"Jasey Rae" as written by Jack Bassam Barakat, Robert Ryan Dawson, Alexander William Gaskarth and Zachary Steven Merrick....
Lights out, I still hear the rain
These images that fill my head
Now keep my fingers from making mistakes
Tell my voice what it takes to speak up, speak up
And keep my conscience clean when I wake

Don't make this easy
I want you to mean it, Jasey
(Say you mean it)
You're dressed to kill
I'm calling you out
(Don't waste your time on me)

Now there's an aching in my back
A stabbing pain that says I lack
The common sense and confidence
To bring an end to promises
That I make in times of desperate conversation
Hoping my night could be better than theirs in the end
(Just say when)

Don't make this easy
I want you to mean it, Jasey
(Say you mean it)
You're dressed to kill
I'm calling you out
(Don't waste your time on me)

I've never told a lie
And that makes me a liar
I've never made a bet
But we gamble with desire
I've never lit a match
With intent to start a fire
But recently the flames are getting out of control

Call me a name, kill me with words
Forget about me, it's what I deserve
I was your chance to get out of this town
But I ditched the car and left you to

Wait outside, I hope the air will serve to remind you
That my heart is as cold
As the clouds of your breath
And my words are as timed
As the beating in my chest


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"Jasey Rae" as written by Jack Bassam Barakat Alexander William Gaskarth

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  • +5
    General Commentlike everyone else, i totally adore the acoustic version.

    ok, here's my take:

    i think this is one of those heart breaker songs where the guy did the hurting instead of the usual. it's almost an apology except he's actually asking her to be mad at him coz he deserves it. (Call me a name, kill me with words, Forget about me, it's what I deserve)

    he's guilty for what he did (or is about to do, even),
    the 'aching in my back' and 'stabbing pain' i think refer to guilt, or maybe his lack of backbone to do whatever should be done.

    i think he's also saying that he never meant to hurt her. it's just that things got waaay too complicated.

    towards the end of the song, you get the feeling that however sorry he is, he still doesn't love her, or even deserve her. he pretty much owns up to being a cold hearted bastard, saying that all he said were not sincere. "my words are as timed as the beating in my chest". i think that line says that his words are rehearsed, so i guess there's no sincerity or genuineness in them.

    it's a sad take to it, but that's how i hear this song.
    Alex is brilliant.
    YourBlackoutMemoryon January 10, 2008   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningHeres how I interpret this song;
    'Lights out
    I still hear the rain'
    - This means that even when he's asleep he still hears and feels the sadness that Jasey felt.
    'These images that fill my head
    Now keep my fingers from making mistakes
    Tell my voice what it takes to
    Speak up, speak up
    And keep my conscience clean when I wake'
    - Alex is like a robot, just performing and sleeping like something thats been programmed into him, because he feels so awful that he just is getting quite depressed and feels really guilty.

    'Don't make this easy
    I want you to mean it, Jasey
    (Say you mean it)
    You're dressed to kill
    I'm calling you out
    (Don't waste your time on me)'
    - Alex had promised to take Jasey on tour with him after they had a one night stand but he couldn't so he's asking her to be mad at him cos he doesn't deserve her forgiveness. He's asking to speak to her and tells her that he's not worth it, because he feels so bad about what he's done.

    'Now there's an aching in my back
    A stabbing pain that says I lack
    The common sense and confidence
    To bring an end to promises
    That I make in times of desperate conversation
    Hoping my night
    Could be better than theirs in the end
    (Just say when)'
    - This is again explaining the guilt weighing down on Alex's conscience, and tells us that he could't keep his promise that he made to her

    'I've never told a lie
    And that makes me a liar
    I've never made a bet
    But we gamble with desire
    I've never lit a match
    With intent to start a fire
    But recently
    The flames are getting out of control

    Call me a name, kill me with words
    Forget about me, it's what I deserve
    I was your chance to get out of this town
    But I ditched the car and left you to'
    - personally I love this bit in the song, but it's basically saying that he didn't mean to lie to her but he did, he didn't realise how much he was going to lose and how big the situation had got. He's asking Jasey to be mad at him cos he deserved it for letting her down'


    'Wait outside
    I hope the air will serve to remind you
    That my heart is as cold
    As the clouds of your breath
    And my words are as timed
    As the beating in my chest'
    - This is him saying that he's such a bad person for what he did, and this whole song is really an apology and him facing up to what he did.

    So yeah, I love this song and I think this is what it means, feel free to correct me!



    ckatzon April 24, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is amazing.
    but i like the acoustic version a lot better then the original
    i think the actual point of this song (that he screwed up) gets laid out a lot better in the acoustic version
    i don't know about you guys but its just my opinion
    i like the song either way but yea.. acoustic is better.
    :)
    gabbitasticon July 08, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe lights out,
    I still hear the rain,
    These images that fill my head,
    Now keep my fingers from making mistakes,
    Tell my voice what it takes,
    To speak up,
    Speak up,
    and keep my conscience clean when I wake.

    (he saying he cant forget the past
    even now that it over
    and its keeping him from making the same mistakes
    so he wont have to feel it again)



    Don't make this easy,
    I want you to mean it,
    Jasey. (say you mean it)
    You're dressed to kill,
    I'm calling you out, (don't waste your time on me)


    (here he's saying that that nigh he just couldn't stop himself
    and that he didn't want her to be so easy)



    Now there's an aching in my back;
    a stabbing pain that says I lack,
    the common sense and confidence,
    to bring an end to promises,
    that I make in times of desperate conversation,
    hoping my night could be better than theirs in the end.
    Just say when.


