"River People" as written by and Nathan D/leone Leone....
I'll take your crystal ball
And make this crystal clear, that I won't stand back
And I won't drown right here
I'll never wait
I'll make a million mistakes
But to be content is to be a disgrace

they crawl in your head
They dig in your bones if you let them, they won't let go
They have no hope
They have no soul if you let them they'll take yours

I think it feels better on the other side
Cause their grass is green and your grass is diseased
Every day drowns in lethargy but to be content is to burn your way

they crawl in your head
They dig in your bones if you let them, they won't let go
They have no hope
They have no soul if you let them they'll take yours

when you die you want the world to remember you for who you really are
And when you die you want to love yourself cause you'll be all alone

they crawl in your head
They dig in your bones if you let them, they won't let go
They have no hope
They have no soul if you let them they'll take yours
They crawl in your head
Don't fear the unknown, cause you'll let them take control
So let yourself go, and let yourself go don't you let 'em take you a hold



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"River People" as written by Mateo Camargo Daniel David Torelli

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    General CommentIf I'm not mistaken, River People are what the residents of Madina Lake are called.

    I think this has to do with the River People's behavior to celebrities (Adalia). If you let them get so obsessed sooner or later the object of their love loses their identity, and then they want to escape, but they can't.

    Or something like that.
    innocent_sheepon April 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I think that River People are the residents of Madina Lake, but I think this song is the hardest of all to figure out.
    I think innocent sheep could be right, but the bit I kinda figured was:
    "They crawl in your head, they dig in your bones
    If you let them they won't let go"
    Could this mean If you let something get to you, It will never leave you and only get worse?
    I don't know.. Hopefully someone else does
    x...:Me:...xon July 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit kinda sounds like he's metaphorically describing jelousy.. how if you let it get to you you eventually go insane..

    But i like your ideas better xD!

    Spud ;D
    IrSpudPls?on August 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentohh, i forgot to mention i got that idea because he said that
    "Cause their grass is green, and your grass is deseised"

    Like, The grass is always greener on the other side :]
    IrSpudPls?on August 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe band said that this song is pretty much about integrity...
    music-addicton August 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAre the residents of Madina Lake too interested about the case of Adalia?
    I think this song may be about how the people of Madina Lake are questioning the suspects of the case of Adalia, not giving them the privacy they once had.
    Pointofgravityon November 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it could be about how the residents of Madina Lake fear the river people,m and that's why 'River People' isn't said in the lyrics.

    Also I think jealousy does come into it. With
    "their grass is green and your grass is diseased"
    and also with:
    "When you die you want the world to
    Remember you for who you really are"
    I think that may refer to celebrities like Adalia disappearing, and how it can maybe overshadow others?
    I'm not sure.

    But
    "They crawl in your head, they dig in your bones"
    When Adalia disappeared, everybody was a suspect, and maybe that means no-one trusts each other.
    "restless, faceless"
    everyone's worrying, everyone's the same?

    Also, about the
    "I'll take your crystal ball and make this crystal clear that i won't sit back and I won't drown right here"
    There's a fortune teller in Madina Lake named Lucielle, who is thought of as crazy and Pandora taunts her.
    After Adalia's disappearance, Pandora disappears [maybe she fled?]: maybe that refers to 'I won't sit back and I won't drown right here' because Pandora [from what I've found out] made friends with Adalia to get herself in her headlines, with Adalia gone, she'd be a suspect and would fall back down into nothing. ["drown right here"]: maybe that meant she wasn't going to sit back and let it happen.

    The way it's described here, the River People sound like Dementors. I suppose they do have hoods.
    WheresAdaliaon February 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is matthews favourite,and i think its nathans too...
    lol
    another*teen*clicheon February 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commentin an interview, it sounded like matthew said that we,the fans(/friends) are the river people...
    i always thought that the river people were the "they"in this song...so i saw the river people as critics,or so obsessive that they sort of sucked life from their idols...
    but maybe the river people are the victims in this song..maybe this is about society trying to mould us, take away our personalities so that we are all the same...is this whole song aimed at us?
    "to be content is to be a disgrace"- media portrayal-is this about how media pressures us to look/act a certain way?we shouldnt be happy with ourselves but always aim higher?

    They crawl in your head, they dig in your bones
    If you let them they won't let go
    They have no hope, they have no soul
    If you let them then they'll take yours

    they will "crawl in your head"-try to convert you,"dig in your bones"-reshape you and plant their own ideas.they have no souls,because they've given in like everyone else.and now they want you to be just like them.

    "You think it feels better on the other side
    'Cause their grass is green and your grass is diseased
    Every day drowns in lethargy
    But to be content is to burn your wings
    Restless, faceless you've lost your mind"
    maybe this is to the river people who are tempted to give in-they see the perks of fitting in-the social scene etc.. and your "grass is deseased"-in being different you are isolated.if you give in to the pressure,and be like everyone else,you become"faceless" and lose your mind-you lose your SELF.

    "When you die you want the world to
    Remember you for who you really are
    And when you die you want to love yourself 'Cause you'll be all alone"
    Like a final plea from madina lake to their fans,the river people.basically its saying you should live life as yourself,not pretending to be something else,so that people can remember you properly,as unique.if you dont,you will resent yourself for being so false.and in the end you'll be "all alone"- the crowd you follwed wont be there anymore,they will all fade away....and so faking it was pointless anyway...
    another*teen*clicheon February 28, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"I'll take your crystal ball and make this crystal clear
    That I won't sit back and I won't drown right here"

    I was listening to this song again last night,and since the release of the first part of the auspice,I've een thinking much more deeply aout the meanings of the songs.
    those two lines ^^^ are particularly thought provoking.in my opinion at least.
    Who's saying them?it would APPEAR that they are addressed to Lucille,the town fortune teller.Is this Adalia speaking to her?Was she beyond the perfect society of madina when she disappeared for years-has she seen the river people?Is she using this knowledge to warn lucille of how the people of madina lake have been..obsessed and brainwashed?so-is this her saying that she wants out again?
    hmm..or is it someone else?...
    another*teen*clicheon March 18, 2008   Link

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