"The Line" as written by Peter Hayes and Robert Turner....
I am the line
I hold you near
There is no burden left to bear
I can't see clear

You're in suspension
You know no love
There is no story left to tell
You have no wisdom to pass on

I am the soul of absolution
No man can hide his own illusion
My hands are crippled from the pain
You are the splinter in my vain

You put your head between your hands
And understand nothing it adds
I feel the answers keep you scared
I've put the harm inside myself.

I am the line
I hold you near
There is no burden left to bear
I can't see clear

I am perfected
I know no void
I have no conscience to keep clear
I understand there's nothing more

You try to kid yourself with questions
Pleading inside for some correction
I found you tied unto the cross
Your judgment owns your every thought

You know my words all mean the same
You're begging to isolate
Into this prison in your mind
Well, you were born without a spine

When did you stop caring?
When did you stop caring?


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"The Line" as written by Robert Turner Peter Hayes

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    General Commentfor some reason, even though i know it's wrong i still think the lyrics goes:
    there is no story left to tell you
    i've no wisdom to pass on.

    oh well. i love this song though. kind of reminds me of a friend that i try to comfort despite all the times he's hurt me... it hurts to love him.
    U2takemehigheron December 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is my new favorite song. Obviously it's not cheery but the lyrics are shaking.
    Yadaon December 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthîs song makes me shivering...
    schoofchenon June 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhat's the name of the hidden track at the end of this song on Howl? That part gives me chills every time.
    Good Newson August 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the part where he says "When did you stop caring" ..it's just incredible. Sends shivers down my spine everytime. Very dark and haunting. Love it.
    imnotblindon February 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBTW Does anyone have a quote from BRMC saying what this song is about?
    imnotblindon April 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLyrically, this is the strongest track on HOWL

    The song tacked onto the end of this is a hidden track called Open Invitation

    I alwasy thought the lyric went "Bleeding inside for some correction"

    I think this could be about a friendship where one person is struggling with the other who has begun to spiral out of control.
    TheAbsolutionHowlon May 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI would hate to be one of those people who makes every song about Jesus, but just think about it...From his point of view.
    notFRANKon October 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWonderful song... And Open Invitation is just awesome... I agree with you, it gives me chills every time I listen to it... And it makes me shivering. Just a great song, and also it is on The O.C., in the episode "The Game Plan"... Just perfect.
    FoRevEr_SPooNeron January 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE this song

    I agree as well... It's incredibly haunting....


    Not sure about meaning but it's beautiful...
    quincebolison June 15, 2008   Link

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