"Crowd Surf off a Cliff" as written by and Emily Haines....
Cursed with a love that you can't express
It's not for a fuck, or a kiss
Rather give the world away than wake up lonely
Everywhere and every way I see you with me

Crowd surf off a cliff
Land out on the ice
Crowd surf off to sea
Float towards the beach

If you find me, hide me, I don't know where I've been

Are we breathing? Are we wasting our breath?
It won't be enough to be rich
All the babies tucked away in their beds
We're out here screaming
The life that you thought through is gone
Can't want out, the ending outlasting the mood
I wake up lonely

If you find me, hide me, I don't know where I've been
When you phone me tell me everything I did
If I'm sorry you lost me you'd better make it quick
Cause this call costs a fortune and it's late where you live

Rather give the world away than wake up lonely
Everywhere and every way I see you with me
All the babies tucked away in their beds
We're out here screaming
The life that you thought through is gone
Can't want out, the ending outlasting the mood
I wake up lonely


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"Crowd Surf off a Cliff" as written by Emily Haines

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  • +2
    General Commentyeah, i think it's about a long-distance relationship as well.

    "If you find me, hide me, I don't know where I've been"
    i think that line implies that if her long-distance lover is ever to find her, he should hide her, maybe because of infidelity she took part in out of the loneliness long-distance dating brings.

    and yes, tinylittlewords, she is very famous in toronto.

    to staticanonymity: no wonder she isn't famous, she has *talent*.
    i know that i shouldn't be saying that since there are talented, famous people somewhere out there, but the majority are the opposite.
    vulgaron February 14, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Cursed with a love that you can't express
    It's not for a fuck, or a kiss
    Rather give the world away than wake up lonely
    Everywhere and every way I see you with me"


    I think that here she's sings about someone she loves who doesn't love her back and even though being in that situation kills her she would rather be with someone who doesn't love her thn sleep alone...
    Lulutineon June 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit has nothing to do with how hard it is to be famous and also shes not that famous
    static anonymityon December 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Cursed with a love that you can't express
    It's not for a fuck, or a kiss
    Rather give the world away than wake up lonely
    Everywhere and every way I see you with me"


    I think that here she's sings about someone she loves who doesn't love her back and even though being in that situation kills her she would rather be with someone who doesn't love her thn sleep alone...
    Lulutineon June 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti thought this song was about a long-distance relationship since the first time i heard it.

    the first verse is about the absence on a physical relationship ("cursed with a love that you can't express,
    it's not for a fuck, or a kiss").
    and obviously, the phone-call has to do with distance ("this call costs a fortune and it's late where you live").
    waking up lonely and seeing the person with her both have to do with missing somebody. that's my take on it.


    p.s. i think it's okay for people to have DIFFERENT interpretations whether they are 'correct' or 'incorrect,' perception is a wonderful thing :).
    ILYhahajkon September 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel it's more about the inner struggle of who you are and who you're supposed to be, and the inner turmoil concerning the lifestyle you're leading.

    "Rather give the world away than wake up lonely."

    Codependency is a major problem with most people--not even codependency, but the idea that you need other people to be happy. Very few not only understand, but actually practice, the notion that real happiness comes from within yourself.
    Seahighsteron July 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about the desolate nature of life in general, and how painful it is to be alone in a world so full of people. It doesn't matter what you have on the surface, when what you really long for is the touch, the love, the companionship of another.
    Phillipvon January 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...the end of this has the song Detective's Daughter. it looked a little long.

    my least favorite song on the album, but it has it's good parts. Emily Haines likes to write music about how hard it is to be famous.
    tinylittlewordson September 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFixed. No more straight cut n' pasting ^_^
    straylightrunon September 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor a long time I missed the feeling of such a touchy song. Usually I am excited more from writing such as 'Hustle Rose' which requieres more than just interpretation but also linguistics. As a non native speaker of english I truly enjoy from the simplicity way of Emily to share a feeling in this song. A truly prime loneliness. For two weeks I am on this song and just can't get enough.
    pipilottion December 04, 2006   Link

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