"Degausser" as written by Jesse Lacey, Brian Lane, Garrett Tierney and Vincent Accardi....
Goodbye to sleep
I think that staying up is exactly what I need
Take apart your head
Take apart the counting,
And the flock it has bred.

Goodbye to love,
Its right, I'll push you up,
Right against the wall
Take apart your head (right against the wall)
Chew it up and swallow it

But I'll bet that you're running
I've been sleeping in the alkaline
I can't shake this little feeling
I'll never get anything right

Goodbye, you liar
Well, you sipped from the cup
But you don't own up to anything
Then you think you will inspire
Take apart your head (I wish I could inspire)
Take apart the demon, in the attic, to the bed.

(Goodbye my love)
But I'll bet that you're running
(Goodbye my love)
I've been sleeping in the alkaline
(Goodbye my love)
I can't shake this little feeling
(Goodbye my love)
I never say anything right (I'm on my own)
I never say anything right (I'm on my own)
I never say anything right (I'm on my own)
I never say anything right, right, right (I'm on my own)

Take me, take me, back to your bed
I love you so much that it hurts my head
I don't mind you running through my skin
Oh, let the bad parts in, the bad parts in

When we were made, we were set apart
Life is a test and I get bad marks
Now some Saint got the job,
Of writing down my sins
The storm is coming;
The storm is coming in!

But I'll bet that you're running
I've been sleeping in the alkaline
I can't shake this little feeling
I never did anything right (I'm on my own)
I never did anything right (I'm on my own)

Take me, take me back to your bed
I love you so much, that it hurts my head
Say, I don't mind you under my skin
Oh, let the bad parts in, the bad parts in

You're my favorite bird, and when you sing
I really do wish you would wear my ring
No matter what they say, I am still the king
Now, the storm is coming;
The storm is coming in.


Lyrics submitted by overoverme, edited by ked0261

"Degausser" as written by Jesse Lacey, Brian Lane, Garrett Tierney, Vincent Accardi

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  • +10
    General CommentGoodbye to love
    Well it's a ride that will push you up
    Right against the wall
    [Does everybody really need to know everyone?]
    Take apart your head
    [Do you really think you're really a part of it?]
    Right against the wall
    [And is your army really one of some thousands?]
    Chew it up and swallow it
    [And will you declare war on the loony bin?]

    You're blowing by but you're running
    Our feet slip in the alkalide
    I can't shake this little feeling
    I'll never get anything right

    Goodbye you liar
    Well you sipped from the cup but you don't own up to anything
    And you think you will inspire
    [When I arrive will God be waiting and pacing around his throne?]
    Take apart your head
    [Will he feel a little Old Testament?]
    And I wish I could inspire
    [And will he celebrate with fire and brimstone]
    Take apart the demon, up in the attic to the left
    [Yeah, I admit, I am afraid of the reckoning]

    [Goodbye my love]
    You're blowing by but you're running
    [Wait right here, and they will come and pick you up]
    Let's sleep in the alkalide
    [I've been on pause, but I'm shaking off the rust]
    I can't shake this tiny feeling
    [I've lost my charge, I've been degaussed]
    I'll never get anything right

    [I'm on my own, I've been degaussed]
    I'll never say anything right
    [I'm on my own, I've been degaussed]
    I'll never say anything right
    [I'm on my own, I've been degaussed]
    I'll never say anything right
    I'm on my own

    Take me, take me back to your bed
    I love you so much that it hurts my head
    Say, "I don't mind you under my skin.
    I'll let the bad parts in, yeah the bad parts in"
    Well when we were made we were set apart
    But life is a test and I get bad marks
    Now some saint got the job of writing down my sins
    The storm is coming
    The storm is coming in

    You're blowing by but you run out
    Our feet are slipping in alkalide
    I can't shake this little feeling
    I never did anything right

    I'm on my own
    I never did anything right
    I'm on my own


    superjuper27on July 12, 2011   Link
  • +6
    General Commentto degauss is to neutralize the magnetic field of something, often times a ship, or to erase information from something. just thought id give that to you guys.
    butImeantloveon November 03, 2006   Link
  • +5
    General Commentjust so you guys know...

    "when we were made we were set apart" is a reference to Plato's Symposium, where the mention of the Classical Soulmate Theory was born. the story is as such:

    long ago, humans were actually two people combined at the spine. they had 8 limbs, and two faces on either side, both unaware of the other. zeus feared their growning power and split them in two. now every human searches the globe trying to find their other half.

    it's not so werid now, is it?
    swampscotiaon November 07, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General Commentthis song is unbelievable
    You Alright?on November 22, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis is the most amazing thing i've heard in a long time
    stupidfrenchyon November 09, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Commentchorus:

    1ST TIME: you're blowin' by but you're running, I fell asleep in the alkalide.
    I can't shake this little feeling, I'll never get anything right.
    2ND TIME: you're blowin by but you've running, let's sleep in the alkalide.
    I can't shake this tiny feeling, I'll never say anything (right)/[iamonmyown...]
    3RD TIME: You're blown by but you're run out, I fell asleep in an alkalide
    I can't shake this little feeling, I never did anything (right)/[iamonmyown...]

