"One By One" as written by Alex Band and Aaron Kamm Kamin....
He stands alone outside the blooming yard
All is calm there on the street
The shadows pass him hung right over
The pain on his face he knew he'd keep
His hair is long and it's twisted, it's twisted
Around the smile spread cheek to cheek
Another child another soul grabs a hold
To the metal that will end his misery

One by one
We stand beneath the sun
With arms high open wide
Two by two
He's getting you
To watch him as he leave this life he knew

How much anger is set aside
As each one of us cries
Red lights they come and they take him away
In the thoughts he'll be better some day
Tied tight can't see out your eyes
That he's sure to shine, sure to shine
In this deep dark, fucked up, played out reality show
So who's the man with the plan
Eating up all that he can?
Don't you see, don't you see

One by one
We stand beneath the sun
With arms high open wide
Two by two
He's getting you
To watch him as he leave this life he knew

Do you ever think that things are meant to be?
I know we all have our reasons why
And now the power of one human being
Has gone and changed so many lives

One by one
We stand beneath the sun
With his arms open wide
Two by two
He's getting you
To watch him as he leave this life he knew

One by one
We start to come undone
Two by two
He's getting through to you

One by one we stand, we stand over
Over you


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"One by One" as written by Alex Band Aaron Kamin

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    General CommentDoes anyone else think this song is religious? I thought it referenced Jesus too much
    Earthsick84on June 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti agree, some parts of it deff. at least hint of some relgiious undertone. great song tho!
    the pantheron June 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI don't really think it's religous. I think it's about a guy that kills himself and makes a deal about it before he kills himself...and he sort of starts a trend. I think that's why he says "two by two, he's getting you to watch him as he leaves this life he knew". So i think it's about even though there's so much pressure just to give up and take the easy way out, just hang in there. At the end it says, "one by one, we stand over you" meaning everyone has gotten through whatever it is they're going through and they are glad they stuck it out and didn't try to end their own lives.
    diegorockusaon September 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAlex Band (vocals on the track) who wrote this song said in an interview it was written about the shootings in Columbine High School.
    benjamin_the_devilon October 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwell, being written about the shootings of some students in a school makes sense. When I listen to it, it reminds me of death or sth. I think the first part refers to the boy/man who did the killings and the second refers to the victims that are going to be remembered forever by their friend and relatives. Generally speaking I love this song because it is not the typical lovesong the Calling sing (they seem to have grown more mature in their recent album), it speaks about a fact that is a shame to happen, but it happens nonetheless and quite frequently. Apart from the meaning/lyrics part, it has also a great tune and Alex's voice rocks!
    Idion November 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti thought alex didn't swear
    Bobo Bobon February 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBobo_bob : YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. That kid swears all the time. haha His tour journals are the best.
    justliveon March 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthas anyone noticed that in the booklet it doesn't say "fucked up". i thought that was funny.
    anyway love the song. and i finally understand wha it's about!! THANK YOU!
    and i agree. his journals are the greatest. full of laughs!

    first ever post! woo hoo!!
    fallen_angel_234on March 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentso why say "deep dark, fucked up, played out reality show".. and not comprise it in the lyrics of... really anywhere? its not really something that just "slips out" or gets forgotten.
    markmathon January 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis songs just simply amazing. its definately about columbine or school shootings in general.

    "hes sure to shine in his deep dark, fucked up, played out reality show" i think this lines just awesome.
    xstillsearchingxon April 16, 2007   Link

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