"The Great Escape" as written by and Nicholas Sandon Murray....
I'm making my escape, making my escape
I tell myself that everything's in shape
Everything's in shape, but me
How long can we stay, how long can we stay?
I tell myself that everything is great
Everything is great, well how am I doing?

I've got a great idea
I'm going to wait right here
I've got a great idea
I'm going to wait right here
While everything is adding
Up, up, up
Everything is adding
Up, up, up

Breaking both my hands, breaking both my hands
Telling me to 'take it like a man'
Take it like a man, I can't
I don't understand, I don't understand
Please repeat whatever you just said
Nothing's making sense, well how am I doing?

I've got a great idea
I'm going to wait right here
I've got a great idea
I'm going to wait right here
While everything is adding
Up, up, up
Everything is adding
Up, up, up

They're breaking both my hands, they're breaking both my hands
They're telling me to 'take it like a man'
Take it like a man, well fuck that
I don't understand, said, I don't understand
So please repeat whatever you just said
'Cause nothing's making sense, well how am I doing?

I've got a great idea
I'm going to wait right here
I've got a great idea
I'm going to wait right here
While everything is adding
Up, up, up
While everything is adding
Up, up, up


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"The Great Escape" as written by Andre Davis Sean Chapman

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    General CommentBloc Party - Uh
    The Rapture - Pffft
    We Are Scientists - MMMMMMM
    xrewrite itxon January 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about suicide, the video pretty much says it all. He is trying to escape from his problems so topping himself is the only way out. It's sad but highly relatable.
    paperprincesson April 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can't believe no ones commented on this song!
    This is such a good song, not the best lyrics but the video kicks ass , its so funny.w.a.s are going to be big!
    indiegirlon September 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think the video is excellent aswell. Wish the lyrics were while everything is changing oh oh ohhh, rather then while everything is adding up up up, just seems more sing-alongy with the lyrics I thought it was.
    dakinatoron September 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song seems to me, to be about someone feeling repressed and like they can't be heard. But anyway...good video too!
    quarter_past_threeon September 25, 2005   Link
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    General Comment/\ yeah that kind of makes sense, especially when you watch the video, and at the end when Keith cries! that hurts, some one that hot shouldn't have to cry.
    indiegirlon October 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, and the video ^^ But i always thought it was about a man trying to break away from who he was, well it looks like that in the video...Its really sad when he cries...*cry*
    xXxSoLastSummerxXxon October 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe song is great, but doesn't anyone think We are scientists are just another Bloc party/the Rapture/... rip-off?
    summermakegoodon December 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNaw, Bloc Party sounds totally different to me.

    Great song. =D
    MoreThanMikeon January 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit seems that he is singing about being trapped in a relationship or a situation and it is the fact that he doesnt know what to do that is keeping him in that position. "everything is great" is showing a sense of denial but also great doubles up to mean the matter is large and he is sort of out of his depth.
    The chorus is the main basis of the song and it reflects what he's thinking of doing at that precise moment. The fact that he doesnt have any ideas/feels smothered by something or someone "They're breakin' both my hands"
    /restricted on all sides by the situation is means that he choses to "Wait right here, whilst everything is adding up", developing self affacing ironic view that he is telling himself to keep on as it is becuase he thinks time will take its true cause althought that he really knows that its 95% down to him being not brave enough to do anything. "Take it like a man
    I can't"

    "Cause nothin's makin' sense
    Well, how'm I doin'?" the final self appraisal at the end of the song perpetuates the time that he will be frozen in the situation and makes it seem even more hopeless.


    On a lighter note i like goat cheese.
    kingoftherodeoon February 27, 2006   Link

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