"Transcontinental" as written by and David Shannon Bazan....
Engine severs lower legs
Feel my bruised heart beating
Spinal cord remains intact
Still sending and receiving

Laying back on shoulder blades
Cargo rushing past
Missing limbs beneath the cars
Twitching on the tracks

Click clack now handicapped
North am transcontinental
I remember as I bleed
Certain tales of bravery

A man who's legs were trapped beneath
A fallen evergreen tree
He decided he would chop them off above the knee
To sacrifice his shins and feet to set his torso free

The luxury of having been spared the hard part
You'd think would be enough for me to pull this off
But I'm left to bleed to death
Now all the man I've ever been

North am transcontinental


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"Transcontinental" as written by David Shannon Bazan

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    General CommentI think this song expresses the singer's feelings of inferiority, and that he has no desire to live. Even though he knows he could live if he wanted to, he decides he would rather just lay on the railroad tracks and bleed to death.
    Sepulchraveon May 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy aren't there more comments on this song? Seriously, these are some of my favorite Bazan lyrics ever, they're so perverse. David has said that they were all written from that first line. The song seems to pretty much be about a man's revelation about the way he has led his life framed by extremely strange circumstances. I love it.
    afrostratrockon October 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe said at a show that this song just started when the phrase "engine severs lower legs" popped into his head so he just wrote a song from there... no real deep meaning just a great song
    imoveritfoshoon October 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"click-clack, now handicapped", it sounds funny and yet is very serious
    harmon April 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI never thought pedro the lion was so sadistic until I actually listened to the lyrics...very eerie..has a sort of elliott smith feel about it, depressing yet beautiful lyrics.
    Heather200408on March 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song means a lot to me. For me, it's about this feeling of almost insisting to succumb to weakness. It's this shame in feeling that you know you could actually go out and live your life but something deep inside wont let you.

    He compares himself to other people with enough will and passion to live, and for that he feels pathetic. You know how it is; you read stories of extraordinary circumstances, self-sacrifice, and triumph over despair. This is the 'hard part,' which is accepting the pain and struggle.

    I know how this feels. You feel like your life issues could not compare to those of other, stronger people. The feelings of inadequacy and personal failure are so profound. I think this song is a beautiful rendering of these feelings. It brings tears to my eyes...
    Envelopeson September 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove the song, this one and the Fleecing are my favorites from Achilles Heel.

    I agree with the general sense of Envelopes' interpretation, but I think there is a religious metaphor in the sacrifice of one's body parts. The "certain tales of bravery" the narrator recalls are about Jesus sacrificing his own life to save the world. The narrator has been "spared the hard part" - he doesn't have to willingly sacrifice anything of his own. All he has to do is live by Jesus' message. But this proves hard for him to do, and he feels inadequate for failing at such a comparatively simple task.
    Rossmcdon November 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"The luxury of having been
    Spared the hard part
    You'd think would be enough
    For me to pull this off"

    He didn't have to saw his own legs off to save himself, but he still doesn't save himself. Genius.
    icouldseethedudeon December 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOur English teacher showed us this song today...it's a bit frightening. "But I'm left to bleed to death, now all the man I've ever been"... That says that whoever the narrator is, he has always been that way, too weak to try to go on...the way he acts now as he lies there dying shows just what kind of a person he has been his entire life. It's sad, really. Not just the song, but the person.
    k.a.m.u.r.i.on February 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love how it's sort of a sad song, but the lightness of the music kinda gives it a wierd effect.
    fewerbrokenpieceson February 24, 2008   Link

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