"You Won't Know" as written by and Jesse Lacey....
Hey, hey, hey, Mr. Hangman,
Go get your rope

Your daughters weren't careful,
I fear that I am a slippery slope
Now even if I lay my head down at night
After a day I got perfectly right
She won't know
She won't know

(one two three four, one, two)

So play a little careless, you gotta contend
And you can't blame your mother,
She's trying not to say I was your worst mistake
And I wish that I could tell you right now, I love you
But it looks like I won't be around
So you won't know
You won't know
So you won't know
You won't know

So believe in me, believe them
You think I'll let you down
Well, I won't
They can fire everything they've got
And when you think I'm sunk
I will float on and die
I am fine to put your gun to my life
And know I'm scared it won't fire right
You won't know
You won't know
You won't know
You won't know

You're never going to feel as full as we felt
So let's go outside and we'll play William Tell
Taking your time drawing a bead
I'll stand as still as you need
'Cause you're so good at talking smack, you heart attack
But you're the apple of my eye anyway

The smile on your face,
It's on your plate
It's on a silver plate

So they say,
They say in heaven
There's no husbands and wives
On the day that I show up
They'll be completely out
Of their forgiveness supplies
And I can't use the telephone
To tell you that I'm dead and gone
So you won't know
You won't know
You won't know
Yeah, you won't know (go, go, go)
Yeah, you won't know (go, go, go)
Yeah, you won't know
Yeah, you won't know
Yeah, you won't know
You won't


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"You Won't Know" as written by Jesse Lacey

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  • +7
    My InterpretationAs someone mentioned above, I see this album as a whole as a story surrounding the infamous Limousine song.
    I'll break it down the best I can. And realize this is just one interpretation, this whole story could be false and just the product of someone who has too much time on their hands.

    The story, I believe, starts with Welcome to Bangkok, finishes the album, and circles back to the beginning, and finishing with You Won't Know.

    Welcome to Bangkok
    "Space Cadet Pull Out" is a reference to Deja Entendu and the astronaut on the cover. They're basically letting you know that this is where Deja ends and this story begins.

    Not the Sun
    This is where the story of the drunk driver in Limousine begins. He is in a relationship with a woman and he's asked her to marry him ("Be my babe", also "say you're my friend, why won't you be my family?"). The entire song he's asking her not to reject him ("don't be that note I can't hold," etc.)

    Luca
    He's still wondering why she won't accept ("So touch me or don't, just let me know"), while dwelling on his loneliness ("I am uncaught and still swimming alone in the lake"). A lot of this song is confusing to me, for instance, Jesse talking about drowning someone in the lake (which I assumed was a metaphor referring to the "plenty of fish in the sea" saying).

    Untitled
    "I could never miss you"... or whatever it actually is. Who knows. Maybe the character is just kind of letting go.

    Archer's Bows Have Broken
    He's now questioning what he's done with his life up to this point. He's invested so much into something that didn't work out, whats left of him? ("Who do you carry the torch for, my young man? Do you believe in anything?) He might be questioning God... why would God do this to him? ("sweep me under the rug, beating with the book everyone the book told you to love" and "burning out sins til there's nothing but dust.") He's obviously lost now and realizing that he's never had purpose or religion.

    Handcuffs
    He's pretty much depressed and saying he'd do anything for her. ("I'd drive my car off of a bridge, if I knew that you weren't inside.") He also mentions again his lack of religion/morals with "it's hard to be a better man, when you forget you're trying."

    Sowing Season
    He's been drinking away his pain ("he's losing [his friends] to drinking and to driving."). He's trying to find direction ("Is it in you now?"). While questioning himself, he references his putting so much in to a failing relationship ("is it in you now, to watch the things you gave your life to, broken." and "Somebody threw that brick, shattered all your plans."). He's realizing that things may be coming to an end ("before you put my body in the cold ground...") and has one more cry for the one who left him ("I'm just a man who knows how to feel, i'm not your friend, i'm not your lover, i'm not your family.")

    Millstone
    He's reflecting on how he had his whole life on track. He was doing everything right, and now that this relationship failed, he's turned himself into a worthless mess ("I used to be such a burning example, I used to be original" and "I used to make my parents proud.") More references to his current lack of religion ("I used to pray like God was listening.") A reference to the bible with Millstones ("With my own stone around me neck..."), a millstone was tied around a criminals neck so that they would sink to the bottom of a lake. He may be crying out to God when he says "Be my breath, there's nothing I wouldn't give."

    Jesus Christ
    He's realized that he needs to make a change. He needs questions answered about what his life has added up to and what it means for him when he dies. This whole song is quite self explanatory. He's scared of what is to become of him, so it is basically a conversation with God or Jesus. This song has some of the best lyrics of any song I've ever heard.

