Close the door and drift away
Into a sea of uncertainty
Where all your hopes and dreams
Have faded out of reach.
Remember all the bad dreams
Are not far from reality
Would you write again for me?

(let me whisper something in your ear).

And you awake and there you are
Not far off from the line before
And just how long did it take for you to understand
Where your feelings stopped and writing began
Convince yourself to take control
Play to the hilt this unlikely role.

Remember all the bad dreams
Are not far from reality
Will you write again for me?
And who bade you stop this living art?
Have you forgotten just what you are?
If you don't want to then you could at least pretend
That the paper's your soul and your blood's the pen
And maybe then you'd see the light
And read the truth, that you had to write.

If heaven sent you downstream
Where banished eyes haven't been
Would you smile again for me?
You misread your fate line
Had long run out ahead of time
Would you write again for me?

And you awake and there you are
Not far off from the line before
And just how long did it take for you to understand
Where your feelings stopped and writing began
Convince yourself to take control
Play to the hilt this unlikely role.

If heaven sent you downstream
Where banished eyes haven't been
Would you smile again for me?


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    General Commentthey recently recorded this song live for daytrotter and about the song they said

    "This song was written when Brian Wilson was just about to release the Smile album for the first time. In it I tried to explore the idea of the composer who is unable or unwilling to face the weight of their own genius, and allow their fears to stop them from accomplishing great work. The art accompanying this song on the CD is a picture of Bach, but we’d originally wanted to put a picture of Brian Wilson there, and were told we couldn’t by some idiotic little director at our label’s art department. It’s stupid things like that that made us decide to avoid major labels, and so should you."
    mattsaunderson March 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI've been a huge fan of Trail of Dead for over 10 years now, ever since I used to sneak out my window in high school to see them play at Emos in Austin. This song is easily my favorite Trail of Dead song. It actually helped me get through a very difficult moment in my life. My grandfather wanted me to write his obituary. When he died, I drove to Dallas the next morning. The obituary was due at the newspaper that afternoon and I was completely unable to form a sentence in my head. I had "awaken and there (I) was not far off from the line before." I ended up listening to this song on repeat full blast from Austin to Dallas and it felt like my grandfather was speaking to me.

    I felt like the song was written for me at that time in that moment. I was a young journalist and my grandfather had been my biggest fan. I felt like he was asking me if I would write again for him. And being so close to my grandfather, I truly felt like I needed to pretend "the paper's your soul and your blood's the pen," in order to give my grandfather the obituary of his great life that he deserved, written by a descendant of his blood line. When it finally asks if you will smile again for me, it seemed to say that after all is said and done, he wanted me to keep smiling and press on in my writing and life.

    I know I'm a dork but if anyone from TOD ever reads this, I want you to know how extremely much this song means to me.
    truthlover557on March 19, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest song in Worlds Apart... sounds like Conrad is convincing himself to write. Writer's block with the new album, hard to top yourself? Something like that...
    boomerstyleon February 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoddly enough this is one of the songs i heard live at NYC's music festival i believe lol. It sounded fuggin awesome live
    S0nlxaftrsh0ckon March 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis kind of reminds me of Silent Lucidity by Queensryche.
    Pakana Sieluon May 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is probably one of the most thrilling songs that I've ever heard.
    pumkinhedon May 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like how... epic it sounds.
    elleonon June 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea... epic....
    Burn0neDownon July 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe because this is the first ever song I've heard by this band, I'm not terribly impressed. I love the lyrics, but the song itself reminds me of a musical... :P
    SageSoulon August 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti'm not a huge fan of the intro [it's a little too abrupt or something] but i love the simplicity of the drums throughout the majority of the song.

    also, the lyrical depth is astounding.
    sable Jesteron February 15, 2008   Link

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