an i.o.u. tattoo strewn along the finer rips and tears in your heart
and it is there to keep you together while we're all falling apart

my conscience drifts and sleeps in shifts
trading off between my open hands and swinging fists
and this alcohol, my wrecking ball
keeps me talking to the angels buried in these walls
but contrary to counter culture
i don't care if the killing stops or if suffocation claims my lungs

we walk a nightmare line
wide awake and dead at the same time
we walk a nightmare line
wide awake and dead at the same time

this ringing room
has been raped and ruined
completely torn apart
by the few who think that they'll find you
but time and fate, those things i hate
both have their own ways of playing off the winter's weight
and we're both older
and seven snowfalls worth of colder earth has left us reaching

we walk a nightmare line
wide awake and dead at the same time
we walk a nightmare line
wide awake and dead at the same time

the cellar door is coming up, coming up
and we've had time to lock it up, lock it up
i'm feverish
i'm burning up, burning up
i pray to God there's time enough, time enough
you know that i love you
but now i just can't shut you up, shut you up
so no i'll have to chop you up, chop you up
and i'll just wait until i get caught


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    General Commenti think that this mean is about how a guy loves a girl and how hes all crazy because of drinking? i'm not sure. that "an i.o.u. tattoo strewn along the finer rips and tears in your heart
    and it is there to keep you together while we're all falling apart " has something to do with promises?
    drivenon May 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think that this mean is about how a guy loves a girl and how hes all crazy because of drinking? i'm not sure. that "an i.o.u. tattoo strewn along the finer rips and tears in your heart
    and it is there to keep you together while we're all falling apart " has something to do with promises? someone help me out here.
    drivenon May 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commentit is horrid how few post there is about this...it makes me sick. . conor writes beautiful words
    [-ETID-]on December 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is amazing...
    "i don't care if the killing stops or if suffocation claims my lungs"
    ugh...beautiful
    brookelynneon April 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's Connor, not Conor.
    deepwateron August 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOoh misspelled one letter. No need to get your panties in a bunch and waste a comment about it. Damn.
    HowlingMoonon November 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentomg, i love their lyrics! AMAZIG! This song could be about how when he drinks, he becomes someone else, and his mind takes over, like he's insanse or bipolar or something. And he loves this girl, but in the end he's going to kill her. And he's killed before. As well, it seems like he wants to get caught so he can stop (and i'll just wait until i get caught).
    mywordsareweaponson January 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite line in this song is
    "we walk a nightmare line, wide awake and dead at the same time"
    xrediscoveron April 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commentconnor doesnt write these lyrics...its mainly jeff
    bobbywendelon May 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commenteveryone by now knows the whole story of trainwreck...there are references on the album back to the 'ringing room'..so i dont think its got anything to do with the bipolar thing
    bobbywendelon May 31, 2007   Link

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