"The Secret's In The Telling" as written by and Christopher Andrew Carrabba....
The signal is subtle
We pass just close enough to touch
No questions, no answers
We know by now to say enough
With only simple words
With only subtle turns
The things we feel alone for one another

[Chorus:]
There is a secret that we keep
I won't sleep if you won't sleep
Because tonight may be the last chance we'll be given
We are compelled to do what we must do
We are compelled to do what we have been forbidden

So I won't sleep if you won't sleep tonight

Our act of defiance
We keep this secret in our blood
No paper or letters
We pass just close enough to touch
We love in secret names
We hide within our veins
The things that keep us bound to one another

[Chorus]

Until the last trace and this hope
Is frozen deep inside my bones
And this broken fate has claimed me
And my memories for its own
Your name is pounding through my veins
Can't you hear how it is sung?
And I can taste you in my mouth
Before the words escape my lungs
And I'll whisper only once...

[Chorus]

'Cause you will be somebody's girl
And you will keep each other warm
But tonight I am feeling cold


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"The Secret's in the Telling" as written by Christopher Andrew Carrabba

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  • +1
    General CommentI'm not sure but to me it sounds like it's about loving between siblings...For example in these lines:
    "We hide in our veins
    The Things that keep us bound to one another"
    ...
    I dunno,though...just a guess...
    GuessWhoon August 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOkay, so I saw Dashboard live last night, and never really got this song until I saw Chris sing it live.

    He's talking about an affair, making love to someone he's not supposed to. I feel like they're hiding from their parents, because at that age, sexual desires should be kept a secret.
    So they have this awesome night ("I won't sleep if you won't sleep tonight"), and keep it between themselves. And they come to know each other so well through this experience that they can talk to each other without words, without paper.

    Oh, yes- One of their greatest songs.
    Personally, I like his old stuff better, before he had the whole back-up band thing going on. But Chris never loses his style. He's so great on stage, and he draws the crowd in so much. You understand so much just by watching him. It's really a once in a lifetime experience (unless, of course, you go more than once. :) )
    One_Day_You_Willon November 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have been with my boyfriend for three years. (I must warn you this is straight out of Jerry Springer, but it's true.) My mom and his dad had an affair. MY parents almost split, my dad moved out, but he eventually came back. I'm thankful that my family is still together, but though neither my boyfriend or I have done anything wrong, we are ultimately the ones being punished in this situation. I am forbidden to see him. If I do, there are huge consequences. When I heard this song, particularly the verse that says "we are compelled to do what we must do, we are compelled to do what is forbidden." I almost cried when I heard this song. It perfectly expresses how it feels to be so in love, yet forbidden to see each other. It's a song about a modern day Romeo and Juliet as cliche and corny as that may sound. I love this song.
    smugirl13on December 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI recently read a book in my English class called Anthem, by Ayn Rand, and I swear almost every word of this song matches up completely with that book. It's a really great song--a different take, sort of, on the old forbidden love cliche.
    TheGreyLadyon March 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentjust a thought, but i think that this song goes perfectly with the book twilight if you've read it

    i mean they start off not liking each other then they get together when they shouldn't
    and he's always cold

    but this song is truely amazing and always gives me the goose bumps

    i also agree with everyone else how it's about a an affair
    ellielooon August 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is up here. Check it ouut.

    vagrant.com/dcecard/…

    Its great. It grows you. Powerful.

    I'm wondering if the rest of the album will be more on the emo side. I hope there is some happy songs as well. This is summer after all.
    miseensceneon June 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my faves from the new disc... Really catchy!
    mrtscon June 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDL THE CD @: theluis.com
    emotionalpunkon June 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is brilliant, I'm pretty sure I love the last line best, even though it goes "tonight I am feeling cold" not "tonight I am here in the cold".

    still, it's pretty amazing
    rescindedon June 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYes rescinded is right. Also in the chorus it should be may instead of might. And on the last chorus it should be "what we have to" instead of "what we must do".
    FTGFon June 22, 2006   Link

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