"Down and Out" as written by William Beckett and Michael Carden....
Out of the box, out of the kitchen.
Out of the world she's grown so fearful of.
I don't ever want to see you again.
I don't ever want to see you again, my friend.
This is the end.
Out of the house, she grabs the keys, runs for the hills and doesn't leave a letter.
That way the impact will be much better.
Away from the man that she's grown so fearful of.
I don't ever want to see you again.

Why, oh why do you wear sunglasses in the home when the sun went out about an hour ago?
Life should not be that way.

Always up or down, never down and out.
You dream of demons while you sleep that make you stutter when you speak.
Speak now or forever hold your peace in pieces.

Now that I'm grown I've seen marriages fall to pieces.
Now that I'm grown I've seen friendships fall to pieces.
Weekend warriors, and our best friends.
The writers weren't kidding about how all good things must end.
Then again some things are far too good to go ahead and let go.

Always up or down, never down and out.
You dream of demons while you sleep that make you stutter when you speak.
Speak now or forever hold your peace.

We won't forget Tony or Johnny.
No matter how they miss us they still wish us the best on the road.
Garrett took a plane to Paris, France.
Now he's cooking up entrees for the pretty, pretty French girls.
Bookends, Blue and Clarity, to The Wall and Grace.
Darkside, Wish and a toast to the late Figure 8.

Weekend warriors and our best friends.
The writers weren't kidding about the good things will live in our hearts.

Always up or down, never down and out.
You dream of demons while you sleep that make you stutter when you speak.
Speak now or forever hold your peace in pieces.


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"Down and Out" as written by William Beckett Michael Carden

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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs off the new CD. They are such a great band live too. The first half of the song makes me think that "she" is being abused in a relationship, but then I'm not sure about the second half.
    splitendson February 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite song off the CD
    TyroneShoolaceson February 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe Academy Is... is such an awesome band. A lot like Fallout Boy IMO but a tad bit more melodic, maybe? I can't place it, but there is something really different between the two...

    Anyway. The first stanza to me is about a girl who is trapped in a world that she is mistreated in and she is going to leave.

    The "why o why you where sunglasses in the home" part is kind of like, asking "why are you hiding from yourself? (or possibly life in general)

    The chorus is pretty self explanatory and so is the following verse. The stanza that starts with "We won't forget Tony and Johnny" seems to be about how everyone in this guy's circle of friends went away to do their own thing, leaving behind "the good thing" mentioned.

    Great song!
    belladonna_on April 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhen I saw TAI in Chicago opening for Something Corporate He dedicated this to one of his friends.. I really didn't think this would be the best choice for a friend.. but I do love the song.
    clippy.hangeron April 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOkay there's some obvious shout outs in this song, such as Blue (Weezer), Clarity (Jimmy Eat World), Late Figure 8 (Elliott Smith), Darkside, the Wall, and Wish (all Pink Floyd) and Bookends (Simon and Garfunkel?? possibly?) but where did "Grace" come from?
    lyme01on April 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe beginning has to be about someone in an abusive relationship. "why oh why you wear sunglasses in the home"? that's what i got from it, at least.
    iknowimsopatheticon April 26, 2005   Link
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    General Commentin response to the person who was wondering where "Grace" came from... It's a wonderful cd by Jeff Buckley. one of my favorites.
    sailortattooson May 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhy do I wear sunglasses in the home,
    When the sun went out about an hour ago?
    Why do I wear sunglasses in the home,
    When the sun went out about an hour ago?
    Life should not be that way.

    ^^^for some reason that makes me think that like, she gets abused? has black eyes? so she wears sunglasses to cover it up, thats why it says ''Life should not be that way.''
    RiiPoon May 26, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthat does make sense. the shout outs are pretty obvious. i think it's about a girl leaving her abusive father. just kind of strikes me that way. i think it's the whole running away thing. it's more of a teenage girl kind of thing rather than an abused wife. the sunglasses part makes sense though. i love the "speak now or forever hold your peace in pieces" part. his voice just totally takes over the song.
    sheslikeohsoemoon December 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentRiiPo

    late response, but i'm thinking she wears sunglasses inside from crying as well. for example, at a funeral you wear sunglasses to cover you emotions. i don't know
    martinusgirlon January 11, 2006   Link

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