i've got a gun in my hand but that gun won't cock
my finger's on the trigger but that trigger seems locked
and i can't stop staring at the tick tock clock
and even if i could i would never give up
with a vest on my chest and a bullet in my lung
i can't believe i'm dying with my song unsung
so if and when i die won't you bury me alone?
because i'll never get to heaven if i'm singing this song:

if there was something wrong would you be oh so strong?
would you do what it takes to move this hollow life along?
i'd like to think i would, you know i'd like to think i would
but i guarantee that what you see is not reality
and every time i make a point she makes a counterpoint
she said it's easy but in the end you'll have no choice
and you know that's only just the way it goes
(you said it right man, that is just the way it goes)
and the days, and the days they seem like forever
and the days, and the days they seem like forever
but forever isn't ever enough
i'd like to sing a song (please swear you won't be long)
i'll try not to be long but i don't want to get this story wrong
there was a kid who never cared about the little things
don't even bother because i'm tired and i'm sick of it
and every time she makes a point i'll make a counterpoint
she said it's easy but in the end you'll have no choice
and you know that's only just the way it goes
(you said it right man, that is just the way it goes)

i've got a gun in my hand but that gun won't cock
my finger's on the trigger but that trigger seems locked
and i can't stop staring at the tick tock clock
and even if i could i would never give up
with a vest on my chest and a bullet in my lung
i can't believe i'm dying with my song unsung
so if and when i die won't you bury me alone?
because i'll never get to heaven if i'm singing this song:

oh, you don't know where i've been
oh, you don't know what i've seen

if i did something right
would you give up this fight?
would you say you were wrong and maybe someone else was kind of right
i'd like to think you would
you know i'd like to think you would
but i can't guarantee that what you get is an apology
jump back to the day we met
i never thought that it would end this way
if ever i let you down i want to ask of you
to take it down a notch and we can talk it on through

and the days, and the days they seem like forever
and the days, and the days they seem like forever
but forever isn't ever enough
i'd like to sing a song (please swear you won't be long)
i'll try not to be long but i don't want to get this story wrong
there was a kid who never cared about the little things
don't even bother because i'm tired and i'm sick of it
and every time she makes a point i'll make a counterpoint
she said it's easy but in the end you'll have no choice
and you know that's only just the way it goes
(you said it right man, that is just the way it goes)

i've got a gun in my hand but that gun won't cock
my finger's on the trigger but that trigger seems locked
and i can't stop staring at the tick tock clock
and even if i could i would never give up
with a vest on my chest and a bullet in my lung
i can't believe i'm dying with my song unsung
so if and when i die won't you bury me alone?
because i'll never get to heaven if i'm singing this song:

oh, you don't know where i've been
oh, you don't know what i've seen

so tell me friend: how's it going to end?
when the shit goes down and there's no one left around to get your back
you'll crack
you'll smile and agree with everything they say
they'll try to tell you that it's all okay
but it's not and you're shot and you're bleeding pretty bad
and you can't stop thinking about the things you never had
like a wife and a kid and the things you never did
you're running around
you're living a life that's empty in the end, my friend
oh, you'll take back all you've said
oh, when the regrets fill your head
trust me i've been there before
i would not wish it upon my greatest enemy
what irony
once friends, but i find: you'll have to learn this lesson on your own

so i waited by the phone but that phone never rang
and i sang so loud so i wouldn't hear the bang
when the bang never came and i never got the call: fuck it! thank you! i love you all!
some are going to say that we're doomed to repeat
all our past mistakes
great
but that's not me
and even if it was i would always disagree
because in the end i always get the better of me

i've got a gun in my hand but that gun won't cock
my finger's on the trigger but that trigger seems locked
and i can't stop staring at the tick tock clock
and even if i could i would never give up
with a vest on my chest and a bullet in my lung
i can't believe i'm dying with my song unsung
so if and when i die won't you bury me alone?
because i'll never get to heaven if i'm singing this song:

Oh, I'll take you where I've been
Oh, I'll show you what I've seen



Lyrics submitted by SlapsterMcFlash


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  • +2
    My Interpretation:Here's what I think the lyrics mean:
    In the beginning, you are swayed to think that he is the one wanting to commit suicide, but is having trouble doing so, as the gun won't move or fire in his hand. He talks about how his female friend is trying to talk him out of it, but he can always argue a counter-argument (she makes a point, I make a counterpoint). He finds life hollow and unforgiving. But as you progress in the song, the subject is changed from "I" to "you" as if he is talking to someone. In the second chorus verse, he says "there was a CHICK" instead of "there was a KID". As "kid", he was speaking of himself, but using "chick" he is talking to his friend. She must have been thinking of committing suicide, which changes almost all of the song lyrics to a whole new meaning (WOAH, MY MIND=BLOWN). When he says, she makes a point, I make a counterpoint the next time, it means she is trying to point out how life sucks, but he counterpoint the opposite. He says that he's been there before, which means he was TELLING her the story of how he was going to commit suicide, not telling us at the beginning of the song. About the phone never ringing, that's the end of his story, saying how he never did kill himself in the end. And at the VERY end, where he changes and says. "I'll take you where I've been, I'll show you what I've seen", he's talking about showing her all the places he wants her to see if she decides not to kill herself.

    WOAH, that was a lot of typing!
    iloveawesoon August 28, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Streetlight Manifesto is my fav band ever and this song is great..
    THC Havocon June 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song is almost like Keaseby Nights 2, and it becomes quite appparent if you listen to the two back to back. It makes sense, too, since Streetlight Manifesto has more original Catch 22 members than Catch 22 does now, including the singer/songwriter of Keaseby Nights itself. Point / Counterpoint is one of the greatest ska songs ever recorded, in my opinion.
    mouse_clickeron April 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:WHY DIDNT THEY PLAY THIS LIVE WHEN I DROVE 11 HOURS TO SEE THEM
    cincy_punkon April 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I am glad I am not the only one who noticed this is a lot like Keasbey Nights...both are great songs though
    rockorageron April 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I reckon this song's intended to be like keasbey nights, cuz it's continuing the story from keasbey nights -when they call for me ill be sittin at my desk etc etc......so i waited by the phone but that phone never rang
    and i sang so loud so i wouldn't hear the bang
    when the bang never came and i never got the call: fuck it! thank you! i love you all!

    most of the song is about what's going through his mind before hand, and how he's never going to have a family and is going to die alone, but eventually he realises his 'killers' arent actually going to come and he's ecstatic he gets another chance at life and show others what he's done wrong
    JayC1on June 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:hey everyone...i recently heard that streetlight is coming out with a new album, and guess what its called...if you havent guessed yet its Keasby Nights 2. now i dont know if this is concrete but thast what i heard... and yeah i noticed that too.
    tomscahillIVon October 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Yes, they are coming out with a Keasbly Nights 2. It should be out January 2005.
    poiboyon October 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Sigh... it's not called Keasbey Nights 2. Stop relying on rumors, people.
    streetlightmanifesto.com
    stevenlelandon November 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i went to the website, the album has the same song, all amazing songs, but probably not worth buying
    connordontheriseon December 17, 2004   Link

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