"The Other Side of the Crash/Over and Out (Of Control)" as written by Geoffrey/keeley Rickly and Thomas/payne Rule....
The lights go down, outside (before our cars collide)
So we silhouette ourselves (in forty shades of fire)
Do you know where this is leading? I'll meet you there.
The other side of the crash.
On the other side of the glass.

All out friends are falling out, can't look us in the eye,
Or bear to hear that broken sound.
Happens when you're all alone,
Inside, in the middle of the night I hear your voice,
I feel ashamed every time you say, "Car crash came and car crash went, so I went along with it..."
Because the girl you love's not coming back.
It'll never be the same, don't look away. I need to know if this is real. Don't look away.

The hospital ward sleeps
Thought the surgery
Hiding needles in the drawer
(for emergencies)
While outside they wait
In the pouring rain
On the other side of the glass.

Don't look away. I need to know if this is real.
Don't look away. I need to know - when will this end?
Don't look away

Over and out (of control)
The I.V. drips the days drag on
Adjust the light switch in the hall
Maybe the x-ray screen keeps it from getting dark
But the bulb burns out when it gets too hot.
Keep crashing this car (over and over)
Keep crashing this car (over and over)
Keep crashing this car (over and over)
Keep crashing this car (until it spins)
Out of control
So hold me close or I might disappear this time
Out of control
We fight currents in the water
When we can't let go of the shore.
We've lost control.


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"The Other Side of the Crash/Over and Out (Of Control)" as written by Geoffrey Rickly Andrew Everding

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    General CommentThis song is a continuation of Understand in a Car Crash. It's the people who survive the crash and what happens afterward.
    bbp4life34on May 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this is coming from the perspective of the person who was killed in the car accident, sitting in the hospital barely hanging on, who will eventually die. Seems kind of like a dream too.

    "We fight currents in the water when we can't let go of the shore"

    I love this line and if you have ever not let go of something, you'll clearly understand this....You go through so many more obstacles when you don't let go, but for some people you'll truely never be the same again, therefore you "went along with it [the crash]"

    "keep crashing this car, over and over" is like re-living it.

    And

    "Don't look away!
    I need to know if this is real."

    Is like needing to have proof, not being able to comprehend what happened....Ralph Waldo Emerson lost the love of his life early in their relationship and for months he had to continuely go look at her body. I don't think he ever got over it.

    The whole "out of control" part to me is coming from a person that always is usually in control...and when they aren't it's a hard to fathom.
    whitallyon August 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAwesome song. My favorite on the album!
    Eddy67on April 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI wish they didn't take out some parts that I thought were key to making the demo good. Por exemple: "I'm openig up my eyes", the extra parts at the "IV drips" and some other parts. I always thought that the chorus nedded tweaking. Also the "Keep crashing this car" part seems a bit dumbed down. But oh well still a good song
    Knife2aGunFighton April 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI wish they didn't take out some parts that I thought were key to making the demo good. Por exemple: "I'm openig up my eyes", the extra parts at the "IV drips" and some other parts. I always thought that the chorus nedded tweaking. Also the "Keep crashing this car" part seems a bit dumbed down. But oh well still a good song
    Knife2aGunFighton April 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentpretty fuckin badass is all i have to say.
    polythenepamon May 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgood stuff
    emerica171on May 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe crash in understanding in a car crash can be a metaphor for disaster..or for that lowest point before renewal..like an alcoholic or drug addict situation..then this is the aftermath...what those who couldn't make it left behind, adn thr struggles that the survivors face...but i personally feel that there really is a crash..that that is the catalyst into this song
    septimusphoenixon June 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think the last few lines "Keep crashing this car, over and over..." are just apart of the continuation/reference of Understanding's line "Crash my car everday the same way..." and just the pain of living with he guilt of killing a friend in an accident and you always have to live witht the event replaying over and over in your mind
    cane53on September 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSo, I understand how a lot of people would think that this song is actually about a car crash... But honestly, when has Geoff been that straightforward with his writing? Also, the addiction theory is also a good possibility and duly noted.

    I however, have a completely different idea of what "The Other Side" is about. I don't necessarily think that it's a continuation of "Understanding" either.

    To sum it all up generally before I go into details, I think "The Other Side" is about Thursday's rise to fame and their rigorous touring over the past years.

    As with anyone and their theories, I could be completely wrong. I'm fine with that and no one will ever know unless Geoff says otherwise. It's not perfect, but this is what I see/get from the song...

    Think about it:

    "The lights go down, outside
    Before our cars collide
    So we silhouette ourselves
    In forty shades of fire"
    -- Waiting back stage when the lights drop before the enter.
    "The lights go down, outside" - Lights cutting.
    "Before our cars collide" - To me, "cars colliding" or "crashing this car" is actually the act of them playing their sets. So, it's them waiting to play. It could also be thought of as them playing "Understanding."

    "Do you know where this is leading?
    I'll meet you there
    On the other side of the crash
    On the other side of the glass"
    -- With this theory, I feel that "on the other side of the crash" is just after the set. Simple as that.

    "All our friends are falling out,
    Can't look us in the eye,
    Or bear to hear that broken sound,
    Happens when we're all alone, inside,
    In the middle of the night
    I hear your voice,
    I feel ashamed every time you say,
    'Car crash came and car crash went
    So I went along with it'
    Because the girl you love's not coming back
    It'll never be the same"
    -- I feel this verse is about old memories of before the popularity, as well as lost friendships, lost loves, and just how people change and fall away when you tour and such.

    "Don't look away
    I need to know if this is real
    Don't look away"
    -- I think this is possibly Geoff doing a double take on how much things have changed since the beginning of everything and thinking, "Wow."

    "And the hospital ward sleeps through the surgery
    Hiding needles in the drawer for emergencies
    While outside they wait in the pouring rain
    On the other side of the glass"
    -- This verse could possibly be about the loved ones or friends who wait backstage and have seen the guys play numerous, numerous times.

    "Don't look away
    I need to know if this is real
    Don't look away
    I need to know when will this end?
    Don't look away"
    -- Same as above, and also Geoff wondering if/when there will be an end to Thursday... To what's been his and the guys' life for basically the last 8 years.

    "Over and out of control
    The I.V. drips the days drag on
    Adjust the light switch in the hall
    Maybe the x-ray screen keeps it from getting dark
    But the bulb burns out when it gets too hot
    Keep crashing this car, over and over,
    Keep crashing this car, over and over,
    Keep crashing this car, over and over,
    Keep crashing this car till it spins
    (Out of control) So hold me close or I might disappear this time
    (Out of control) We fight currents in the water when we can't let go of the shore
    We've lost control"
    -- I think this last verse is just about constant, constant touring. The repeated line of "Keep crashing this car, over and over," suggests the fact that on tour a lot of bands play the exact same, or slightly similar set lists at every show they play. It gets monotonous after awhile and even songs that they may have absolutely loved playing may make them sick to think about after awhile.

    Well, that's my quick explanation of just one of the theories that I see and have come across from the lyrics in the song. There are certain lines and such throughout the song that go better in other theories' explanations, but it all depends on how you look at it.

    I hope you enjoyed this!
    -PinholeLight
    pinholelighton December 03, 2006   Link

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