"Attention" as written by William Beckett and Michael Carden....
Attention! Attention!
May I have all your eyes and ears to the front of the room,
If only, if only for one second.
Will you hear what I have to say?
Oh, did I mention when I see you it stings like hell?
To the fact that we could have something that'll never happen.

This table has taken a turn for the worst.
Rock bottom and over the edge
Well it's not like it hurts that much anyway.
Upside down and inside out.
When I leave here I'm going alone.
Well it's not like it hurts much anyway.

Attention! Attention!
May I have all your eyes and ears to the front of the room,
If only, if only for one second.
Will you hear what I have to say?
Oh, did I mention when I see you it stings like hell?
To the fact that we could have something that'll never happen.
Will you hear what I have to?

This balance has weighed out our hearts desire.
I'm trying to make it alone.
Well it's not like it hurts that much anyway.
Upside down and inside out.
When I leave here I'm going alone.
But I'm dying, I'm dying to touch.
Well it's not like it hurts much anyway.

Attention! Attention!
May I have all your eyes and ears to the front of the room,
If only, if only for one second.
Will you hear what I have to say?
Oh, did I mention when I see you it stings like hell?
To the fact that we could have something, something.

Attention! Attention!
May I have all your eyes and ears to the front of the room,
If only, if only for one second.
Will you hear what I have to say?
Oh, did I mention when I see you it stings like hell?
To the fact that we could have something that'll never happen.
Will you hear what I have to?

Attention! Attention!
Upside down and inside out.
Attention! Attention!
Upside down and inside out.


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"Attention" as written by William Beckett Michael Carden

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    General CommentThis is my favorite TAI song of all time and I just wish they got as much credit as they deserve. William Beckett's lyrics on this whole album fit my life so well, especially this song. To me, it's about loving someone that will never love you back because of a situation. It's about knowing you're perfect for someone but you just got there a few days, months, or years to late and they gave their heart to someone else. The chorus is more or less about wanting to tell that person about it and needing so badly for them to understand, as well as just being understood by everyone around you. I could go on and on about the multiple meanings to this because it fits my life more than any song I've ever heard. Thank God William wrote it. The Academy Is... is one of the best bands ever!!!
    DefLepRockeron July 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis guys make a great pop-punk
    hardvieron January 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMmmhmm i agree
    ADimeADexteron February 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti disagree......

    they are more of a indie/rock band than a pop/punk

    as a matter of fact i dont see the 'punk' that you are talking about at all
    TyroneShoolaceson February 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcheck out remember maine, it was the lead singers first stuff, it's all acoustic. very nice
    poisonawellon February 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. very catchy... i feel like that sometimes, like no one understands.. im like err people listen!! sort of makes me think, theres worse things happening around me and to just deal with the little stuff: "its not like it hurts that much anyway"
    janethepainon July 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentat the beginning, he stops at "if only for one second"
    and then goes straight into "this table..."

    but, to me, this song means a lot.
    it reminds me of how it feels when you want someone's attention and they never seem to notice you. very well performed live. i loved it!
    electriicon October 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song great band.

    i think its about wanting to make amends with an ex that you werent really ready to break off with. you want to make amends with them but they just dont have the same interest in you anymore. you try to tell yourself that what you did was right, and that your over them "it doesnt hurt that bad anyway", when really you still feel your heart drop when you see them. "im dying im dying to touch" i think thats saying how you just want to hold them again and retry something that once was.
    obboon December 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song...unfortunately i can definitely relate. i have to say, everyone should go see them live. they are amazing!!!
    _nicki_on February 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song and it's very catchy.

    i think it's about someone who is dying to just be noticed and he wants it so bad that it almost hurts but he doesn't want to seem desperate so he pretends it's no big deal. he knows what they would have if he just had a chance to show her, but it'll never happen. idk. that's just my take on the song.

    i'm inlove with this band.x3
    offwhitepinstripeson March 11, 2006   Link

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