"Hold On Tightly, Let Go Lightly" as written by and Suzanne Vega....
When you're left with only a bullet, I'll bring the trigger and a promise to pull it.
I'll be the end of everyone who's ever entered your life and taken pieces out of it.
I'll give you enough time to regain your composure
To reconstruct a heart that's torn apart from over-exposure.
I know forever isn't long enough to forget the faces and places that played out your tragedy.
Our memory defeats us all.

I've touched the stagnant water and muddy walls of the trench where you've been sleeping,
And there's nothing there worth keeping or believing.
So, on the eve of the attack, we'll finger-trace the targets on their backs and open fire.
Just hold on until they're gone.
So, with this kiss, I promise to never forget what you did for me.
I felt the sun on my face for the first time, and tasted blood on my tongue for the last.


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"Hold on Tightly, Let Go Lightly" as written by Suzanne Vega

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    General Commenti'm probably off on this, but i think that the guy thinks he screwed up the girl's life. if she only has a bullet left, you can only shoot 1 person (unless you're some really good sniper or something) and yeah that's it.. i think.. i hope.. yeah. toodles.
    lonely_liveron April 11, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyea i agree, he knows hes the reason she is miserable and he doesnt think she deserves it anymore. and this is hypothetically speaking but he loved her enough to let her kill him so he can die to end her suffering....
    SealedFateon April 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSex music.
    DirtyPoonanion May 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is the only good and meaningful song on their CD, the rest of their songs just fly by hurriedly. I love the lyrics of this one. It reminds me a little of something written by Brand New. Sex music? Not really, maybe angsting music. :)
    skatelikecrazyon June 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the most romantic songs ever written, IMHO. What he is basically saying is he wants to go out, with his lover, and enact revenge on all of the people in her life that caused her pain. Let me elaborate...

    ...When you're left with only a bullet, I'll bring the trigger and a promise to pull it...I'll be the end of everyone who's ever entered your life and taken pieces out of it.....

    His lover has been hurt and has been consumed by the pain in her life, and he intends to provide the antidote to her pain

    ...I'll give you enough time to regain your composure... to reconstruct a heart that's torn apart from over-exposure...

    He's being gentle with her, calmy reassuring her that she's going to be okay, allowing her to mend her heart a bit before they go to do the "deed"

    ...I know forever isn't long enough to forget the faces and places that played out your tragedy...

    This girl has been hurt SOOOO bad by people in her life, and he is aware that even the act of blowing them all away will not make up for the horrors they have inflicted upon her

    ...Our memory defeats us all.
    I've touched the stagnant water and muddy walls of the trench where you've been sleeping, and there's nothing there worth keeping or believing...

    He has seen what this has done to her, and wants to assure her that she needs to let go of this pain and misery and move on (nothing left worth keeping or believing)

    ...So, on the eve of the attack, we'll finger-trace the targets on their backs and open fire.
    Just hold on until they're gone...

    He is saying that, when the time comes, he will stand by her side, hunting down those who did her wrong, and revel in the moment of blowing them away with a high powered handgun with her

    ...So, with this kiss, I promise to never forget what you did for me.
    I felt the sun on my face for the first time, and tasted blood on my tongue for the last...

    To me, these lines reassure the listener that the author is not just some psychopath who likes to kill people, but someone who truly loves this person. For the first time he feels like he has done something so special for someone, and this is the last time he will ever do it, it was all for her...
    eschatonikon June 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song, to me, reminds me of a good friend of mine stef. I really like her a lot and she just broke up with one of my best friends. this part is wut reminds me of her:
    When youre left with only a bullet, Ill bring a trigger and i promise to pull it
    Ill be the end of everyone whos ever entered your life, and taken pieces out of it.
    I'll give you enough time to regain your composure,to reconstruct a heart thats torn apart from overexposure
    I know forever isnt long enough to forget the faces and the places that played out your tragedy
    nowhereclose412on June 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentanytime music. I lean more towards gangster rap, techno, or reggae for good sex music. But this song is amazing, i don't really liek their other songs.. but this ones not bad <3<3
    LulusXeon October 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI dunno.. i think its more like he's angry with this girl because she wronged him doing something involved with other people. and SHE feels bad and wants to end it- but he says he'd rather do it for her.
    StayUntilWednesdayon November 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's about someone who loves another person, let's say a guy to a girl to make it easier...break down:
    When you're left with only a bullet, I'll bring the trigger and a promise to pull it.
    I'll be the end of everyone who's ever entered your life and taken pieces out of it.
    ~~Everything is breaking in her life and he'll be the thing to make it come back together, like the trigger to her gun and in another sense he'll do what a gun is supposed to do and destroy her pain and all of the people who cause it or make her forget it~~
    I'll give you enough time to regain your composure... to reconstruct a heart that's torn apart from over-exposure.
    I know forever isn't long enough to forget the faces and places that played out your tragedy.
    ~~He knows it's a lot of pain for her to just drop so he's going to step back and let her ease back into having love in her life and while he knows that forever may not be long enough to forget everything everyone has ever done to her he hopes she'll not hold on to those pains and not allow him to show her real love because he knows he can~~
    Our memory defeats us all.
    I've touched the stagnant water and muddy walls of the trench where you've been sleeping, and there's nothing there worth keeping or believing.
    ~~Her memory is what is keeping her from letting him in...she's holding on to her past and in that, not allowing him in. Stagnant water will make you sick and mud's just nasty and a trench is usually associated with loneyness and just being unwanted and that's where she's been and he doesn't want her to hold on to that. He wants her to let go of it and see him as a new prospect because "there's nothing there worth keeping..."~~
    So, on the eve of the attack, we'll finger-trace the targets on their backs and open fire.
    Just hold on until they're gone.
    ~~He's going to be with her no matter what even if he has to make her past go away. In a metaphoric sense of course...anyway, he's using a "battle" type scene to emphasize his point because a battle is the most outright way to destroy something bad. They're going to hold on to each other until it's better for her (that's the only part i'm unclear about)~~
    So, with this kiss, I promise to never forget what you did for me.
    I felt the sun on my face for the first time, and tasted blood on my tongue for the last.
    ~~In helping her, he helped himself forget the pain of his past. it's used to show how they weren't meant for each other. The sun represents hope and new life and it's a first for him while the blood represents the pain and despair of his past. They've created a new beginning for each other. This song can be used for friendship or a lover or anything. That's why I love it so much. I'm going to see them the day after thanksgiving with Emery (another great band) yay! Hope this helped..feel free to disagree...i like it better when that happens
    optifreeon November 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhoops...in the last part of that I screwed up....."show how they weren't meant for each..." is meant to be "to show how they WERE meant for each other" sorry!
    optifreeon November 17, 2004   Link

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