This is not a competition
You will see when I am gone
Can't you see that I am trying?
Love fifteen; fifteen all
I made a vow to carry you home
If you fall sick, if you pass out
I made a vow to rescue you
If you're in trouble, if you flake out

If you need to ask
I ache because you ache

What was it you could not tell me?
Why are there cuts on your arm?
What is it you run away from?
Why have all the clocks stopped?


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    General Commentis it true kele is gay?
    blocpartyboyon September 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI dont think so, but how the fuck cares...the band is great.

    They such a good band to get high to, their music is so powerfull...it feels like your chasing something, its fantastic.
    fredfuryon September 13, 2005   Link
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    General Comment^^^ I meant who the fuck cares ^^^

    ...I'm stupid :(
    fredfuryon September 13, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"if you need to ask, i ache because you ache."

    beautiful.
    brightestfireflyon September 24, 2005   Link
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    General Comment'i made a vow to carry you home'
    isnt that a lyric from 'so here we are'?

    The lyrics to this song are amazing - as all bloc party lyrics are
    bloc_party15on November 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is about someone in a relationship promising to help the other person no matter what, because they care about them. But then towards the end they run out of time and it's too late, because they've got to either get on with they're own life, or the person is so far beyond any help they coud offer.
    Televisedon April 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBasically: Relationship, strong faith between them, BUT the person that is ebing sung about obviously is troubled in some way, with the cuts on their arm (most probably self-harm), and it may also be that they need the support. But, the 'narrator' seems to feel the same pain as the subject "I ache, because you ache".. if you catch my drift. Like I've already said a few times today, not explaining too much today, sorry. Just doing this out of boredom (Whilst listening to the ol' Bloc ofcourse)..
    Ben xxx
    Bloc-Headon May 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a beautifully written song, and i really like how it sounds different to alot of their other songs.
    I think it's all about unconditional love for someone, what ever it is they're going through, and always wanting to be there for them. Yet by doing this the narrator is feeling their pain - "I ache because you ache"
    It's just an amazing song
    not_a_competitionon August 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSome of the best lyrics I've ever heard. the first time i listened to this song i took it that the narrator loved this girl but it wasn't returned, maybe, and hes promising to always be there, no matter what. but youre right, not a competition, amazing song.
    sovicon March 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBLOC PARTY uses the same lines sometimes in different songs.if you listen carefully and know the lyrics youll see they hav some words that are the same with the other songs
    TheO.Zon March 16, 2007   Link

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