"Woe" as written by and Max Bemis....
All the words in my mouth that the scene deemed unworthy of letting out banded together
To form a makeshift militia and burrowed bloodily through my tongue and my teeth.
I stood proud in the gallery with my open socket of a mouth for them to see.
They all just laughed and said "That boy , he, that boy's got woe. (woe.) He lives with woe. (woe.)"
And this girl who I met whose pride makes her hard to forget,
She took pity on me (horizontally) but most likely because of my band. (hey)
It's all I can get when I'm lonely and these visions of death seem to own me
In the quiet of the classrooms all across the stacked United States of Woe. We live with woe.

She said "I can't get laid in this town without these pointy fucking shoes.
My feet are so black and blue and so are you."
Please take me out of my body up through the palm trees to smell California in sweet hypocrisy.
Floating. My senses surround my body. I wake my nose to smell that ocean burn.
So now I'm forging ahead past all the plutocrats who sold me out.
Go sob in your bed. If life is twice as pretty once your dead then send me a card.
I'm still the optimist though it is hard when all you want to be is in a dream.


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"Woe" as written by Max Bemis

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    General CommentI feel like the meaning of this song is utterly simple.

    The term

    "Just be yourself"

    Comes to mind.
    The Scene deemed unworthy of his words, yet he stands proud in the gallery of these people looking at him. Spewing his words out for everyone to hear.

    The girl, who cant get laid without her Pointy fuckin shoes, is another example. She can't be herself and "Succeed" but she wants to.

    The last verse kinda messed with my theory a bit but brings it all back into focus, by saying "when all you want to be is in a dream"

    Meaning, To me, the life that they are living isnt up to their own standards.

    But by saying, "If life is twice as pretty once you're dead then send me a card i'm still the optomist, though it is hard.." right before that, I feel like he's really grasping that fact, that you need to be yourself, and telling the people who want to change themselves and him should "send him a card" so to speak.
    TheDoorstopon December 21, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningLet me start by saying that the magic of music lies behind the interpretation of the listener.

    As for this song, it seems straight forward at first, jumps into a metaphor, and concludes with, well a conclusion.

    "All the words in my mouth that the scene deemed unworthy of letting out banded together
    To form a makeshift militia and burrowed bloodily through my tongue and my teeth."
    >>>>>> Max had an idea for a song, but its topic was viewed as morbid or just sad.


    I stood proud in the gallery with my open socket of a mouth for them to see.
    They all just laughed and said "That boy , he, that boy's got woe. (woe.) He lives with woe. (woe.)"

    >>>>>> Max 'shared' said song with the public, to which they saw that he had woe, or sorrow/distress given the lyrics of the song.


    And this girl who I met whose pride makes her hard to forget,
    She took pity on me (horizontally) but most likely because of my band. (hey)

    >>>>> He was laid because of his musical career but he saw it as a pity fuck



    It's all I can get when I'm lonely and these visions of death seem to own me
    In the quiet of the classrooms all across the stacked United States of Woe. We live with woe.

    >>>>>> Says that he dwells on unhappy thoughts, but says 'hey everyone has issues'


    [Metaphor Time]

    She said "I can't get laid in this town without these pointy fucking shoes.
    My feet are so black and blue and so are you."

    >>>>>>>> Choice of metaphor is a women with pointy shoes. The shoes are probably Max's fake happier persona, which without it he wouldn't have friends, but being a fake is making him 'black and blue' so beaten up emotionally....causing, you guessed it, more woe.



    Please take me out of my body up through the palm trees to smell California in sweet hypocrisy.
    Floating. My senses surround my body. I wake my nose to smell that ocean burn.

    >>>>>>> Admittedly, this seems rather random. If I had to guess it would be about his drug use solution to his problems back in this day. burning oceans, and heightened senses away from reality.



    So now I'm forging ahead past all the plutocrats who sold me out.
    Go sob in your bed. If life is twice as pretty once your dead then send me a card.


    >>>>>> Max concludes he will keep on trucking, probably due to a drug induced epiphany contrary to his earlier attitudes. He tells others that are struggling to be an optimist like he is or just shut up.


    I'm still the optimist though it is hard when all you want to be is in a dream.

    >>>>>>> Max says that his struggles derive from him wanting everything in his life to fall into place perfectly as if it were a dream. He acknowledges that this is difficult. Rinse and repeat.
    Rawrxson May 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is simply amazing. This guy says everything i have ever thought but could not put into words
    X Co and Ca Xon December 12, 2004   Link
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    General Commentcomedy...isnt this about say anything not the beetles? thats what i thought anyway. why dont the people arguing the merits of the beetles' career waste brain power on actual beetles songs? but what do i know. this is a great song.
    guitarz17on February 01, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"i can't get laid in this town
    without these pointy fucking shoes"

    i think this is like a reference to the wizard of oz

    with the magic shoes that can take u anywhere

    coz it makes sence if u think about it...?

    'when all you want to be is in a dream'

    doesnt she wake up and its all a dream at the end of the film?
    all_on_blackon May 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentcheck this out, It'll change your whole opinion.

    proudofmylife.com/articles/…">proudofmylife.com/articles/…

    from the man himself.

    Edited by oofus on July 14 2006, at 10:22PM

    RustyJon May 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWow, now it all makes a lot more sense, it all comes together to show how awesome the songwriting in this song really is. Thanks RustyJ and thanks Max Bemis.
    mattz123on May 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentto "the skid" : thank you.
    best_day_everon June 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. hangthedj9 (is that sn a mention to the band Hang the DJ from Pennsylvania? b/c I knew of of the members) described it well when he said that when Max sings that last verse it makes you feel like your pushing all of the people in your way off to the side and forging along. The only part I dont understand is the line

    float in my senses, surround my body
    i wake my nose to smell that ocean burn

    if anyone has any opinion on that line please comment. Or if anyone has that picture that was posted above please repost it because that link doesnt work anymore.
    Mwe112on September 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthaha.. she takes pity on me horizontally? Say Anything seems to have quite the sense of humor, and I love thier sound.
    felto18on October 04, 2006   Link

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