I'm the failure
I'm everyone's fool
And I'm losing my cool at the end
I'm the loser
My number's come up
I've been hung up with thoughts of revenge
Revenge, revenge

I watched you from my terminal view
As you struggled to rise to your end
I laughed hard at the insults we threw
As the weight of the world found revenge
Revenge, revenge
Have hatred and gravity won?

The world hung upside down
I drew first blood
I drew first blood
With my hate for a crown, I drew first blood
I drew first blood, revenge
I watched heaven die here today
And I'm gonna die here tonight
I'm a villian, I deserve to be dead
I've been hung up for wrecking my life
Revenge, revenge

So I stopped for a moment to look at the sun
And die in the day
That's when the irony hit me
This was revenge
That love had decended
And stolen our pain away
We consumed heaven's Son
And I drew first blood
I drew first blood
And my hate was undone
I drew first blood
I drew first blood, revenge

Here's a story
How a thief had been robbed
How a murder had stolen my rage
Think of me, Lord
I'm a few breaths away
As my lungs finally rip from the cage
Revenge


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    General CommentI believe it's from the perspective Judas Iscariot, a few moments before he is "hung up," -- in other words, hangs himself -- because he's realized that "I'm a villain, I deserve to be dead."

    The several times the song mentions the "sun," I believe it should be "Son," referring to Christ, whom Judas watched die. This works a lot better with "heaven's Son."

    "I watched You from my terminal view" -- as opposed to Christ's eternal view -- "as you struggled to rise to your end" -- as Christ struggled to spread his mission.

    "I laughed hard at the insults we threw" -- the "we" here are Judas and those around him, AT the one spoken to, not Judas AND the person he is speaking to.

    "With my ache for a crown, I drew first blood" -- Judas betrayed Jesus because he was frustrated with Jesus' talk of heaven rather than an attempt to become a literal king in this life. Heaven's Son is consumed by the world, and Judas drew first blood by betraying Him.

    Judas is, in the last moments of his life, realizing his mistake--and yet, how Christ triumphed anyway. "That's when the irony hit me, that love had descended and stolen our pain... here's a story how a thief had been robbed, how a murder had stolen my rage."

    All the talk of gravity and hanging upside down also has to do with Judas' hanging.

    "Think of me Lord, I'm a few breaths away" -- as in, in a few breaths, he will be facing God.

    This is a fascinating song... amazing musically and lyrically, and undeniably unique.
    Leron December 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI completely agree with your explanation. I didn't see any of those parallels the first time I listened. Probably cause I've been linking it with the stories from "Betrayal" and "War In My Blood". I should go back to those and see if they have any of the same ideas in them.
    eltroyo11on December 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthat was an awesome explanation. love this song. it defines everyone in this life. we all put Jesus on that cross and we deserve eternity in hell; but Jesus rose from the dead and forgave us and also provided a way to escape eternity in hell.
    burreyeanton December 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthats certainly an interesting explanation but to me this is what the song means:

    we all experience thoughts of revenge - which proves our innate desire for justice to be met. "as the weight of the world found revenge" - the weight of the world's sin had to be avenged, justice had to be met - a sacrifice had to be made, someone had to pay. and thats why He was nailed to a cross, while we threw insults at Him from our terminal (limited, with boundaries) view.

    the song might be (at least partly) from the point of view of the thief on the cross next to Christ, who pleaded "remember me, Lord" ("Think of me, Lord, I'm a few breaths away"). this makes more sense in the third stanza which says "i'm a villain, i deserve to be dead, i've been hung up for wrecking my life" - does this remind you of the "good" thief telling the jerk-thief "we deserve this for what we've done, but He's innocent"? he's been "hung up with thoughts of revenge" - thoughts of injustice - because an innocent man (jesus) was hung next to him.

