to make a mountain of
your life is just a choice
but i never learned enough
to listen to the voice that told me
always love
hate will get you every time
always love
don't wait til the finish line

slow demands come around
squeeze the air and keep the rest out
it helps to write it down
even when you then cross it out

but always love
hate will get you every time
always love
even when you oughta fight

self-directed lives
i want to know what it'd be like to
aim so high above
any card that you get dealt you

always love
hate will get you every time
always love
hate will get you
and i've been held back by something
you said to me quietly on the stairs
you said
hey you good ones


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    General CommentIt's crazy, but nobody seems to share my view on this song.

    I'm focusing on the line "I never learned enough to listen to the voice that told me 'always love, hate will get you every time'".
    Doesn't this sound... negative? To me, this doesn't sound like "Hey guys I've got some good advice for all of you out there - ALWAYS LOVE!!!", but it sounds like "I know that theoretically it's the best thing to do, but I just can't seem to do it. I cannot listen to that voice, but that's not because I think it is wrong, but because I lack the ability to become what that voice tells me to be."

    There's also the line "It helps to write it down, even if you then cross it out".
    Again, the gap between theory and actually doing it. You feel better if you write down what you know is true. But then, you have to cross it out and resign, because in real-life, it is not quite that easy.

    And then there is the part that begins with "I've been held back by something" and ends with "hey, you could once" or "hey, you good ones" (I've seen both versions in lyrics and both make no sense to me, so whatever..)
    It is an interruption. Just before he started the sentence "Always love, hate will get you--" then he stops and talks about a scene that just comes to his mind and seems important to him.
    And I think it is a scene that he looks back on in anger, or sadness. It is one of the scenes in life where love doesn't help because you get hurt by somebody.
    But I'm not so sure about that - maybe it is him who made a mistake there. Maybe he hurt that somebody's feelings and now realizes: I never learned enough to listen to the voice that told me "always love".

    That's so far the only way I can interpret this song. Help me out! Tell me why this song isn't as depressing as I think it is. I would really like to know what you think about that. Because "meaning is easy: always love" just doesn't convince me when there are so many strange parts in the song.
    Fearabbiton July 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentamazing song....
    the messege is simple.
    always love.
    bmxdudeintheskyon September 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me,
    "it helps to write it down
    even when you then cross it out"
    means its better to regret something you've done than something you haven't
    even if after it's done, you wish it hadn't happened, it happened for a reason...
    finallyfreeon October 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think there is something to be said to "always love". For instance, it doesn't mean that if you DON'T always love, that means your "always hate". But I think this song is basically saying that if you always love, there won't be room for ANY hate.
    taylorsaurus rexon March 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGabs, I think even you might be reading too much into the song.

    The meaning of the song really is as simple as it's put: Life is easier if you love instead of hate. I think this song is meant to be a reminder to those who forget that fact.
    kateisgr3aton January 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery cool song. I saw them perform it on tv yesterday, it just blew me away.
    Stealth2000on September 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsimple words, yet true and beautiful. nothing more to say
    Ocean Soulon December 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe meaning is obvious, but simple and true. This song is one of my favorites from NS.
    stryker311on December 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts amazing how this is one of those songs that can be about being the bigger person and let go of all that ya mite've ever held against anything or anyone..even be as pacific as you can try to be..cuz love just mite be all thats truly worth anything in this world
    bluemusiq7on December 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsimple...alway love.
    beachbabe23on December 13, 2005   Link

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