There’s no sign of love
I can see the faces
underneath the smile
everyone’s alone

And they don’t believe you so
no, they won’t believe you, no
we are the only ones
that won't let go

get somebody else to
tell you how you feel inside
let it go, let it go

this seems so surreal
keg of empty promise
constantly I feel
shaking in my bones

And they don’t believe you so
No, they won’t believe you, know
am I the only one
who hurts my soul

Get somebody else to tell you how you feel inside
and you let somebody else drag you down
don’t fake it all, don’t fake it all
You're the leader in the basement
let it go, let it go

I’m a fool at heart
I’m weighted up against
the cruelest of hearts
I’m weighted up against

I sing sweet again
I sing sweet again
I sing sweet again

Don’t feel bad
Do what you want no, no
I want to believe you so
Do what you want no, no
Why should I feel so bad
we’re keeping it no, no...

Get somebody else to tell you how you feel inside
and you let somebody else drag you down
But don’t fake it all, don’t fake it all
You're the leader in the basement
let it go, let it go



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96 Heartbeats song meanings
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    General CommentAnd there's no comment on this song because..?
    It's a great song. I can't wait to see them next month.
    babygrl814on February 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyou will completely enjoy their show, the best show i have ever seen was with atal. simply genious and beautiful
    tobcoreon March 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah, atal is definitely one of the best live bands i've seen.

    "get somebody else to tell you how you feel inside and you let somebody else drag you down"
    -fucking sick line
    ConsciousPiloton September 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of my favorite songs by them. i love the lyrics.

    since no one really commented on the meaning, i tried to figure out what '96 heartbeats' meant and i looked here:
    fi.edu/biosci/monitor/…

    and i think 96 heartbeats just sounds like an increased human heart rate, in case anyone as curious. :)
    fivergirlon April 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is an attack on the music industry and the struggles of bands being pushed into corners and being forced to be cookie cutter.
    TheLionTameron August 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favorite song by them, mostly because it's just plain honest: "underneath the smiles, everyone's alone." it's so true, whether or not we want to realize it.

    i also really like the part that says "i'm a fool at heart, i'm weighted up against the cruelest of hearts..." but then it goes on to say "i sing sweet again", basically saying that even though we are alone, it shouldn't keep us from trying to live our lives as optimistically as we can.
    deepsilhouette8on September 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGuy loves girl with all his being.

    Girl loves guy, but her friends don't like it. They're jealous bitter old hags and they're only 17. They try to distort her love and corrupt her with doubt in the guy.

    Guy is sick of it.

    SirWinstonon October 06, 2009   Link
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    General Commentlove/ this song.
    bsmiffayon October 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFirst off this is a awesome song and can be taken many ways but I perceive the song to be about an abortion.
    96 upside down is 96 ... maybe two peoples "heartbeats" raised above average level (average is around 64 beats per minute according to radiology.rsna.org) because of criticism from other people, "Get somebody else to tell you how you feel inside and you let somebody else drag you down." The second to last stanza states, "Don't feel bad / Do what you want no, no / I want to believe you so /Do what you want no, no /Why should I feel so bad / we're keeping it no, no..."

    Please give some insight of have some, thanks
    Lexaniatxon November 24, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti agree with Lexaniatx, there is mention of abortion in Milk and Honey:

    You told me once your body flowed
    with milk and honey
    but what happened to our boy
    inside your tummy?
    nothinggoldon November 01, 2010   Link

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