    Degausser
    He's upset. He's saying goodbye to this crappy life that has become his. "Goodbye to love" is him getting over his heartbreak. "It's a ride that will push you up, right against the wall." He's saying that he loved her, and in in the end it messed him up. One big tell that connects this song to the theory is the line "I really do wish that you'd wear my ring." He still wants her ("take me take me back to your bed, I love you so much that it hurts my head.") but he screwed up ("I'll never say anything right.") Things are coming to a head and he's let the pain change him. "The storm is coming, the storm is coming..." is a warning of what happens in Limousine.

    Limousine
    Most everyone knows its a song about Katie Flynn (often mentioned as Kay), the seven year old flower girl that died in a limousine after her mothers wedding by a drunk driver. Whats important to the story is that the second verse is from the view of the drunk driver. "How can I get myself out from underneath this guilt that will crush me." He realizes that this struggle with himself and with God has really come head on with his fuck up. "In the choir, I saw our sad Messiah, He was bored and tired of my laments. He said 'I died for you one time, but never again.'" Truly moving words.

    You Won't Know
    He's messed up big time and now he's dealing with it. This song is saying that he's done something so bad that if he was perfect for the rest of his life, little Kay would never know it. "Your daughters weren't careful, I fear that I am a slippery slope." When he says "you can't blame your mother, shes trying not to see you as her worst mistake." he's saying that he feels bad for her mom, who somehow thinks it is partly her fault for not being in the car with her when the accident occurred. He's even contemplating suicide ("I am fine to put your gun to my life, and know i'm scared that it won't fire right.") And lastly, he circles back to his fear of life after death ("On the day that I go up they'll be completely out of their forgiveness supply.")


    There is so many more connections, lyrically. It would be impossible for me to go through and pick out how each line might relate. So take this for what you will. Right or wrong, it makes this album even more interesting, and in my opinion, amazingly brilliant.
    boughtabride17on October 14, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commentits pretty commonly known (or so i thought) that he wrote this song for Kayla, Chauntelle Dupree's oldest daughter, after Jesse and Sherri Dupree split up.
    gll17on January 26, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI don't know if anyone's said this, but I see it as a couple wondering if they'll be together after death (i.e. He goes to Hell while she goes to Heaven, or vice-versa). There are some parts that I'm not sure about, but here's what I've got.

    "And I wish that I could tell you right now, I love you
    But it looks like I won't be around
    So you won't know"

    Here, Jesse is saying he loves this woman, but since they've been seperated, he is unable to tell her.

    "So believe in me, believe in me, believe in me,
    Believe, if you think I'll let you down
    Well I won't
    They can fire everything they've got
    And when you think I�m sunk
    I will float on and on
    I have burned the bush that covered my light
    Even though I'm scared I won't burn that bright
    But you won't know"

    Here, he's trying to reassure her that they'll be together after they're dead, and that they'll be together. However, they're no longer together, and he realized that he was unable to hold his promise. However, he carried on in either Heaven or Hell, and she can't confront him ("You won't know") because they're now apart.

    "So they say in Heaven there's no husbands and wives."

    The Bible has mentioned that there are not husbands or wives several times, so, at the end of the day, it may not really matter that they're not together.

    "On the day that I go up they'll be completely out of their forgiveness supplies.
    And I can't use the telephone
    To tell you that I'm dead and gone
    so you won't know."

    This suggest that Jesse ended up going to Hell for a lack of faith, and he has no way of telling his wife that they will not be together any more.










    sdozemanon January 07, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionHey hey hey! Mr. Hangman,
    Go get your rope

    Your daughters weren't careful,
    I fear that I am a slippery slope
    Now even if I lay my head down at night
    After a day I got perfectly right

    She won't know...
    She won't know...
    She won't know...

    So pray, little Kay, love's God on a good day.
    And you can't blame your mother,
    She's trying not to see you as her worst mistake
    And I wish that I could tell you right now, that I love you
    But it looks like I won't be around
    So you won't know...

    You won't know...
    You won't know...
    You won't know...

    So believe in me,
    Believe that you think I'll let you down
    Well I won't
    They can fire everything they've got
    And when you think I'm sunk
    I will float on and on
    I have burned the bush that covered my light
    And now I'm scared I won't burn that bright

    But you won't know...
    You won't know...
    You won't know...

    You're never going to feel as full as you felt
    So let's go outside and we'll play William Tell
    Take your time drawing your bead
    I'll stand as still as you need
    'Cause you're so good at talking smack,
    You heart attack
    But you're the apple of my eye anyway

    My smiling face, it's on your plate, it's on a silver plate.

    So they say,
    They say in heaven
    There's no husbands and wives
    On the day that I show up
    They'll be completely out
    Of their forgiveness supplies
    And I cant use the telephone
    To tell you that I'm dead and gone
    So you won't know

    You won't know...
    You won't know...
    You won't know...
    superjuper27on March 09, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is what i got:

    Hey, hey, hey, Mr. Hangman,
    Go get your rope

    Your daughters weren't careful,
    I fear that I am a slippery slope
    Now even if I lay my head down at night
    After a day I got perfectly right
    She won't know...

