remove a bullet from my head
extracting over confidence
hidden so easy to pretend
too bad the rush was found again

i can see the pictures on the floor
sketches of what was there before
three came from one little seed
the last one is all i need

i can hear the bottle on the ground
we turned the corner safe and sound
no thought of him as it was done
a clean execution
a clean execution

cool like the ocean
burned like a summer home
fooled by the notion
that the sums don't add up at all

there’s the line that is leading clearly feeding all
the things I don’t believe in but i’ll step in once
again
cut in line to get closer to the source of all the
things I’ll never belong to
step it up and sign right in again

cool like the ocean
burned like a summer home
fooled by the notion
that the sums don't add up at all

cool like the ocean
burned like a summer home
fooled by the notion
that the sums don't add up at all
that the sums never add up at all
that the sums don't add up at all...


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  • +4
    General Commentugh, i dont wanna be the one saying everybody else missed the point...
    i never really, really thought about this song until my friend brought it up today. and after reading the lyrics with his thought in the back of my mind, it makes so much more sense now.
    it's not at all about an abortion; and i dont really think it's about suicide either.
    it seems brian's talking about a past...as in regrets...and maybe he's trying to recover or do better; but then he steps back into it. to me, the whole song screams that. [now, at least, credit to my friend]
    indie4meon July 20, 2008   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningBrian Aubert, the lead singer explained the lyrics in an interview at joonbug.com/national/frequency/Brian-Aubert-Speaks-Up-About-Silversun-Pickups/… . This is one of my favorite songs of all time and I was very curious what it meant too.

    "David — The first time I heard Silversun Pickups was on MySpace with the song “Three Seed,” and I was hooked as a fan. What’s the meaning behind that song?

    Brian — “Three Seed” is about repeating patterns and its funny cause it has come up a lot lately. We got to rehearse that thing because people have been asking for it a lot. It's one of my favorite songs from Carnavas (2006). But yeah it is about repeating patterns and having three completely different situations that as obtuse as they were from each other they almost shared a singular path. The three seed in that song actually refers to one of the people involved in that song and she is a triplet."
    HugeFanon May 11, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthere’s the line that is leading clearly feeding all
    the things I don’t believe in but i’ll step in once
    again
    cut in line to get closer to the source of all the
    things I’ll never belong to
    step it up and sign right in again

    ...these lyrics reveal the meaning of the song to me, think about them.
    alovelyfadeouton May 14, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this is about infidelity, and that he had liked her for a long time but she was always with someone else until they got together. He thought she'd leave her current for him but she didn't. Line for line:

    I had been turned down by her before
    And it destroyed my confidence
    My hidden passion for her was so easy to pretend it wasn't there
    But it was soon discovered and the passion was unleashed

    I see photos while in her room
    All the boys that came before
    Me, her and him stemmed from her love
    Her love is all I need

    A drunken endeavor
    But we didn't get caught
    Neither of us thought about him
    As we did things we shouldn't have done

    I tried to play it cool
    Even though she burned me (turned down a relationship with him)
    I was fooled by the notion
    That she wanted to be with me even though she was with him

    I'm crossing a line to be with her
    I don't believe in infidelity, but I'll be with her again
    I'd do anything to get closer to her
    And all the things she represents
    Forget my morals and be with her again

    I tried to play it cool
    Even though she burned me
    I was fooled by the notion
    That she wanted to be with me even though she was with him
    burningfireflieson November 21, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentto me, there is no sure way to understand or completely interpret the thoughts going through the head of the songwriter at the time of writing the lyrics...Im the kind of person that constantly thinks about what songs mean, however although many songs point to something easy for us to see, songs like this show us that simply charm us, and for me its almost best not to know the meaning...and to simply enjoy the wonder and beauty....but thats just me
    tdon123on January 19, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is what i love about amazing song writing. The lyrics potray different points of view by leaving out alot of aspect to any particular plot. Instead it just uses similar subject matter to structure the over all feeling of the event.

    By doing this the reader is required to fill in the blanks. Even when he wrote it the song might've been about a certain story but after he breaks the story down in to no specific primary detail, it becomes many stories. You know how a pictures worth a thousand words? Well a incredibly written song is worth a whole lot more.

    Just a little food for thought o(^.^)o
    heislegendicaon May 03, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlike mostermouthattacks i think this is about the death or suicide of a son. Not so much an abortion though. "i can see the pictures on the floor
    sketches of what was there before" here he is looking at old pictures of him with his partner or wife and his son, and what used to be. "three came from one little seed the last one is all i need" and here, i think, he is explaining his son came from the "seed" of his partner, and the three of them exist because his son was concieved. Also i think he is saying since his son was the latest addition to his family, he's the only thing he needs for everything to be right again. "i can hear the bottle on the ground we turned the corner safe and sound no thought of him as it was done a clean execution" here he is describing the way his son died. he hears the bottle (either a perscription bottle that he may have overdoised on or some kind of posion in a glass bottle) hit the ground. Then him and his partner turn the corner to their sons room, alive and well("safe and sound"), to find him dead or unconcious. and since it was an overdoise or poisoning there really isnt a mess just him body ("a clean execution). the next verse, like descendent said, is a stuggle with religion. When drastic things ,such as the death of a son, heppen to people they often question their religion to help them through tough times. But even though he quetions it he still "signs right in again." I know that sounds very emo, but its just my opinion i could be way off.
    curious1on December 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentand also, that great line, "fooled by the notion, that the sums dont add up at all"
    maybe he is recovering, and has all these high expectations about how life is going to be now, but then finds out it isn't all sunshine and lollipops, you know?
    so yeah. thats just me.

    this may be a little along the lines of what alovelyfadeout was saying, but i might be wrong.
    indie4meon July 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionWell. I never thought of anything you guys said. I know what it means to me, though.

    My two friends and I took this amazing trip to the UP Michigan and on the way back we were involved in a head-on collision with an SUV; both cars travelling 70mph. It was in my '89 IROC-Z and the safety standards weren't exactly up-to-date. No airbags or ABS. My buddy was driving because I was tired, and I was in the back sleeping; no seatbelt. Anyways, I woke up right before the collision and saw it happen. I blacked out for a bit, and woke up telling myself not to open my eyes because I knew I would be haunted by what I would've seen. I told myself this because I heard nothing from the driver's seat, and I heard my other friend gurgling on what I assumed was blood, struggling to breathe. I couldn't move; I had two broken lumbars, a shattered my pelvis, and a shattered elbow. To top it off, a man and woman ran up to the car and started talking. The woman said, "Oh my god, there's so much blood." The man then said, "Yeah, I don't think this one is going to make it." To make a long story short, I connect with this song on many levels. The bullet removed from my head was my over-confidence. I was living recklessly; thought I was invincible. Pictures on the floor, I think of all the good times with my two friends. The next verse, there was alcohol at the scene of the accident, the guy that hit us was drinking. The next verses remind me about how amazing that trip was. These typed words cannot describe how epic it was; until the accident, that is. Funny thing is, and maybe this is why I feel there's that connection, we were listening to this song when it happened.
    LevityIncon May 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso.. mellow.. I like it.

    I'm quite confused about the meaning though. I think it's about feeling of loss.. "the sums don't add up at all", "no thought of him as it was done a clean execution". Hard to say though.
    ninjapirateon April 16, 2007   Link

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