"Numbers" as written by and Mark Johnson/mann....
Came at you in silence, my back at the wall.
"I've seen those nights where you binge and purge"
Those locks on your doors tell me when you're crouched on all fours
Counting tile, losing bile and sleep.
"it's just a diet, I've kept it quiet. Even if you told all my family and
Friends they would never believe it."
I think you're right. I can't believe it too
That it's you, but it's you.

My problems hide in numbers that leave when I gag and heave,
I weighed out every option, that scale's not fit for advice.
Medical language won't ever help to shape this if that mind is just as frail
As it's frame.
You know I'd leave it alone.

We can beat genetics, adopting new aesthetics for beautiful bodies, figures
Ever-so-slender
Taking control, oh. oh, what a nice, nice thing.

Besides, my problems hide in numbers that leave when I gag and heave
And heaving's kind of hard with your hands tied round your waist.
Point out the obvious, tell me just how dangerous
Then bundle every fight in an "isn't right" and leave it alone.


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"Numbers" as written by Paris Wells Duval A. Clear

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    General CommentBest song on this record, phenominal.
    iquitmysceneon September 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti believe its about someone suffering with anorexia. though the binge/purge cycle he talks about is more common in bulimics.

    still, its a great song. shows some real talent with lyric writing too; 'my problems hide in numbers that leave when i gag and heave' being a good example.

    love it.
    anelectricslaveon August 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is beautiful. It obviously has to do with someone dealing with an eating disorder; perhaps from the personal experiences of one of the band members or a friend. I find this song very interesting because eating disorders are an issue not commonly addressed in songwriting but are very widespread. Therefore, I applaud Pompeii for approaching a frontier on often thread upon. It seems like the songwriter is reflecting upon the confrontational experiences of themself with their friend who has the problem, possibly a significant other. Either way it is someone who is close to the songwriter because the lines "'it's just a diet, i've kept it quiet. Even if you told all my family and
    friends they would never believe it.'
    I think you're right. I can't believe it too
    that it's you, but it's you."
    They are just as shocked as anyone else would be to find find out this information. It also seems like the person with the problem is trying to push the songwriter away when they say "I weighed out every option, that scale's not fit for advice" and the following lines "Medical language won't ever help to shape this if that mind is just as frail
    as it's frame.
    you know i'd leave it alone"
    I believe beyond the personal level of the song that it is also a critique of the modern culture which is so enveloped in pop culture which is run by people flooding the minds of everyone with fashion advertisements that uphold an "ideal" bodily image which can end up being unhealthy to maintain.
    It is a meloncholy song. But one with a postive message of awareness. Not to mention the lyrical writing is ingenious.
    enzaneefexon October 17, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is literally a conversation with a bulimic friend. I love the conversational aspect of it. It's almost like a fight between a man and a woman (at least I'm assuming it's a woman) that never really gets resolved. This is how I hear it:

    -He is approaching her as non-confrontationally as he can.: *Came at you in silence, my back at the wall.*
    Man: "I've seen those nights where you binge and purge"
    Those locks on your doors tell me when you're crouched on all fours
    Counting tile, losing bile and sleep.

    Woman: "it's just a diet, I've kept it quiet. Even if you told all my family and
    Friends they would never believe it."

    Man: I think you're right. I can't believe it too
    That it's you, but it's you.

    Woman: My problems hide in numbers that leave when I gag and heave,
    I weighed out every option,
    Man: that scale's not fit for advice.
    Woman: Medical language won't ever help to shape this
    Man: if that mind is just as frail
    As it's frame.
    You know I'd leave it alone.

    Mutual Observation: We can beat genetics, adopting new aesthetics for beautiful bodies, figures
    Ever-so-slender
    Taking control, oh. oh, what a nice, nice thing.

    Woman: Besides, my problems hide in numbers that leave when I gag and heave

    Man: And heaving's kind of hard with your hands tied round your waist.

    Woman: Point out the obvious, tell me just how dangerous
    Then bundle every fight in an "isn't right" and leave it alone.
    rhiarayon January 28, 2013   Link

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