"Make A Sound" as written by and Christopher C./johnson Hughes....
I don't know if we'll make it home
All we can do for now is hope

I don't know if we'll make it home
Water all around could swell and wash us all away
Away
And if we never said I'll be on land again
This will be one last song I will not forget

And if you drown
You won't even make a sound
You'll just swallow water down
At the bottom you'll find out
That it's quiet when you drown

I'm losing track of all the days
Lost inside a life boat
Drifting out with all the waves
The waves
And some will find their way by looking towards the sky
And some will leave their fate up to these ocean tides

And if you drown
You won't even make a sound
You'll just swallow water down
At the bottom you'll find out
That it's quiet when you drown

And when you drown
You'll never even make a sound
And when you drown
You're gonna swallow water down

The water gets so heavy
The water gets so heavy
The water gets so heavy

The water's heavy when you drown
You won't even make a sound
You'll just swallow water down
At the bottom you'll find out
That it's quiet when you drown

You'll never even make a sound
You'll just swallow water down
At the bottom you'll find out
That it's quiet when you drown


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"Make a Sound" as written by Christopher Johnson Christopher Hughes

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    General CommentI think Autopilot Off often talk about topics like religion or faith, but rather then speaking of them directly, they use hidden clues and you have to search for them inside the lyrics. Maybe the band was inspired by Bad Religion a bit, after all, they've done a pretty good cover of Generator :-)

    To me, this song is about life and being surrounded by uncertainty. The motive of ocean is very important here. When you turn the "autopilot off", it's like sailing into great wide open - you don't know what to expect, what to do, where to go. You can be destroyed by waves at any moment, and you'll never have the chance to call for help - because "you won't even make a sound".

    "I'm losing track of all the days
    Lost inside a lifeboat, drifting out with all the waves, the waves!"

    I think this is about living in stereotype. Everyday's the same, repetition's taking over, and you can't escape it, because you have no other choice, as you are alone in the middle of the ocean of your problems.

    Here comes the "faith" part;

    "And some will find their way by looking towards the sky
    And some will leave their fate up to these ocean tides"

    "looking towards the sky" - faith. Religious faith, to be accurate. For many people, it's the universal solution, it gives their life a purpose, a meaning. They need to believe there's someone watching over them, that there's a better place to be, or that better days will come. I'm not against it, though I'm not a believer, I'm agnostic, and I think (and also appreciate) that the songwriter doesn't put himself into a position of some kind of judge, he just states the fact.

    However, there are also people who don't have the will to fight and they rather choose to remain passive and leave their fates up to the circumstances.

    "The water gets so heavy" living under pressure, it's getting worse and you are close to drowning.

    In the end, the message of this song could be that whatever happens, you have to fight against the pressure - you should make a sound, you shouldn't give up, there's no solution in waiting for some "divine intervention" (which is another great song, heh) or giving up to determination, because no one really cares, when you drown. Take control. Or try, at least.
    MatZon December 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"looking towards the sky" - faith. Religious faith, to be accurate. For many people, it's the universal solution, it gives their life a purpose, a meaning. They need to believe there's someone watching over them, that there's a better place to be, or that better days will come. I'm not against it, though I'm not a believer, I'm agnostic, and I think (and also appreciate) that the songwriter doesn't put himself into a position of some kind of judge, he just states the fact.

    However, there are also people who don't have the will to fight and they rather choose to remain passive and leave their fates up to the circumstances.


    This isn't exactly what I'd consider that verse to be. They're sticking with the theme of being lost at sea; and, before the compass was invented, sailors had to rely on the constellations to navigate the oceans. "looking towards the sky" isn't faith, it's a reference to an archaic form of navigation. If you want to get into a subtext of the meaning, I'd go with something along the lines of looking towards the sky requires knowledge and mastery over the stars, which implies that one must know what one is doing.

    So the line "And some will find their way by looking towards the sky" refers to the people at sea who know how to navigate and get back to shore, and the next line "And some will leave their fate up to these ocean tides" refers to people who don't know what to do or how to get back to shore so they do nothing and hope that the waves will carry them home.
    MrPepperson April 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm not exactly sure what thsi song means but im pretty sure that the water just symbolizes problems in life and when they overcome u (and u drown) you die...and no one will know because their your own problems not theirs, hense, you'll never even make a sound.
    jinsengstaon June 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentCorrected First Verse:

    I don't know if we'll make it home
    All we can do for now is hope

    I don't know if we'll make it home
    Water all around could swell and wash us all away, away!
    And if we never set our feet on land again
    This will be one lesson I will not forget
    decafon December 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is awesome
    Gabe_Yon December 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIm so happy to see many comments on Autopilot Off. The band are awesome :-)

    I think jinsengta is close with the meaning of the song, maybe about keeping it all in and not talking to others makes your problems worse. Great band and top song :-)
    robturneyon May 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think these r the correct lyrics for verse 1-

    I don't know if we'll make it home
    All we can do for now is hope

    I don't know if we'll make it home
    Water all around could swell and wash us all away, away!
    And if make a sound, we'll be on land again
    This will be one last time I will not forget
    RuFiO_rUlEs!on June 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentno actually i believe decaf has the correct lyrics

    its a shame this is such an underrated band, i've always been
    curious as to its meaning but regardless its an excellent song
    Event_Horizonon October 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome
    great intro
    AllOnBlack666on May 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRufio, you're way off. No offense. I've listened to the intro 5 times and I still can't see how you got the 3rd line. Last time and lesson could be confused, but lesson makes more sense.

    Great song. And yeah, jin was best on meaning. I agree 125% =P
    PromisesOfFutureon August 30, 2007   Link

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