"Time And Time Again" as written by Michael Cook Busse, Barry Louis Collins, Benjamin Melan Collins, Brandon Michael Lee and Ryan Michael Breen....
Inspiring, shining, rising
And when you're in my way
I'm not dividing me from you cause we're working together
Perfect in its splendor like the currents of the weather
The splinter in my center hindering all of my pleasure
Is me manifested as you in this endeavor
Once responsibility is taken I can render
Experience to be however I want to remember

[Chorus]
Time and time again we fall in to the depths of who we are
But you can't keep running away from what you're trying to find

Put yourself through the scariest of scenarios
Enter experiences you normally wouldn't dare to go
It's all for the character and the arrogant afterglow
Of knowing it's appearance according to your patterns of growth
And what your parents handed down to you to handle
Make sure you carry torches when their putting out your candles
Predictions can be unkind but unwind them still
Don't erase the part of you that's responsible for your will

[Chorus:Repeat x2]

Well I've seen you and those things you do
And the way you hide that shadow can't be good for you
Your dark defines your light

There's some utterly damaged particles to deal with
And if I stutter I'm sorry but it's hard to feel swift
When stuck in my stomach is a cannon ball anchor to lift
I've been pushing it down pretending it doesn't exist
Well this is what happens when you're pissed about being pissed
You dig yourself so deep you resist just to resist
And there's no way to get back experiences you missed
So start right now today and risk furiousness for bliss

[Chorus:Repeat x3]


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"Time and Time Again" as written by Benjamin Melan Collins Barry Louis Collins

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    General CommentI don't think this song is necessary an anti-war song- obviously it can be interpreted as such, as the video did, but I think that's only one way to look at it. To be honest, the video irritated me- I'm tired of all this anti-government, anti-war, anti-everything movement. I think it's largely the product of a generation without convictions who just wants to protest something, regardless of what it is or why. As a result, I didn't even like the song until I heard it while playing Burnout 3, and without the video (and actually listening to the lyrics), I realized it's not only musically unique and original, it's also extremely well written and not necessarily political.

    Interestingly enough, I think the song supports my ideas here as much as it does an anti-war interpretation, it just depends on the way you look at it. To me, the song is more about knowing yourself, knowing what you believe in and where you stand. It's not so much against war but against ignorance of your persona, and the accompanying apathy to discover it.

    The opening verse is perhaps the hardest to understand. The first half (Inspiring, shining, rising/And when you're in my way/I'm not dividing me from you cause we're working together/Perfect in its splendor like the currents of the weather) I think could be the speaker looking back and seeing how he’s changed and grown. When presented with an obstacle, instead of trying to oppose it, he works with it and achieves greater results than before. The second half (The splinter in my center hindering all of my pleasure/Is me manifested as you in this endeavor/Once responsibility is taken I can render/Experience to be however I want to remember) returns to the speaker being apprehensive about learning who he is. He admires someone who does have convictions and beliefs and imagines himself as that person, and when he isn’t held accountable for his actions and doesn’t have to justify himself, he can shape his memory however he likes and essentially, viewing it through the rose colored glasses of the present, take on that person’s model as if it were his own.

    The chorus (Time and time again we fall in to the depths of who we are/But you can't keep running away from what you're trying to find) is more or less straightforward in describing this. What it says to me is that lack of knowledge of yourself will lead you down blind paths, leaving you lost. Everyone wants to know who they are, and many claim they do, but they’re really just trying to avoid it as much as possible.

    The second verse isn’t terribly cryptic, either. The first few lines (Put yourself through the scariest of scenarios/Enter experiences you normally wouldn't dare to go/It's all for the character and the arrogant afterglow) are about actually living your life, discovering your abilities, and learning who you are. Then (Of knowing it's appearance according to your patterns of growth/And what your parents handed down to you to handle/Make sure you carry torches when their puttin’ out your candles) it tells you to be mindful of your predecessors’ experiences and build from them, but to make sure to experience things yourself and not just live off of theirs. Finally (Prediction can be unkind but unwind them still/Don't erase the part of you that's responsible for your will), it says that you shouldn’t be afraid to delve into mind, and above all listen to yourself.

