there's anthrax in the envelope i opened in my dream
the sky is red and little kids are running, screaming in the street
i tried to run and save them but i had molasses feet
i keep having nightmares and i'm scared to go to sleep

if you fall in i'll jump down
and touch your face while we're both sinking
(stinking thinking) we won't drown
you are my friend
and what we're doing's too important
for our lives to end quite yet

in montreal i got so mad, someone broke into the van
stole my guitar and aaron's bag
then we turned on cnn, watched the towers fall again
and realized that our lives aren't so bad

this is just a test take it with love and you will pass
you will be rewarded if you do your very best
nothing ever goes as planned so don't take anything for granted
if you do the world will kick your ass

the air is filled with computers and carpets
skin and bones and telephones and file cabinets
coke machines, firemen, landing gear, and cement
they say that it's okay but i say don't breathe in

the air is filled with computers and carpets
skin and bones and telephones and file cabinets
coke machines, firemen, landing gear, and cement
they say that it's okay but i say don't breathe that shit in

an angel named gabriel is watching over you
he was a friend mistreated now he's dead so say you're sorry to him
when you say your prayers tonight if you make amends
the gates to heaven here on earth will open up again

if you fall in i'll jump down
and touch your face while we're both sinking
(stinking thinking) we won't drown
you are my friend
and what we're doing's too important
for our lives to end quite yet


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    General Commentbrilliant song, one of my faves , when i listen to this song it makes me think of the future and workin in a dead end job or something, and Kimya Dawsons worrying about that or something? And she shows this in her dream where theres all computers, telephones and file cabinets. I'm not really sure at all but it's a beautiful song and that's all that really matters
    ZAPDAVEYon August 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentgreat song i must agree. but zapdavey, you're waayyy off.
    kimya dawsons songs are sometimes very political. this ones oh-so obviously about 9/11:

    in montreal i got so mad, someone broke into the van
    stole my guitar and aaron's bag
    then we turned on cnn, watched the towers fall again
    and realized that our lives aren't so bad

    this stansa is about how the towers falling made everything in kimyas life seem normal.

    the air is filled with computers and carpets
    skin and bones and telephones and file cabinets
    coke machines, firemen, landing gear, and cement
    they say that it's okay but i say don't breathe that shit in

    this is about the debry and such falling from the towers as they fell. its about the firemen who died, and how many people refused to go outside for days for fear of posinous gases outside.

    if you fall in i'll jump down
    and touch your face while we're both sinking
    (stinking thinking) we won't drown
    you are my friend
    and what we're doing's too important
    for our lives to end quite yet

    now this is about her dreaming shes in the tower with someone improtant to her. shes promising them if something happens to them she will always be there. and that she won't let them get hurt because the things that they are doing are to important, obviously...
    knock_knock_whoon March 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentbut thats just my interpretaion
    :D
    knock_knock_whoon March 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is partially about 9/11,
    But she wrote it after her friend Aaron passed away. Her van was broken into and her guitar was stolen along with Aaron's journals and they sat in their hotel that night watching the 9/11 stuff happen.
    This is just a song she wrote about remembering that with him and how special he was.
    DeadUnicornson July 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think knock_knock_who is completely right in that the song is about 9/11, but I also think that Kimya's using 9/11 as a metaphor for life with depression and getting through it with a friend.

    if you fall in i'll jump down
    and touch your face while we're both sinking
    (stinking thinking) we won't drown
    you are my friend
    and what we're doing's too important
    for our lives to end quite yet

    I think this part is about depression or a different mental disorder. "Stinking thinking" is a term used by this famous therapist (Marsha Linehan), and it's basically all these kinds of distorted thinking that people with mental disorders have. It's totally possible that Kimya could have heard the term, since tons of therapists across the country/world have adapted Linehan's methods. So, I think Kimya and her friend both suffer from depression or something and she's saying basically they can get through it together and they both have to keep living because their work is too important. But I think it's also meant more in the literal, as she and her friend fall in the twin towers, like knock_knock_who said--like I said before, I think she's using 9/11 as a metaphor.

    this is just a test take it with love and you will pass
    you will be rewarded if you do your very best
    nothing ever goes as planned so don't take anything for granted
    if you do the world will kick your ass

    Here she's saying that life is a test and you'll be rewarded (either during your life, like karma, or perhaps in an afterlife) if you are loving and thankful in your life and "do your very best."

    So I think the song is basically saying "life is hard, and we can get through it together, because if we do we'll be rewarded."

    It's probable that Kimya didn't intend for any of that (especially the "stinking thinking") to mean what I got out of it, but that's what this song means to me. (:
    catoon January 31, 2009   Link

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