Everytime I call you on the phone
I listen to a ring, but noone's home
I can't explain the energy that
you give me when I'm left here alone
And everytime I pass you on the street
you won't even turn and look at me
I never would'vethought that things would go this far
and please believe me

I'll pick you up,
won't let you fall
I'll build your trust
and it won't hurt at all
You're only drug
will let you down
I'm through now
so take me and throw me away

When I feel numb
I'll let you know
I won't become what I was before
You cannot kill what's not your creation
This is the art of breaking

I think I might just lose my mind
if I have to watch this one more time
I can't explain how many times I've sang for you
when you were on my mind
And no I never said that it was easy
so come out of the cold and stop your bleeding
I never would've thought that things would go this far and please believe me

I'll pick you up,
won't let you fall
I'll build your trust
and it won't hurt at all
You're only drug
will let you down
I'm through now
so take me and throw me away

When I feel numb
I'll let you know
I won't become what I was before
You cannot kill what's not your creation
This is the art of breaking

Please don't run away
(and leave me here alone)
Are you gonna run away?
(and leave me here)
Please don't run away
(and leave me here alone)
Are you gonna run away?
(and leave me here)
Are you gonna run away
and leave me here alone?
Are you gonna run away
and leave me?

When I feel numb
I'll let you know
I won't become what I was before
You cannot kill what's not your creation
This is the art of breaking

When I feel numb
I'll let you know
I won't become what I was before
You cannot kill what's not your creation
This is the art of breaking
This is the art of breaking
This is the art of breaking
This is the art of breaking


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  • +2
    General Commentwoowoo!! im the first entry!! anyway... i love this song, and TFK in general. but this song espically. i think it's about some guy who broke up with a girl and he's having second thoughts about it. he's thinking about helping her instead of just being angry. obvisouly their both hurt but only he wants to fix it. she wants no part and takes off, leaving him with a broken heart and concious. bummer. THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH ROCKS THE WORLD STRAIGHT OVER!!!
    barnman09on December 28, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhile this song very well could be about a girl, I think it has a different meaning. Given that Thousand Foot Krutch is a Christian band, I think the song is about the singer trying to witness to one of his (best) friends who is not a Christian.

    "I can't explain the energy that
    You give me when I'm left here alone"

    is pretty much the opposite of what you might expect from a person in love, who would be upset and restless when alone, but a person on fire to witness might have 'energy' to save his friend

    "I'll pick you up, won't let you fall
    I'll build your trust and it won't hurt at all"

    the character realizes it will be an uphill battle to connect with his friend, perhaps he (the friend) is opposed to the idea of God

    "Your only drug will let you down,
    I'm through now, so take me and blow me away"

    the friend's way of escape (such as alcohol, drugs, whatever) can't rationally stand up to Christianity's coherent message, or more broadly whatever the friend uses to justify his resistance inevitably has flaws...the protagonist is telling the friend all this, and the second line 'I'm through now...' refers to his expectation of being rejected, or 'blown away.'

    "When I feel numb I'll let you know,
    I won't become what I was before,
    You cannot kill what's not your creation,
    This is the Art of Breaking"

    In my opinion the chorus could have several meanings.
    it could be the protagonist still talking to his friend telling him he won't stop caring (won't 'feel numb') for him and will help him no matter what. He won't be impassive like he used to be....alternatively it could be the protagonist in a sort of soliloquy, refusing to give in to the despair of his continued failure, or fall into the temptation of his sin before he became a Christian. As if he were talking to the devil: 'when I feel numb I'll let you know' is a sarcastic refusal to give in. 'I won't become what I was before' is him refusing to give in to the aforementioned temptation. 'You cannot kill what's not your creation' refers to the devil's inability to harm God's children. 'This is the art of breaking' is the protagonist chipping--breaking--away at his friend's defenses in an attempt to eventually convert him.


    'I think I might just lose my mind
    If I have to watch this one more time
    I can't explain how many times i've
    Stayed for you when you were on my mind'

    This entire stanza shows the protagonist's frustration with his continued lack of success. I think it fits my proposed overall theme fairly obviously

    "No one ever said that it was easy
    So come out of the cold and stop your bleeding
    I never would of thought that things could
    Go this far, but please believe me"

    The singer is close to a breakthrough. He tells his friend to 'come out of the cold,' cold being a metaphor for the absence of Christ in your life. He is amazed that he is close to convincing his friend, and begs him to believe what he says.


    "Are you gonna run away, and leave me here alone?
    Are you gonna run away, and leave me here?"

    All I can think of for this is the singer asking his friend what he's going to do: abandon him like every time before ('run away'), or listen to his message and accept Christ.
    knowitall11789on June 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Sea_Of_Faces90on May 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA row of hearts. Thats all i've got to say :D
    Sea_Of_Faces90on May 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm not sure really, what this song meas, even thought I've tried to figure it out -- I think it's in 2 voices though. The chorus feels like a reply, you know? Like, someone is trying to help someone else, then person #2 is like "I don't really need this - when I feel numb, I'll let you know"
    sweetsongson September 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about a friend who is always hurting and lost, and the singer's trying to tell them that God can help them, but the friend never wants to hear it.
    rkfanatic101on April 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUsually songs that are the name of the album suck, but the art of breaking it actually petty good.

    I'll pick you up,
    won't let you fall
    I'll build your trust
    and it won't hurt at all
    You're only drug
    will let you down
    I'm through now
    so take me and throw me away
    HowIChoose2Liveon July 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song sounds like someone who likes someone else, but that other person dosn't really know them. Like they want to help them but they don't seem to see it that way.

    Probably my favourite song on the CD. The chorus is catchy.
    W.C.on August 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmen, yay I'm second haha. Yea, I frekain love this song, it's my favorite on the new cd, and barnman09 I totaly agree with you.
    CaptainEmoon December 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou may be first and second... but im third so :P!!!! TFK rock my german socks. Which aren't actually german. They are french. Lol. But german sounds cool. And gah im sorry im rambling,. Great song. Agrees with the first post.
    Sea_Of_Faces90on April 06, 2006   Link

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