Don't need a generation
Of burning on the ledge.
Don't need your ancient wisdom;
Two things I'll live without!

Relax,
(As children rest.)
Patience, people,
There's no need to react
So desperately tonight.
(You don't need to know the things I know.)
In fact,
(As children rest.)
All of you
Will be sleeping
With honesty intact.
(Our innocence intact.)
So just give up tonight.
(If I knew then what I know now, I'd stay six-years-old!)

If you lost everything in a moment,
Would you notice?
Could you rebuild something so hopeless?
Are you hopeless?
And when you wake alone, with no one left to hold,
You won't need to know all the things I know.

Paradise in every swimming pool!
Paradise in every playground slide!
Paradise, fresh baked in a cookie jar!

If I were you,
I would defend my innocence
Vigilantly!
I would fight all that tried to rob me of that,
'Cause there's some things you just don't need to know!

Tragedy in the dentist's office!
Tragedy in every skinned knee!
Tragedy spilled all over the kitchen floor!



Lyrics submitted by iamthenightstars, edited by CAKunited

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    General CommentI think its talking about keeping your innocence. There are things in life that you dont need to know and when you learn about them they steal away parts of your innocence, its all about growing up. Its talking about staying young and innocent as long as you can and fighting for it because wisdom and arrogance aren't all they're cracked up to be. Anyone else see it like that?
    Noiz3on September 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think its talking about keeping your innocence. There are things in life that you dont need to know and when you learn about them they steal away parts of your innocence, its all about growing up. Its talking about staying young and innocent as long as you can and fighting for it because wisdom and arrogance aren't all they're cracked up to be. Anyone else see it like that?
    Noiz3on September 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about a Dad leaving his 6 year-old child.
    iamthenightstarson September 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about a Dad leaving his 6 year-old child.
    iamthenightstarson September 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentspot on Noiz3... killer song too
    Loppermannon June 23, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhen George starts screaming, i don't know if its just me, but it sounds so much like crisis. i keep thinking im gonna hear this town is going under!
    And i have no idea what this song is about, but its awesome. Their new albums going to be killer!
    cmvdeon April 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it's "patience people there's no need to react..." but that's just my ocd for spelling.

    Also, does it sound more like "would you notice" instead of "would you know this" ?

    I don't know if there's an actual published lyric book for these bonus songs, so maybe I'm totally out to lunch. Just what it sounds like to me.
    realbigcheeseon January 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNot gonna lie, I'm horrible with lyrics and deciphering meanings, however a few things occurred to me when I was listening to this song today. It's been one of my favourite songs of theirs since they released Crisis and it kills me that it's relegated to a B-Side that only a handful of fans probably know about.

    Anyways, everywhere I've read the lyrics for this song, it says the line "If I were you, I would defend my innocence. visually." I've always sung it as such, because hey, sure it doesn't make any sense but not all lyrics are straight forward. However for some reason listening to it for the 1000th time I noticed that it seemed a lot more like he's saying "If I were you, I would defend my innocence VIGILANTLY." Makes a lot more sense and I'm surprised at myself for not picking it up earlier, but anyways....

    The other thing is that while I believe everyone else here has the right idea, I think that Dallas seems to be playing the role of opposition to George in this song. "When you awake alone with no one left to hold, you wont need to know all the things I know." Out of context this could really mean a number of things, but if you relate it to George's line of "If I knew then what I know now I'd stay six years old" it seems to make a lot more sense contextually, almost as a kind of counter argument. I think he's basically saying if you were to remain six years old and blissfully ignorant to the world forever, then you'll never learn anything or become attached to anything, you'll never have anyone to hold, you wont NEED to know anything. "If you lost everything in a moment, would you notice? Could you rebuild something so hopeless, are you hopeless?" Seems to support my theory and suggest that being young and oblivious and devoid of attachment to the things that matter makes everything lack a whole lot of depth and subsequently mean very little when they're taken away, however they are for the most part things that everyone needs. You're essentially "hopeless" without them.

    "Relax, patience people, there's no need to react, so desperately tonight. In fact all of you will be sleeping with honesty intact so just give up tonight." It almost seems to me as though he's insinuating that loss of innocence is necessary in life, and that often times honesty will precede it.

    Anyways, I've probably butchered all the points I've tried to get across because I seem to be struggling to formulate the ideas in my head into text, so I hope it wasn't too confusing!
    poetictragedy5on April 30, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's
    If you lost everything in a moment, would you notice? not If you left everything in a moment would you know this.

    Sounds to me like he experienced the loss of a child so he's stressing how important it is to keep a child's innocence. He mentions how there's no need for people to react so desperately because either way they will end up sleeping at night with clear minds.
    Maybe the paradise in every swimming pool part relates to how you should appreciate everything around you and appreciate the fact that you may not have had a big loss in your life time, because it changes you.

    Well atleast that's what I get from it
    ThinkingonlyofwhatIshouldthinkon August 20, 2011   Link

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