"Simple Design" as written by Benjamin Burnley, Aaron Fincke, Mark James Klepaski and Jeremy Hummel....
I live a chemical life
I'm on a mission to try
You went insane for the day
I'll have to shove it away

My only option is gone
Smile as they break and they fall
You want a simpler life
You can't erase what was mine

You must be out of your mind
This was a simple design
You fuck it up every time
How could you leave me behind

It's alright, it's alright
'Cause I know what you want
But you'll just have to wait
If I had it to give, I would give it away
I'm living it up
While I'm falling from grace
There's no way, there's no way
That I'm running away

I'm used to making it worse
Made up of four letter words
You want to know what it was
Now isolated and gone

You fall apart at the seams
I'll never know what it means
Try not to pull it apart
You're aiming straight for the heart

You must be out of your mind
This was a simple design
You fuck it up every time
How could you leave me behind

It's alright, it's alright
'Cause I know what you want
But you'll just have to wait
If I had it to give, I would give it away
I'm living it up
While I'm falling from grace
There's no way, there's no way
That I'm running away

You had to be the worst for me
I don't know what to say, so let me be
And now I find, you've left me behind
I don't know what to say, so never mind

You're mine

'Cause I know what you want
But you'll just have to wait
If I had it to give, I would give it away
I'm living it up
While I'm falling from grace
There's no way, there's no way
That I'm running away

There's no way, there's no way
That I'm running away
There's no way, there's no way
That I'm running away


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"Simple Design" as written by Jeremy Hummel Benjamin Burnley

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    General Commentthis song is the shit, every which way possiable, you can't help but jump up and down when it comes on...
    anyways i think this song is about ego getting in the way of a good relationship. the 'simple design' is just opeing up and giving, being easier said than done.
    the part "you must be out of your mind..." i think is directed at the self. the singer is maybe kicking him self for fucking up with a girl, or something. kind of that inner monologe you have when you beat yourself up over a mistake.
    i see it as the girl just wanting to be in an equal relationship but not getting back what she is given. i think the author is torn between wanting to open up or stay closed off.
    the breakdown part, is kind of like the singer realizing his opprotunity has passed and just abandoning the endevor all together.
    i view the part " i'm living it up, while i'm falling from grace" is the reason things got sour. maybe the author is to busy having fun to commit to someone else.
    cyanide2060on September 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah at first this song was a little cryptic to me. Cyanide and Downward Spiral, your interpretations helped.

    I do see it as his career or his passion sounds more fitting is his life and his thing right now.

    She just wants a simple life and he has a different calling basically.

    This stanza explained most of it:

    "Cause I know what you want
    but you’ll just have to wait
    if I had it to give
    I would give it away
    I'm livin' it up
    while I’m fallin' from grace
    there’s no way, there’s no way
    that I’m running away"

    I see "while I'm fallin' from grace" if I would take it one step further (since I'm feeling adventurous LOL), would be talking about his time on Earth. Or even perhaps just his time to go out and explore and sin. So while he's "livin' it up" she wants him to live for her.

    Also this song looks like its dialogue broken between him and his ex-lover. This stanza seems to come from his lover (and all the other "you left me behind" parts):

    "you had to be
    the worst for me
    I don’t know what to say, so let me be
    and now I find you've left me behind
    I don’t know what to say,
    so nevermind!

    You're mine! "
    chino69on October 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwell im not 100% sure but my opinion is that its about an ex g/f that kept screwing up thier relationship which was suppose to be a simple design, he keeps saying "its alright" that things arent working but eventually the relationship fails and he doesnt know what to do now.
    nitroman88on April 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Simple Design" is another musical product of the Ben/Brianna relationship.

    "I live a chemical life"
    -Ben is a drinker

    "You want a simpler life, you can't erase what was mine"
    -She's tired of all the chaos that comes with his
    music career, but he's not ready to give it up.

    "I know what you want, but you'll just have to wait"
    -He somewhat sympathizes with her needs but his
    music too important to him

    "I'm living it up while I'm falling from grace"
    -Things are going great for him and the band
    while their relationship suffers.

    "There's no way, there's no way that I'm running away"
    -He's not going to give it up yet, even for her.


    That is my general interpretation of the song.
    Firefly31on October 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm sorry, are y'all on crack?? This song is about commitment in a relationship. Need I elaborate?

    I live a chemical life
    I’m on a mission to try
    You went insane for the day
    I'll have to shove it away
    My only option is gone
    Smile as they break and they fall
    You want a simpler life
    You can’t erase what was mine

    He's using her, just like he's using all the other women in his life. She learned of his promiscuity, and went ballistic. Still, he wants her.

    You must be out of your mind
    This was a simple design
    You fuck it up every time
    How could you leave me behind?

    Simple design?? Yeah, f*ck with anyone you want, that's pretty simple, isn't it? But she won't have that; she wants commitment.

    It’s all right, it’s all right
    cause I know what you want
    but you’ll just have to wait
    if I had it to give
    I would give it away
    I'm livin' it up
    while I’m fallin' from grace
    there’s no way, there’s no way
    that I’m running away

    He knows she wants him all to herself (is that too much to ask in a relationship?!) but he can't/won't. He's too busy 'living it up' with anyone and everyone he fancies. Regardless, he still wants to use her for his own pleasures...

    I’m used to making it worse
    made up of four letter words
    you want to know what it was
    now isolated and gone
    you fall apart at the seams
    I'll never know what it means
    try not to pull it apart
    You're aiming straight for the heart

    Yeah, he has a violent nature, so don't test him with deep-cutting words--telling him exactly what he KNOWS he should be for her, or he might flip out.


    you had to be
    the worst for me
    I don’t know what to say, so let me be
    and now I find you've left me behind
    I don’t know what to say,
    so nevermind!

    Yeah, take the easy way out. Shut up, perhaps flip her the bird, and move on to the next 'piece of meat' What an a-hole!

    Judging from the content of their "We Are Not Alone" album, I don't think this interpretation is very far off.
    gr1nreaperon March 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a guy who just loves to party, but his girlfriend or a girl that really likes him just wants to settle down and just have him love her and only her, but hes young, and he just wants to have a good time, hookups, and 'live it up, while falling from grace'
    recyledxphraseson March 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is going to be on their new album which is dropping June 29th. It's good, as is every B.B. song!
    CRYN_OUTon May 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about him haveing to go on tour and his girlfriend got mad because he had to leave her behind. and he's saying that is music carear is more important to him.and they fought and he realived that she didn't love him she just loved his money. but he didn't care about the money at all
    Downward Spiralon October 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis one is pretty deep in a lot of ways from what I see. Im a pretty new BB fan so forgive me if im totally off, but things are often simple and we make the hard and fuck them up. WTF mate? I get that all the time. What the hell is the matter with you? What the hell is the matter with me? Why does it all have to be so hard?

    Im living it up while im falling from grace theres no way, no way that im running away. - So yeah, im having a good time, im fucking it up - I know im doing it, but im not gonna stop. let me fall from your good graces, the good graces of the public, the good graces of god ... i'll get back up and keep walking on cause im not running away no matter what I do, no matter what happens.

    just my two cents .... ;)
    kpismpstpon November 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song, cant say much more than what has already been said
    ZionsVillageIdioton January 14, 2005   Link

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