"Yesterday Threw Everything At Me" as written by and Joel Pott Steven Roberts....
Switch on the light, between each other
Elevated to your side, Now I'm nervous
It's time to tell you honestly, so we can alter history

You are, first on my list,
When everything around is gone I know
You are, first on my list,
When everything is shown up for what it is

Plastic flowers that fight for color
Shadows floating on the ground, that always follow
Like international acclaim, it comes and goes never the same

You are, first on my list,
When everything around is gone I know
You are, first on my list,
When everything is shown up for what it is

And I will run with it
And sunlight will break into my eyes
And it seems like you plugged the world in
'cause sunlight is streaming from your eyes

You are, first on my list,
When everything around is gone I know
You are, first on my list,
When everything is shown up for what it is

Let's take our time, it won't change over night
We got a chance we didn't have before
Let's take our time, it won't change over night
We got a chance we didn't have before

You are, first on my list,
When everything around is gone I know
You are, first on my list,
When everything is shown up for what it is


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"Yesterday Threw Everything at Me" as written by Joel Pott Carey Willetts

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  • +1
    General Commenthey steve....please stop with religious themes.....everyone on this site is trying to interpret songs as being religiousand frankly its absurd...there is no way that this song has any connection to christianity...i have never heard such complete bollox in my life...where on earth did u pull that shit from....its ridiculous...for the love of god(and jesus and john the baptist and whoever else u think this is about) shut up...this is a love song, plain and true
    mojo_pinon August 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is i hope a candidate for a future single, as its got all the makings of a hit! i think its about basically telling a loved one that they are the most important person in their life. they are the first thing that comes into mind
    also the line
    Its time to tell you honestly, so we can alter history
    to me makes me think that perhaps he's fancied this person,or has gone out with her for a while and wants to say how much she means to him
    Athlete***on February 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentand does anyone think this part sounds quite Dove ish
    And i will run with it
    And sunlight will break into my eyes
    And it seems like you plugged the world in
    'Cause sunlight is streaming from your eyes
    Athlete***on February 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love this song sooo much and i think athlete are so good i'm amazed that so few people have heard them. i think this would be a cool single, and also chances. this song is cool
    mairion April 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest song on the album!!
    beni_ffafon May 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentfirst off, i think athlete is the best band from britain of the 21st century. about this song, when i first heard this song i thought that it was about loving someone, but now that i listened to it again, i realized that steveyg2004 is right. it is a song about loving God and knowing that when everything you have is gone, you will still have Him and He will bring you eternal happiness in Heaven.
    userbobby360on July 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentATHLETE ROCK! WooH! GREAT SONG TOO!

    I can relate to it sort of. I think it is someone about to ask someone out by giving them plastic flowers and he is nervous - naturally -
    prickly_gorgeon August 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commentsteveyg2004 is right on the assesment of the song and much to the disappointment of mojo_pin it is well known that all the band members in Athlete are christians. Most of the songs are about love for another person or for God. Whats wrong in that, at least they have hope and faith in something real. In none of there songs do they bring out bitterness or anger.

    I think its a lesson we should all learn from!
    talliejayon August 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love the line "Plastic flowers that fight for colour" it makes you think so much it opens the doors of my mind so they can be filled with all the other lines in the song i personally love athlete i love british bands and wish they would come to texas so i could hear them live.
    ~Im so good at vanishing~
    imsogoodatvanishingon January 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have to agree with beni, this is the best song on the album.

    But I also have to disagree with the assessment of this song's meaning, I shall enlighten you!

    If I tell you that all the members of Athlete went to the same church together and this is how they came to form a band, that should be enough for you to get what this lyric is about (the only thing it could possibly be about).

    I found all this out in this month's Q Magazine; Athlete are not a typical big drinking, womanising rock and roll band. Although most of the lads no longer go to Church, they have strong Christian faith and believe in a personal relationship with Jesus and the big man.

    Before you all think I am using this opportunity to save your souls, I'm as damned as most of us in the eyes of the good book. Basically because i havent given my life over to the Lord. All this that i am writing is making me cringe a bit, the sort of rhetoric you hear from good-intentioned Christian friends etc.

    But think of Athlete in this context, and you will find that a few of their song's meanings can be reassessed, and suddenly it seems obvious the song is not about a relationship with a girl or love of that kind. Obviously Wires is self explanatory and we all know what that's about (baby in intensive care), but Yesterday Threw Everything at Me, which before I had thought was a tradional love song, has the most pointed Christian-message in any of their songs.

    And so I will lay it out for you.....

    It is a quite simply a song about someone becoming a 'new born christian' and the type of awakening that the person goes through as a result of this (I guess).

    'Switch on the light between each other'

    The saying "Jesus is the light of the world", need I say more?

    'Elevated to your side, now Im nervous'

    If someone gives up their old ways, it is going to be a nervous, painful time for them as their friends, often even family, will be baffled, even ridicule someone who declares they have found Jesus.

    'It's time to tell you honestly, so we can alter history'

    As much as others say this is about a girl he loves, we aint in the late 60s any more and noone really believes the love between a man and a woman will be a force for change in the world. When this is taken as someone talkng to God, in christian teachings someone has to pour their hearts out to God and hide nothing for their hearts to become pure, and then he can help to spread the word John-the-Baptist like and 'alter history'.

    The chorus is pointedly about the end of the world 'when everything is gone' 'when everything is shown up for what it is' , and that Christ and God must come first with Christians 'You are the first on my list'.

    The next verse is also pretty straight forward, basically outlining the transience and ever changing nature of things which are valued in the world (fame) or beautiful (flowers).

    Once we get to the line 'and I will run with it', it is clear that the new born christian is growing in his faith, and his life has taken on a positive aspect as he starts to 'run with it' (his calling), with God and no doubt the Gospels/Bible being a constant replenishing force in his life and for the world '

    'And it seems like you plugged the world in
    'Cause sunlight is streaming from your eyes'

    The last verse is the only one that makes me doubt my interpretation, the reference to 'we' and 'our' would suggest he talking to an actual person, although I suppose having grown in his faith he is one of Christ's disciples and can speak to God/Jesus as his equal.

    There we go.....this is my first post on this site by the way.

    i am currently listening to Athlete play 'Shake those Windows' at Glastonbury 2005.....they are a fine band.

    Saying that, putting a religious/christian message into a indie pop son is simply not acceptable - Throw them to the Lions I say!!! ;-)
    steveyg2004on June 25, 2005   Link

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