We hold in our hearts the sword and the faith
Swelled up from the rain, clouds move like a wraith
Well after all, we'll lie another day
And through it all
We'll find some other way
To carry on through cartilage and flood
And did you come to stare, or wash away the blood?

Well tonight, well tonight
Will it ever come?
Spend the rest of your days
Rocking out just for the dead
Well tonight
Will it ever come?
I can see you awake anytime, in my head

Did we all fall down?
Did we all fall down?
Did we all fall down?
Did we all fall down?

From the lights to the pavement
From the van to the floor
From backstage to the doctor
From the Earth to the morgue
Morgue, morgue, morgue

Well tonight
Will it ever come?
Spend the rest of your days
Rocking out just for the dead
Well tonight
Will it ever come?
I can see you awake anytime, in my head

All fall down
Well after all


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  • +4
    My InterpretationThis song makes me cry; there's the meaning that it has for Gerard, and then the meaning it has for me.
    I'm pretty sure the meaning it has for Gerard (and the rest of the band) is about addictions and depression, and any similar issues you might have in your life. It's them trying to say you've got to carry on, no matter how terrible your situation is.
    For me, it's a sad description of my life. I'll explain it line by line...
    "We hold in our hearts the sword and the faith"
    I always feel like I've got too much guilt and pain in my heart, but then also too much hope and imagination, and the conflict is difficult.
    "Swelled up from the rainclouds, move like a wraith"
    I feel quite dark and miserable a lot of the time, and people say I act as if I'm dead, like a ghost.
    "Well after all, we'll lie another day"
    I come close to death quite often (you can guess how) but I always just about manage to stop. I'm glad of this, trust me.
    "And through it all, we'll find some other way to carry on, through cartilage and fluid"
    All the problems in my life become quite physical, but I'll try my best to keep going, and not give up. Fluid might also be referring to medicine.
    "And did you come to stare or wash away the blood?"
    People are either going to look at me like a freak - I have depression, it's possible I'm bipolar, I self-harm (which is a bad idea, don't do it) - or try and help me. Sometimes I don't know which is best.
    "Well tonight, well tonight will it ever come?"
    I feel like I'm waiting for something, I just don't know what.
    "Spend the rest of your days rocking out just for the dead"
    I feel like everything I do is pointless, and I feel dead, so whatever I enjoy is technically just putting life back into a corpse.
    "I can see you awake any time in my head"
    I feel more connected to the people I dream/imagine inside my head than anyone else; I feel more related to music and musicians I love than my own family.
    "Did we all fall down? From the lights to the pavement, from the van to the floor"
    I constantly feel like I'm heading downhill, towards an unsatisfactory end.
    "From backstage to the doctor"
    I'm prone to accidents, deliberate or not, and people try to help with pills and such.
    "From the earth to the morgue"
    As aforementioned, I feel more dead than alive.
    So yeah, that's MY miserable interpretation. Beautiful song.
    neondemonon July 14, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthose are NOT the lyrics and this song is NOT a cover.... here are the real lyrics:

    We hold in our hearts the sword and the faith.
    Swelled up from the rain, clouds move like a wraith.

    Well after all, we'll lie another day.
    And through it all, we'll find some other way
    To carry on through cartilage and flood.
    And did you come to to stare or wash away the blood?

    Well tonight, well tonight
    will it ever come?
    Spend the rest of your days
    rocking out just for the day.
    Well tonight, will it ever come?
    I can see you awake anytime in my head.

    Did we all fall down?
    Did we all fall down?
    Did we all fall down?
    Did we all fall down?

    From the lights to the pavement.
    From the van to the floor
    From back stage to the doctor
    From the earth to the morgue.
    morgue.
    morgue.

    Well tonight, well tonight
    will it ever come?
    Spend the rest of your days
    rocking out just for the day.
    Well tonight, will it ever come?
    I can see you awake anytime in my head.

    All fall down. Well, after our own.
    yellowcrayonon March 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think that this song may be about fasting.. like how jesus fasted in the desert... hints the name of the song.. he keeps falling over cause he's so week..

    "We hold in our hearts the sword and the faith"
    talking about how we posses the power to control our earthly desires through faith

    "Well after all, we'll lie another day
    And through it all
    We'll find some other way
    To carry on through cartilage and fluid"
    he saying that we will live through it despite how much our bodies say we cant.

