"Crumble" as written by and Joseph Donald Mascis Jr.....
I got nothing where I've been
Will you bring me there again?
No one ever understands
You won't change to help

I got lost inside a lie
Every smile, you made it die
I'm not real and you know why
Can I run again some more

Can I be there all the time
Can I stop the wondering why
Will I crumble, will I fly
And I've got to make you

Will I be in time to see
Will it roll all over to me
Can I fake it just to be
You know I can't take you on
On

Built a picture yesterday
Built a picture of a moment my love
My love
My love
My love

You have time for me again
But you flatten me instead
Try to be the things your said
Like I almost had it

But I don't ever have it all
And I'm sweating trying to stall
Til I think I heard a call
But you're just laughing along
On
On
On

Built a picture yesterday
Built a picture of a moment my love
My love
My love
My love


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"Crumble" as written by Joseph Donald Mascis Jr

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    General CommentYay, first comment.

    Seems to me like Mascis is addressing the passing of time in relation to himself--it appears too non-confrontational in most of the lines to give the impression that he's addressing a person/lover (despite the repetition of "my love"--maybe a metaphor for the good times of his life?). It feels instead like a message about mid-life crisis, or something similar. I'm only seventeen, but I can see where he's coming from, with aging and everything that comes with it. In any case, the lyrics are bittersweet and very melancholic (the kind I like), and J's riffs and soloing are incredible, and the rhythm section backs him up admirably. Beyond is a great record--arguably one of their best (certainly the best rock album of the year, with music sucking nowadays). It's certainly the best comeback album I've ever heard (yes, better than Back In Black). Amazing band.

    I'd like to hear what everyone else thinks.
    Joe Mattresson July 30, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIs it "held a picture yesterday" instead of "built"?

    I dunno, I could be wrong, but that's what I hear
    hoobidtyon May 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese lyrics seem very wrong; maybe I will stop being lazy and transcribe some correct ones soon. Either way, kick ass song.
    asSTARSfallxon June 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think Joe Mattress has the most accurate interpretation. The song is wanting to go back to a happy place in your life, before all the change. "I've got nothing where I've been", "will you bring me THERE again." he wants to go back to the place he was before. "built a picture yesterday", "built a picture of a moment, my love". Remembering old times when things were better, now he doesn't know if he will "crumble or fly" and it scares him to the point of desperation to return to "where he's been".
    camparsion March 27, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about a girl that led him on but was always in the friend zone even when she was single
    Jagrobby182on August 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation2 years later I have a new perspective on these lyrics. I think the song is about feeling presured to pretend to be someone you're not just to satisfy other people(in this case a girl). "I got lost inside a lie", " I'm not real and you know why". Then he asks himself if this fasad he built, ("built a picture yesterday") will "crumble or fly". At the end of the song it seems as if his act has crumbled

    "But I don't ever belong* (real lyric)
    And I'm sweating trying to stall
    Til I think I heard a call
    But you're just laughing along"
    camparsion November 05, 2014   Link

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