"The Big Fight" as written by Amy E Millan, Torquil John Campbell, Christopher Allen Seligman, Evan Whitney Cranley and Patrick Mcgee....
How could you do it
I couldn't say
Years built on sand
June until May
Second to second
Lied even while you held my hand

It's death for the living
Yes, I am a ghost
The mirror is cloudy
I loved you the most
You threw out the pieces
Did things we didn't understand

He doesn't want her but he just won't let her go
He doesn't want her but he just won't let her go
She started breaking but she still won't let it show
He doesn't want her but he just won't let her go

The clothes in the wardrobe
Just send them to me
There are bills here for you
That's cause nothing is free
We build up with things
To make us who we want to be

Is she in the background
I just wouldn't know
Did I build you a prison
Please don't let me go
I've unlocked the door
But you can't walk away from me

He doesn't want her but he just won't let her go
He doesn't want her but he just won't let her go
She started breaking but she still won't let it show
He doesn't want her but he just won't let her go

He doesn't want her but he just won't let her go
He doesn't want her but he just won't let her go
She started breaking but she still won't let it show
He doesn't want her but he just won't let her go


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"The Big Fight" as written by Christopher Allen Seligman Amy E Millan

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    General CommentI think it's pretty obvious what this song is about, and I love it.
    neonemoon January 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthow could you do it
    i couldnt say
    years built on sand
    june until may
    second to second
    lied even while you held my hand

    I think this verse is the girl asking how he could have cheated on her after all that they have been through and after how difficult it was to construct their relationship properly (built on sand). She gave it her all and he acted like he was but in reality he was lying, possibly because she was forcing or in control of the relationship (holding his hand)

    its death for the living
    yes i am a ghost
    the mirror is cloudy
    i loved you the most
    you threw out the pieces
    did things we didnt understand

    here she talks about how painful it is to be cheated on (death for the living), and he retaliates with the fact that he feels dead emotionally (ghost). Shes blaming him for throwing it all away, while he wants her to know that he loved her not the other girl(s).

    he doesnt want her but he just wont let her go
    she started breaking but she still wont let it show

    The chorus is about how he did love her and not the other girls, but he didn't actually want to be with her...probably going back to the fact that he seemed to be forced into the relationship by her guiding hand in the first verse. The second line the girls is so hurt by his actions that she is starting to emotional "break" but she is trying not to show it because he is the one that doesn't want her.

    the clothes in the wardrobe
    just send them to me
    theres bills her for you
    thats cause nothing is free
    we FILLED up with things
    to make us who we want to be

    This verse is pretty self explanitory. She has a bunch of his stuff left over at their apartment and he wants it all back if its really over and he has moved out for good. She comments on his bills being there, just reemphasizing the fact that they were living together. His comment about nothing being free is interesting. I think this shows that he has been providing for her for various financial things, probably to make up for the fact that he is cheating on her...like making himself feel better. "filled up with things to make us who we want to be"-i think that this line means that they were going through the motions of making it seem like they were a happy couple, such as doing couple activities/dates/dinners etc

    is she in the background?
    i just wouldnt know
    did i build you a prison?
    please dont let me go
    ive unlocked the doors
    but you cant walk away from me

    This verse clarifys the fact that he was cheating with, "is she in the background?" But, he says he "just wouldn't know," because he ended the affair. When she asks if she built him a prison, she wants to know WHY he cheated on her. She wants to know if she made him feel trapped, if she forced the relationship to happen in the first place, and if he ever truely wanted to be in it with her. In a twist, he says"please don't let me go." This probably means that he doesnt want her to let him go completely because he can't let her go 100% and wants her to hold on to her feelings towards him. She replys with the fact that she has lost all feeling for him and no longer wants him... "i've unlocked the doors"

    he doesnt want her but he just wont let her go
    she started breaking but she still wont let it show
    he doesnt want her but he just wont let her go
    Taza de Frutaon March 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe very last thing they sing sounds like
    "He doesn't want her but she just won't let him go."
    which, after hearing it, added a completely new dimension to my understanding of the song.

    This song really hits me hard because it describes almost perfectly a situation I'm currently in. I was dating a guy who cheated on me, and we broke up. However, there was never any real closure to the relationship. We still talk, and he won't let go of what we had. It's always "I miss you. When am I going to get to see you again?" Things like that. I'm torn because I really wish he would let go so that I can let go but at the same time it scares me that he will. Then the last line makes me think: am I not really allowing him to let go? I don't know.

    Sorry for the personal anecdote. Anyway, that's my take on the song. Other than that, I agree with Taza de Fruta.
    translucent_shadowson February 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenttranslucent shadows is right, the last line sounds like "he doesn't want her but she just wont let him go."
    tinydisorientationson March 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. i think its about two people trying to get over a break up.
    i.was.young.enoughon March 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo sum up: complete denial.
    pragmaticon April 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song...
    pandakaton October 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of my favorites.
    vintagetapshoeson October 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the whole album is about this. It really reminds me of the MountainGoat's
    Tallahasee, as an album about a relationship crumbling down in the songs.

    Also, the official website says it was supposed to be about Robots and Sex, but it ended being an album about Robots, Death and Sex
    kozmikon November 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is clearly about a break up with strings attached. 'he dosen't want her but he just wont let her go' its catch 22. cant live with her cant live without/let go of her. i also think the break up is due to cheating and or lying 'how could you do it i couldn't say years built on sand june until may'. everything they had was a lie all the time and energy spent. they both still have feelings for eachother but its doomed.
    lally123on November 09, 2005   Link

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