"Day Old Hate" as written by and Dallas Green....
So let's face it this was never what you wanted
And I know its fun to pretend
Now blank stares and empty threats
Are all I have, they're all I have.

So drown me and if you can
Or we could just have conversation.
And I fall, I fall, I faulter
But I found you, before I drift away

Now you still speak of day old hate
Though your whole world has gone up into flames
And isn't it great to find that you're really worth nothing
And how safe it is to feel safe.

So drown me and if you can
Or we could just have conversation.
And I fall, I fall, I fall down
But I found you, before I drift away

The things we do just to stay alive
The things we do just to stay alive
The things we do just to stay alive
The things we do just to keep ourselves alive.


Lyrics submitted by deathcab83, edited by tbl

"Day Old Hate" as written by Dallas Green

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  • +5
    My InterpretationWhat this song mean's to me, Line by line.
    So lets face it, this was never what you wanted,
    But I know that its fun to pretend.

    Someone was going out with a girl. The girl was playing with his feeling's but the boy did not notice this at the time. After the girl broke up with the guy, The guy try's to tell him self that she accutaly did want to be in a relationship with him, when accutaly she was just abusing him for his feeling's and was just trying to get noticed.

    Our blank stares and empty threats,
    Are all I have.
    They're all I have.

    After the break up they do not get along. They keep trying to be friend's but they are continuously arguing.

    and I fall, I fall, I faulter.
    I found you before I drift away

    The guy does not know what to do with out her in his life. He is becoming depressed, and finding it hard to do everything. He does not want to be around anyone as he is scared some one will crush him just like the girl did.

    Now you still speak of day old hate
    Though your whole world has gone up into flames

    On the odd occasion they do speak it always end up about old time's when they were going out. Though she does not care about the love he had for her.

    And isn't it great to find that you're really worth nothing
    And how safe it is to feel safe.

    He is depressed because of this and this lead's him to think that he is worthless. But he also feel's safe now that he has his heart locked away so it will not be hurt again.

    So drown me and if you can
    Or we could just have conversation
    And I fall, I fall, I faulter.
    But I found you before I drift away

    Same as above.

    The things we do just to stay alive (x3)
    The things we do just to keep ourselves alive.

    By keeping his heart locked up, he know's that he will never go through so much pain again. Even though he want's to be with someone, he is willing not to be so he will never be heart broken.

    Sound's like the exactly the same thing that happened to me. . .
    macka7887on August 10, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI honestly despise admitting that I can relate to songs,
    especially tragic "love" songs since I'm too "young" to experience "true love",
    but I'm basically going through this.
    I've fallen hard for a girl that has her own dreams to chase,
    she obviously didn't see anyone like me coming into her life,
    and now here we are in a horrible mess, where we don't know if it's worthy enough to salvage.
    samrzzldzzlon March 23, 2009   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionThis song is so stunning to listen to. It's so sad and complicated like real life is.
    I love Acoustic stuff because you can hear the rawness and pain in each word that is sung. You get the true meaning of the lyrics, because sometimes songs are over produced, so they kind of lose what was special about them in the first place, I'll take simplicity over bells, whistles and loops any day.


    This is a very therapeutic song for me. I have a playlist on my ipod, for songs like this that really effect me ,so when i'm down or depressed i can listen to them and filter any negative feelings. Therapists recommend it, It really works.

    Enough rambling, I think this song is about a complicated relationship of any sort but from one person's point of view.

    'So lets face it, this was never what you wanted
    But I know that its fun to pretend
    Our blank stares and empty threats
    Are all I have
    They�re all I have'

    I think he's pretending that everything is working but inside it's killing him. and it's what he's not saying that's important, He's deluding himself and making things more complicated.

    'So drown me.. if you can
    Or we could just have conversation
    and I fall, I fall, I falter.
    I found you before I drift away'


    He's drowning under the weight of his delusions and he's trying to find some way to help the situation but it's not gonna work.

