"The Clincher" as written by and Peter/loeffler Loeffler....
Touch
I'll stand for nothing less
Or never stand again
These are the limits when one's buried

This body's left the soul
Could we have known
Never would I, helped to nail down
Careful of drifting off

Now losing taste and touch
Turning a pale blue leaning in to say
This body's left the soul
The brain needs oxygen

Can't sneak around this bait
His catacomb has got me by the chin
This body's left the soul

Could we have known
Never would I, helped to nail down
With nothing to gain
Here's the clincher, this should be you

Now saturate
Now saturate
Now saturate
Now saturate
And touch

Now saturate
Now saturate
Now saturate
The earth

Now saturate
Now saturate
Now saturate
The earth

Could we have known
Never would I, helped to nail down
With nothing to gain
Here's the clincher, this should be you

This happened to be never changing
Holding inside,
The phobia made cold and crippled, ending it all

Now saturate
Now saturate
Now saturate
Now saturate
The earth

Now saturate
Now saturate
Now saturate


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"The Clincher" as written by Peter Loeffler Joseph Loeffler

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  • +6
    General CommentCould we have known/never would i/ helped to nail down / with nothign to gain
    Here's the clincher/ this should be you
    Now saturate/and touch/now saturate/the earth

    Could we have known?: the sinner who realizes finally what Christ has done for him saying "if i had known that THIS was the cost, i would have never helped nail your hand to the cross."

    Here's the clincher, this should be you, with nothing to gain: is the selflessness of his sacrifice. "here's the clincher, this hsould be you" is just a brutal reminder that YOU should be the one nailed to the cross, not the only innocent man to ever walk the earth

    now saturate, and touch / the earth: a plea for the blood of Jesus to saturate and cover the earth

    could we have known, never would i, helped to nail down (i'll stand for nothing less): now i'll stand for nothing less, no cause is as important as the cross of Jesus

    With nothing to gain: ...regardless ofw hat it costs me or what the rewards are

    here's the clincher, this should be you (made cold and crippled): (obvious)
    Kruzenon November 02, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIT'S ABOUT CLAUSTROPHOBIA. THE END.
    Sorry Jesus but this song isn't about you. Go head over to the "Gospel" section, you may like it there a bit better.
    Chevelle is not a Christian band, just a band with Christians in it.
    THAT IS A FACT.
    So cancel God out as a song meaning, and you'll be surprised their lyrics have a lot more depth and emotion behind them This band is freaking amazing, that's the bulletpoint in this presentation, also the fact that THIS SONG IS ABOUT CLAUSTROPHOBIA.
    So there. :P
    xXChevelleRocksXxon February 25, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe question is, what does this song mean to you? I continue to read on this site what everyone says the song means to the band or what they tried to say with it. I know what the song means to me and don't feel the driving desire to share it with anyone here because no one really cares what another person thinks unless it provides fuel for derogatory comments.
    I will just add that even though this song is getting a couple years old now, it is still one of my favorites.
    hind5ighton May 31, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationMy boyfriend, he's 31, he has a 73 year old mother who at a young age had three daughters. Her first born, Gretta, was estranged awhile back and they reunited about two years ago, she came to be around her mom and her brother. She was an alcoholic and took anti depressants to top it off and in her 40's was in bad condition. She got very, very sick and my boyfriend predicted her death, he talked about it as if he knew it would happen because of how terrible she was looking. When she did die, the experience was so traumatic, he had to wait in the same room as her for eight hours trying to console his mom mourning over her dead body. From my point of perspective, he expresses how unexpected her death truly seemed after it all. Death is the most horrendous thing in life and to survive we blindside ourselves from the reality of it instead of facing it. So, now that he has been in the room with his dead sister who he scarcely felt close to but due to the circumstance needed more closure than usual that he never got, he sees death in everyone now.

    This song, I've always loved it and chevelle, but it stood out to me just now and I had to write it down. It seems as if it is about the claustorphobia one must feel to be in the same room with a dead body for hours on end. The beginning is the mind processing the reality of the situation, something in most cases seems to move by more naturally and quickly, but when put before death, everything seems slow and heavy. Then on a more personal note "her catacomb" "her body" "has got me by the chin" "is sickeningly mesmerizing"
    Could they have known this was going to happen, they would have payed closer attention and now with nothing to gain out of a situation that can only negate all aspects of any given choice. The clincher could be guilt.

    Now saturate and touch" his mom trying to hover over her daughter, in panic, thinking that it may somehow bring her back to life, bodys begin to dry when they die off.

    I feel a little sick exploiting this, I'm not trying to, I in a way feel the Gretta would relate alot to this if she were still alive.
    MissMJon December 25, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's:
    "Turning a pale blue, leaning in to say"
    NolanJBon December 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am thinking some one has passed on and 'the clincher' is that instead of this person being the one....it should be the other guy.

    It's a great opening track. The rest of the CD is great too. I am an intern at a radio station and have heard the new cd already. It will blow you away. People don't download the new cd.....JUST GO BUY IT! Support the band. They are worth it!!!!
    pearljam79on September 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI downloaded it. IN YO FACE! but I pre ordered it too so I'm cool so quit your bitching.
    CIA420on September 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSorry...Not trying to bitch. =)
    pearljam79on September 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentright on pj, interesting word choices in this song though...

    the clincher is saying "the strange thing about all this is..."
    judge is saying "weighing one life against the other..."
    saturate is saying "take the place of and fill out..."
    never would help to nail down is saying "not my decision and don't want it to be but..."

    nonetheless, great opener/tone setter!
    forchette49on September 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLyrics edited/corrected.

    SM Mod.
    Idanon September 27, 2004   Link

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