Half-full loses weight once you taste it
So for now my empty glass must mean I've chased it
But I'm not wasted and I'll not waste it
The dealer laced it with a new decree of our separation
How many have you taken?
And I could run off at the mouth
For hours on end, like I'd gone senseless
But I'm just speechless
Rendered me defenseless
Barred from your presence, my name from present-tenses
And yes, I've sensed this
Since early August
I'm not dense and it's obvious that you're more than just friends
But I'm not against this
I'll remove our fences
And just hide in these sentencing sentences
Till things can start making sense
It's a roseate opiate ruse of roguish rouge
That brings back my black and bruised blues
The sea, our torpid frames pale upon the beach
Entwined in love's sands, between those sheets

Remember
I mean, really think back now
To the very last time you were happy
And yeah, I know, got the job, got the family
Got no free time, and still they'll take what's left
Now we're running on empty but I know we can make it
Can't turn around
And we can't change our destination
But when our transmission ends
They'll rescue us
And we'll start from where we land
It's roseate opiate ruse of roguish rouge
That brings back my black and bruised blues
You can't rob the coppery tide of her cherry-ish hues
The shores of these sheets recant refuse
Forget about the wedding rings we lose
Only greater love will see us through
It don't matter now how long we've played the fools
We both know we were bound to bend the rules
You should know by now, we never lose
No never, never
You can mock the malleable calms of ancient rule
Forever and ever
Or forgive them for they know not what they do
Whatever, whatever
So Rosemary's baby to sing the truth
For worse or for better
Now, the idiosyncrasy when they serve the savants
And the mouth of the iris learns to let the light in
May the end of our times make way for the rules that we bend
Times are always changing, but life never ends


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We Were Bound (to Bend the Rules) song meanings
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    My InterpretationI personally, almost litteraly at some points, can relate to this song. It's also my favorite of the band.

    This is just my interpetation though, so it could be wrong but I think:

    "Half-full loses weight once you taste it
    So for now my empty glass must mean I've chased it
    But I'm not wasted and I'll not waste it"

    Here, it's pretty straight forward that he's drinking. The line "must mean i've chased it" shows that he did it on purpose, getting drunk.

    The reason though:

    "The dealer laced it with a new decree of our separation"

    interpets as he's drinking because he and the girl he loves can't be together

    The next stanza,

    "And I could run off at the mouth
    For hours on end, like I'd gone senseless
    But I'm just speechless
    Rendered me defenseless"

    Says that while he has alot to say on the subject, he's shocked and "speechless"

    "Barred from your presence, my name from present-tenses"

    The suituation stops them from being together, his name no longer john is, but was

    The reason why is shown in the next stanza:

    "And yes, I've sensed this
    Since early August
    I'm not dense and it's obvious that you're more than just friends
    But I'm not against this"

    The girl he loves, loves someone else, something he's belived to be true for sometime. But while he loves her, he realizes that she loves him. But knowing this, he steps back and accepts the fact.

    This next part is pretty tricky:

    "It's a roseate opiate ruse of roguish rouge
    That brings back my black and bruised blues"

    and my own interp comes out to
    his competition's charm that wins the girls is what brings him pain because he's jealous.

    "The sea, our torpid frames pale upon the beach
    Entwined in love's sands, between those sheets"

    The dream of what he wants "our torpid frames" but the line, "in love's sands between those sheets" instead of the sheets signify that he knows that that is his competitions place



    That's the first part. Here the song has a nice little peice then moves into what I always refer to as the second part or movement. To me what happens is time has passed. He's moved on and has even entered into a new relationship.

    "Remember
    I mean, really think back now
    To the very last time you were happy"

    Time has passed and he hasn't been very happy.

    "And yeah, I know, got the job, got the family
    Got no free time, and still they'll take what's left"

    While he has a life, he's bitter towards it

    "Now we're running on empty but I know we can make it
    Can't turn around
    And we can't change our destination"

    While his relationship is failing, there's nothing he can do to change it

    "But when our transmission ends
    They'll rescue us
    And we'll start from where we land"

    But when it's over, he'll be free and can go with a fresh start

    "It's roseate opiate ruse of roguish rouge
    That brings back my black and bruised blues
    You can't rob the coppery tide of her cherry-ish hues"

    Again he's still jealous of his competition and can't help but still lover the girl

    "The shores of these sheets recant refuse

    Their love refuses to stop

    "Forget about the wedding rings we lose
    Only greater love will see us through"

    They forsake their wedding vows and love each other

    "It don't matter now how long we've played the fools
    We both know we were bound to bend the rules
    You should know by now, we never lose
    No never, never"

    The fact that so much time doesn't matter, just that they love each other

    "You can mock the malleable calms of ancient rule
    Forever and ever
    Or forgive them for they know not what they do
    Whatever, whatever"

    Frankly though, the rest of it escapes me, but I still love this song

    "So Rosemary's baby to sing the truth
    For worse or for better
    Now, the idiosyncrasy when they serve the savants
    And the mouth of the iris learns to let the light in
    May the end of our times make way for the rules that we bend
    Times are always changing, but life never ends"
    kwando44on February 24, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think this is about how someone like judah is playing in a band, but everyone else has "grown up" and gotten a 9-5, but he still is playing in a band full time.,,,
    poly800rockon April 02, 2006   Link

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