"Counting 5-4-3-2-1" as written by and Geoffrey/keeley Rickly....
5-4-3-2-1 Lets start a fire.
Burn this town from inside out.
Till no ones left alive.
And you can't feel the rhythm of your steps when you hit the street.
Sixteen is so far away from here, when you're counting every step.

5-4-3-2 what are you waiting for?
The train is catching up, keep on running don't look back.
Cause its 10-9-8-7 everybody's coming to burn this city, burn this city down tonight.
Leave it all behind.

All his life he lived in this same house.
Same white fence surrounding him, he swore he would get out.
But he can't cause his foot got caught in between in the rails.
And all his friends were all up ahead
They can't hear him yelling, yelling for some help.
And it's much too late to call the doctor now.
This town is full of sympathies, we're drowning in it all.

5-4-3-2 What are you waiting for?
The train is catching up, keep on running don't look back.
Cause its 10-9-8-7 everybody's yelling to burn this city, burn this city down tonight.
Leave it all behind.

This is the sound of the gate coming down, no flashing lights, no warning.
When we press our ears to the ground we feel the shake.
But it's under the skin, so we welt like violets.
Can't get up, to put the petals in their place.

5-4-3-2 What are you waiting for?
Burn this city, burn this city tonight.


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"The Counting 5-4-3-2-1" as written by Geoffrey/keeley Rickly

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    General CommentJesus! I Log into this damn site just to get some information on the MEANING OF THE SONG! Cause i just fail horribly at getting some!
    I find this song, like the ring too it, and now you bastards are bitching about being good or bad, who gives a crap!
    Just put the damn meaning! Is that too much to ask!
    Wilhelm420on January 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is on my first few listens, a huge disappointment, there's no screaming, I think they lost their edge big time. The stupid ass chorus reminds me of Franz Ferdinand and the song is so produced for radio. I'm really scared this album will suck. Hopefully not and hopefully this song which is their first single will grow on me.
    Knife2aGunFighton March 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wholeheartedly disagree. I am on my third or fourth listen and I cannot get enough of it. Loving it. can't wait for the album. vintage thursday. I agree with the radio friendly comments, but I think it's great. can't wait to hear it live in Eugene this month.
    shibervingon March 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI just think Geoff may have lost his writing prowess, well actually judging from the At This Velocity Demos that is completely untrue, but just look at these lyrics thery're totally uninspired.Maybe not completely but it pales in comparison to the rest of Thursday's material.
    Also I belives it's wilt like violets, which are prone to wilt, they are sensitive
    Knife2aGunFighton March 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentanother song involving numbers? jet black new year > counting.
    constanton March 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKnife2aGunFight, I agree with you completly.

    I am so dissapointed in this song.

    Thursday is my second favourite band because thier songs are usualy so powerfull, so true, so cleverly writen and cover so many levels of emotion. This song just sucks.

    It's too poppy. The edge is lost.

    It sounds forced and uninspired, like bits of other songs strung together because it was all that came to mind.
    deepwateron March 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song is pretty good. I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of the cd though. I thought that Signals Over The Air was the worst song on the last cd, and it was the first single.
    theboohion March 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is true. The At this Velocity Demos were really friggin good IMO, except maybe #3 which may have just needed some tweaking in the song structure. I'm sure they didn't make an entire album of Counting 5-4-3-2-1s. But really who counts in songs anymore, at least it made sense in Jet Black New Year, and it was actually clever. This is just filler. And it is true, Signals was not the best either, but even that was better than this. Heaven help Thursday
    Knife2aGunFighton March 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYet another disappointed fan, it's catchy "radioish", "mtvish" and all that. But then At this velocity sounds like a totally different band playing. This track reminds me of the new taking back sunday shit. I undersatnd if the guys would make one more mainstream sounding song, but WHY IN THE WORLD do the lyrics have to be so weak and without passion or much depth?
    RomeosNotDeadon March 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think that this worry about Geoff's lyrical ability slipping is a bit premature. This song is catchy and radioish, but for that matter, I've heard "Signals Over The Air" described as too stereotypically emo. But the albums always work. This song will have a place. And I'm sure the whole Killers-ripoff thing isn't going to happen in every song.
    purpleandtealon March 04, 2006   Link

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