    the heart of the song is in the lines:
    "So I stopped for a moment
    To look at the sun
    Die in the day [remember the sun died "in the day" at 3pm the day the Son died?]
    That's when the irony hit me
    This was revenge
    That love had decended
    And stolen our pain away"
    this is where the idea of "revenge" being the "need for justice for the world's sins to be met" hits home - the line "that's when the irony hit me, this was revenge: that love had descended and stolen our pain away". His brutal death, ironically, wasn't just mankind's hatred and innate thirst for blood to atone for what we had no idea about, or because of mankind's "hate for a crown (hate for authority/God)", but it was, ironically, God exacting his vengeance (revenge) on the sins of the world by sacrificing Himself... we weren't really the ones being vengeful, instead we were the ones who drew FIRST blood, who caused the offence in the first place - and God was the one taking revenge, by shedding His own blood to pay for our act of drawing first blood - by paying for original sin, and all the sins mankind ever committed or will commit. the "irony hit me", because he took revenge by hurting himself, not us - the ones who deserved it. that is an ironical kind of revenge, because in essence it was selfless love. "love had descended and STOLEN our pain away" - shedding his own blood was god's masterplan - his way of *tricking* the mathematical-ish system of justice, hence he didn't take our pain away but STOLE it away. His "murder had stolen my rage". "How a thief (on the cross) had been robbed". By God.

    this song is jon's latest lyrical masterpiece. about the amazing complexity/mystery of what happened at the cross, about human nature, about grace/mercy meeting justice, about a selfless love, and about how undeserving we are of it. Think of me, Lord, I'm a few breaths away..
    born2xlon January 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOoh, I like that interpretation too. Heh, there's a part of me that wants to stand by my version and defend it and stuff but hey, that's my pride talking. I'd say you're absolutely right--the thief makes more sense than Judas, mostly--the only line I still think works better with Judas is "I drew first blood," but other than that, I love it this way. =]

    This is why Switchfoot is my favorite band--I can spend my time debating with myself about the meanings of songs and not feel like I'm wasting time, but instead that I'm conducting an important self-dialogue. =]
    Leron January 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think that the term "gravity" is used throughout the album to communicate the effect that the Fall from grace is affecting upon humanity. In this sense, the singer is wondering if "hatred and gravity have won," or "have we, fallen beings, finally lost or botched every chance for redemption, is there any hope at all?" I think of David Crowder's reference the "The Lark Ascending" by George Meredith and how it applies to this same concept of being stuck on the ground, because of our fallen nature, but as we worship and draw nearer to God, we can be lifted against the terrible pull of gravity.

    and then as said above, I absolutely love the idea that this ironic revenge that God is taking is actually an act of salvation and restoration and redemption.

    beautiful.
    tsnedon January 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentword, ler.

    tsned, i think its interesting that jon wonders "have hatred and gravity won?" when he otherwise refers to gravity as the force that binds everything, that keeps the physical world together. if the song is talking about the cross, and how its the only place where justice and mercy met, where revenge and love met, then jon probably intends 'hatred' and 'gravity' as opposing ideas in his question - essentially asking, "have hatred and gravity BOTH won?" at the cross, they both did win. the haters spat and killed and split the spoils, and love still descended. love didn't take the hatred away, but absorbed it, paid for it, and chose to overlook it. just like even though we're sinners (hatred's victory), god looks upon us as if we're holy ONLY because he paid for it (gravity's victory, not just in the physical world, but thanks to Him, on the social level too). did that make sense? haha
    born2xlon January 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commentborn2xl, your explanation totally hits it all the way. this song is just so amazing, it was stuck in my head for days and is stuck right now.
    gravity12on January 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song pretty much refers to all humankind. In our "rightside up" and terminal world, revenge seems to be our only option. Whether that be to tattle tell on our little sister or to fight for "our rights" in war. But (in the best part of the song) Jon tells of his realization of the irony of how Jesus conquered the world: with love, not by sword.

    Although the quote below is for the song The Loser, it explains also what this song is about:
    "That's a fun song. It originally was a lot more Reggae and we had to kind of tone it down a little for the album. We came to the conclusion that we were white......very white. The song itself is about the upside down aspect of the kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven. How the last will be first and the first will be last. Blessed are the people who are on the bottom because they're gonna be on top. That's what "The Loser" is about." -Jon Foreman
    Bredderson January 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJon sings this with SUCH PASSION
    Oh! Emilyon February 12, 2007   Link

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