    the vid that zelane posted above youtube.com/… - compared to studio - only diff I hear is that on the live, Jesse sings the 3rd studio version(run out) on 2nd and 3d time(and sounds like he says 'think I'll slip into the alkalide' on the live one, which I don't hear on the studio at all.)
    anyways...I do think it's a) 'BLOWIN(G) BY'- makes sense if you think about it AND b) 'ALKALIDE' - "Alkalides are chemical compounds in which alkali metals are anions (that is, they bear a negative charge)" -(from wiki) - so it goes along with the degausser def- and makes sense to the song - and also what others put as alkali - I def hear the 'de' though
    I'm not 100% on this - I can't be - just puttin it out there - so maybe I'm wrong but thats what I think it is.
    flamedelugeon March 02, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning"Well when we were made we were set apart, But life is a test and I get bad marks"
    I think there's been some confusion about the 'set apart' bit...
    In the bible it says that christians are 'set apart' to be different than other people and not do unholy things and sin.
    So by this i think Jesse's saying that he's set apart to do good things and be pure and holy, but he still does stuff wrong...
    beffffon November 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDoes anyone else hear "I don't mind you under my skin" instead of "I don't mind you running down my skin"?
    sheaon October 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf you want a deeply analysed version here it is :D
    I dont care what people say, i may be looking to much into it but this fits so beautifully if it wasnt intetional, its even more amazing.


    I think this song is about someone jesse knows with a mental condition (quiet probably schizophrenia or bipolar depression). And the song is about this person coming of the medication they use to control the problem, because they feel like there losing there personality, and there desperatly trying to keep a clear head and keep hold of there lover.

    So we have

    Goodbye to sleep
    I think this staying up is exactly what i need
    Take apart your head
    Take apart the counting and the flock it has bred

    He has insomnia (common in manic depressives) but hes glad because its the real him, take apart your head (the head he's been forced into) and take away the counting the order he's been force into (by authorities, family etc).

    Goodbye to love
    It’s just a ride that will push you
    Up right against the wall*
    Take apart your head...right against the wall...
    Chew it up and swallow it

    He has to say goodbye to his lover and this is what hes been made to think. Right against the wall (force) Chew it up and swallow (the ideals the medication)

    (Does everybody really need to know everyone?
    Do you really think you're really a part of it?
    And is your army really one of some thousands?
    And will you declare war on the loony bin?)

    This is them saying they just want to be themselves, and questioning the authroity, questioning what it will all come to, mightnt they just kill mental patients.

    Pulled back but you've run out
    Let slip in the alkali (been asleep in the alkali)
    I can't shake this little feeling
    I'll never get anything right

    (im not certain what they are but) Hes running out of there control, an alkali is a key component in anti schizophrenic drugs and he's let slip of his personality as a result of taking it, but he understands that this medication cant make him right, so he wants to just himself.

    Goodbye you liar
    Well, you sipped from her cup
    But you don't own up to anything
    And you think you will inspire*

    This is him saying goodbye to the drugged up him, he was a lie, he sipped from her cup (took the medication) but cant own up to what he is, and think that his lover will accept it.

    Take apart your head...yeah, I wish I could inspire
    Take apart the demon up in the attic to the left*

    working out who he is, he wishes he could be perfect, but cant be. He personally said demon up in the attic to the left was a tribute to rocky errikson, and it refers to mental illness, demons in his attic (the brain) to the left (the left hemisphere of the brain being the side of "evil" in tradition) he has said at several perfomances that this is a song for a cousin of his, and his demons.

    Goodbye my love
    You wait right here, and they will come and pick you up
    I've been on pause
    But I’m shaking off the rust
    I’ve lost my charge
    I've been degaussed

    This is the key to the whole thing. Hes saying goodbye to his lover, they cant be together when hes not on medication, hes saying wait right here, and the men in white will be here soon.
    IVE BEEN ON PAUSE
    BUT IM SHAKING OFF THE RUST
    IVE LOST MY CHARGE
    I HAVE BEEN DEGAUSSED
    hes lost his flare, his personality, himself, hes been on pause whilst under the influence, but hes taking back control. Dear god its the most insanely beautiful piece of lyrical genius ive heard since dream brother.

    Take me, take me back to your bed
    I love you so much that it hurts my head
    Please say, "I don't mind you under my skin
    I’ll let your bad parts in. the bad parts in"
    When we were made we were set apart
    But life is a test and I get bad marks
    Now some saint got the job of writing down my sins
    The storm is coming
    The storm is coming in

    And again, this is what hes saying to his lover, please accept the real me, say you'll accept me with my faults. WHen he was born he was made different from other people, and that means he cant be the perfect person in life. The storm is coming, he insanity, the bit that makes him alive, the bit that make him him is coming back.

    Overall i think this all makes perfect sense, its the best song i have ever heard, and is a piece of musical as well as lyrical genius, the way the whole song sounds like the head of someone with issues, lots of vocals at the same time, some mourning some screaming, some saying a beautiful, simplistic perfect message to the only one for them. i love the way there a several vocal tracks at onces, some of which arnt in the offcial lyrics, its as if jesse dosnt care if people hear them, he needed them to be said.

    fewww that was long, i hope atleast one person read it all and agrees with me :) let me know what you think
    Zelaneon August 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's definitely "You burnt bright but you're running",

    and "Take apart the counting and the flock it has bred" - a reference to the previous line "Goodbye to sleep". it's referring to Counting sheep, being the traditional and well known method of falling asleep.
    alfadoon May 13, 2010   Link

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