"Paternal Reversal" as written by Anthony S Raneri, Jack A O'shea, John Holohan and Nick Ghanbarian....
Tony, your life's not over
But you've given up all you lived for
Put the bottle down and fix the thing you ran from
Do you say what you really mean?
Are you really how you're perceived to be?
If the lights go out tomorrow, would you know?

I don't wanna call your family
And tell them to build a coffin
Because their oldest son just overdosed on pills
You've got a red glare in your eyes
And the sky outside your door's a blacker blue
I hate to see what's become of you

Tony it's just a stick in the spokes
It's not too late for you to find your way home
Because your friends are still here
And your family's where you left them
So put on a clear head and try it out for a ride
Because you're better than this and you can better your life.
You can't choose your father
we're suffering together

I don't wanna call your family
And tell them to build a coffin
Because their oldest son just overdosed on pills
You've got a red glare in your eyes
And the sky outside your door's a blacker blue
I hate to see what's become of you

You're getting closer to the end of your rope
I never thought you'd let yourself get so cold
But lately I've been thinking about all the things I said to you
And now I need to prove that
I didn't mean it when I said, that you were dead to me
You mean the world to me

I don't wanna call your family
And tell them to build a coffin
Because their oldest son just overdosed on pills
You've got a red glare in your eyes
And the sky outside your door's a blacker blue
I hate to see what's become of you


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    Song MeaningIt could possibly be about Anthony's dad. Anthony could be named after his dad (so his dad could be known as Tony). It is called "Paternal reversal" after all, implying that the role of father has been reversed.

    Although saying "your" family kind of contradicts that.
    girlcalledxkillon February 04, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song seems to be about a wayward friend who he had an argument with a long time ago and is trying to talk into quitting drugs and coming home. this is an awesome song, as if bayside makes any other kind of songs.
    ThingsIHaventToldUon April 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDo you think this is about the same person in 'Masterpiece'?
    tommyhaychon May 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentto me it sounds like a drug-using friend who's on the verge of killing himself.. ah. all too familiar. :/
    charcoalsketchon July 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis reminds me of "Time Turned Fragile" by Motion City Soundtrack, in that I think it's sung from the point of view of a friend/family member talking TO Anthony. Or maybe even Anthony talking to himself.

    After all, the person being referred to in the song is Tony (a very common nickname for Anthony). If not, oh well, but it makes sense.
    noseovertail711on July 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit's possible that its abotu him

    but i doubt it

    about a friend
    dharmainitiative1on August 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGoing along with all the songs that aren't remakes of songs featured on earlier albums (i.e. Megan & Baby Britain) Paternal Reversal seems to me like a song not written by Bayside itself.

    Perhaps, as the name of the troubled boy in the song is Tony (and the lead singer of Bayside being Anthony), and Anthony's lack of discretion in describing the troubles the band goes through at shows, in interviews, etc., this was written by a friend with him in mind and performed by the band.
    k1ckflipson October 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI like the part
    Getting closer to the end of your rope.

    I alway fast foward cuz I <3 that part
    ashleyley92on August 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMaybe it's about Tony Victory?

    I only think this because of the fact that Anthony chose to mention the name in the song. If it were just a friend of his who no-one would know, it wouldn't make sense to use their name, since it'd just be outing them and their problems for no reason. Whereas if it's a well-known Tony, then people can connect to the song if they know him.
    Enthused_punkon October 19, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI always just assumed Anthony wrote this about himself from another persons perspective. I know that he's been abstinent from alcohol for several years now, so maybe this was him looking at how he used to live his life and how he was killing himself and living a very dangerous, unhealthy lifestyle. Because of daddy issues, or something.
    mattyankoon June 14, 2010   Link

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