    "And did you come to stare, or wash away the blood?" Speaking about the people who would tempt you.. then those who will help you with your struggles

    "Well tonight, well tonight
    Will it ever come?
    Spend the rest of your days
    Rocking out just for the dead
    Well tonight
    Will it ever come?
    I can see you awake anytime, in my head"
    Talking about how long the fast seems to last..
    how they imagine that in which they desire.

    "Did we all fall down? [x4]
    From the lights to the pavement
    From the van to the floor
    From backstage to the doctor
    From the Earth to the morgue
    Morgue, morgue, morgue"
    Showing how week they feel.. almost as if they are on edge of dying
    TheRipperon January 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe "van" is also the front of an army. So "From the van to the floor" might mean "From the first part to the least", "From popularity and fame (during concerts and public exhibitions) to being unknown and not famous (afterwards)".
    ale5875on June 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about a lonely guy in the desert. To me it's about a couple who ran away from their past criminal nights, and find themselves in the desert. Then the girl leaves the guy after she says she doesnt love him anymore. Leaving the guy alone in the desert, having no meaning to live and he's tired of endless life "tonight will it ever come?"

    and the girl come back in the beginning a little after she leaves, but then goes again "Did you come back to stare, or to wash away the blood?" so she leaves, angry, and she never goes back. The guy lives in the desert, no meaning of life "rocking out, just for the dead" like dead mummies and such, and he sings to himself. And he imagines the girl, ALL the time, and reflects on his sad life.

    This is a complicated song, i think it has a different meaning for everyone. I also heard Gee wrote it drunk.
    reidroxon August 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationFirst of all, I'd like to point out that everyone on here who has posted some ignorant comment about this song being a sh*tty cover of a Def Leopard is a f*cking moron. You don't know that the song sucks because you either haven't listened to it, or you don't know the actual Def Leopard Desert Song. The two songs are entirely different, you effing retards. It's amazing how any idiot can use the internet.

    Now, as for the song's meaning, I'm pretty sure that the song is part of the whole "Demolition Lovers" story. "The sword and the faith" is similar to that old saying, "bible and sword." I'm not sure what that has to do with anything, it's just something I noticed. I've also noticed that a lot of MCRs songs have to do with the death of a lover, so I think it's safe to assume that the same theme could be in here somewhere. "I can see you awake anytime in my head" makes it seem so. And in seeming so, it is. The "from the lights to the pavement, from the van to the floor, from backstage to the doctor, from the Earth to the morgue" part could either be he himself or said lover, if you get what I mean. "Will it ever come?" Hmm...I'm stuck on that what. Does he mean tonight? Will the night ever come? Or maybe death? His own death? Revenge? Revenge is a good guess, since Demolition Lovers is the story. Hmmm...

    I don't know. Great song, though.

    Oh, and what? New gen songs aren't "real"? I should kick you in the teeth. Listen to the way he sings it and tell me this song isn't real. Look, man, I listen to it all. And I mean ALL! Everything from Beethoven to f*ckin' Katy Perry! I find value in all music, even if it isn't my type of music. It's better to respect all forms of art than to doubt them. Music is like stained glass: It only takes a little light to see through it, whether your looking for the sky or the inside of a cathedral. Grow up. I'm seveteen years old and I know more about respect and proper grammar than dudes on here who are, like, thirty, harping about Def Leopard when they obviously don't know what they're talking about since they thought this was a cover song (dipsh*ts.)

    APPRECIATE ALL MUSIC! (Oh, and don't use that "this isn't music" line, becauseit's been used to death you unoriginal pieces of conformist trash.)
    BethBAMFon July 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnew? could be on the new album, another part to the demolition lovers story, just guessin
    asdfgon March 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol i dont listen to deaf leppard and shit like that, thats for old fogies mate,
    asdfgon March 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdef lepard is awsum nd u dnt hav to be old to lisen to good music. im onli 15 and i love all tht stuff, music back then was real. im nt sayin dat nowdays music aint tho coz i love stuff like placebo, metallica etc.
    Placebo Princesson March 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah man thats alrite but i just dont like it, and i was only havin laugh lol,
    asdfgon March 10, 2006   Link

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