"The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows" as written by Jesse Lacey and Vincent Accardi....
We saw the western coast.
I saw the hospital.
Nurse the shoreline like a wound.
Reports of lover's tryst.
Were neither clear nor descript.
We kept it safe and slow.
The quiet things that no one ever knows.

Keep the blood in your head and keep your feet on the ground.
Today's the day it gets tired.
Then today's the day we drop down.
Give up my body in bed.
All for an empty hotel.
Wasting words on lowercases and capitals.

I contemplate the day we wed.
Your friends are boring me to death.
Your veil is ruined in the rain.
By then you like to do without.
There's nothing new to talk about.
And though our kids are blessed,
the parents let them shoulder all the blame.

Keep the blood in your head and keep your feet on the ground.
Today's the day it gets tired.
Today's the day we drop down.
Give up my body in bed.
All for an empty hotel.
Wasting words on lowercases and capitals.

I lie for only you.
And I lie well.
Halleluh.

Keep the blood in your head and keep your feet on the ground.
Today's the day it gets tired.
Today's the day we drop down.
Give up my body in bed.
All for an empty hotel.
Wasting words on lowercases and capitals


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"The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows" as written by Jesse Lacey, Vincent Accardi

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  • +5
    My InterpretationI think alot of people are over analysing this.

    It's mostly self explanatory i think. I think it's about the things you think but never say. For example, that you think getting married will be crap and won't last.

    The chorus is weird to understand though. For some reason it makes me think of The Shining.

    A guy who gives up pretty much his life and his possessions (body and bed) for an empty hotel. Spends most of his time sitting at his typewriter (wasting words on lower cases and capitals) and goes insane (doesn't keep the blood in his head or his feet on the ground).

    Just my thoughts.
    ICannotTellALieon March 15, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commentemericanskater: sure.

    the very title of the song implies that it has to do with an event that should be kept secret.

    the first verse discusses an illicit encounter between two lovers, and is addressed to the woman with whom the man is having an affair. the word 'tryst' usually connotes a secretive meeting between lovers, and the lines following it 'neither clear nor descript,' 'kept it safe and slow,' 'no one ever knows' show that the two lovers tried desperately to hide this meeting.

    the second verse is addressed to the man's wife, and it describes a bleak wedding, implying that the marriage of the two was doomed from the start, leading him to seek satisfaction with another woman--the one involved in the tryst of the first verse. as for the line about children, parents about to divorce often make it a point to tell their children that the breakup is not their fault; this line makes reference to that commonly heard phrase by inverting it, saying that the couple are so confused about this sudden breakup that they desperately need a scapegoat, illustrating what a mess this affair has caused.

    the chorus is about the affair being discovered. 'keep the blood in your head and keep your feet on the ground' is a plea for all parties involved to stay calm. the next two lines explain that he has grown tired of the marriage and so sought affection elsewhere. however, in the aftermath of his wife finding out, he begins to regret his decision. 'my body in bed' refers not to his own body, but to his wife's; 'all for an empty hotel' reveals that he has been kicked out of the house and is now sleeping alone. the final line, 'wasting words on lowercases and capitals,' implies that he's writing a letter of some kind, but can't find the right words to express his feelings. perhaps this is an apology, or perhaps being found out has driven him to suicide.

    the final refrain, 'i lie for only you' is addressed once more to the woman with whom he had been having the affair. 'i lie well' and the half-mumbled 'hallelujah' sarcastically note that he wasn't as good a liar as he believed he was, and his life has been thrown into turmoil because of it.
    rbon May 17, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's my own humble opinion that this song is about a couple choosing to have as secret abortion rather than go through what would ultimately be a "shotgun wedding" due to their families collective religious beliefs. Their trip to a place without parental consent requirements for abortion (California) is detailed in verse one; the imagined life of the couple if the child was born is detailed in the second verse. The bridge consists of our protagonist's ruminations, doubts, and ultimately assuaged guilt over the action. Any takers on my wild idea?
    JoseApplesauceon December 17, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentif brand new was a person i'd marry them.
    or wish to atleast.
    what's up Deja Entendu is the best album ever
    pinkpanicon June 10, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"The song's a little bit about regret. How there can be problems in a relationship and they get ignored. And how that often ends up as a broken home or some kind of bad situation down the road. It's kind of something that if it wasn't overlooked in the first place, you can kind of get through it."

