Ok, so listen: I like my life a lot
It’s a shame that these sharks got my leg and won’t stop
They won’t stop
They’re on top

Keep them from biting me and make sure my bedrooms doors still locked
Oh, look at the clock

You should practice these things by yourself
I know these words really hurt but they help

And I’m doing the best that I can
To make a spell in this sand
To be with my family and friends
We’re too many means without ends
I thought you died in that car?
I swore I saw your broken arms
But now you’re here there’s no harm
Got a magician’s touch and his charm

There are so many words in this song
That let me know that I’m wrong
You never really were gone
My writing changes those thoughts
Do you understand what I mean?
It was only writing for me
But ink spills you on the page
Through this change I’ve been saved

Holy water just won’t do it
It’s much to easy to see right through it
Take some time and discipline
In our respective fields of medicine

I walked into a Laundromat and lit up a cigarette
A woman said, “Extinguish that. You can’t smoke in here”
But I can and I am and I’m so separated from my own awkward body
I’m stretching out to a clear pool of water
An open invitation – to us from the oceans
Alchemy is fun
You see you don’t need to change things
This change themselves
From metal to gold
From raindrops to snow
It just so happens
That the snow will change us all
Ironic how these bones can’t handle the fall

Nostalgia
Dies every time
We lie about some details we hide
Cause the truth truly hurts sometimes
So don’t you cry
Don’t keep me up all night
Don’t say you’re all right
When the truth is you’re not all right

Don’t you understand that alchemy is not about the life we lead?
It’s all about the change in things
It’s getting harder every day
Hard for me to breathe
Its hard enough to breathe
I want to change things




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    General CommentI think this song is about depression from a personal view, and that Jerry is singing about things in a hypocritical way, if that makes sense. It's all ironic.

    Sometimes I think the style of the song reflects Schizophrenia, with the screaming lines and contrasting singing. 'You should practice these things by yourself' gives it a darker edge...it's like another person (or another side of him) showing their disgust at his actions.

    He speaks of himself as an Alchemist, meaning he tries to change things, even if he doesn't. He could be stating how he's tried to change something in his life, possibly through lying (Nostalgia dies everytime we lie') He's trying to make a mask for his own actions.

    I'm probably wrong, but even the back of the E.p says the last three songs are about 'Self - Loathing', so I assume it's something along thesee lines. Yeahhh
    coup__d_etaton July 30, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Nostalgia
    Dies every time
    We lie about some details we hide
    Cause the truth truly hurts sometimes
    So don’t you cry
    Don’t keep me up all night
    Don’t say you’re all right
    When the truth is you’re not all right

    Don’t you understand that alchemy is not about the life we lead?
    It’s all about the change in things
    It’s getting harder every day
    Hard for me to breathe
    Its hard enough to breathe
    I want to change things"

    best lines of the song because granted everyone can pretty much relate to what jerry sings about if they sit down to try and understand it. but especially these lines Everyone can relate to in a almost pefect sense. best lyrics on the album. but best song is cats as a messurment of time
    Dummypunkon June 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIncredible song.

    That is all.
    This2x4Skeletonon June 22, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretation"You see you don’t need to change things
    Things change themselves
    From metal to gold
    From raindrops to snow
    It just so happens
    That the snow will change us all
    Ironic how these bones can’t handle the fall"

    This part of the song seems to say how things just happen, sometimes we don't have control over it. We can't change what has already happened, but it changes us, so we don't make the same mistake again. It's ironic because we're meant to handle our mistakes because they are supposed to make us better, but we end up regretting instead of growing.
    Ragnarok163on July 14, 2012   Link

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