A text book infection
Starting in the month of june
First my mouth turns sour
And then the madness will insue
Sick of letting all these lumps in my dry throat explode
Next time i will cut them out and let the disease loose to flow
Into the streets
Eating away at everything
Bringing civilization to its knees
As i strap the bomb to my body
They tell me that they'll miss me
And this situation is so goddamn bittersweet
They gotta get rid of me

A makeshift remedy serum
Is injected into my veins
As we're counting down the minutes
To when my ailment will strike again
Well the dynamite is strapped to my chest
It seems the only answer
As they reach back and forth with anxiousness hoping They have found the cure
For homesickness like this
And my skin starts turning black
And they all take a few steps back
I give them one last smile
Press the detinator
And start to laugh

But its really not that bad
See this was the solution all along
My memories were quarantined
But its really not that bad
See this was the solution all along
So i'll set them free in this song
My memories were quarantined
So i'll set them free in this song
Set them free in this song

Now we're finally home
It feels good not to be alone
Just remember you must tend to it
For it to really grow
A garden of broken friendships reminds you you survived
Click your heels three times
And pray that you will make it out alive


Lyrics submitted by Not_Like_The_Rest

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    General CommentIt's quite obvious what this song is about.

    "First my mouth turns sour
    And then the madness will insue"

    "A makeshift remedy serum
    Is injected into my veins
    As we're counting down the minutes
    To when my ailment will strike again "

    He's talking about the Hulk. Duh.
    3dkstreeton September 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is an unreleased track. I make no guarantees on the correctness of these, but this is what I hear!
    Not_Like_The_Reston October 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commentya i was gonna put out the lyrics...then my computer crashed and now i don't have the song. :(
    but it is awesome. i dunno at some points it seems like he can't take life anymore.
    this is an aweome line: A garden of broken friendships reminds you ,you survived
    RuthLesson December 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentomg i love this song. i dont believe more peeps havnt written about it. omg. thankyou so much for the lyrics. it was doing my head not being able to find them. it all makes so much more sense. these lyrics (like all of them) are pure poetry. seriously obsessed. crappy about the computer crashing. i saw spill play with straylight run. omg night of pure magic. loved it. amazing combo but thats where i heard of spill canvas and ive been hooked. to me it sounds like, he got ill (yes bieng real obvious and therefore probably wrong) and felt that suicide was the onnly answer. and that if he was going down, he wasnt goin alone. homesick- sick of being ill, wanna go back to the way it was? i dunno im talkin crap
    thesimplewayson June 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI personally think that this song isnt really actually a metaphor so much as a simple story.

    If you look at it concretely I think its fairly simple:
    The main character has a horrible disease and the only cure for it is for him to kill himself. If you read he isnt alone when he presses the detonator, so I think that their might be some scientists or something along those lines who are there with him.

    I really cant think of what this could be a metaphor for...
    Deadoralive*on January 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHmmm.

    Whenever I've listened to this, I've always got the mental picture of like terrorism and suicide bombing kind of thing. Sometimes literal references, sometimes more subtle...

    i.e. Literal = "pray that you will make it out alive", "dynamite is strapped to my chest", "bringing civilization to its knees"

    and more metaphorical

    "a text book infection" (reference to a holy book?)
    and the "ailment" being his belief...
    and just that kind of thing.

    But all the other explanations are perfectly plausible too, so... who knows!
    wellie.on May 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is definately one of my favorite spill canvas songs.. It is absolutely beautiful.. I dont think its litterally talking abotu a disease so much as just having a hard time coping with something probably a harsh breakup or fight wiht a friend..he's yearning to be loved and thinks suicide or jus self destructing himself in other ways is the only solution..

    " My skin starts turning black and they all take a few steps back.."

    I'm not sure way but I aboslutely LOVE that line.. its just beautiful to me.
    heatherhall34on January 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentafter rereading the line about his skin turning black I think I might have figured it out a little better. You call a scape goat a black sheep right? So maybe he kept taking the fall for everything and it made him look bad so other people would stay away from him (take a few steps back.) His ailment is he's a bad kid at school (text book infection) who's sick of it and wants to get out?

    The whole push the detonator part is maybe him transforming himself in a way? I still don't really get this. But the garden of broken friendships could be him leaving the friends who gave him the image of the black sheep? Idk
    Special Sockon February 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI haven't read, nor can I be bothered to listen/read the lyrics, but I abso-fucking-lutely love the guitar riffs in this song.

    Absolutely fucking brilliant.
    PrincessLyron March 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about someone close to him has died or committed suicide and he feels hes to blame for it so he is really depressed and the only way to stop it is to kill himself because all of the medicine does not work. just my take on it
    purepoetryon May 20, 2007   Link

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