    So play little player, you gotta contend
    And you can't blame your mother,
    She's trying not to say I was the worst mistake
    And I wish that I could tell you right now (...I love you)
    But it looks like I won't be around
    So you won't know...
    You won't know...

    So believe in me, believe them
    You think I'll let you down
    Well I won't
    They can fire everything they've got
    What do you think? I'm sunk?
    I will float on (...and die)
    I am fine to put your gun to my life
    And know I'm scared it won't fire right
    You won't know...

    You're never going to feel as full as you felt
    So let's go outside and we'll play William Tell
    Take your time drawing a bead
    I'll stand as still as you need
    'Cause you're so good at talking smack,
    you heart attack
    But you're the apple of my eye anyway

    The smile on your face,
    It's on your plate...
    It's on a silver plate

    So they say,
    They say in heaven
    There's no husbands and wives
    On the day that I show up
    They'll be completely out
    Of their forgiveness supplies
    And I cant use the telephone
    To tell you that I'm dead and gone
    So you won't know
    You won't know...
    You won't know...
    Yeah, You won't know...
    splitintwoon November 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit was me arter, i think i posted on degausser. this song/cd is amazing.
    myherson December 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with the whole "album starts with Bangkok" theory. I hadn't thought about it before I read it here, but after listening to it in that order several times, it seems almost undeniable to me. The big question isn't whether or not the album starts with "Bankok", it's why does the album not start with track 1?

    I think it has to do with the fact that Welcome to Bangkok is 7 (God) and ends on 6 (the Devil). It also leads to a cyclical album. If the album begins and ends in the middle of the cd, it never really ends. Sort of like the battle between God and the Devil. The fact that the album (and the struggle) never end is actually suggested in "Untitled" ("This never ends").
    zitoalmightyon December 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThese are so wrong....
    It's


    Hey, hey, hey, Mr. Hangman,
    You go get your rope
    Your daughters weren't careful
    And I fear that I am a slippery slope
    Now even if I lay my head down at night
    After a day I got perfectly right
    She won't know
    She won't know


    So pray little Kay, love is just God on a good day
    And you can't blame your mother
    She,s trying not to see you as her worst mistake
    And I wish that I could tell you right now
    That I love you
    But it looks like I won't be around
    So you won't know
    You won't know
    You won't know
    You won't know

    So believe in me,
    Believe, if you think I'll let you down
    Well I won't
    They can fire everything they've got
    And when you think Im sunk
    I will float on and on
    I have burned the bush that covered my light
    Even though I'm scared I won't burn that bright
    But you won't know
    You won't know
    You won't know
    You won't know

    We're never gonna feel as full as we felt
    So let's go outside and we'll play "William Tell"
    Take your time drawing your bead
    I'll stand as still as you need
    Cus' you're so good at talking smack, you heart attack
    But you're the apple of my eye anyway

    It's my face
    It's on a plate
    It's on a silver plate

    So they say.
    They say in heaven there's no husbands and wives
    On the day, that I show up they'll be completley out of their forgiveness supplies
    And I cna't use the telephone
    To tell you that I'm dead and gone
    So you won't know (gone, gone, gone)
    Yeah, you won't know (gone, gone, gone)
    Yeah, you won't know (gone, gone, gone)
    Yeah, you won't know (gone, gone, gone)
    Yeah, you won't know (gone, gone, gone)
    Yeah, you won't know (gone, gone, gone)
    Yeah, you won't know
    Yeah, you won't know
    You won't know

    passtheblueson October 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is my favorite song of theirs. end of story the beats good really good from slow to fast? does anyone know where i can get the album fight off you demons!!??
    brothers16on February 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI don't know if anyone said it already but this song could very well be about a mother getting an abortion.
    The words alternate from the perspective of the infant to the perspective of the mother.

    Think about it,
    Mr. Hangman = abortion doctor
    daughters weren't careful = pregnant
    shes trying not to say you were her worst mistake = the mother not wanting to carry through with the abortion but having to.
    William Tell shot an apple off of his child's head with a bow, the phrase "drawing your bead" is used to refer to the action of pulling the string of a bow back and aiming at a target. The child is saying that he will hold still and not resist because he trusts her, through it all his mother is still the "apple of his eye".
    The child constantly proclaims his love for his mother, how she'll never know how much he loves her. Leading up to the end where the child's head has been removed and placed on a silver plate(when a child is aborted the pieces removed are set on a silver-colored metal tray) and is seeing his mother for the first time, and he is smiling.

    After this there is a shift to the mother's perspective. She is thinking to herself after the operation that she will never be forgiven. And that on the day she dies she will be condemned, she won't be able to call her child to let him know that she is dead. She is coming to terms with the fact that she won't ever see her baby. In this life or the next.
    OfTheMediaon December 07, 2010   Link

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