This one is certainly an interesting story.
It starts with an ending.
And we're both characters in play,
On the same stage but on a different page.
You'll go on to become the queen of some kingdom,
And I'll be that monster of myth
Off in some forest, mire, or filth.
This time around I'll meet you halfway.
And I won't spend my life lying awake at night.
And they'll say I'm the emerald missing from your crown.
The greatest escapist the world has ever known.
And I'll say I'm the fabled one that always let you down.
The greatest escapist the world has ever known.
Now it's so clear to me.
We should have seen this coming back at the beginning.
We both chose to take this road to the same place
But at a a different pace.


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    General CommentActually, I happen to be personal friends with Jared Jolley and it's not about a break up or a love ending; well in a sense it is. But it actually is about a love suicide between two people in love.

    We'll call them "john" and "mary".

    John and Mary were together and madly in love, but John suffered as a manic depressant. He often threatened to kill himself but always found a reason not to. He was a nobody, and Mary was a somebody. Mary was very well known and liked and at first no one ever understood why they were together, but in time felt that he completed her. Because Mary was so in love with John and would do anything for him, she told him she would kill herself with him, just to make him happy.

    They set a date to do it, but when the night came, Mary chickened out.. She instead went to a play (romeo and juliet) while she watched them die she put them as her and John..

    John waited all night for Mary, and eventually killed himself writing a one line suicide note to Mary "I'll meet you halfway."

    Mary killed herself then, and was found with the note in her hand.

    Everyone blamed John for Mary's death.

    If you're confused then keep reading, I'll write the lyrics and follow them up by what they mean:

    And this one is certainly
    an interesting story.
    It starts with an ending.

    *Not too much to say here

    and we're both characters in play.
    On the same stage
    but on a different page

    *Mary seeing her and John on stage in place of Romeo and Juliet, but being completely different people, they're on different pages

    you'll go on to become
    the queen of some kingdom.
    And I'll be that monster of myth
    off in some forest, mire or filth.

    *Like I said before, Mary was well liked and known, making her like a queen, where John was a nobody and kind of quiet, (and "the reason for her death") making him to be some sort of monster.

    This time around
    I'll meet you halfway
    and I won't spend my life
    lying awake at night.

    *Suicide note included. John stayed up hours everynight just lying in bed (says Mary) and he was getting sick of it.

    And they'll say
    I'm the emerald
    missing from your crown.
    The greatest escapist
    the world has ever known

    *After a while, everyone said that he completed her, but all the while he was only going to esape them both from the world.

    Now it's so clear to me.
    We should have seen this coming
    back at the beginning.

    *Everyone realizes they should have seen it coming

    We both chose to take this road
    to the same place
    but at a different pace.

    *They both chose the answer together, suicide. But because she was too scared at first he was quicker than her. She couldn't keep up at first but finally did.

    This time around
    I'll meet you halfway
    And I won't spend my life
    Lying awake at night

    *Same as before

    And I'll say
    I'm the fabled
    one that let you down.

    *We hope that John realizes what he did.. Everyone feels that he let Mary down.

    The greatest escapist
    the world has ever known.

    *They were the greatest escapist's.
    msdelaneyon February 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI really doubt that msdelaney is "personal friends" with Jared Jolley, and her interpretation is incredibly stretching -- assuming three different narrators, some of them dead, and misinterpreting tenses.

    In my opinion, this song is clearly about a relationship in which the guy is expecting one thing and the girl is expecting another, and so he breaks up with her.

    "And this one is certainly
    an interesting story:
    It starts with an ending."

    This 'story' starts with an ending as Guy is wising up to the many reasons why this relationship has to end.

    "And we're both characters in a play,
    On the same stage but on a different page."

    They're both actors, acting together but not for the same reasons. She is living out some fantasy of love, and he's just following her lead, but for him, this isn't a love fantasy, it's kind of like torture.

    "And you'll go on to become
    the queen of some kingdom,
    And I'll be that monster of myth
    off in some forest, mire or filth, yeah."

    When he breaks up with her, it won't stop her from living out her perfect fantasy -- she'll be beautiful, popular, and wise. But in her eyes, he'll be a monster for ruining her fantasy -- she'll dream that his life will be wretched, because that would make her feel better about his dumping her.

    "This time around
    I'll meeet you halfway...
    And I won't spend my life
    Lying awake at night."

    For the first time, he's not just letting her run their relationship. He's going to take initiative too, and free himself, which will make him feel better, instead of lying awake at night wondering what-if or why he's still here.

    "And they'll say
    I'm the emerald missing from your crown;
    The greatest escapist
    The world has ever known"

    In the epic story that is her fantasy life, by dumping her he's becoming the one thing she'll never have. Everyone will whisper that losing him was the only thing in her life that wasn't perfect. He's the great escapist who got away.

    "Now it's so clear to me we should have seen this coming
    Back at the beginning.
    We both chose to take this road
    To the same place, but at a different pace."

    They should have seen much earlier on that they were incompatible, that she was living in a fantasy world and that he couldn't do that. But he's the one who reached the inevitable conclusion first: he's not the perfect prince she wants him to be, and this won't work out. They would've realized eventually, even if only after a failed marriage, but he's ready to end it now.

    "This time around..."
    "And they'll say..."

    "And I'll say
    I'm the fabled one who let you down!
    The greatest escapist
    The world has ever known."

    Here Guy shows us that really he's glad to be out of this miserable relationship. He'll brag to his friends about the way she built up their relationship into an epic love story, and he didn't play along. He's the escapist -- the one who got away -- that's his real role in the story.

    I think this song is kind of bratty and snide, but confident and straight-forward. I love that it's so refreshing, so different from everything else out there!
    willowyon June 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe order of those lyrics is not quite right starting at the second verse. This is how it should be.

    Now it’s so clear to me.
    We should have seen this coming
    back at the beginning.
    We both chose to take this road
    to the same place
    but at a different pace.

    This time around
    I’ll meet you halfway
    And I won’t spend my life
    Lying awake at night

    And they’ll say
    I’m the emerald
    missing from your crown.
    The greatest escapist
    the world has ever known.

    And I’ll say
    I’m the fabled
    one that let you down.
    The greatest escapist
    the world has ever known.


    This song is amazing, I listen to it over and over again. The beat gets me moving every time.
    ActiveHeroBasson December 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is great...its about a love thats split. "and we're both characters in a play, on the same stage but on a different page", "and we both chose to take this road to the same place but at a different pace..." he is too slow and she is tired of waiting for him to catch up....i think the escapist part refers to commitment...thats just my take on this
    EmoAmmunitionon March 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is just utterly beautiful. i can't stop listening to it.
    newyearsprojecton March 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnot only are the lyrics lovely, its especially the beat and the music to it that makes me wanting to listen to it over and over. wow, i love this song.
    the_escapiston September 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commentholy macaroni. the explanation above definitely makes a whole lot of sense in the context of the song. wowza. it adds so much more depth.
    free_brownieson May 03, 2007   Link

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