"Apathetic Way to Be" as written by and Matthew Arnold Thiessen....
Yeah I'm not angry, and no I'm not upset
It's taken me a while, but this is what I've learned
Emotional attachment is really not a threat
When I'm simply not concerned

The things that I take on I soon shrug off
'Cause I know no one will ever be content
With the way things are or with what they've got
So I've given up and now I'm just indifferent

You all laugh at me like I'm not happy
With anything, anytime, anywhere
And the half of me is all about apathy
And the other half just doesn't care

I must admit that all the words you spoke I hated
'Cause I don't see just how I can be motivated
Enough to break a sweat over a dying race
It seems our fate is something we've already embraced

Yeah, being apathetic's a pathetic way to be
But I don't care
What matters to you does not matter to me
'Cause I don't care

So take a wild guess it's
Like I just couldn't care less if
All the things you find impressive
Just blew up and made those messes
That you'll frantically repair
Like it's a life or death affair
And all the while you're unaware
For this you really shouldn't care
But it's so hard to see the reality
That the end will be the end of things
And our hearts are all we get to bring
So let's go ahead and make them worth something

I'm well aware that everything is a far cry from alright
I'm well aware that all of us can at times be too uptight
And possibly the remedy is a dose of apathy
You point your finger at you
I'll point mine right back at me


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"Apathetic Way to Be" as written by Matthew Arnold Thiessen

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    General CommentI think its talking about multiple aspects of apathy. But its all the Christian talking to his

    non-Christian friends.

    They think he is apathetic (and laughable) because he doesnt care about the temporal things of

    this world ("The things that matter to you they don't matter to me"). He doesnt care about

    relationships like they do ("Emotional attatchment is really not a threat/When I am simply not

    concerned"). And he doesnt care about material stuff ("Cause I know no one will ever be

    content/With the way things are or with what they've got").

    Meanwhile he is thinking they are apathetic (and sad) that they dont care about God ("The reality/That the end will be/The end of things/Our hearts are all we get to bring/So let's go ahead and make them worth something"). But it seems like he is angry with himself for not caring enough that they dont care about God...if that makes sense. He realises that their apathy has them hell-bound, but isnt taking that to heart as much as he should and isnt doing enough about it. Someone must have challenged him on that ("I must admit that all the words you spoke, I hated/Cause I don't see how I can be motivated/Enough to break a sweat over this dying race").

    I think these two aspects he touches on explain the chorus. "And the half of me/Is all about apathy" - he doesnt care about the stuff of this world (which is good). However; "And the other half/Just doesn't care" - he doesnt care about the fact that other people are hell-bound. He's saying apathy is good in some aspects, but bad in others.

    In the end, hes challenging us to look at ourselves and work out where we sit in it all. "I'm well aware that everything is a far cry from alright" - lets make sure we care about the dying world around us. "I'm well aware that all of us can at times be too uptight" - but lets not care so much about the world that we love it. "And possibly the remedy is a dose of apathy/You point your finger at you, and I'll point mine right back at me" - work out for yourself who you are in this story.

    That's my take, anyway. I'll stop blabbing now.
    OnDistantShoreson October 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is probably comes from him observing all the things people around him do.people are filling their time being non-relective and conforming to popular trends that are fleeting and inevitably bring bad times, and he's saying that stuff really doesn't matter.he's encouraging the listeners to clean up their hearts and live with eternity in mind, instead of living like this life(that ends at the grave) is all they have.
    bremon July 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI listened to an interview and Matt Thiessen said it was about how his girlfriend at the time was all about being seen with the right people at like clubs. This is just about how he could care less about all that stuff, he's apathetic to all of it. In the end, all that matters is that your hearts in the right place, with God.
    nanner777on November 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, but i'm not really sure what it means. It's either one of three things i think. I think it's either saying that we shouldn't get involved in relationships and get so worried about them that we forget about god.... or else that we shouldn't worry about what other people say about us because he is saying everyone is laughing at him and no one will ever be content (even though he is) so he's just not going to worry about it..... or the last one is about going out and being a disciple of god and helping people see the truth this line is where i'm getting this one possibly from----"I must admit that all the words you spoke, I hated
    Cause I don't see how I can be motivated
    Enough to break a sweat over this dying race
    It seems their fate is something they've already embraced" ---- he's saying how he thinks it's almost hopeless and he's just apathetic to them.... i really don't think my last interpretation is right... i have no clue if any of mine are right... so someone else comment and tell me if you think i am even close, thanks, the song is great!
    SwimAndy013on June 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentuh, i THINK your 2nd one is pretty close..... well, close to my meaning. yeah.... i think this song about this dude who believes in god. the other people around that person laughs and teases him, but he doesn't care.
    "The things that matter to you they don't matter to me
    Cause I don't care"
    i guess the other people are so caught up with what others will think of them, but the other guy (the christian) doesn't. he doesn't care if others don't like him because he worships god. i don't know. it is hard to explain. well, that is what I THINK anyways. it could be totally wrong, but isn't the meaning of a song what you make of it?
    pies_r_squareon June 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand yeah. this song is TOTALLY AWESOME!!!
    pies_r_squareon June 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know... Love the song, but what does this lyric mean?
    "But its so hard to see
    The reality
    That the end will be
    The end of things
    Our hearts are all we get to bring
    So let's go ahead and make them worth something?"

    I don't get it!!!
    Rabid_Wolverineon June 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, i think those lines means that when you die you're only going to bring your hearts (and all the good you've done) to heaven, so you should make what you do worth something and do good things... at least that's what i think, but i'm not sure
    SwimAndy013on June 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think the same thing as SwimAndy about those lines. When life ends, all you have is your heart, so make it "worth something," make good use of it.
    inconsistentmeon August 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah Id say you got it Ondistantshores. the part about everybody thinking that everybody else is apathetic is exactly what ive always thought. i think its funny that youre the 1st person to talk about the apathy in this song considering thats what its all about.
    not_cinderellaon January 07, 2006   Link

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