When it begins, sound rushes in and drowns out everything
Sideways in bed, you cover your ears, the roar is deafening
When it won’t quit you stagger up and into the hall
But out there it’s louder. somebody’s party? you start to yell

“Hey, buddy, hey! Hey, buddy, please!
Would you quiet down? You’re killing me!
It’s 2 AM, I'm trying to sleep!”

But the sound keeps going, ‘til the walls are shaking
And no one answers though you keep running around and banging on doors
And it seems strange there’s no one home, you start to wonder
“Who’s making that noise if I’m up here all alone?”
But then the pitch hits and you stop caring
Cause what was piercing is now controlled
And there’s no who and no why and there’s no conflict
You breathe it out and let it go.

You start a song and when you sing the sound is gone!
And when you sing the lights come on!
And then the doors all open wide!
And then the whole hall staggers out and sings along!
You rub your eyes…they come closer… it’s
a party?


Lyrics submitted by sethbrown

2 AM song meanings
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    General Commentprobably my favourite TMS song. anyway what i am really here to say is!

    theemoreshallows.vze.com

    the official TMS forum. just created and ready for all the fans to get seats and get comfy! see you all there and spread the word.

    cheers guys
    1664on May 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's pretty clear that this song is about a college student living in a dormitory. The guy that lives next to him is having a party and he's pissed about it because the noise is keeping him awake.

    Later things get weird. I think that either the college student in question is drunk or high on some sort of drug (not an unlikely scenario for a college student) that makes him hallucinate or he eventually falls asleep and starts dreaming about the problem he had just before he fell asleep.

    No matter. The images and feelings that the last two paragrapsh evoke are great.

    Oh, and thanks for the link 1664. I'll have to check that out.
    Raving Lunaticon August 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSome one needs to make some underground, surreal, subverted, f*cked up, Donnie Darko-esque film outing and use TMS's music.

    I love the texture to their music.
    Androohon October 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe perfect paranoid song! can't get enough.
    montcieon May 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe songs about a schizophrenic. hes imagining the whole thing. saying its just a high kid dumbs down the song.
    uzi_does_iton September 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis makes me think about "The Shining"...well, the so-so-to-trashy TV remake where there's the party with all the scary ghosts and stuff and being paranoid because nobody sees em' but you. yeah. so did the guy in the wolf mask scare the life outta anybody else??? maybe it's just because of my irrational fear of werewolves...
    DrownInKoolaidon October 24, 2006   Link
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    General Comment2AM is about the "noise" of the modern world that can overwhelm and distress a person (even to the point of flirting with solipsism - "Who’s making that noise if I’m up here all alone?”), but eventually (hopefully) one comes to terms with the noise, and moreover is able to "sing your own song", that is, project sense onto the world from an enlightenment within. this song is about spiritual ephiphany and how such closes the neurotic gap between "self" and "world" - "there's no who and no why and no conflict": a Buddhist sentiment.
    nilblogon January 15, 2008   Link

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