"If You Can't Leave It Be Might As Well Make It Bleed" as written by and Christopher Andrew Carrabba....
What you found sure upset you,
Never saw it coming did you?
It's easy to be surprised
With both your eyes sewn closed.

Handled with great precision,
Another faultless execution,
You're the subject of this exhibition,
A willing cadaver, a willing cadaver.

Scalpled, sutured, made whole again.

These cuts are leaving creases.
Trace the scars, to fit the pieces,
To tell your story, you don't need to say a word.

So call off the cavalry,
You can't save a wretch like me.
Clean this with kerosene,
If you can't leave it be, might as well make it bleed.

Scalpled, sutured, make whole again.

You're wires are frayed, can't fire right,
You look better when out of sight,
You were not made to stand and fight,
There's something better wrong with you.

You're pulse is anemic, you're tired of the fire,
You're bruising too easy, and falling behind,
And no one is waiting for you,
And no one is waiting for you.

So call off the quarantine,
You can't save the rest from me.
Clean this with kerosene,
If you can't leave it be might as well make it bleed.

Scalpled, sutured, made whole again.

You're wires are frayed, can't fire right,
You look better when out of sight,
You were not made to stand and fight,
There's something better wrong with you.

And no one is waiting for you.
And no one is waiting for you.

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"If You Can't Leave It Be, Might as Well Make It Bleed" as written by Christopher Andrew Carrabba

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    General CommentNow if this isn't a Dashboard song title, I don't know what is....
    leewee454on July 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song a lot...but I don't think it is about cutting yourself. I mean, it very well could be, but I think that Chris is referring to just letting the emotions flow and letting the heart "bleed". You know? And he's basically saying, "Well...if you can't forget about the pain or ignore it, might as well let it all flow..." That's just my opinion on it.
    ¡~music=life~!on December 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti just take the title as something that is so far gone its just better to get rid of it all together

    like its not getting better and you cant leave it be so just make it bleed and get it over with
    punkkid6312on June 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYou guys are funny, this song is DEFINITELY not about cutting. That's friggin rediculous. It's about heartbreak.
    AudiLuvaon August 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti know exactly what the cutting people are talking about, it describes that shit to a T, but it's a metaphor for something bigger, whatever that "something" may be.
    i highly, highly doubt that chris carrabba cuts himself.
    but, the great thing about poetry is that it can mean to you whatever you want it to mean.
    thats what's so beautiful.
    if you want to take it literally, and relate to the cutting, than, do so.
    if you want to take it in it's metaphorical meaning, than do so.
    because you're ALL right.
    i personally know its a metaphor, but i like to take it literally, as something to relate to, because i tend to "trace the scars, fit the pieces, tell your story, dont need to say a word", like remembering my past, y'knows?
    wasteofpaint___xon January 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIts a good song, what do you think he means by it?
    mikeymanon April 13, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love this song, and the first live version is so funny when he tells the guy to shut up
    sobeautifulon April 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentpeoples addiction to plastic surgey and having what one has is never good enough
    thetroutscouton April 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentLookie here...
    ABottledSoulon May 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWow about cutting yourself? I never thought of it that way. Maybe because Im so used to Dashboards other albums about lost loves, heartbreaks, etc...but maybe you are right.
    Still, I have another interpretation of this song. I think it is about one person (the narrarator) taking advantage of an inferior, even weaker person. At first Chris talks about how the person is surprised to find out the narrarator is toying with her emotions. The narrarator announces it blantantly and doesnt seem sorry. It was a faultless execution that had been carefully planned out. The narrarator was able to take advantage of the other person because she was vulnerable and weak, just a willing cadaver. The narrarator cuts her open, takes her apart emotionally, then puts her back together and convinces her its fine. A cycle. Cuts leaving creases might even be a metaphor...maybe she is looked at as the neighborhood whore. Or someone who is known to be vulnerable in situations. She doesnt need to say a word for people to know just who she is. Chris even makes a direct reference to the narrarator who admits to being a "wretch" and had nothing better to do than to use the weaker person because "if you cant let it be, MIGHT AS WELL make it bleed."
    And basically the rest of the song is explaining how unopinionated the other person was and how easily she let the narrarator fool and take advantage of her. She's bruising too easy, falling behind, and no one is even waiting for her. Not even the narrarator, who was the person who decieved her in the first place. The narrarator then goes on to admit how he will continue using her ("cant save the rest from me") and she will STAY vulnerable, weak and an inferior to him ("you were not made to stand and fight, theres something better wrong with you")
    It is pretty sad, but I really think that is what Chris is talking about. Just such a weak and pathetic person. Cant help but to seize the opportunity right? But I do think of the self-harm interpretation now. Thats interesting. It makes sense.
    Well I love to argue about song meanings haha so post your opinions or just im me about it. thanks!
    luckkyincon November 27, 2004   Link

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