On my face I scratched out something like a silhouette
Around the golden ten like lambs
On my face I've hidden away any embarrassment
Away from my acquaintances
I'm not sold on anything but half a dream
I'm not sensing a thing

I see a blank notebook page
And it's my life and there is nothing I can think to write
I'm not sensing a thing
I hope you don't see a thing
Smile through everyone you ever see
So what, you gave him the time of day
Twist back and end this suffering
I'll dance around, I honestly give up and de-robe

I see a blank notebook page
And it's my life and there is nothing I can think to write
I'm not sensing a thing

Right side falls
Heaven looks gracefully on you, I owe you too
Right side because
Heaven knows it should be so easy
Right side falls
Heaven looks gracefully on you, I owe you too (I owe you too)
Right side because
Heaven knows it should be so easy


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They Perched on Their Stilts, Pointing and Daring Me to Break Custom song meanings
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    General CommentI FRIGGING LOVE THIS SONG!
    lovexloatheon March 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of the best live songs the do. It's just awesome. The intro he says before it is so funny and the end of the song is just crazy!
    jbandy10on June 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe song is probably my favorite off the EP

    I see a blank notebook page
    And it's my life and there is
    Nothing I can think to write
    I'm not sensing a thing

    best part of the song
    xx2whatendxxon August 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is a very powerful song. who ever doesn't like it is a stupid hillbilly. sounds more like he says "heavenly grace to you, i owe you too" "happier life should be so easy"
    NightPride911on August 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThats a long title.
    StylinnProfilinon December 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI believe the song is about getting cheated on or has something to do with someone being unfaithful to him in some sort of way. I feel this way because of the lyric

    "So what you gave him the time of day"
    StylinnProfilinon December 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti also love this song...it has a lot of pure anger, especially in the chorus. and yes it is a very long title...

    any news on the full-length?
    AllWeAreIsGolden25on April 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about being ignored by someone or being embarassed or being very unaware of life.
    "On my face I scratched out something like a silhoutte" and
    "On my face I've hidden away any embarrassment" and
    "I hope you don't see a thing Smile through everyone you ever see " and
    "So what you gave him the time of day"- but thats more sarcastic.
    xmarksthespoton April 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song to be somewhat about peer pressure and the striving to fit in and make yourself into something else. I mean its pretty obvious its about trying to fit in the name of the song is "They Perched on Their Stilts, Pointing and Daring Me to Break Custom". So let me start by decifering the title of the song, which is to me is about drugs, particulary cocaine. It is public knowledge that Anthony Green has dealt with a drug problem and was using cociane when he was in saosin. If you don't believe me go do a search on the internet.(i even have a video of him saying "i mean im a big fan of coke and all but i dont need a whole bundle of it to go on stage thats for sure" - it was at arlenes grocery in canada). So when he says "they perch on their stilts", hes talking about "they" - the people he did drugs with. The stilts i believe to be a metaphor for him being scared-smaller than everybody else for voicing his opinion about not doing coke that particular time. The daring me to break custom is all these drug buddies or so called "acquantances" doubting that hes actually gonna be able to do it and pointing(poking fun at him).
    Im gonna decifer the rest of the song in the next post so read on if you would like to know what he is talking about in this aweosome song.
    Autresnoon May 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlthough the title is about breaking custom, breaking his habit of doing drugs. Most of the song is about what he went through while he was on them and why hes stopping. But don't get me wrong either its not just about drugs its also about a relationship. Anthony Green has said in interviews about many of his songs have multiple meanings and he does so purposefully so peopl can relate.

    On my face I scratched out something like a silhoutte,
    Around the golden ten like lambs.

    -hes saying he scratched out/made himself something else. I think this to be a metaphor for transforming himself to fit in, hes not physically scratching his face and carving a silhoutte but change characteristics about himself. around the golden ten(i think this is in reference to a card game) possilby do coke while playing cards or maybe they werent really playing golden ten but all them were around a table similiar to that of a golden ten game while sniffing coke, like lambs because lambs stay in heards/groups.
    Autresnoon May 05, 2006   Link

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