"To A Friend" as written by and Dallas/hastings Green....
I'm thinking that its time to get out
My patients are fading fast
The mind bruises just a little bit easier
In dark times and shadows cast

What are you suffering for?
Your pride or some kind of personal war?
And will you throw it all away?
For nothing more than a simple taste?
I stay in time and watch you pass by
Paranoia woven deep beneath my skin
And I draw this line
Breath slow
You shouldn't have to fight alone
You shouldn't have to fight at all
It's nobody's battle but your own

Panic holds me like a gun
Firm and steadfast bleak and cold
I think it's time to kill the drama
This lifestyle is getting old

Faces threaten from behind closed doors
Eyes spy from dark windows
Plotting minds that seek to harm me, or maybe not

There is
Something
Waiting
For me
In the
Darkest
Part of
My imagination

This is just self-induced terror
There's more to come
This is just a glimpse
I tell myself its all in my head
But I'm pretty hard to convince

Oh, there's no relief
Oh, this wold can offer
Oh, there's no relief
Oh, this world can offer me

I stay in time and watch you pass by
I draw this line
And hope you'll take my side
You shouldn't have to fight alone
Its nobody's battle but your own


Lyrics submitted by iamthenightstars, edited by CAKunited

"To a Friend" as written by Wade Macneil Dallas Green

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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  • +2
    General Commentit seems like the song is about drug addiction. The verses are a first hand account of what someone may go through while fighting addiction, while the chorus seems like a close friend trying to stop his drug use. Dallas is playing the role of the supportive friend, and george is playing the role of the addict. Dallas is telling him that 'he shouldn't have to fight alone', and georges rebuttal is 'you shouldn't have to fight at all (i think by saying this he means, "why are you fighting to help me, i don't have a problem".' It seems like He is being told he needs help, but he's denying it.

    i could be completely wrong, but this is the message i'm getting from the song.
    mastrrbasseron January 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA few corrections/I hear differently:

    My pictures are fading fast

    (You shouldn't have to fight at all)
    It's nobody's battle but your own

    Whispers behind closed doors

    There is
    Something
    Waiting
    For me
    In the
    Darkest
    Part of
    My imagination

    This is all so ____
    There is more to come this is just a glimpse
    ________ in my head

    All in all, good job. I can't get this song outta my head.
    aaronkalbon July 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is a song about struggle to overcome anxiety and that it is an unnecessary feeling to have. it is nobodies battle but your own. think about it it makes sense
    big_Don March 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think its telling a friend to stop being so dramatic and realize you could end whatever struggle (maybe love maybe abuse family etc.) easy but you want to make it seem like you can handle it and get to say you suffered through it.

    I'm thinking that its time to get out
    My patients are fading fast
    The mind bruises just a little bit easier
    In dark times and shadows cast

    thats the friend. saying these things as complaints self explanatory.

    What are you suffering for?
    Your pride or some kind of personal war?
    and will you throw it all away?
    For nothing more than a simple taste?
    I stay in time and watch you pass by
    Paranoia woven deep beneath my skin
    and i draw this line
    Breath slow
    You shouldn't have to fight alone
    (screaming as friend)
    You shouldn't have to fight at all
    (back to him)
    it's nobody's battle but your own

    he's saying that it could end "what are you suffering for" is almost "are you stupid? end this already"
    "your pride or some kind of personal war" is "so you can tell peopl you're tough or so you can just tell yourself?"
    "and will you throw it away for nothing more than a simple taste" is like "you're gonna move on to another fucked up obsession thats gonna mess up your life cuz 'simple tastes' tear apart families and you moving on to something else can't save you"
    "i stay in time and watch you pass by" is "i'll stay here and be here for you even though i think you're ruining your life"
    "paranoia woven deep beneath my skin" "blah blah blah bullshit drama" from the friend
    "I'll draw this line and hope you'll take my side (breathe slow, breathe slow)" is kinda "i'll wait for you to realize you're killing yourself" and the friend says breathe slow as if he/she was saying "don't make assumptions or jump ahead of everything let me handle it now"
    "You shouldn't have to fight alone" "i really am here for you"
    "You shouldn't have to fight at all" friend says " you shouldnt be here for me i can do it myself"
    "it's nobody's battle but your own"
    he says "fine whatever its yours"

    rest is self explanatory.
    Immadeofwaxon November 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat song gave me shivers.

    Absolute love. And it took me by surprise. Haha. Funny Story. Aaanyways. xD

    Another song that makes Crisis' release date so, so far away. T_T
    LongtimeSunshineon July 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand again..im not too good at undersatnding the meaning in songs..anyone care to help?
    DarkHateon July 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI hear "You shouldn't have to fight alone
    It's nobody's battle but your own"

    Which doesn't make any sense at all
    BrianSeederson August 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that its time to get out
    My PATIENTS are fading fast
    BUT MY BUTTONS PUSH A little bit easyier

    I'll stay in time and WATCH you pass by (your ... will only take beneath my skin)

    BUT HE CALL ME LIKE A GUN
    ...FAST as we get cold

    WHISPERS behind CLOSED DOORS
    I SPY from dark windows

    It's nobody's BATTLE but your own

    i im hoping i got a couple of those lyrics right
    just minor corrections, when this album comes out lots more ppl will hear it and they will complete these lyrics
    Drkness2on August 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor this part:

    (your ... will only take beneath my skin)

    I think I hear "Paranoia will be deep beneath my skin"

    And also, I think it really is You shouldn't have to fight alone (you shouldn't have to fight at all)
    vunleylongon August 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd to back up my oppinion, think about it.

    Paranoia will be deep beneath my skin.
    Breath slow....breathe slow...

    He's freaking out and trying to calm himself, then tells himself

    You shouldn't have to fight at all.
    vunleylongon August 04, 2006   Link

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