My heavy head is full of debris
Sometimes I wish this city would
sink in the sea
'cause even when I find the love it's fake
and everything I want to touch
would break

In some strange way
it's like you're never there (so don't say you'll see)
You just float by (don't say you'll see)
crawling in the air
I've been so tired (don't say you'll see)
I can barely breathe
Open your eyes (me)
Once and try to see

This skeleton town
with snakes in the grass
where every single breath you take might be your last
And even when you find the love
it's fake
and everything you try to touch will break

so don't say you'll see me
don't say you'll see
don't say you'll see me me me

Our crooked feet
burn up the street
and every time we're passing by
you feel the heat
of 50,000 burning souls asleep
There's 50,000 crying out to me

so don't say you'll see me
don't say you'll see (ohhh)
don't say you'll see me me me

In some strange way
it's like you're never there (burn up the city)
You just float by (burn the city)
crawling in the air
I've been so tired (woah)
I can barely breathe
Open your eyes
Once and try to see


Lyrics submitted by floz2323, edited by MercilessBat, aleria

Stab City song meanings
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    My InterpretationThis has been one of my favorite songs for years, out of more then 5,000 songs in my Itunes it's definitely in my top 20. Often with songs like this I don't give too much thought as to what they are about and I don't really care, I like the lyrics line by line and I love the sound and thats all that matters. But I was just watching 'Batman the Dark Knight Rises' last night for like the 3rd time and I noticed how similar the dialogue was to some lyrics from this song. Consider the lines from the song: (I capitalize the words that are connected)

    and every time we're passing by
    you FEEL the HEAT
    of 80,000 burning SOULS asleep

    Well, in the Batman film, there is bomb set to destroy the entire CITY of Gotham and a few minutes before it goes off the woman who set it all up says:

    'Don't kill him. I want him to FEEL the HEAT. FEEL the fire of twelve million SOULS you failed.'

    I just thought those lines were so similar they must be linked, I know the film came out years after the song and obviously the film isn't based after the song so I'm guessing if they are connected the song is based of a Batman comic or something.

    Another reason they could be connected is because the song is all about a City and the Batman films are all about Gotham City, A City filled with crime for most the duration of the 3 films, a City 'where every single you breathe you take could be your last'.

    And the line 'And even when you find the love it's fake' could relate to the scene in the Dark Knight Rises where Bruce sleeps with Miranda who later turns out the be to one who set up the bomb and literally STABS him in the stomach - STAB city.

    This whole song seems like it could be from the point of view of Batman in the moment after he gets stabbed by Miranda. I think the lines:

    and everything I want to touch
    would break

    In some strange way
    it's like you're never there
    You just float by
    crawling in the air

    could be about Rachel.

    Is there anyone else who when they heard that dialogue in the third Batman film thought this song could be based on it?
    NMG96on August 01, 2014   Link
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    General Commenti'll back up floz on that one. this album is worth the purchase
    ConsciousPiloton August 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentpost the rest of the lyrics :)
    mysleadon August 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the lyrics are pretty clear, he's singing about how the city he lives in doesn't let him find love ("'cause even when I find the love it's fake"). He's not exactly mad, his tone is more sad and resigned about his situation.

    "Our crooked feet
    burn up the street
    and every time we're passing by
    you feel the heat
    of 80,000 burning souls asleep
    There's 50,000 crying out to me"

    This last stanza seems to compare the city he lives in to hell. I'm pretty sure he sings 50,000 twice, not 80,000.

    When they repeat the line "So don't say you'll see me", its like the songwriter is directing his bitterness towards a specific girl.
    gandhidogon November 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLol, good response flo.
    daredevil1on January 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFor the record, my lyrics book says 50,000 twice, not 80,000 then 50,000.

    As for the meaning, I think he strongly dislikes some city he had to live in- perhaps when they had to record in the midwest or a city they toured at. Past not liking the city I'm a bit confuzaled. I think maybe he believes the city has sunk into the sea (metaphorically) like he wishes for in the first verse for he says "You just float by crawling in the air." Grrr, its frustrating, I just confuzaled myself.

    I definitely agree with the comparing the city to hell bit though. How 50,000 burning souls crying out to him relates to him not being allowed to find love, as ganhidog said, I do not get. Help the thought process please, post away.
    Shaolin2419on January 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt seems pretty obvious to me that this song is about LA, not about a city in the midwest, as I don't see Chicago "sinking into the sea" anytime soon...Also, the references to fake love, skeleton town, and snakes in the grass sound like most people I've met in LA.
    "I can barely breathe
    Open your eyes
    Once and try to see"
    This has got to be a reference to LA smog....I rest my case.
    mergal83on January 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commentat the chicago show, saen fitzgerald told the crowd that this song was about a small town in ireland. obviously one that has gone through war and is still suffering from it.

    and ps. snakes in the grass.. thats the whole story behind st. patrick. he drove the snakes out of ireland.
    tee_arton June 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the city of Limerick, Ireland, commonly referred to as Stab City, due to high crime.
    Look it up on Wikipedia.org, or Google it.
    TheLionTameron August 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI totally get how this song is about a city, it makes sense and obviously the reference is toward "stab city"

    but the first time I heard the song, before I knew all that, it meant something a bit different to me. I felt like it was talking about someone who is just completely frustrated about being alone, exhausted from searching for their someone. "I've been so tired, I can barely breathe"

    and every time they get close to love, it just falls apart or was never even there in the first place. "'cause even when I find the love it's fake, and everything I want to touch would break"

    and you're just begging the person you love to see how you feel and understand "Open your eyes, Once and try to see"

    it's a bit of a stretch when he talks about the town with snakes in the grass and the souls crying out, but it makes total sense to me because of the town I am in right now, with so many souls and negative connotations to me - especially now that I've gone through heartbreak again. and the guy will always be associated with this town and the places we've been in it and all that...

    "So don't say you'll see me" - this line just kills me, the way he's almost screaming it, but still it's so softly spoken...like he's about to break down every time he says it, it's so desperate.

    amazing stuff.

    coldfrontier6on March 27, 2010   Link

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