    (hes saying that what happened is affectin him now
    and wishes he could have stopped what happened from happening
    and if only he were smart enough to stop from leading her on)


    I've never told a lie,
    and that makes me a liar,
    I've never made a bet,
    but we gamble with desire,
    I've never lit a match,
    with intent to start a fire,
    but recently the flames,
    are getting out of control.

    (hes saying he didnt mean for it to end up this way
    it was a mistake)



    Call me a name,
    Kill me with words,
    Forget about me,
    It's what I deserve,
    I was your chance,
    to get out of this town,
    but I ditched the car,
    and left you to,

    (he's saying he WANTS her to hurt him
    make him feel like how she felt that night
    and he's telling her it wont even be worth it ; he's not worth it
    he's sorry for leaving he hanging )



    Wait outside,
    I hope the air will serve to remind you,
    that my heart is as cold as the clouds of your breath,
    and my words are as timed as the beating in my chest.

    (here he's saying that he's a cold person
    and when he says things he almost never means them;
    he talks before he thinks.)
    summerxxbebehon November 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah.. i totally don't mean that anymore.

    this song is my LIFE.
    for serious.

    i didn't get it then. now i do.
    this song is so beautiful, and i cry every time.
    CatastrophicFailureon May 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLOVE IT!!!
    denise_703on July 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is most def. my favorite song on Put up or Shut up! I can't wait for the fall tour with BLG and the release of So Wrong Its Right!
    I love the-
    i've never told a lie and that makes me a liar
    i've never made a bet but we gamble with desire
    i've never lit a match with intent to start a fire
    but recently the flames are getting out of control
    i also think the name jasey is really pretty.
    boyslikegirls#1on August 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentname. i think jasey is a pretty name i dont know y that didnt get in there
    boyslikegirls#1on August 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthey werent in love, i can tell you that much

    the girl this song is about, works at the jorneys in the Orland Park Mall, in IL.

    its not a deep song, its about a one night stand.
    jorjorbinkson January 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningAhh Atl, you've done it again. Namely Alex though (; I'm going to have to go with the crowd and say the acoustic is absolutely perfect. Here's my take on the meaning of Jasey Rae.

    Lights out
    I still hear the rain
    These images that fill my head
    Now keep my fingers from making mistakes
    Tell my voice what it takes to
    Speak up, speak up
    And keep my conscience clean when I wake

    He's thinking about how he could possibly keep his conscience clean after it's all over.


    Don't make this easy
    I want you to mean it, Jasey
    (Say you mean it)
    You're dressed to kill
    I'm calling you out
    (Don't waste your time on me)

    Everyone says they're confused about the "don't make this easy, I want you to mean it Jasey, say you'll mean it" part because if it was a one night stand, why would he be saying don't make this easy? But I think what he means is he told her a lot of things that weren't true to get to her to sleep with him, and maybe he was just hoping she'd just say she knows it'll be a one night stand regardless of what he told her. Maybe he's saying "don't make this easy, I want you to mean it" because it's easy for him so hurt people, he'd maybe rather her know it's a one night stand.

    Now there's an aching in my back
    A stabbing pain that says I lack
    The common sense and confidence
    To bring an end to promises
    That I make in times of desperate conversation
    Hoping my night
    Could be better than theirs in the end
    (Just say when)

    This is pure genius. He's saying he realizes that he lacks the common sense and the confidence to not make promises of love to her to get her to sleep with him. Plus, I'm sure the whole time he was just hoping he could end up having a better time than his friends who weren't having a one night stand.

    Don't make this easy
    I want you to mean it, Jasey
    (Say you mean it)
    You're dressed to kill
    I'm calling you out
    (Don't waste your time on me)

    He's saying please mean what you say about this only being a one night stand and set aside what I'm promising you. And that she was dressed to kill that's how it all started. He was just hoping she wouldn't waste her time on him.

    I've never told a lie
    And that makes me a liar
    I've never made a bet
    But we gamble with desire
    I've never lit a match
    With intent to start a fire
    But recently
    The flames are getting out of control

    He tries to think that he must have some good in him, saying "I've never told a lie". But everytime he tries to find good he contridicts himself because he knows he lies to her, gambles with his friends about her emotions/desire and having a one night stand with her. He also says all he wanted was a one night stand, but it turned into her emotions getting involved with the sex and it got out of control.

    Call me a name, kill me with words
    Forget about me, it's what I deserve
    I was your chance to get out of this town

    He's saying for her to hurt him as bad as he hurt her and just forget about him. Maybe she talked about running away with him?

    But I ditched the car and left you to
    Wait outside

    He left her after the one night stand not caring.

    I hope the air will serve to remind you
    That my heart is as cold
    As the clouds of your breath
    And my words are as timed
    As the beating in my chest

    He's saying he tried to warn her but he promised her things because a one night stand was more important to him than her feelings and that at the time his heart was cold and unmoved by what he did, and that to get her to have sex with him his words were well rehearsed and timed.

    That's my take on it. Ahh, i love ATL<3 I can listen to this song over and over again. Gahh, Alex you're gorgeous and being a dbag makes your songs 10x as beautiful. Sad, but beautiful.
    camilletkpattonon January 24, 2009   Link

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