Lights are fading, the feeling is back
This is the closest thing to disaster
Keep on fading, snow white into black
The kind of thing you laugh about after

And we were stuck, stacking misery
Four long days, in an ugly town
We pretend to know about misery
And never felt the cold sun beating down
But you will soon

Watching TV, and flirting with fate
He drank my cold soul under the table
Fame and fever, to risk and to lay
You shouldn't cry you're willing and able

I have locked, in a great image here
Avoiding the cop, in an ugly stare
And staring back, it's what you bargained for
You never felt the cold sun beating down
But you will soon
You had this family to support
One house and three young children, biting at your hands
I don't pretend to understand
But listen, listen, listen, I, I, I , I, I
Have never liked that look in your eyes
And I, I, I, I, I
Am still shouting "please, please, forgive me
for what I've done"
What have I done?
Why is this taking so long?

The love is cold but
The engine is warm
I think of home, I think of the sweet life
Of sweat and sunshine, and sandals and shorts
We had to feel my sprain on the hi-fi

We got bored, in our own living room
So we got stuck with an ugly fence
That kills your days, and makes you forget a lot
And then you feel the hot son beating down, and you start to cry


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    General CommentShould be:
    We had the Field Mice playin on the hi-fi
    baroleon March 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentalso, it's not "so we got stuck with an ugly fence".
    It's Fix, not fence. Like drugs dude.
    Thats So 1982on March 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think its about some kind of struggle
    self, financial or addiction. not sure
    yourdeareston April 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSounds like the aftermath of a long drug binge. The kind that gets started out of boredom and becomes an unstoppable force unto itself. Easy to get trapped in, hard to see the possibility beyond it.
    modernrocksongon June 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI remember when I first got into Voxtrot I read Ramesh's blog one day... I THINK it was around December of '05. He said they were currently on tour in the North East/New England states and their van had broke down and they were stuck in this one town... I THINK there was also something about a mechanic trying to scam them out of money, but I'm not too sure. (I'm in too much of a hurry right now to go back and read that blog entry to make sure all of this is 100% correct.)

    BUT ANYWAY... That blog entry was a while before this song came out, but when I first heard this song on the second EP I automatically assumed it was written about that specific tour incident with the broken down van and being stuck in that town for awhile.
    dturgenton September 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song reminds me of too many things; i hope i don't end up hating it.
    ssynesthesiaaon January 11, 2008   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionHere's what I think the lyrics say

    Lights are fading, the feeling is back
    This is the closest thing to disaster
    Keep on fading, snow white into black
    The kind of thing you laugh about after

    And we were stuck, stacking misery
    Four long days, in an ugly town
    We pretend to know about misery
    And never felt the cold sun beating down
    But you will soon

    Watching TV, and flirting with fate
    He drank my cold soul under the table
    Fame and fever, to risk and relay
    You shouldn't cry you're willing and able

    I have locked, an ugly image here
    Avoiding the cop, in an ugly stare
    And staring back, it's what you bargained for
    You never felt the cold sun beating down
    But you will soon
    You have this family to support
    One house and three young children, biting at your hands
    I don't pretend to understand
    But listen, listen, listen, I, I, I , I, I
    Have never liked that look in your eyes
    And I, I, I, I, I
    Am still shouting "please, please, forgive me
    for what I've done"
    What have I done?
    Why is this taking so long?

    The love is cold but
    The engine is warm
    I think of home, I think of the sweet life
    Of sweat and sunshine, and sandals and shorts
    We had the field mice on the hi-fi

    We got bored, in our own living room
    So we got stuck with an ugly fix
    That kills your days, and makes you forget a lot
    And then you feel the hot sun beating down, and you start to cry
    larmonelyon August 10, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationHere's my interpretation!

    In the first stanza, the author refers to the protagonist’s pure beginnings, before his fall through the four long days. The character is stuck for four days in a town he does not belong to, and as an “innocent,” probably spoiled and pampered kid, he pretends to know about misery when he vacations, as if his life were so horrible as to need a vacation, or find a need to complain about it. However, he has never felt the “cold sun beating down” his backs, as those with true hardships have to face. It's also interesting that he refers to the sun as cold. Through the contrast he portrays the sun as not only constant and oppressive, but relentless and cold.

    The character watches T.V., lives the good life and flirts with fate, perhaps a reference to women, drugs, or just the overall carelessness he approaches life with. I'm honestly not quite sure what "you shouldn't cry you're willing and able" refers to, though maybe it's Voxtrot's way of saying "quit whining about your own problems, you haven't even felt the cold sun beating down on you yet"

    In the 4th, climactic stanza, the character seems to be in a confrontation with a cop, perhaps over his drug problems, evinced through his staredown, where Voxtrot shows that the main character has now gotten more than he bargained for. Still, the character is about to face trouble, but has yet to feel the cold sun beating down, a reoccurring theme. At a certain point, the character seems to plead with the cop, that he can’t understand what having a house and three young children to support, as he is (from my interpretation) probably a single bachelor. By the time he shouts “please please forgive me for what I’ve done,” the character has killed the cop or something else equally egregious.

    In the next stanza, the character is either going home or is riding in a police car to the jail. During the ride over, he thinks of his home, the sweet life, that he can no longer return to because of his actions. Finally, Voxtrot reflects back on the beginning of the four long days, when he was bored in the vacation house’s living room with an ugly drug fix that killed his, and others’ days. This vice eventually led to the confrontation, the characters incarceration, and the hot sun begins to beat down on the main character, as he begins to cry.

    Alternatively, the hot sun might just be financial problems setting in, as his drug problem spirals out of control. This is just my opinion of course, but I think the 4th stanza was jarring enough to warrant such an interpretation.
    larmonelyon August 10, 2010   Link

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