and it takes more time than i've ever had
drains the life from me
makes me want to forget
as young as i was, i felt older back then
more disciplined, stronger and certain

but i was scared to death of eternity
i was saved by grace
but destroyed by naivety
and i lied to myself
and said it was for the best

And now faith is replaced with a logic so cold
i've disregarded what i was
now that i'm older
and i know much more than i did back then
but the more i learn
the more i can't understand

and i've become content with this life that i lead
where i drink too much and don't believe in much of anything
and i lie to myself
and say "it's for the best."

we're moving forward, but holding ourselves back
and we're waiting on something that will never come


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    General Commentoh my gosh, the best song. really, i couldnt get the lyrics "...i was scared to death of eternity, i was saved by grace but destroyed by naivety" for a month. seriously, this has become my favorite song cause it just shows how eager you are when you're younger and how you neglect the real truth in front of you. you just continue to lie to yourself. so yeah, damn good song!
    emo_babah07on April 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commentand i've become content with this life that i lead
    where i drink to much and don't believe in much of anything
    and i lie to myself
    and say "it's for the best."

    i think that this is most definatly a break up song. i also think there is a catch to it, he regrets ever breaking up...
    dontbotherangelon April 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentsimply genius.
    absolutsweetnesson April 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentbeing of the college age, this song strikes me as one that is about growing up, and having your eyes opened to everything, and questioning everything you used to belive in. You realize how sheltered you were growing up, and how much more there is to the world..
    ed_is_emoon April 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song has a lot to due with reconciling your future with the past. It could be about a break-up or about something broader, like making a break with the things you're familiar with and facing a future with a lot more uncertainty.
    unsweeteneron May 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHonestly, I don't know how much this song was written on a spiritual basis, but it definately sounds like me with my christian life. Right after I became a christian, I was very strong in my faith and very conscious about all my actions and thoughts, but as time has gone on, all that excitement has died away. I've grown content with the fact that I drink and smoke way too much just for the hell of it, and that I don't have passion about anything anymore. I get conscious about political thought and how it contrasts to my spiritual thought. It makes it so easy to disregard everything I every thought I knew about God, myself and christianity. I feel like I have more common sense about worldy things, but I feel like I've lost my sense about spiritual things. This song just really says how I feel about all of this. It's like I had an out of body experience and became the guy who wrote this song for a little bit...
    Phrenchornon June 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commentits kinda funny... but the christians always have the most to say and to them all songs have the same central theme >> pretty much of that he just explained blah blah God saved the world and 'worldly' things are bad blah blah
    caity_graceon June 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commentand i've become content with this life that i lead
    where i drink to much and don't believe in much of anything
    and i lie to myself
    and say "it's for the best."

    i agree with the break-up idea, but i think the above part is just about apathy. to me it means slipping into a state where you don't really care, there's nothing to believe in and you try to convince yourself that you're happy like that.
    ladyboygrrlon June 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about 'growing up' in his beliefs. However, he still wished he had that child like faith.

    and it takes more time than i've ever had
    drains the life from me
    makes me want to forget
    as young as i was, i felt older back then
    more disciplined, stronger and certain

    This to me shows how when he was younger, he was convinced of his beliefs. He new the distinctions between right and wrong and he longs for the certainty about his beliefs.

    but i was scared to death of eternity
    i was saved by grace
    but destroyed by naivety
    and i lied to myself
    and said it was for the best

    The 'saved by grace' part of this shows that he was a Christian. However, he felt naive to the world. This destroyed him. So, he looked for 'logical' answers. He lied to himself cause he new of the truth behind his beliefs but he convinced himself it was for the best because he was scared of the idea of eternity. I think a lot of Christians can relate to this verse.

    so now faith is replaced with a logic so cold
    i've disregarded what i was
    now that i'm older
    and i know much more than i did back then
    but the more i learn
    the more i can't understand

    Now his beliefs have changed but they are cold. He nows more. He is not naive anymore but he still doesn't understand. To me this means that things just don't make sense when you take God out.

    and i've become content with this life that i lead
    where i drink to much and don't believe in much of anything
    and i lie to myself
    and say "it's for the best."

    He is comfortable with his life. But he is still lying to himself by denying his faith. It just one of those things where you know you are wrong but the hardest thing is to admit it.

    we're moving forward, but holding ourselves back
    and we're waiting on something that will never come

    They are going ahead in life but holding themselves back from having a relationship with God. I think what they are waiting for is death, the end, but they know it will never come because we exist for eternity. That which is his biggest fear.
    Romeson July 03, 2004   Link
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    General Commentamazing song about growing up and losing yourself . im 22 and i can relate to this def.
    saythiswilldieon September 30, 2004   Link

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