Things in life aren’t always quite what they seem,
there’s more than one given angle to any one given scene.
So bear that in mind next time you try to intervene
on any one given angle
to any one given scene.

My name’s Mark, I go to Uni and College,
don’t socialise that much,
I just revise and use knowledge.
At times I find that I become a virtual recluse
and let my belt of interruption hang decisively loose.
But I came here to learn, that’s the life that I choose
and if people think I’m boring then they can bring their abuse.
See, a lot of people think I’m boring and say that maybe I’m a weirdo and maybe I’m gay but that’s cool,
‘cause when I get a good job and good pay I’ll get a house for just my brother and me some day.
That’s the reason I’m here,
just to build for my future.
If it means better grades I’ll even sleep with my tutor.

Thing’s in life aren’t always quite what they seem,
there’s more than one given angle to any one given scene.
So bear that in mind next time you try to intervene on any one given angle to any one given scene.

My name’s Paul, I’ve been a guard for six months and the shop that I guard is better than most dumps and I like it here, my boss is a pro, he’s taught me tricks of the trade other guards wouldn’t know. He’s taught me in this game there’s some rules you gotta bend and not to forget these thieving pricks ain’t your friends and appearance is key there’s a message to send and above all it’s your fellow guards to defend. Today my boss was stabbed by some low-life psycho, He’s in hospital now so every night that’s where I go, he’s on the brink but he’s showing no fear though ‘cause if he dies there, he’ll be dieing a hero.

Things in life aren’t always quite what they seem, there’s more than one given angle to any one given scene. So bear that in mind next time you try to intervene on any one given angle to any one given scene.

My name’s Keith, I ain’t so much a racist. But if one reached out their hand I'd decline their embrace. I work security in a shop, in charge of 5 other guards, I got all their respect ‘cause I run this shit hard. I nicked one kid today, didn’t show enough respect and attention. I grabbed him by his neck as my form of redemption. Didn’t do no harm, just made sure that it hurt, it ain’t going by the book but believe me it works. Then I sent him on his way, this little shit knows the score now. I saw a little bit of fear, he won’t darken my door now. That’s what I do, stop these kids from decline, do what their parents won’t do. Put down some boundaries and lines.

Things in life aren’t always quite what they seem, there’s more than one given angle to any one given scene. So bear that in mind next time you try to intervene on any one given angle to any one given scene.

My name’s Billy. I’ve been beaten since I was three, Mum died when I was born and Dad takes it out on me. He ain’t a bad man, He just gets drunk and feels alone, I tend to go for walks and hope he’s asleep when I get home. Don’t like to talk about it though. As I said, it ain’t his fault, it only happens when he’s drunk as a last resort. Wanted to get him a gift, to show my support, but had no money and I stole and I guess I got caught. At times like that, I tend to switch of my mind, stare blankly into space and let what happens unwind. I seemed to anger this guard, he put his hands around my neck, he said it’s time for me to learn some manners and respect. It hurt. But I’ve had worse before, it made me realise life is just a series of wars. I went straight home that day and locked the bathroom door. Took a blade to both wrists, they won’t hurt me no more.

Things in life aren’t always quite what they seem, there’s more than one given angle to any one given scene. So bear that in mind next time you try to intervene on any one given angle to any one given scene.

My name’s Mark and today I was told my brother is dead. I returned home from university, tears on his bed. On his pillow I found his suicide note and read what had happened that day and what had fucked up his head! The anger I felt there are no words to express, I filled with so much rage there is no way to digest. I grabbed a knife, I went to town, it was time to regress. Back to an eye for an eye, last breath for last breath. I went straight up to the counter, I said I’d like to speak to the guard who nicked my brother on Tuesday of this week. As the girl knocked on the door and disappeared out of sight, I put my hand in my pocket, gripped the knife tight. This was it, as she pointed me out to the guard, My hand began to shake I held the knife so hard. As he approached me, there was nothing to say. I stabbed that Fucker eight times, before they could take me away.

Things in life aren’t always quite what they seem, there’s more than one given angle to any one given scene. So bear that in mind next time you try to intervene on any one given angle to any one given scene.


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  • +4
    Song Meaning
    It's more about how the people you know affect your angle on life. There are four different sides of the story; The Guard (Paul), The Guard's Boss (Keith), The Child (Billy) and Mark.
    Paul sees his Boss as a hero and a role model, but sees Mark as a "lowlife psycho", only because he did not know the reason for Mark's actions against the person he looks up to.
    Keith sees himself as an authority figure who is well respected and means to do well by teaching proper discipline. However, not knowing of Billy's circumstances, he nicks him the same as he would any other child, presuming that Billy is just another criminal.
    Billy just accepts what's given to him from his father and then from Keith, as he also accepts the responsibility for his mothers death, which is why he forgives his father for beating him. He decides not to live after accepting all blame.
    Mark lives only for what's to come, and to give his family a good life, especially his little brother, and there isn't anything more important to him. When he finds out that this has been taken from him, he seeks revenge. To him, Keith is a murderer and nothing more.

    So the different angles, which are made by who they care for and look up to, change the way they react to the others in the situation.

    In summary, I think the main contrast is between Keith and Mark.

    From Paul's angle it is Mark who is a murderer and Keith who has been taken from him.
    From Mark's angle it is Keith who is a murderer and Billy who has been taken from him.
    HarryOakleyon July 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis [amazing] song is all about how each story has many different Angles. NOT just about someone commiting suicide, as im_the_new_cancer so wrongly thought after jumping to a rather brash conclusion. It talks of how different people's backgrounds affect the way they behave in everyday life, and how without looking at the whole story, they take things into their own hands, often with adverse results.
    WizzieBobon April 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIf Billy gets beaten by his dad in all probability Mark did too. Perhaps that is why he went away to uni to escape the violence. He says he is a recluse which could be an effect of the beating but most likely he will feel guilty to his brother for leaving him at home on his own with the man who beat him.
    He will no doubt feel responsible for his brother commiting suicide and as a result takes his anger out on the security guard who actually had very little to do with the suicide but was just the straw that broke the camels back.
    mjp213on December 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is AMAZING. love this song.
    niamhOMFGon April 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song sounds weird
    Indie/Rock/Rollon April 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song hit me hard the first time I listened to it (which I admit was today). It reminds me of the perks of being a wallflower, the best book I have ever read. This song is about how your actions and such affect everyone around you, and how you should watch what you do bc you never know how it could affect someone else.


    Does anyone know of other songs like this/books like tpobaw?
    an__mar_Eon May 01, 2007   Link
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    General Comment(i think) this song is about how different people can see different events from different angles

    e.g. the little kid is actually very innocent and just trying to do what is right...and then the security guard thinks that he has no manners or respect

    oor..." tend to switch of my mind, stare blankly into space and let what happens unwind" shows the kids confusion, when i actually angers the guard

    that what it think lol
    hendo_jon May 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthow do i edit the song?
    a few of the lyrics are wrong.
    niamhOMFGon June 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentof course everyone got that it was about death, its glaringly obvious. the lyrics have no subtelty to them intentionally, its meant to shock you when you realise the concept of the song.

    anyway, lesac and pip are awesome. nice to see someone actually thinking about their lyrics in modern music.
    KurupTon June 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHmm...
    Well now.
    Yes, the part about the boy reminds me of Perks a bit.
    I like all of this guys lyrics.
    People are always jumping to conclusions without looking at all sides of the story as well.
    Though sometimes it's difficult like if you were the guard.
    He didn't know, but he had to do something to show the boy it was wrong even though the boy had a good cause.
    Another_Lyrical_Lieon July 20, 2007   Link

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