    The bridge (Well I've seen you and those things you do/And the way you hide that shadow can't be good for you/Your dark defines your light) is about how you can’t be fearful of what you might find, to find a darker side to yourself, because, as the line goes, it’s your dark side that puts your light side into perspective. Everything is judged against one another, so without dark there can be no light.

    The beginning of the third verse (There's some utterly damaged particles to deal with/And if I stutter I'm sorry but it's hard to feel swift/When stuck in my stomach is a cannon ball anchor to lift/I've been pushing it down pretending it doesn't exist) seems to say that the speaker is acknowledging that ultimately he’s hurt himself by ignoring and continually pushing away who he is. The next two lines (Well this is what happens when you're pissed about being pissed/You dig yourself so deep you resist just to resist) goes back to what I was saying about a generation without convictions, who protest (or resist) just for the sake of protesting. When you’re so far-gone in running away from yourself, you find yourself engaging in feelings just to feel them, without any real purpose or reason. The last two lines (And there's no way to get back experiences you missed/So start right now today and risk furiousness for bliss) are essentially a call to action- if you miss your opportunities now, they’ll never come back, so you have to sacrifice indulging in protest and resisting for the sake of it to truly experience life and the bliss it brings.

    Obviously this isn’t the only interpretation of the song, but this is what immediately came to my mind the first time I actually listened to it, and after going through it line by line, each and every one supports my view. This really is a great song that was unfortunately overlooked and dismissed (even by myself, initially). I hope Chronic Future gains some more notoriety, they really deserve it.
    mouse_clickeron April 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is just saying not to deny your darkside, your greed, your anger and your own baggage. Because after all anger is a part of passion and greed is a part of ambition, your dark really can define your light with just a different perspective. If you do deny it like being "pissed about being pissed", you'll put the thorn in your own side and when you lose yourself to yourself, you can become so lost you'll resist all emotion. The chorus saying that time and time again you'll wish to deny your own emotions instead of dealing with them, but you shouldn't because you can't keep running away from yourself.

    My thoughts anyway after hearing it just now.
    yohoho78on October 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis band reminds me of the gorillaz. now as song meanings goes, I think its about people who are full of themselves. Hence the fall intro the depth of ourselves
    Drewsredwingson September 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commentin the music video, its all about this punk who gets sent off to war, gets out alive, and comes back to play in his old garage band. he just stumbles through life, lucky to be alive kind of looking in from the outside. i think thats a cool way to look at it
    pumpkinqueenon October 13, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthmmm i think this song is about trying to be yourself doing what you will do. I wouldnt say being full of themselves, or at least not more than people usually are. Everybody has to look into themselves sometimes.
    blinkcat00on October 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentcool song...same as pumpkinqueeen
    patriots20042004on November 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHe’s talking to his parents about their relationship and maintaining your values through the trial of adolescence and the pressures of your parents’ expectations. The risk is to become negative and jaded and to resist just to resist. In the end the best thing to do is to risk your furiousness and allow yourself bliss. In the end, it’s a song about hope, during the tough transitional stages of your life and your relationships while growing into the person you were meant to be.
    gartzon November 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis band really does remind me of the gorillaz...cause it just seems like that...and the song meanings i think it just goin through life....THIS SONG IS KUL
    Sp1k3dAmAnon December 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe video is an excellent piece of work...I downloaded this song soon after I saw it. It's a magical tune that sadly won't be remembered. Several anti-war anthems from 2k4 didn't make a great crash on the mainstream and this is one of them. This is one of the best protest songs I've ever heard and I hope it will be remembered later in my lifetime.
    OpinionHeadon January 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMake sure you carry torches when their puttin out your candles
    words to live by
    (i dont know what the song means but a few lines - like that one- stuck out at me and can be interpreted as saying "dont lose yourself through the trials and monotony of life"-- lemmings suck )
    pinkpunkjunkieon March 13, 2005   Link

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