"A Modern Myth" as written by and Jared Leto....
Did we create a modern myth?
Did we imagine half of it?
What happened then, a thought from now?
Save yourself, save yourself

The secret is out (x2)

To buy the truth and sell a lie
The last mistake before you die
So don't forget to breathe tonight
Tonight's the last, so say goodbye

The secret is out (x2)

Goodbye (x17)


Lyrics submitted by marco182, edited by KeroseneFire

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    General CommentTo me the song reflects the clever stories we tell ourselves in situations. The writer has witnessed someone close to him, or in fact himself, that constantly twists the truth of the story. For example with something recent, Hillary Clinton said when she went over to foreign lands, her life was threatened by a sniper, and caused her to evacuate. The real truth told by journalists and working staff was that nothing ever happen like that; it was the clever story she told herself and she conveyed it to the world. This happens to the majority of people. When the truth came out, she knew it was a mistake and apologized. If she wasn’t running for the presidency, I believe she would have never told the real truth. Sadly, this is a disease.

    “Did we create a modern myth” …meaning when one sees/hears a situation they are in fact telling themselves a story in their head and from that story they act and feel upon that. Some people, well the majority of people, tell themselves a clever story which in fact happens in a split second and react.

    “Did we imagine half of it”… meaning when the person tells them the story of what is going on right now, they put their own twist to the story which in fact becomes a modern myth, a fictional story, where it does not represent the whole truth of the situation.

    “What happened then, a thought from now”
    The writer witnessed a person or himself exemplifying a clever, twisted story what the writer calls a modern myth. And this thought of what he observes now sees it as it is a modern myth and not the truth

    “Save yourself. save yourself.” Trying to break Break the cycle. Break the loop.

    A secret is out. We all know what you do. Putting your own twist on the truth he has become aware of it

    “To buy the truth/ And sell a lie” meaning the person who is telling themselves this clever story is actually in fact bringing the truth of the matter in and turning into their clever story and convey out to others a modern myth, a twisted story

    ”The last mistake” He knows it is a mistake when it happens

    “Before you die” it is a disease; therefore, you are in fact killing the purity inside yourself when you do this, you become tainted


    ”So don't forget to breath tonight/Tonight's the last” When you recognize the mistake you make; however, you tell yourself this is the last time I will ever do this

    “So say goodbye” He is trying to break the cycle to sway from doing this again… It is a battle within.

    The energy is augmented throughout the song. It has great meaning by showing a struggle within, the battle he has, and only the result will conclude if he was successful or not of breaking the habit of telling himself this clever story and conveying to others
    spittlebird1on March 28, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't think they wrote this song for Andrew, but they dedicated it to him at one of their concerts, and met his family and stuff.
    I have a video here of 30STM performing the song, and at the end Jared says "goodbye Andrew"
    Also, read the description, it pretty much explains it.

    youtube.com/…

    Hopefully the link works okay (:

    lopja1000on April 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor EvolvingSeeker.

    thirtysecondstomars.emiforums.com/…

    That is the 30STM official message board,
    And a thread about this Andrew boy who was apparantly a huge fan.
    Be Still, My Hearton October 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song has a hidden track called "Praying for a Riot"
    jjl&ammfon October 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA Modern Myth is definitely a raw and emotional song. Jared really put is heart to this, and it's one of the saddest but most wonderful things I've ever heard from them.

    As everyone else said, this song really IS self-explanatory, since it can be related to any person out there.

    It's simply a goodbye song, leaving something. I don't know, it's a bit hard to explain because it's kind of a "you-had-to-be-there" moment.

    "So don't forget to breath tonight
    Tonight's the last
    So say goodbye"
    Such a sad line. I love it so much.
    xxbreakmedownon January 07, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThe song is obviously about saying goodbye. But I believe it can be interpreted as saying goodbye to an idea you believed in for so long. Now you understand it was just imagination and you have to say goodbye.

    Did we create a modern myth
    Did we imagine half of it
    What happened then, a thought for now
    Save yourself. save yourself.
    A secret is out

    First you had a dream, which you believed but the truth comes hard, and you can't run away from it (save yourself!).

    Although you try to bend around this new insight, you know you can't deny it any longer.
    To buy the truth
    And sell a lie
    The last mistake
    Before you die
    A secret is out

    And you know the day came you have to admit the truth and say goodbye to the dream you had. No longer lie to yourself.

    So don't forget to breath tonight
    Tonight's the last
    So say goodbye

    Goodbye
    WaterAngel84on July 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe this song was dedicated to Andrew Voluck, a 30 seconds to mars fan that died from an accident.
    Bejiitaon May 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthey must have known that he was dying,sad song
    Blender777on September 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone have the lyrics to the bonus track at the end of this song??
    redking666on October 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsad
    vertgforceson December 22, 2005   Link

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