"Champing at the Bit" as written by and Williams Buckley....
We drew a crowd
The crowd drew the blood
Fawning swindlers
There's a shark in the stream where the newborns are baptized
Who let the flatterer into the gallery on our sweet sixteen? Take him away
Get him against the wall for the witnesses

This is doom in a borrowed suit
It's a pickup line at a funeral
Cannibals along side the catwalk
But it's OK we're got old blood and our veins are rooted to the hornets nest again
New love is tasteless
We're wearing down

This is the year of the party crasher
What is charm? Where are the heroics?

What is harm to the perfumed wrists of the stoics?
Designer impostors find us twitching in the claws of the snake
A fin is circling around the floor
It appears we've lost our way
The tide is swelling and we've fallen asleep on the shore
Get inside, someone's yelling fire in the theater
Oh dear god. Everybody stay calm
Tell your husband that his screaming just invited it in
The horsemen are crashing through the gates
We had better learn to play dead
Our hands are reeking of rapture
It's dripping from our chin
The tragedy of infant hearts
But it's OK we've got old blood and our hair is woven to the same hotel again
We're wearing down
This is the year of the party crasher
It's you and me for the first time in history
We're history

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"Champing at the Bit" as written by Jordan Taylor Buckley Andrew John Williams


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    General Commentfavorite song on the album
    youxknowiton September 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is great. i can see why daryl from glassjaw sung on this one. 2 best lines: What is harm to the perfumed wrists of the stoics? and It's you and me for the first time in history. We're history.
    dustinvalidon September 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a brilliant take on an old punk rock theme: selling out. I love Keith's mataphors; they're so rich and descriptive, yet leave more than enough to the imagination. For example:
    "We drew a crowd. The crowd drew blood." describes the young kids just getting into the scene, latching onto the next big thing.
    "Who let the flatterer into the gallery on our sweet sixteen?" This line is all about bigwigs at major labels and MTV trying to rake in the cash for someone else's work.
    "But it's ok we're got old blood and our veins are rooted to the hornets nest again. New love is tasteless." This is a call to their roots, while at the same time cursing the kids who pick up the albums just because it's cool according to the dictators.
    "Our hands are reeking of rapture. It's dripping from our chin." This is at the same time a blessing and a curse of success in the music world. Sure, the money is there, but what of your soul?
    Kyosanshugion January 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentawesome, awesome song. Its my favorite ETID song, i love the lyrics and riff.
    hopelessdosageon February 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe sad truth of human nature is that there is nothing in the world more appealing than everything else. When you, like me, live in a city as small as Buffalo, New York, Big Brother is always watching, and when there is someone always watching, coveting will begin shortly thereafter. This song was written when me girlfriend Lindsay and I began dating, about the carnal protective instinct and the curse of knowing all too well what pretenses most people operate under. What you have is what everyone else wants. There are always wolves at the door. This song is about the extent we will go to in order to protect those we love, and keep the proverbial marauders out of something as wonderful as what I had found.

    -Keith Buckley
    AP Magazine (altpress.com)
    Issue #213
    April 2006
    marquiceriseon February 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdid Daryl from glassJAw sing the last part? lol i thought when i heard it "this could be something Daryl from glassJAw would have sung" :D
    kick ass song
    ENion August 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe best ETID song. Period. The riffs are kickass and the lyrics are catchy.
    ExhibitXXXon May 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyes, daryl from Glassjaw is singing the choruses on this song. So good.
    RockXWLon July 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentdid anyone ever notice that the people who sound really sure of what the song means, just sound like idiots, and the more modest posters seem to be a closer to the actual meaning. I mean, why do people try so hard to make a meaning, i think it is a little pretencious to put words in other peoples mouths. maybe kieth was writing this song and thinking "there is no meaning to this song at all." just maybe. stop trying so hard guys.
    returnofthecatalyston November 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentkeith buckley is fuckin clever.
    and spending time to read his lyrics and make meaning out of them is to many people enjoyable n very rewarding.
    there's clearly a fuck load of time n effort put into poetry like this, too much for it, like u say, not to mean anything.
    dude maybe stick to songs bout heartbreak n shiz.
    joelc12on January 26, 2008   Link

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