stayed awake for fifteen hours,
waiting on your reply
so i went outside to kill my lungs
and to kiss the night goodbye.
thought about your favorite sweater,
now i'm wishing it was at our feet.
if i could change one thing about you,
i'd call you annalise,
cause' it's better than jen.

hey annalise,
wont you come with me to central park?
we could catch a cab
or stray from wheels and walk this boulevard.
you don't respond,
you're gonna end up dull,
much like your parents are.
hey annalise, don't you ever feel the need to leave?
that's me.
scared of what you people will think.

well i'm your favorite second rate singer
holding out both my hands
i'm cursed with the voice of a kid
and pent up three word commands.

so tie the rope,
tap the brake,
cause a scene.
whatever keeps me in control.
because these bones have grown tiresome
and cant seem to hold my soul,
my whole heart,
it's a joke.

hey annalise,
wont you cross my mind on a stampede ride?
screw hollywood,
cause we've got better things to do than fake our lives.
but you don't respond,
you're gonna end up dull
so won't you give up your birthright?
hey annalise,
don't you ever feel the need to leave?
that's me. that's me.
scared of what you people will think.

well i'm alone,
and i want something real.
not a name.
i need something to feel.
i want the girl who won't dissapear.
oh, i can see her in dark and dull colors,
but coming in clear.

here she comes.
here she comes.
here she comes.
and there she goes.


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    General Comment"so tie the rope,
    tap the brake,
    cause a scene."



    "so let’s cause a scene.
    clap our hands
    and stomp our feet or something"
    ~The First Single~

    "Just tie the rope and kick the chair."
    ~Tie The Rope~

    "Ill tap the break
    while you crack the window"
    ~Tune Out~



    Thought it was funny that its like three songs mixed into three lines.
    jaycar2aon November 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthe said on stage this song was sort of about this old two year relationship he had.
    he also said he did not mean to offend anyone who is named jen.

    the way he sings "i'm alone" is beautiful
    ThereIsARiskon November 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentit's not funny at all.
    the fact that he's using lyrics from three of his songs, he did it on purpose...

    "well i'm your favorite second rate singer
    holding out both my hands
    i'm cursed with the voice of a kid
    and pent up three word commands."

    and then he goes on to list his "three word commands"...because he uses those a lot, three word commands.
    newfoundmicheleon April 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commentmy name is annelise! i like this song. hehe
    breezybay11on August 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI know he did it on purpose, I meant funny/cool.
    jaycar2aon December 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI find it funny that he says "I'm cursed with the voice of a kid" because Nate has an unusually high voice for a guy.

    Also, when he says "pent up three word commands," "tie the rope" "tap the break" and "cause a scene" all have three words in them. And those are his most well known phrases in his music.

    But maybe that was obvious? I don't know.
    candiluvron January 15, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"three word commands" Tie the rope, tap the break and cause a scene are three worded named songs, and are the Format's most well known songs. I think Nate's making a joke out of his second-rate singing.
    FoldYourHandson June 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOMG MY NAME IS ANNALISE THAT IS THE CRAZIEST SHIT
    Annie3421319on July 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy name is Annelise (pronounced like it has an "a") and when i first heard this song, it actually kinda scared me. Haha. Never heard my name in a song before !
    anneliseHASabrain2on September 04, 2009   Link
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    General Commentdissatisfaction. that's what this one is all about. He's not happy with his current relationship, or his legacy of music. (pent up commands, kid voice) He wants to say "screw it" and run away from caring, but he still feels tied to the world and worries about what other people will think. I love the end. I love the whole song, actually. I LOVE THE FORMAT. RIP. my favorite band forever.
    xbaba35xon December 10, 2009   Link

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