"Another Life" as written by and Salazar/jenkins....
People's eyes say I'm no damn good
shut down and left lonely
only with the maybe we could
I stay inside cause I'm misunderstood
I can't get no release

I'm shell-shocked from some heavy blows
a stranger to the people I know
who used to say "he never had a down day"
now I'm holding on to chemicals
and silence brings no peace

because another life
went through my window pane
and I don't know why
i've got a will to burn

in attic rooms I just shut my door (shut my door)
for seven weeks maybe seven more (seven more)
it's like I face a seven-headed whore
the fight's knocked out of me

No measure for grief and I can't find it with the sound
Break down, to the great god of the hand me down
Holding the past around wound up at the lost and found
where the colors all turn to grey

wait a minute and

I'm coming of a down day
colorized, the city plays a double feature today
and life is long, and something is wrong
but i want to know what's going on and on

in another life
cause it's good again
and it will never die
I've got a will to burn
to see you again
it's like another life
it's like I'll not get better
a will to burn

oh the time goes by and I realize, that I'm alright
you thought nothing would be the same
but life comes 'round again
quick wits and all curious
all caught up in what you say
and makes me grab the time
before it slips away

I can't stay and I cannot wait
and I'm grateful to whistle past a grave yard gate
the flicker fade is getting stronger
like when the days start getting longer
i got the rhythm down now in the places we warred
the golden gate is like my diving board
and life is pointless
but what's so wrong with that?

cause there's another life
and a sweeter pain
and it will never die
you got a will to burn
to see you again
it's like another life
I feel the whole thing happen
the will to burn

to see you again
it's like another life
I got another life
I got another life

Lyrics submitted by SlickSerpent, edited by dougcgrubbs

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  • +1
    General Comment"God finding song"

    Sorry, that's just not right. Stephan's an atheist.
    brokenyardon August 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's not "quick wits and all curious"

    It's "Equipped with set off prurience"
    3EB1821on February 24, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti totally disagree with the idea that this song is about christianity. that sort of seems like a stretch. to get religion out of this song i think you need to seriously overanalyze.

    this song definitely seems like it's about stephan getting over his breakup, or whatever other hard times he was facing then. but no matter the cause, he was hurt and life seemed to lose it's luster. it was like nothing would ever get better and everyone looked at him differently because of his depressed behavior. but soon "another life" came along, and with time he was willing to accept this new life. he's willing to start over when he "sees [her] again" and willing to start living again, even though he recognized that there will always be a "sweeter pain." i just interpret this as meaning that you can always start new, but you will always get hurt again. you just have to be willing to accept that and make peace with it. he has "a will to burn." maybe this means that he's willing to face pain again, or maybe it just relates to the old "i live my life like burning man" (burning man from 3eb's self-titled) concept that to live is to burn. either way it makes sense to me.
    i just think this song is really uplifting even though it faces pain head-on. pain is a part of life, but life still goes on. and maybe this cycle is completely pointless, "but what's so wrong with that?"
    this song is realistic and doesn't try to lie to anyone. it's a no bullshit way of viewing things and i completely agree with it. i love this song so much, it helps me when i'm down. starting life up again, even when you know that pain will be part of it, is courageous.
    emilyhalinaon May 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWoah! I'm the first one commenting yay! I love this song! is really great since the first note to the last chord. 3eb is the most kick ass band on earth! they just rock! stephan's way of writing is so natural...
    this song is like being missundertsood, because you are different and you prefer to lock yourself in your world than have to change.
    "a stranger to the people I know" is like when you grew apart from your friends, and you stop knowing them and so do them.
    It also talks about passing through hard times at the point we think life has become pointless.
    I like the line of "Time goes by and I realice that I'm alright, you thought nothing will be the same but life comes round again" is basically saying that sometimes the dark days blinds us and we can't see the light... but sooner or latter something will begin to glow and everything will be normal again.
    The chorus I believe is saying this life is so twisting and weird, that it changes with the time so is like living many lives in one life.
    "To see you again is like another life, i feel the whole thing happen" is my favorite line! describing how by just watchin a person or hearing a song you have forgotten your mind transports you imediatly to other memories, to other time.
    punker girlon June 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song has to be the most lyrically clever song that Stephan has written yet. So many good cliche's put to use to have meaning on a lot of different leves. Sounds good too, great song.
    LazyForeLifeon February 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentlove this song.
    Ambienceon July 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOn an interesting note, the song was originally written with "Butterfly" in place of "Another Life."
    TimeTruthAndHearton December 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTo me, He's lost someone and can't live without her. He's changed, his friends don't recongnize him anymore, he can't get peace, he wanders the places he used to ...with her. All the time, he refuses to let go, he burns to be with her, carries her memory with him all the time, its like he's living another life.

    My fav line is either "I'm grateful to whistle past the grave yard gate" or "and life is pointless
    but what's so wrong with that?"
    sschneewon January 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song it helped me through some hard times to me its like liveing a double life "a stranger to the people I know" i think by that he means like your not your real self around your friends your just trying to fit in and that makes u a stranger. i love this song and this band good shit
    3ebOlpon February 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe flicker fade is getting stronger
    like when the days start getting longer

    i love those lines. makes me want summer.

    now I'm holding on to can't let goes
    and silence brings no peace

    i can relate to that. you hold on to things that you think you can't live without, but really you're only hurting yourself by doing it. you're not achieving anything.

    excellent song.
    decayedxorbiton February 25, 2007   Link

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