"Take it Back" as written by and Steven/robertson Page....
It's hard enough to notice
Harder still to react
Just a stone's throw from the center of our attention
We all fade to black

Save me from a villainous imagination
Deliver me from my friends
If I said something to make you mad
I will take it back

It's hard enough to stomach
But try to look away
Is this a news report or a trailer for a motion picture?
It all fades to gray

Save me from a villainous imagination
Deliver me from my friends
If I said something to make you mad
I will take it back

Long lines and warning signs
Think of all the lives saved by plastic knives
It's naive, but make believe
We will never lose if we remove our shoes

It's hard to keep your mouth shut
Harder still to make noise
But we can't have the perfect 20/20 hindsight
That our fate enjoys

Save me from a villainous imagination
Deliver me from my friends
If I said something to make you mad
I will take it back
I will take it back


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"Take It Back" as written by Steven Page Ed Robertson

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    General CommentProbably my favourite song from 'Are Me'. Such a great message, with some great riffs and musical maneuvers.
    Lukasaon September 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsuper rad song
    placidtheoryon September 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhat exactly do you think that message is? Im just wondering...
    Furtado Fan37on September 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's sort of a lullaby. It seems to talk about the world in general.

    The first part talks about far away problems that are huge but nobody seems to notice or care (ex. starving children, etc.)

    The second part talks about the terrible things we can't tear our eyes away from watching (ex. slowing down to watch burning car wrecks) and how surreal some things in life can be.

    The last part seems to be about not being able to speak up or stay silent when it matters and that you shouldn't dwell on what you did or didn't do.

    The chorus is harder. I think the whole song's about trying to make someone as happier than they could ever realistically be in such a sad world.
    Alpha13on October 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh, I forgot the part about plastic knives. I think that part's about the measures that are taken to help prevent tragedy that aren't really that effective (long lines and warning signs being things like security checkpoints and wet floor signs).

    This is just my interpretation of the song. It's also my favorite song from the album.
    Alpha13on October 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with alpha, but is the line "We will never lose if we remove our shoes" talking about airline shoebombers?
    Arcsison October 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI never thought of that, but I think that's right. It seems to go well with the rest of it.
    Alpha13on October 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI definitely think this is about our world post 9/11.

    "It's hard enough to stomach
    But try to look away
    Is this a news report or a trailer for a motion picture?"

    These acts of terrorism, the planes crashing into the twin towers, are shown repeatedly on tv...it makes us sick yet we keep watching. It's almost surreal, like some overblown movie trailer rather than real life.

    "Long lines and warning signs
    Think of all the lives saved by plastic knives
    It's naive, but make believe
    We will never lose if we remove our shoes"

    This verse talks about all the security checkpoints now in places - museums, theme parks, and mostly airports. Sort of a tongue in cheek/sarcastic verse - do we really think taking off our shoes through security, banning certain objects, allowing only "plastic knives" will really save us? Well the points is, it may not but perhaps it gives us a false sense of security.

    "Save me from a villanous imagination" to me refers to the sick thoughts and ideas of the terrorists.
    whoson1st0on October 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'd disagree to the idea of the "save me" line being about thoughts and ideas of the terrorists, just because of the rest of the chorus. I almost think this song is an attempt at reconciliation - a blanket statement saying "We're not sure what we did wrong, but we don't want to fight about it". In which case, the "Deliver me from my friends" becomes a request to be un-associated with the warmongering western powers.

    Just my view though. :)
    Lukasaon October 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI wonder whether the 'save me..., deliver me...' stuff is kind of alluding to the kind of ideas in 1984 where people weren't allowed to think treasonous thoughts (villianous imagination) nor to be associated with people that do (from my friends). I read similar stuff in novels by Milan Kundera. People denouncing relationships with dissenters, being blackmailed to apologise for their opinions, that sort of stuff....


    If that's right, then perhaps the "If I've said something to make you mad then I'll take it back" is kinda what goes on in 1984.
    esapersonaon January 10, 2007   Link

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