"The Racing Rats" as written by Thomas Michael Smith, Christopher Dominic Urbanowicz, Russell Leetch and Edward Owen Lay....
When the time comes that you're no longer there
Fall down to my knees, begin my nightmare
Words spill from my drunken mouth
I just can't keep them all in
I keep up with the racing rats
And do my best to win

Slow down, little one
You can't keep running away
You mustn't go outside yet
It's not your time to play
Standing at the edge of your town
With the skyline in your eyes
Reaching up to God
The sun says its goodbyes

If a plane were to fall from the sky
How big a hole would it leave in the surface of the earth?

Let's pretend we never met
Let's pretend we're on our own
We'll live different lives
Until our cover's blown

I push my hand up to the sky
Shade my eyes from the sun
As the dust settles around me
Suddenly nighttime has begun

If a plane were to fall from the sky
How big a hole would it leave in the surface of the earth
The surface of the earth?

Come on now
You knew you were lost
But you carried on anyway
Oh, come on now
You knew you had no time
But you let the day drift away

If a plane were to fall from the sky
How big a hole would it leave?
And if a plane were to fall from the sky
How big a hole would it make in the surface of the earth
The surface of the earth
The surface of the earth?


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"The Racing Rats" as written by Edward Owen Lay Christopher Dominic Urbanowicz

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    General Commentso i've been thinking that

    "Standing at the edge of your town
    With the skyline in your eyes
    Reaching up to god
    The sun says its goodbye"

    is a reference to dieing and that

    "If a plane were to fall from the sky
    How big a hole would it leave
    In the surface of the earth"

    might be him asking that if he were to die or someone else, how big of an impression would he or thwey leave?
    just a thought on it.
    KidAzeroon April 02, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment'If a plane were to fall from the sky
    How big a hole would it leave'

    Not much, I think that is the point of the song. Seems to be a general theme with the Editors life is fragile and miniscule in the grand scheme of things.
    aurkwiton February 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is shaping up to be my favourite song on the new album, its fantastic, i love the bit where tom sings "COME ON NOW, YOU KNEW YOU WERE LOST BUT YOU CARRIED ON ANYWAYY!!!" so so good.
    mychaosdreamon May 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI totally agree with the above - FANTASTIC SONG.

    Love the same ALSO - PROBABLY THE BEST 30 SECONDS OF MUSIC TO BE CREATED THIS YEAR
    TrickSeeon May 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe first play of:

    I push my hands up to the sky
    Shade my eyes from the sun
    As the dust settles around me
    Suddenly nighttime has begun

    is supposed to be:

    Standing at the edge of your town
    With the skyline in your eyes
    Reaching up to god
    The sun says its goodbye

    the site won't let me edit anymore :/

    and I most certainly agree with mychaosdream... best part of the whole song :)
    dustfingeron June 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is pure genious and the chorus is very poetic!

    btw... how can i edit the lyric? theres a wrong part... like dustfinger said
    Overzon August 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan anyone explain me what is this song about? Maby this is stupid question, but english language is not my native language. So, would anyone explain me what is this song about? Recently, I've heard for this band, and by that time I became BIG fan of The Editiors.
    mousewhoon November 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's not THE Editors
    it's just EDITORS!!!
    Martuzon November 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is probably the best song this amazing band has ever done luv it
    jamblocon November 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE this song! It's so mature and poetic, like most other Editors songs!!! *_*

    I think (This is just a guess) that it's about someone whose partner died of an illness.
    'When the time comes
    You're no longer here
    Fall down to my knees
    Begin my nightmare'
    The person (impersonated by the singer) realises that the one he/she loved is dead, and life becomes like a nightmare for him/her.
    'Words spill from my drunken mouth
    I just can't keep them all in'
    He/she can't believe it has happened, and is saying so and expressing the sorrow.
    'I keep up with the racing rats
    and do my best to win'
    A 'racing rats' situation is when people are trying to become more advanced, etc. but are actually getting nowhere. The singer feels that his/her life is totally pointless.
    'Slow down little one
    You can't keep running away
    You musn't go outside yet
    It's not your time to play'
    I'm not too sure about this, but my guess (pretty straightforward) is that the people had a child together, and the singer wants to protect the child from harm as well as the knowledge of its parent's death.
    'Standing at the edge of your town,
    With the skyline in your eyes,'
    The singer is visiting the place where he/she and the dead person spent time, to remember it. The skyline may be the fact that the death is still fresh on his mind, or the singer is thinking about the afterlife.
    'Reaching up to God,
    The sun says its goodbyes.'
    This may be another reference to heaven and the afterlife, as well as the fact that the happy memories have to end and that the singer must go back to reality.
    'If a plane were to fall from the sky
    How big a hole would it leave
    In the surface of the earth?'
    This shows how the singer's world was devastated by the loss.
    'Let's pretend we never met
    Let's pretend we're on our own
    We'll live different lives
    Until our cover's blown.'
    The singer is thinking about how it would have been to never have met the person and not to be affected by the death, but he knows he can't escape, hence 'until our cover's blown'.
    'I push my hands up to the sky
    Shade my eyes from the sun
    As the dust settles around me
    Suddenly night time has begun.'
    The singer is again trying to escape from reality, but he can't and the memories of the death (dust) remain.
    'Come on now
    You knew you were lost
    But you carried on anyway

    Come on now
    You knew you had no time
    but you let the day drift away'
    The singer is finally finding a bit of hope as he thinks about his/her partner's bravery in fighting the illness.

    Another thing, I'm really not sure about the 'Slow down little one...' verse. I'm sure my interpretation is wrong. Can someone please help me? :-)
    matrixloveron December 23, 2007   Link

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