"Alexithymia" as written by and Joseph Milligan (16580) Steven Arnold (16579)....
Don't try to wake me up
Even if the sun really does come out tomorrow
Don't believe anything you say
Anymore, in the morn, in the morning
Bricks to this old house are breaking
Steel would have weathered but now forlorning
It's alarming how loud the silence screams
No warn, no warn, no warning
Addictions fill the table where the family used to sit
And conversate
Conversate to the sounds
To the sounds of a record player
With it's jumping needle and the lights that grow dim over time

With downcast eyes
There's more to living than being alive
With downcast eyes
There's more to living than being alive

Are you where you thought you'd be
So beautiful and only twenty-three
Opposition rests in the hearts
With no, with no, with no opportunity
It's not that we don't talk
It's just no one really listens and honesty fades
Like a politician lost in the course
All smiles and no one remembers our names

With downcast eyes
There's more to living than being alive
With downcast eyes
There's more to living than being alive
With downcast eyes
There's more to living than being alive
With downcast eyes
There's more to living than being alive

Don't try to wake me up
Even if the sun really does come out tomorrow
Don't believe anything I say
Anymore, in the morn, in the morning

With downcast eyes
There's more to living than being alive
With downcast eyes
There's more to living than being alive
With downcast eyes
There's more to living than being alive
With downcast eyes
There's more to living than being alive


Lyrics submitted by eltroyo11, edited by Zeldaniac, ecizzle278, zeph889, DkrANGEL, Ganondox

"Alexithymia" as written by Joseph Milligan (16580) Deon Rexroat (16581)

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    General CommentHaha yeah, I have absolutely no life. I want to do the whole album cause some peoples' formats annoy me, like when they never capitalize anything or do blocks of text. It's really hard to read.
    eltroyo11on February 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it'sjust about slowly "over time" falling into isolation and sadness, which, can make it difficult to express emotions. Just not being satisfied ("are you really where you wanted to be") and trying to get your message across, yet no one listens. and that whole "there is more to living than being alive", coincidentally, i can't express the emotions i tie to this. it's so true when you don't feel like waking up anymore, no matter what, you just have no motivation to live or look up anymore. hence: down cast eyes...stephen did an amazing job articulating feelings that can't be easily expressed.
    dismantledon February 20, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentpretty sure this is Reclusion not Alexithymia
    ecizzle278on April 11, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI looked up what Alexithymia meant - and I got this.. "Alexithymia is a disorder characterized by cognitive-emotional deficits including: * problems identifying, describing, and working with one's own feelings, often marked by a lack of understanding of the feelings of others;* confusion of physical sensations often associated with emotions with those emotions;* few dreams or fantasies due to restricted imagination; and* concrete, realistic, logical thinking, often to the exclusion of emotional responses to problems." The song makes more sense to me now!! I love it!
    ajp460on April 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think you guys mostly have got it down what this means, and I agree. I think it's about how someone is caught up in so many emotions that they just give up and fade away...then eventually they have "alexithymia".
    Stolen_By_Musicon January 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about the lack of real, honest, meaningful relationships. The title, as defined by Wikipedia, means "a state of deficiency in understanding, processing, or describing emotions." The chorus is kinda vague, but, in the context of the song, I think what it's saying in by "There's more to living than being alive" is that life is about love, it's about relationships (family, friends, lovers, God). Downcast eyes could mean looking down in shame or sorrow, but also avoiding meeting the eyes of others, avoiding having someone really know what's going on in your life.

    The first verse begins with what seems like depression caused by a broken relationship: “don’t believe anything you say anymore.” Then it goes on to describe a broken home. “Bricks to this old house are breaking.” “It’s alarming how loud the silence screams” seems like it refers to desperate people that don’t talk anymore. I love the next part. “Addictions fill the table where the family used to sit and conversate, conversate to the sounds, to the sounds of a record player with its jumping needle and the lights that grow dim over time.” Maybe, I’m overanalyzing this, but it seems so packed. Addictions could mean a lot here, from things like too much TV or video games to more serious things like alcoholism or drug abuse. Either way, he’s saying the family doesn’t sit around the dinner table and talk like they used to. This could be really cliché (“I wish things were like the good old days”) but he goes deeper. I think the repetition of words relates the jumping needle of the record player. What he seems to be saying is that even when the family dinner table was a staple in everyday life, conversations weren’t that deep; they were just repetitions, sounding like broken records (“How was work?” “Good” “How was school?” “Great”).

    I think the beginning of the second verse is talking about goals and going back to how there’s more to life than them. “Are you where you thought you’d be?...no opportunity” It’s kind of asking now that you’ve had a chance to go after your dreams, do they satisfy you? The next part is pretty straightforward: “It’s not that we don’t talk, it’s just no one really listens and honesty fades.” “All smiles but no one remembers our names.” It’s about insincerity, eyes that look down instead of meeting others, because it’s easier to lie that way.

    One last thought I had that I forgot to mention earlier is the line “Don’t try to wake me up even if the sun really does come out tomorrow.” This might be talking about how people throw simple clichés on others’ deeper problems, easy patch-up words that don’t really heal people like real love does.
    emaildumpon November 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAddictions fill the table where the family used to sit
    And conversate*, conversate* to the sounds
    slight correction.
    chrisproon February 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningLive life to the max!
    daBigdudeon April 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteverytime i come to check out the lyrics of each new anberlin song off of cities, you have it up man, thank you soooo much.
    Nitescreenon February 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, i must say good work to eltroyo11 for getting these lyrics up, thanks mate.
    Anyone got any ideas what the song is about though?
    breaknrox12on February 14, 2007   Link

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