...and all our sins come back to haunt us in the end
to hang around and tap us on the shoulder
and smile
silent
it's all implied
"you'll die trying to live this down. you might as well forget it."

still, i'm convinced that wondering what if is the worst thing there is

so we bottled and shelved all our regrets
let them ferment and came back to our senses
drove back home and slept a few days
woke up and laughed at how stupid we used to be

all these lines fall short of what i had in mind
a failed attempt to capsulize a feeling
so i just try fail and try and try again
someday i swear i'm going to get it

because i'm convinced that giving in is the worst thing there is

we'll get over it
sad, strong, safe and sober
we'll move forward
and know where we went wrong
but "you can't go home again."



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    General Commentoh wow, first poster...anyways straylight run is the half of taking back sunday that left.

    i felt, knowing this, that this song was about the breakup


    "so we bottled and Shelved all our regrets"
    its saying, we were different, and we didnt think about the future.

    i love this song...
    UzairRockson April 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think that you can definitely take this song in a couple different ways. Looking at it from the breakup perspective it makes sense. But at the same time I think it can be looked at as a relationship that both sides want to keep going but things aren't going how they planned...just a thought
    bigpoppamattdawgon May 03, 2004   Link
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    General Commentbasically, this song is just about a relationship that went wrong, maybe because of a big fight. it goes without say that the relationship is doomed and there's no point in even trying to fix it (it's all implied / "you'll die trying to live this down. you might as well forget it.").

    but he doesn't want to give up. he wants to give this one last try, because he doesn't want to be left wondering "what if we could have fixed it?" (still, i'm convinced that wondering what if is the worst thing there is).

    so they're going to try again. they're going to take some time off to think about where they went wrong, to cool off their feelings, then try at it again. (so we bottled and shelved all our regrets / let them ferment and came back to our senses / drove back home and slept a few days / woke up and laughed at how stupid we used to be)

    but it's not like it used to be, it's not what he imagined. (all these lines fall short of what i had in mind / a failed attempt to capsulize a feeling / so i just try fail and try and try again / someday i swear i'm going to get it) they can't revive what they had before this. but he STILL doesn't want to give up. he's just going to keep on trying, even though it's becoming pretty clear that this relationship is officially doomed.

    and he knows that eventually whatever fight or bad thing they're going through, they'll get over it eventually (we'll get over it / sad, strong, safe and sober). things will move on and seem normal, and even though they can maybe be together again and know what they did wrong the last time and how not to do it again, it will never ever be like it used to be. (we'll move fo rward / and know where we went wrong / but "you can't go home again.")
    TxBxSon May 13, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"still im convinced wondering 'what if' is the worst thing there is"
    lyrical genius....
    what more is there to say?
    picturesofyouon May 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commentto me, he seems to be beating himself up within the lyrics cause he cant get across what he is really trying to say "all these lines fall short of what i had in mind, a failed attempt to capsualize a feeling" i really admire that in a writer, that they can show that the situation has escaped them. It shows his humanity and therefore increases the emotive element in the song, in my opinion.
    Jonnyxxon May 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti don't think the song talks about just a relationship or break up specifically. i think it talks about mistakes in general: break-ups, fights, youthful antics, anything under the sun that invokes regret. i just think the emotion and lyrics aer just too big and too overwhelming for it to be just about a break-up...i don't know...just my opinion anyways..
    pinkmilk0on June 26, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti heard a live recording of brand new's seventy times seven, and jesse added the chorus of this song in before the chorus [remember, he used to add in taking back sunday's there is no 'i' in team] so i'd say, it cuold possibly be a response to those two songs...?
    rockstarashon September 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti don't believe it is a response to brand new or anything really. Jesse and John Nolan are friends and have been rumored to be doing work together. Whatever little quarrels brand new and tbs had were between jesse and adam. I just find it hard that nolan or any of these bands would write something about this issue because i think they are all sick of it
    Huhubson September 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthats what i mean though, perhaps this song symbolizes how over it they are... "drove back home, slept a few days, woke up and laughed at how stupid we used to be..."
    rockstarashon September 29, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think they just know its all a phase and they will one day get to where they are going .
    saythiswilldieon September 30, 2004   Link

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