I am the crisis
I am the bitter end
I'm gonna gun this down
I am divided
I am the razor edge
there is no easy now

son of sorrow
staring down forever
with an aching view
disenchanted
lets go down together
with the fatal wound

this is the real thing
no rubber bullets now
this is the final bow
my breath avoids me
my chest is in my head
my stomach's upside down
down

son of sorrow
staring down forever
with an aching view
disenchanted
lets go down together
with the fatal wound
with the fatal wound
with the fatal wound


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    General CommentJon Foreman: "I wrote this song so that we would have a tune to play during the set with a harmonica. I'm deadly serious here. The harmonica will drive a man to do many things, (especially, in conjunction with a few bob dylan disks). This song was one of those tunes that you just spit out and try to figure out what it means after you're through- a rather dangerous way to go but very honest, almost free association type of thing. Well, it means a few things to me but overall it's a song of hope. The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. Hope for the hopeless in the form of the king of failures. The bed of e-bow guitars at the beginning really set the tone for this track for me. I whispered some Bokowski-ish lines over top and viola! -a vibey track appears from the mist of the harmonica flatlands."
    born2xlon March 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI looove this song. Jon says this song is about hope, and about how "the stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone" which is a phrase about Jesus from the bible.. so I think its safe to say this song's about Christ's crucifixion.

    "I am the crisis", Jesus took the our sins upon himself, so he became the crisis that we are. "I am divided" means that though he was perfect and holy, yet he was looked upon as if he sinned, because he took our sins upon himself. "I am the razor edge" is probably referring to Jesus' words saying that he came to divide, he came to save his people, as john the baptist describes him: "His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn". So the first stanza is basically Jesus' thoughts as he's preparing to die.. "there is no easy now".

    The chorus gives me the image of the Son of sorrow, Jesus, on the cross.. "staring down forever". But I think its more like God/Jesus staring down forever from heaven at mankind, "with an aching view" because we're like the prodigal son and he's waiting for us to come back to him. He's "disenchanted". So he decides, "lets go down together", as in, he decides to go down with us, he decides to take upon himself our sinfulness and bring himself down to our dirty level, and *then* offer himself as a sacrifice in place of us (we deserved to pay the price for our sins, but he paid it). The God of the universe decided to come down and live amongst us, and to go down with us in our fallenness.

    just before he goes down with the fatal wound (dies), he tells himself, "this is the real thing, no rubber bullets now, this is the final bow". in the old testament, they offered goats and pigeons as sacrifices for sins, but now this is the REAL thing, the real ultimate complete sacrifice, the final bow...after this no more sacrifices will be needed, its final. it even pays for the sins we'll commit in the future. "my breath avoids me" reminds me of how even God the Father looked away from jesus and forsook him for a few moments when he was on the cross...his own breath avoided him. thats the pain we deserved, but he went through it so we wouldn't have to suffer for our wrongdoings. "my stomach's upside down" reminds me of how jesus' side was poked with a spear when he was on the cross, and water and blood came gushing out... leaving his stomach upside down, as in, mangled.

    the song is poetic brilliance, and its sad its meaning is lost on so many people. its NOT a suicide song. the harmonica is heart-wrenching.
    born2xlon March 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNo idea. Great song though.
    Donton December 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNo idea. Great song though.
    Donton December 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commentagreed
    clairpatraon December 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's not "I'm gonna gun this town," it's "I'm gonna gun this down." Definitely changes a lot about this song. =P
    brohrigon March 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe actual lyrics for this song go "I'm gonna gun this DOWN"
    skater4life48843on March 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song sounds almost like he's going to commit suicide and he's asking someone to do it with him-"No rubber bullets now... Lets go down together with the fatal wound"
    skater4life48843on March 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is the only Switchfoot song that I honestly can't stand. There have been songs where I don't like them, and a few months later I go back and like them, but I just can't get into this one. It doesn't grow on me at all.
    swft24on March 23, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"my chest is in my head" gives me the image of his head hanging down and touching his chest (on the cross).

    "lets go down together" also gives me the image of him telling the thieves on both sides of him (who symbolize humankind - the ones who reject him, like the one thief, and the ones who accept him, like the other)... he tells them, "lets go down together", which could be seen as, "i go down with you in your fallenness, i'll pay for it", or "i feel your pain, son".
    born2xlon March 31, 2006   Link

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