"This Song Brought to You by a Falling Bomb" as written by and Geoffrey/keeley Rickly....
Do you hear the jet plane yawning miles across the sky
Do you hear the garbage truck back down the boulevard
Setting off the car alarms as it passes by?
Do you hear the static of one thousand detuned radios?

Shut the window love
Keep the world outside
I don't want to think about any one
But the footsteps are getting louder
Drowning out the sound of the rain
As it knocks on the windowsill

I'm not answering the phone, let it ring
Lately I've been feeling like a falling bomb
The ground is getting closer
And the sky is falling down
This song has been brought to you by
This song has been brought to you by a falling bomb
A falling bomb

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"This Song Brought to You By a Falling Bomb" as written by Geoffrey Rickly Andrew Everding

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    General CommentI take no credit for the interpretation of this song, I found it on a website.

    In this song, singer Geoff Rickly creates a sense of isolation from the world. We get this sense of isolation from the beginning, when we hear only a piano playing. In the first three lines, he notices small things that make him frustrated with the world. He finally breaks, and has had enough. He says "shut the window, love. Keep the world outside," to show that he no longer wants to be associated with the outside world. Soon, he finds out that it is extremely difficult to shut yourself off from the world. He loses unity with himself when he begins to notice the world again, and hears that "the footsteps are getting louder." He emphasizes their intensity by singing this line in a louder voice. This also shows that the footsteps have broken his concentration and that the outside world is pounding away at him - he can no longer even sing in the same manner. He cannot concentrate on anything to keep himself isolated anymore, such as the rain that "knocks on the windowsill." Despite this, he still attempts to stay free and look inward - by not answering the phone. In the following lines, he breaks a second time. The world has kept pounding away at him. He is now to the point of self destruction, as he becomes a "falling bomb." As he gets closer to the ground, closer to self destruction, the sky chases him. The closer that the sky, or the outside world, comes to him, the closer he is to self destruction. In the last lines, he examines himself. He shows us, and himself, that this is not his usual attitude. We knew that this was true from the beginning because the music played during this song is unusual. It is different from the music played in any other song the band has made. He has trouble referring to himself as "a falling bomb." He hesitates, and repeats the line "This song has been brought to you." Even when he does admit this attitude and his feelings to himself, he is still unsure. He whispers almost inaudibly when he says "by a falling bomb" and repeats it in disbelief of the reclusive person he has become.
    poetictragedy5on April 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is beautiful.

    The keyboard driven-ness of this song shows these guys quiet side... and how intense it still is.

    Anyway, I think it's about how he feels like he's spiraling out of control and doesn't want to have any part of the world affect him, but as he's getting closer to people, or the world, or whatever, he's getting closer to hitting bottom, and exploding...
    prayingmantis84on April 08, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think this one, is just how geoff is fed up with the bullshit of the world, eveything in it, and how he wants to just shut it all out and not deal with it, and how if it keeps continuing hes going to explode and not control himself....like a bomb!
    SweetSixSixSixon April 08, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song was awsome live, geoff laying on the floor, screaming acopello
    FiFroxmySOXon April 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commentlast night when i saw them live they played this, and geoff's mic broke, and he just cupped his hands over his mouth and sang as loud as he could and everyone in the crowd was singing as loud as they could too, it was so fucking rad, intense, intimate, iduno how to explain it, everyone was so connected
    xdownsidedxon April 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commentlast night when i saw them play this live geoff's mic broke and he just cupped his hands over his mouth and sang as loud as he could and everyone in the crowd was singing as loud as they could, it was fuckin intense, intimate, such a connection from the band to the crowd viceversa
    xdownsidedxon April 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about geoff being tired of fame and people and just wanting to be alone for awhile.
    this is one of my fav. thursday songs
    xiaticon May 13, 2004   Link
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    General Commentamazing amazing amazing amazing amazingggggggg song, especially live. When I saw them, Geoff was screaming into the mic with so much emotion, it was such an experience, I'm tellin ya....I cried.

    I love Thursday,
    so much.
    Thursdayloveon September 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI have a different take on this. I've always thought it was a made-up point-of-view of a guy in a war-torn place (fitting with the theme of the album), whose lover won't see things as they are. Hence the repeated "do you hear".

    He sees desolation all around him, and wants to make the most of whatever time he's given until another bomb strikes. ("Shut the window, love. Keep the world outside. I don't wanna think about anyone.")

    But his partner doesn't realize the end is nearer and nearer ("footsteps are getting louder"), and it's killing him.
    Adeon October 15, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti dont know if anyone noticed it but when he says "the sky is falling down" the way he sings DOWN its as you would hear it falling past you from the sky....increadble
    SidsAwsomeon October 16, 2004   Link

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