    'Now you still speak of day old hate
    Though your whole world has gone up into flames
    And isn't it great to find that you're really worth nothing
    And how safe it is to feel safe'

    It's falling to bits and he feels worthless, but he'll live the lie if it means that he can tell himself that he's wanted, because walking away is worse (falling without a safety net).


    The things we do just to stay alive (x3)

    The things we do just to keep ourselves alive

    He's referring to everyone being able to do exactly what he's doing, Lie to themselves, Makes it easier than having to face the cold hard facts.



    'And isn't it great to find that you're really worth nothing
    And how safe it is to feel safe'

    This gets me every time, everybody feels this at some point in their life, Not nice but necessary,
    Thanks for reading <3 <3
    rochey1on March 28, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentObviously lyric meanings are vaslty different to everyone who listens to a song, but to me two lines in this song stand out: "Now you still speak of day old hate, though your whole world has gone up into flames". To me it seems like he's saying that this person is focusing so much on how people have wronged them in the past, that they can't see whats happening in their life now. They're looking back on the "hate" that have for people in their past that have done them wrong, and aren't focusing on their current situation. I think it's important for us to remember to let go and move on.
    dudleycon April 06, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe Girl, like everyone else, had her natural needs and she picked a victim and started playing games. The boy was a bit of naive[in the beginning] and did everything with her. Although she would never get what she wanted[The Ideal], she just tried to transform him, but you just simply cannot change peoples nature and characteristics. Finally when the relationship was fading and she was dumped, she got mad, because he had understood it. She threated him, but he doesen´t care, because he knows that she´s barely nothing and deceiving bitch.
    Also he understands her, because she had her needs, but still he´s got only empty warnings from her and nothing else.
    It´s so amazing song that I have listened it for hours and still can´t get enough. It also reminds me my ex, who tried to shape my characteristics, but I had enough and ended it.
    Constituoon December 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"And isn't it great to find that you're really worth nothing."

    That line hits me so hard. =[

    Beautiful songs. All of them.
    rachelkon September 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNow you still speak of day old hate
    though your whole world has gone up into flames
    isn't it great to find
    that you're really worth nothing
    how safe it is to feel safe

    I waste my time on my past and mistakes even though none of that matters. Everything is burned out now. I see myself as I truly am because all my masks have fallen off. Oh and it's a blessing to feel worthless. Not safe anymore- but faults are out in the open, waiting to be strengthened.
    careylgon October 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentseems to be about an abrupt and bitter end to the relationship. 'Day old hate' is obviously talking about this instant resentment that has occured 'Blank stares and empty threats' depicts the standoff situation.
    dominicolason October 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI first heard this song when I was having an affair with a married woman.
    We didn't want to fall in love but we did. It just made life complicated for a very long time.
    And it deffinately is more fun to pretend that things are going to turn out in your favour, it's easier for that breif moment.
    "the things we do just to stay alive" just shows that we at one point will do anything to hold on to something.
    iheartmanateeson June 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationDoesn't anyone think this has to do with one-night stands? think about it. the idea of the morning after, the 'day old hate' that comes after a night that was a mistake in hindsight but made sense at the time.
    'It was never what you wanted, it was fun to pretend' - that they sought comfort from each other, but it was not something that was meant to happen - that their feelings for each other are more complicated than friendship or romantic love.
    They could have conversation or she could shatter his feelings before he rolls over and goes back to sleep - he probably feels more for her than she for him.
    She probably has poor self-image that he's playing on, and hurting her the way she's hurt him in the past. If they're friends it makes sense that he's talking about everything going up in flames, because you can't always go back from sleeping with a friend.
    So he's made her feel worthless by telling her he used her body, even when he feels a lot more, but he also shows her how safe he can make her feel - like a last ditch attempt to prove he's worth it.
    those are the things we do just to stay alive and feel wanted and loved. I think :)
    feuervixenon October 17, 2012   Link

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