[whistling]

La la-la, la-la la la-la
La la-la, la-la
La la-la, la-la la la-la
La la-la, la-la

Only time will tell if I'll allow the
Scenery around to eat me alive
I wanna sleep for weeks like a dog at her feet
Even though I know it won't work out in the long run

So I'll burn down the wall, breathe like a shadow
Those arms I once knew hold me like ghosts
I'll learn how to speak a forgotten language
I'll fall in the sea but forget how to swim

When anything that's anything becomes nothing
That's everything and
Nothing is the only thing ya
Ever seem to have

When anything that's anything becomes nothing
That's everything and
Nothing is the only thing ya
Ever seem to have

But only time will tell if I'll allow the
Scenery around to eat me alive
I want to sleep for weeks like a dog at her feet
Even though I know it won't work out in the long run

So I'll burn down to bone, breathe like a shadow
Those arms I once knew hold me like ghosts
I'll learn how to speak defeated language
I'll fall in the street as I howl at the moon

When anything that's anything becomes nothing
That's everything and
Nothing is the only thing ya
Ever seem to have

When anything that's anything becomes nothing
That's everything and
Nothing is the only thing ya
Ever seem to have

When anything that's anything becomes nothing
That's everything and
Nothing is the only thing ya
Ever seem to have

When anything that's anything becomes nothing
That's everything and
Nothing is the only thing ya
Ever seem to have

La la-la, la-la la la-la
La la-la, la-la
La la-la, la-la la la-la
La la-la, la-la


Lyrics submitted by wingedfeetxc, edited by KabukiJake, invaderDeviLin

Van Helsing Boombox song meanings
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  • +1
    General Commentthe line "those arms I once knew hold me like gold" isn't correct. the real line is "those arms I once knew hold me like ghosts. that first section of the song that includes the line i just mentioned is probably my favorite of man man's. its so eloquent and sad. i just saw them live, too. amazing show. made me love them even more than i already did.
    4fingeredfishermanon August 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentonly time will tell if I'll allow
    the scenery around to eat me alive




    Waiting something out.





    I want to sleep for weeks like a dog at her feet
    even though I know it won't work out in the long run



    What he wants to do is to be with her.




    so I burn down the wall, breathe my good shadow
    those arms I once knew, hold me like ghost




    He's thinking of her still and always, too many reminders to just get her out of his head.




    I learn how to speak a forgotten language
    I fall in the sea but forget how to swim



    He tries removes her from all aspects of life, but can't function entirely normal. He's still too attached.


    When anything that's anything becomes nothing that's everything
    and nothing is the only thing you ever seem to have


    Having nothing, but everything is the full concept of acceptance.


    I learn how to speak a defeated language
    I fall in the street as I howl at the moon


    He's not sad anymore, he's angry. He's frustrated. He feels like something is wrong, but he can't find out how to fix it. Followed by the true message again and again with added feelings, and a reliving "la la la" which in this case may symbolize closure.
    KlausWeisson March 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdamn these guys put on a great live show. new album is awesome as well.
    Cordell_Biggumson March 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just saw them live and it was amazing. i loved every song they played.
    swla05ion March 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just saw them at siren festival. i loved their tribal paint and every song they played was fantastic.
    ELMOnsteron July 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe line "those arms I once knew hold me like gold" isn't correct. the real line is "those arms I once knew hold me like ghosts. that first section of the song that includes the line i just mentioned is probably my favorite of man man's. its so eloquent and sad. i just saw them live, too. amazing show. made me love them even more than i already did.
    4fingeredfishermanon August 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis the one of the most personal, evocative, beautiful songs ive ever heard. i saw them live and thought it was one of the most incredible shows ive seen. then i got this cd, and i heard this song, and i was astounded that a band thats so crazy and strange could put out something this incredible.
    thendofthetouron May 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"When anything that's anything becomes nothing that's everything
    and nothing is the only thing you ever seem to have"

    I couldn't have said it better myself.
    bizzaro777on December 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdoes anyone know where i can find a transcription of this for guitar? I love this song, and i've tried to figure it out myself, but sadly i'm not that good.
    Synergisticon December 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat is the wall? that is the one thing that bothers the hell out of me. I understand the meaning of the song. BUT WHAT DOES THE 'WALL' BEING 'BURNT DOWN' MEAN?? It's a great visual-emotional metaphor, but what is the wall? what is it between? what does it signify? help!

    Also, does anyone now the piano chords used in the song? I wanna learn how to play it
    EvilPopsicleguyon February 04, 2008   Link

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