"Out of My Hands" as written by David John Matthews, Mark Christopher Batson, Carter A. Beauford and Stefan K. Lessard....
Out on my window ledge
I don't feel safe
And I stay
Looking down on you

It's out of my hands for now
It's out of my hands for now

I can't just walk away
Be nice to walk away
But I don't feel safe
Get away, all the way up here

It's out of my hands for now
It's out of my hands for now

Oh it is... down from here
And down from here
Start to feel insane
Betrayed out here on my window ledge

Our finest hour arrives
See the pig dressed in his finest fine
And all the believers stand behind him and smile
As the day lights up with fire

Let me in
Let me in
Oh it is
I start to feel like I'm crazy
Betrayed, out here on my window ledge

Now our finest hour arrives
See the pig dressed in his finest fine
All the believers stand behind him and smile
Watch, the night light up in fire

Looking down from here
It's out of my hands for now
Out on my window ledge
It's our of my hands for now

So let me in
Let me in


Lyrics submitted by wjp99, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Out of My Hands" as written by David John Matthews Carter A. Beauford

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    General CommentI love this song it is definetly my most fave song. When I heard it I thought that it was during that time when he was feeling low and thinking about jumping. (Then again I didn't know the full lyrics) It must have more symbolism to it though. IE everyone thinks he crazy to say that something is wrong so they immediatly kick him out and he just hopes that soon enough they'll see the problem, because it's out of his hands, for now...
    innocence14son May 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHearing this song and listening to the lyrics I feel like he is in a burning building that represents a situation he has to deal with. He's feeling betrayed, like noone has the ability to help him down and there is nothing HE can do about it... its out of his hands for now. "Our finest hour arrives
    See the pig dressed in his finest fine
    And all the believers stand behind him and smile
    As the day lights up with fire" This only alludes to the burning building idea. The pig could represent the police or something of an authority figure who does their best to help him, the crowd only able to stand and watch supporting 'the pig'. He feels insane because he is alone on the ledge and not with the others safe on the ground, the ground representing happiness? He can't just walk away because it is a big situation that has to be dealt with. You can't just walk out of a burning building, you have to confront your fears and resolve the situation. So let me in is his cry for help. Anyone agree?
    Whaleboneon May 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdont you just love the statement..just let me in..in where? in the protective arms of God..

    Dave is high above all..witnessing the day of God towards those down below..knowing its a process of judgement and theres nothing he can do for the moment. he will become a part of Gods rtool of the reconciliation of all mankind at a later time..but not today. he only can ask God to protect him...

    how do you think he stays in such a positive attitude?
    you can hear the mercy for those he sees, yet similtaneously this portion of creation is for satan to teach mankind of the knowledge of evil.. later it becomes daves turn to teach mankind the knowledge of good.

    its out of his hands for now...but he dos know its not completely out of control of God.
    Me2on May 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song goes more with human charecteritics, like a lot of people when thinking peer out the window or go out onto the balcony possibly to look at the stars or whatever is out there. Most of the time when poeple are doing this they're sad, they're thinking. Maybe Dave is sad about somthing and he's looking out the window looking down at the world. And looking back at Dave's past songs and quotes he possibly is thinking of the state of the world and the u.s. but now he cant do anything.

    Maybe....after kerry lost dave thought it was out of his hands for now, he did what he could. mayeb the pis is bush, hur,, I don't know really.
    Just1_BigEyedFishon May 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure that this song is about the re-election of GWB. I have a couple reasons for this. One, "out of my hands" would mean that he has no say now that he has voted and the decision was made. Two, it's possible he feels betrayed by the voting process, or the fact that he tried very hard to get Kerry elected and it failed.

    The most convincing argument though, is the four lines about the pig, finest hour, believers and watching the day light up with fire. These same lines can be found in Everybody Wake Up, obviously a song about Bush and the war. The man with the bomb in his hand is the pig dressed in his finest fine... Bush. The believers, those who voted for Bush. Atleast, thats how I saw it.
    HDFan41on May 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's just a song about having a decision made for you that you had no control over, where you feel bad because the majority went against what you felt was right, but you have to go on and hope for the best...probably about the election as HDFan said but it could transcend into anything
    Giffdudon May 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti read in an article that this song was about moving on with your life after 9/11....knowing that i would have to assume that Dave is referring to Bush in "all the believers stand behind him and smile"
    jharapon May 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe first time i heard this song i thought it would get faster and pick up any time now..lol but it didnt. even though this song is my least favorite musically on the new album (which is not even bad because i freakin LOVE the new album), i think it is one of those songs that makes you think. It makes you just apply the context to whatever could be going on in his life, most likely the political deal that everyone is talking about above. good idea and a good song to think to.
    ThirstyintheRainon June 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAlong the fantasy route (see Dreamgirl, American Baby, etc.) the guy has been invited to the party but he can't find the door so he's out on the ledge. He doesn't feel safe and stays looking at the dreamgirl. But he can't do anything about her situation which doesn't seem to be too pretty. He feels he can't walk away even though he'd like to because even she would like to. Yet staying on the ledge makes him feel crazy and betrayed because who gets invited to a party where no one will tell him where the door is? I haven't decided who the pig is yet. Is it her angel or is it the god of war?
    Still the guy wants to come in and no one seems to be listening.
    sillybunnyon June 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThank you HDfan41! You made the obvious connection between Everybody Wake Up and Out of My Hands. My take on it is that Everbody wake up has to do with during the campaigning for the presidential election and bush's attitude towards 9/11. Then he actually got re-elected! And this is Dave's reaction towards that. He was able to make his opinion heard during the campaigns, but now that the election's over, there's nothing he (nor anyone else) can do about it. It's so sad. Who knows what will happen now that we have another 4 years with this madman!
    nirvanasserenityon July 12, 2005   Link

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