"Dismantle. Repair." as written by Thomas Yorke, Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood, Philip Selway, Colin Charles Greenwood, Edward John O'brien, Albert Hammond and Mike Hazelwood....
One last glance from a taxicab
Images scar my mind
Four weeks felt like years
Since your full attention was all mine

The night was young and so were we
Talked about life, God, death and your family
Didn't want any promises
Just my undivided honesty

And say, oh, whoa
Things are gonna change now, for the better
And oh, whoa, things are gonna change
Oh, they're gonna change

I am the Patron Saint of Lost Causes
A fraction of who I once believed
Change, only a matter of time
Opinions, I will try and rewrite

If life had background music
Playing your song
I've got to be honest, I tried to escape you
But the orchestra plays on

And they sing, oh, whoa
Things are gonna change now, for the better
And oh, whoa, things are gonna change

Hands, like secrets
Are the hardest thing to keep from you
Lines and phrases, like knives
Your words can cut me through

Dismantle me down
Repair
You've dismantled me
You've dismantled me

Hands, like secrets
Are the hardest thing to keep from you
Lines and phrases, like knives
Your words can cut me through

Dismantle me down
Repair
You've dismantled me
You've dismantled me

Give me time to prove
Prove I want the rest of yours
Prelude
Call this a prelude to a lifetime of you

It's not that I hang on every word
I hang myself on what you repeat
It's not that I keep hanging on
I'm never letting go

Hands, like secrets
Are the hardest thing to keep from you
Lines and phrases, like knives
Your words can cut me through

Dismantle me down
Repair
You've dismantled me
You've dismantled me

Hands, like secrets
Are the hardest thing to keep from you
Lines and phrases, like knives
Your words can cut me through

Dismantle me down
Repair
You've dismantled me
You've dismantled me

Save me from myself
Save me from myself
Help me save me from myself
Save me from myself

Oh, whoa, things are gonna change now, for the better
And oh, whoa, things are gonna change

Hands, like secrets
Are the hardest thing to keep from you
Lines and phrases, like knives
Your words can cut me through

Dismantle me down
Repair
You've dismantled me
You've dismantled me

Hands, like secrets
Are the hardest thing to keep from you
Lines and phrases, like knives
Your words can cut me through

Dismantle me down
Repair
You've dismantled me
You've dismantled me

Hands, like secrets
Are the hardest thing to keep from you
Lines and phrases, like knives
Your words can cut me through

Dismantle me down
Repair
You've dismantled me
You've dismantled me

Hands, like secrets
Are the hardest thing to keep from you
Lines and phrases, like knives
Your words can cut me through

Dismantle me down
Repair
You've dismantled me
You've dismantled me


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"Dismantle.Repair" as written by Nathan Young Joseph Milligan

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    General Commentthis song im sure isnt about god, but its about how this girl can do so much to him. she can DISMANTLE and REPAIR him, lol. he cant keep his hands away from her, like the way he can't keep secrets from her. its about love and how this girl can break him down and repair him but he can't stay away from her. by saying the wrong thing she can "cut him through". he wants her to save him from himself, because he believes that shes the only one who can. they had something special, and it's as if he won't let it die. that's just what i think. a beautiful song.
    nananinaon March 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song so much (does my username say it all?)
    I agree with what's been said, but I see this song fitting into so many situations.

    1) A relationship, but she wasn't happy with it for some reason, probably because he was selfish since he says "Save me from myself", and she told him this "your words cut me through", and so she said "things are gonna change" meaning that she'll leave. but he's "never letting go" because he truly loves her, and her words broke him down, and now he's going to change because he loves her.

    2) Or basically, the relationship is abusive, but he loves her too much to completely let go, and thus he feels broken, but things are going to change because he so broke the only thing left to do is repair.

    3) Relating it to stuff I'm going through now with a friend: he gave her everything he had ("undivided honesty"), but she never truly cared ("lost causes"), and he knew this would happen, so he tried to avoid falling for her but he fell in love anyway ("i tried to avoid you but the orchestra plays on"), and though he gives her so much care, she gives him nothing but selfish or shallow or ungrateful words, which "dismantle" him entirely because he loves her so much. Yet, he can't leave because he just gets so caught up in the pain of the constant rejection "hang on what you repeat", and now he's finally hit a point where the relationship ended, but he's not done yet because she dismantled him, and it's time to repair.

    and the whole "hands like secrets" line i think can go two ways as well:
    hands as in "im ready to strangle you i'm so hurt, it's so hard not to"...but i don't think Christian is that violent >_>
    or...hands as in "i would normally reach for you, but i know i can't because you're just going to break me again and again...

    that was long, sorry. ^^;;
    dismantledon February 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAll of your interpretations are great, religious or not. I for one have thought of both, but for now, I'll explain more on my interpretation of the non-religious side of it, since several of you have done a great job with that thus far.

    To me, this song could be about a personal relationship with a lover, or an ex-lover.. He's singing about how it's so easy for them to to tear him apart, or dismantle him, but all the while he needs them there in order to build him up, or repair him again. They hurt him, but make him whole again.

    He's thought in the past that he should escape her ("I've tried to escape you, but the orchestra plays on") and the problems she causes, but he can't because the memories are all still present in his mind, and he can't "stop the music". He's tried to escape before and failed, because she's come back and told him that things are going to change, things are going to get better. And all the while, he's been blind enough to stay and let it keep happening. He loves her, and needs her and it's hard to leave, yet hard to stay when she can so easily hurt him. He's tried to make it work, being completely honest with her ("my undivided honesty") but he's realizing slowly that even his honest word means nothing, because she inevitably won't believe him, assuming he'll never be truthful, making him the "Patron Saint of Lost Causes".

    So, as the beginning verse of the song seems to state, he's finally escaping and leaving her behind, yet thinking back and his mind's being flooded with the memories of her and their relationship, from start to finish -good to bad.
    shelbo_117on December 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's "talked about life, God, death, and your family." The lyrics are on MySpace.com/anberlin
    brwrighton January 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim really happy you put lyrics up, myspace and i don't get along too well
    Nitescreenon January 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThanks a lot. I had no idea the lyrics were on myspace. I must be blind.
    eltroyo11on January 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song! the meaning's pretty self-explanitory... love it
    albumleafon January 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I am the patron saint of lost causes" and the "Give me time to prove..." verse. excellent! I can't wait for the rest of cities.

    There's something about this song that I really relate to. Maybe it's just my interpretation though... Being completely honest with someone, and that person figuring you out for who you are. Feeling like you're moving in the right direction, only to feel completely lost four weeks later. Trying to escape the feeling, but holding on out of sheer hope... I love it.
    calliton February 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always like Anberlin's music the first three or four times through.. and then it gets stale. Hopefully the new album will be different. This song, however, sounds pretty similar to their previous release. Though I've been on a more poppy kick lately, so I like this.
    whatchamacallmeon February 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always like Anberlin's music the first three or four times through.. and then it gets stale. Hopefully the new album will be different. This song, however, sounds pretty similar to their previous release. Though I've been on a more poppy kick lately, so I like this.
    whatchamacallmeon February 02, 2007   Link

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