    thats what jesse had to say about the meaning of the song. it is one of my favorites on the new cd.
    luckyduck70x7on June 22, 2003   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretationonce again this song is about being in a relationship because of comfort and not love...

    We (as humans)a lot of the time tend to stay in relationships b/c of convience not b/c we want too...
    thats what this song is about... Im not saying he didnt love her...but everything got way to comfortable to quick... now he's stuck..

    WJon February 05, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThis song is about a couple. The guy got his girlfriend pregnant and they feel that they have to get married. "And though our kids are blessed, the parents let them shoulder all the blame"
    The kids would be the reason why the couple got married in the first place. They're almost forced to get married. She's in the hospital, getting an abortion. So now they have to lie to both of their parents as to why they broke up. The relationship wasn't going well, so they had to end it. But because she got pregnant, they would be tied together. Which is why she had the abortion. When he sings "I lie for only you
    and I lie well", he's saying how now they have to lie to the parents.

    My english teacher told my class the meaning today. There's no way I'd come up with this on my own.
    oxstinaon May 05, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI like seeing the meanings people have put up but I had sort of a different interpretation. To me it never actually had to do with a marriage, he only is thinking of the future "I contemplate the day we wed." I thought it was just the fact that although he knew they were not going to work out, he continues to tell her what she wants to hear to keep her happy because he truly does love her "I lie for only you, and I lie well." And instead of hurting her now and telling her he doesn't see them ever making it happily in the future he is just going to wait for the day when they fall apart "If today's the day it gets tired, today's the day we drop out." And I always wondered what the "wasting words on lower cases and capitals" was all about...but I think it may actually have to do with actually writing the song. He writes down his feelings with lower cases and capitals but he feels he's wasting the words because he's not actually telling the girl he loves his true feelings.
    buffychika7on July 25, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThis song is about how people often miss the little signs that their relationship is not going to work. The song continues to point out the differences between the two people. Examples... Instead of just seeing the western coast (which is a sign of something beautiful and positive), he also sees the hospital (a negative symbol.) As he looks back he is realizing he never was happy. Then he says the reports of lovers tryst we neither clear nor descript meaning, the signs that they were going to have conflict were not obvious early on so they just kept with the relationship ignoring the "quiet things that no one ever knows."

    The song continues to point out things that they didn't notice before. The rain on their wedding day for instance. They didn't think of it at the time but maybe now it was symbolic. A negative symbol.

    They talk about kids shouldering the blame. I think this is just the family being more of a house than a home as a result of the parents lying to themselves about their relationship. Hence the line "I lie for only you. And I lie well." Basically saying, both parents lie to themselves as to how bad things have gotten.
    Sargeyon December 04, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe lyrics as they appear in the cd...

    We saw the western coast
    I saw the hospitals
    And nursed the shoreline like a wound
    Reports of lovers trysts
    were neither clear nor descript
    We kept it safe and slow
    the quiet things that no one ever knows

    So keep the blood in your head
    And keep your feet on the ground
    If todays the day it gets tired
    then today's the day we drop out
    Gave up my body and bed
    all for an empty hotel
    Wasting my words on lower cases and capitals.

    I contemplate the day we wed
    your friends are boring me to death
    your veil is ruined in the rain
    By then it's you I can do you without
    Theres nothing new to talk about
    And though our kids are blessed
    Their parents let them shoulder all the blame

    I lie for only you. And I lie well....halleujah
    NFGPunkPrincesson June 22, 2003   Link

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