Maybe we're the lucky ones
Cause we can choose to turn it off
Maybe we're the lonely ones
Cause we decide to shield what's soft

I'm sure you'll learn to dance and drink and dream
But you might still feel lost
And I see myself in you my friend
But I would break where you would bend
I'm calling on what you defend
And tonight I won't hold back

Just don't waste all your years
Believing in the fear
You'll choke out what's alive
And make what's wrong be all that's real

I can see you're weakened at the seams
And trying to swim upstream
But can't find a way

So here we are again trying to hold back
The tides behind our eyes
The lucky ones trying to drink
From both the wells we claim are dry

I guess I've found some freedom in
Embracing every time they pry
And I see myself in you my friend
But I would break where you would bend
I'm calling on what they defend
And tonight I won't hold back

Just don't waste all your years
Believing in your fear
You'll choke out what's alive
And make what's wrong be all that's real

We're both the same
You're just like me

And when your skin finally sheds
You'll find your nerves all in shreds
The price may be to keep your heart
You'll lose your head


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    General CommentAfter reading and hearing the song over and over, it seems to me he's talking about himself and a good friend (no shit sherlock ;)). And he's kinda letting the friendship go. It's a story about two kids growing up together and growing seperate ways: ("I'm sure you'll learn to dance and drink and dream but you might still feel lost": it's about the choices they made and growing up and the choices and development that grows with it.)
    But the words "I would break where you would bend", they really mean a lot. I can see some personal experiences in this. Not only am I 19 years old and straight edge, i've seen old friends getting drunk and throwing themselves into drugs and booze ("dance and drink and dream"), not really that they're addicts or anything, but they experimented. and that's what you could call 'bending'. Not only bending with society's standards, but also with a lot of parts known to youth. and that might be "me" being some sort of "outcast". I think the author of the song also means he'd rather be a "lucky one" who can shut himself out of society, but at the cost of being lonely. His long time friend chose to leave this path.
    On the other hand we could take breaking in the meaning of "breaking", like breaking down and collapsing. By some sort of state of loneliness, and unfulfillment it's possible you'd break and change in stead of bending and growing up.
    It's kind of a dualtity, who's the strongest person? the "breaker" or the "bender". It's kind of personal to fill in..

    "Just don't waste all your years
    Believing in the fear
    You'll choke out what's alive
    And make what's wrong be all that's real"

    It's like the main character is talking about it's own experiences and lifestyle and he's advising his old friend to not follow the guidelines written down above.

    "I can see you're weakened at the seams
    And trying to swim upstream
    But can't find a way "

    This is also a nice way to say that he knows the weakness of his friend. .
    He's trying to grab back to the old lifestyle "trying to swim upstreams"
    But he doesn't succeed "But Can't find a way". It's very important to know the author uses water to describe this but these lignes will be explained further in the last part ...

    "So here we are again trying to hold back
    The tides behind our eyes
    The lucky ones trying to drink
    From both the wells we claim are dry

    I guess I've found some freedom in
    Embracing every time they pry
    And I see myself in you my friend
    But I would break where you would bend
    I'm calling on what they defend
    And tonight I won't hold back"

    When i first read this it was like "wow", these are one of the most meaningfull and special lyrics ever (to me that is ;))
    The first part means some sort of reconnection with his friends as shown in the word "again" --> as said his friends tries to grab back to his old life. Back to their innocence, being the lucky ones. Trying to hold back the tides behind our eyes. It's kind of crying rather for nostalgic reasons. It's kind of like when you're thinking back to every good moment you had with a friend you haven't seen in a few years. It's pure nostalgic.

    "The Lucky ones trying to drink from both the wells we claim are dry" --> I don't really know the true meaning of these words. But i guess it must be, the old lucky ones who have gone, now they've grown up and trying to take "the best of both worlds or something". --> both went their seperate ways, but one wanted to grab back, back to the way it was. He is no longer content with the way he is or how his life is going. But the other one changed to: I guess i found some freedom in embracing everytime they pry.
    He 's no longer calling back on what his friend used to defend, but what "THEY" are defending. The persons who are also prying or "interferin" in his life.

    "And when your skin finally sheds
    You'll find your nerves all in shreds
    The price may be to keep your heart
    You'll lose your head"

    I already referred to this as the water-metaphore. Why:p a little form of biology is needed.

    From wikipedia
    "The salmon spend about one to five years (depending on the species) in the open ocean where they will become sexually mature. The adult salmon returns primarily to its natal stream to spawn. Prior to spawning, depending on the species, the salmon undergoes changes. They may grow a hump, develop canine teeth, develop a kype (a pronounced curvature of the jaws in male salmon). All will change from the silvery blue of a fresh run fish from the sea to a darker color. Condition tends to deteriorate the longer the fish remain in freshwater, and they then deteriorate further after they spawn becoming known as kelts. Salmon can make amazing journeys, sometimes moving hundreds of miles upstream against strong currents and rapids to reproduce. Salmon can make amazing journeys, sometimes moving hundreds of miles upstream against strong currents and rapids to reproduce. Chinook and sockeye salmon from central Idaho, for example, travel over 900 miles (1,400 km) and climb nearly 7,000 feet (2,100 m) from the Pacific ocean as they return to spawn."

    Here's where everything falls together. A salmon always returns to the place he was born. He grew up along the way but returns to his origin, to his youth to the other lucky one. But both have changed: The made amazing journeys, the each went their own ways and finally meet again. Salmons can swim upstreams too, as in the lyrics. and at the end of their life, they just rot away. I mean litteraly, while a salmon is still alive, it rots away. This happens after it has given it's eggs or seed. So when "you're skin sheds and nerves are in shreds" when at the end of it all. You keep you heart and innocence but you'll lose you're head.
    RiseAgainst2001on June 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentCorrect me if i'm wrong please ^^
    RiseAgainst2001on June 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYears from now...
    Tig45on July 18, 2013   Link

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