It's the common reactor
It's the long way out
It's the stream of a motion blur
That swirls around till you drown
But I couldn't put it down, no, I couldn't put it down, no, I couldn't put it down

It's the colorless picture
In a heart-shaped frame
The silhouette of a doe-eyed girl
Who at one point had a name
But I couldn't put it down, no, I couldn't put it down, no, I couldn't put it down

Let's break the windowpanes
And separate the walls from all the nails
And maybe if we're loud we'll stay alive
While everybody wants to join the fight

But now it's too late

Brush away all the memories
And keep the cries curbside
I'll be ashen on the images
That have all been caught inside
But I couldn't put it down, no, I couldn't put it down, no, I couldn't put it down

Let's break the windowpanes
And separate the walls from all the nails
And maybe if we're loud we'll stay alive
While everybody wants to join the fight

But even if we barricade the door
And seal it with the blood found on the floor
We're always going to cross the finish line
While everybody wants to run and hide

But now it's too late

Let's break the windowpanes
And separate the walls from all the nails
And maybe if we're loud we'll stay alive
While everybody wants to join the fight

But even if we barricade the door
And seal it with the blood found on the floor
We're always going to cross the finish line
While everybody wants to run and hide

But now it's too late


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  • +3
    General Commentpersonal i think this song could easily be about death- i mean, what other true common reactor between everyone in life is there? i think he knew a girl who died, someone obviously close to her. and i think the last part that no one seems to understand could be looking at death in general.
    "but even if we barricade the door and seal it with the
    blood found on the floor"
    possibly referring to the angel of death from the 10 plagues?
    "we’re always going to cross the finish line
    while everybody wants to run and hide
    but now it’s too late"
    crossing the finish line in this point means dying i think, like death is the finish line to life and its unavoidable. just some thoughts.
    the bmitzon July 15, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"someone obviously close to her."- oops, him
    the bmitzon July 15, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song really reminds me of Winston and Julia from George Orwell's novel 1984.
    myrainydayparadeon November 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpretty sure that should be "doe-eyed"...
    belle1313on January 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this song is about rebellion or fighting for a cause. 'its the stream of a motion blur that swirls around you til you drown' i think is talking about the conformty of the modern world pulling people in. when hes talking about the picture of a girl 'who at one point had name' is i possibly a person from the past who fought for what they beleived? a hero? 'maybe if we're loud we'll stay alive' i think this verse is reffering to the urge that people have to fight for something that they beleive in to keep them going.
    booksmartdevilon October 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's describing heart ach. not being able to let go of the person. reacting in pain on an emotional level. eather picking through things to figure out what went wrong or trying to seal out the truth & hiding from it. thats what I think explains the blood on the floor & destroying the building. the "finish line" is kinda strange in there but I think it represents the realization of whats happened. it's coming weather they like it or not. & most would rather not face it.
    Inkiesaidon January 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow, what a good song, not quite sure what its about. The part about the blood and joining the fight makes me think its about war.
    Middaughsomeon March 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just recently started listening to sspu and it didn't take much to get me hooked. Quality vocals,excelent guitar riffs, great style and cryptic lyrics, whats not to like? to me this song seems to be about addiction or excess. it has a bit of imagery which makes me think of drug use; "it’s the stream of a motion blur that swirls around til you drown", "i’ll be ashing on the images". feels like Aubert is describing how drugs isolate you from the world around you and everyone in it.
    Drew_613on June 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this song is talking about a relationship that ended for the singer, that he didn't want to end.

    "it’s the colorless picture
    in a heart shaped frame
    the silhouette of a dough eyed girl
    who at one point had a name"

    The singer picks up a photograph of his ex and remembers how it used to be and that once meant somethign to him.

    "but I couldn’t put it down
    no I couldn’t put it down"

    He dosn't want to stop remembering.


    "brush away all the memories
    keep the cries curbside
    i’ll be ashing on the images
    that have all been caught inside"

    Here he's saying that he wants to burn all the images of them and along with the memories that are held inside so he could move on perhaps.

    "but i couldn’t put it down
    no i couldn’t put it down
    no i couldn’t put it down"

    But again he can't just forget her.


    "let’s break the window panes
    and separate the walls from all the nails
    cuz maybe if we’re loud we’ll stay alive
    while everybody wants to join the fight
    but even if we barricade the door and seal it with the
    blood found on the floor
    we’re always going to cross the finish line
    while everybody wants to run and hide
    but now it’s too late"

    Not so sure about this one...
    SoulPowaaaon July 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think that this is about a girl.
    in which he knew he would make the wrong mistakes.
    but he is learning to deal with it and move on.
    awesome song.
    and he has a great voice.
    december_eleventhon August 02, 2007   Link

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