving away and letting the girl be happy, but the girl, after realizing what she lost, pleads for him back, but its too late
    Wakeupitsoveron March 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentnewer version of the "piano song"
    Muzikboion June 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI see this song as being about him losing his father and then feeling like because of his mourning he's grown distant from his girlfriend and doesn't think that she understands what's happening to him and she wants to leave because he's not really there anymore. But, he's saying, "You don't get it. I've lost so much." And then there's the verse about, "I want to live like we did before all this hit: to sleep in your arms, to think we'll never fall apart." Basically, the death of his father also triggered the deterioration of his relationship with this girl.
    brokenrecordson September 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOkay I'm gonna dissect this song as well. My opinion is kind of a strange one on this, but anyways here goes....

    so far from me stands a man known as disease. he's shaking all the hands of the people that he meets.
    -this i think is referring to the priest who u shake hands with at a wake-hes a disease because everyone who's touched his hand has lost someone-


    "Now you just don't see me anymore, Well I've been losing everything, You just don't see me anymore, I'll say goodbye."
    -I think this is reverting to a romance of the person whos singin it (the guy) talking about not seeing the girl and now hes loosing everything because they broke up-
    "since you left she's a mess. she regrets all the things that she could have said but... we fall asleep, never think about anything. we wake to the sound of a phone as it hits the ground"
    -okay, now its from a different perspective...now 'you' is referring to the main guy. i think it means since he left, shes a mess and really messed up over their breakup and she is wishing she said all this stuff yet she didnt. then its saying we taake stuff for granted as we fall asleep and never think about love when it happens. then when it says 'we wake to the sound of the phone as it hits the ground' i think it means that the girlfriend is calling him saying she needs him and shes hurt and she needs him to pick him up b/c shes physically hurt-
    -chorus again i think this means the same thing as the first time-
    "and oh at the wake, at the wake, i will turn to see a face. just a face, just a face, so surrounded by a name. what a name, what a name, and you never want to change. what you gave, what you gave, never want to let go"
    -i think its reverting back to the wake and just reflecting upon the person that died and how everyone just seems to have a name and what everyone is saying means nothing and that now people are starting to realize after this death that they 'never want to change' and how they 'never want to let go'

    -this piano solo right here i always think that he picks up the girl from where she is and takes her to the hospital and hes talking to the nurse and the nurse is saying she died-

    "so surround me I need everything you're everything i want to live like i did before all this hit. to sleep in your arms, to think, we'll never fall apart"
    -i think this is when he goes up to her grave and is saying he needs her because she was his everything and he wants to live like he did before his x girlfriend died and hes reflecting upon how they slept in eachothers arms and how they can never be together OR fall apart again because she's dead-
    "you know its such a drag to live your life for a heart attack. to never get a second chance to say goodbye, so say goodbye ill never get to try"
    -I think that somehow she died from a heartattack and he never got to say goodbye to her properly because they werent together when she died and he still loved her-
    i love this song...x3
    KoNsTanTinEcAb35678on September 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's obvious his father was an influence for this song but I'm all for personal interpretations, makes songs more special.
    mashwon January 14, 2006   Link

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