"The Weight of Lies" as written by and Robert William Crawford Scott Yancey Avett....
Disappear from your home town
Go and find the people that you know
Show them all of your good parts
Leave town when the bad ones start to show

Going with a woman
A pretty girl that you never met
Make sure she knows you love her well
But don't make any other promises

The weight of lies will bring you down
And follow you to every town 'cause
Nothing happens here that doesn't happen there
When you run make sure you run
To something and not away from 'cause
Lies don't need an aeroplane to chase you anywhere

I once heard the worse thing a man can do is draw a hungry crowd
Tell everyone his name in pride and confidence
But leaving out his doubts
I'm not sure I bought those words
When I was young I knew most everything
These words have never meant as much to anyone
As they now mean to me

The weight of lies will bring you down
And follow you to every town 'cause
Nothing happens here that doesn't happen there
When you run make sure you run
To something and not away from 'cause
Lies don't need an aeroplane to chase you down

The weight of lies will bring you down
And follow you to every town 'cause
Nothing happens here that doesn't happen there
So when you run make sure you run
To something and not away from 'cause
Lies don't need an aeroplane to chase you anywhere

The weight of lies will bring you down
And follow you to every town 'cause
Nothing happens here that doesn't happen there
So when you run make sure you run
To something and not away from 'cause
Lies don't need an aeroplane to chase you down


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"The Weight of Lies" as written by Scott Yancey Avett Robert William Crawford

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  • +4
    My InterpretationThis song is about not being able to escape your problems by moving towns, changing friends. "Lies dont need an airplane to chase you down". They will eventually catch up with you where ever you go if you are just running from them. You need to deal with them before they drag you down. To fix your problems you need to change, because people are going to be the same everywhere that you go. Basically its about dealing with your problems instead of trying to run from them.
    Katibug2689on November 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment@dan356: After reading your comment a few months ago I haven't been able to listen to this song from any perspective but that of a gay fellow. I don't think it was intended, but it fits really well.

    Does anyone have an interpretation on the following?:

    I once heard the worse thing
    A man could do is draw a hungry crowd
    Tell everyone his name, pride, and confidence
    But leaving out his doubt

    It seems to be saying that one should admit to their bad qualities as well as the good, but I think there's more to it that I'm not picking up on.
    Aliendudeon January 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHOW HAS NO ONE COMMENTED ON THIS SONG?!

    i saw them last night, they sound even more amazing live!

    "The weight of lies will bring you down
    And follow you to every town
    Cause nothing happens here that doesn’t happen there
    So when you run make sure you run
    To something and not away from
    Cause lies don’t need an aeroplane to chase you down "

    so great. all of their songs are incredible.
    leeaaahon October 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing band amazing song, cant wait till they come back to NY
    Blueheron92on November 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing band amazing song, cant wait till they come back to NY
    Blueheron92on November 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so personal for me. Being gay, the first stanza and chorus strike me to the core.
    dan356on October 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is such an amazing song, i could listen to it all day
    dotheycollideon November 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationAt first I thought this song was about a gay man in a sham marriage.

    In the second verse he's telling everyone he knows about his homosexual affair after evading it for a long time.

    When he sings about how "the words ("the worst thing that a man can do is draw a hungry crowd") mean so much to him", he is implying that he does not regret outing himself.

    But I'm not really sure.
    LittleUnicornBoyon January 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUntil reading this comments I never considered it was about a gay man... but now I am listen to it again, I can't deny thats what it is about.

    I just morphed the lyrics to fit my own life and that I can not run from my own personal problems and that helped me with some things that I need to deal with.

    I love this song... Its one of those songs that comfort me within a few notes...
    Katibug2689on March 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the stanza containing "A man could do is draw a hungry crowd" is in regards to empty promises, like stanza 1. For instance, with regards to leaders, Bush's warmaking in Iraq, ignoring the detractors and ignoring the consequences of removing Saddam from power. Another instance, Obama's social agenda marketing blitz ignoring the costs and consequences and possible unconstitutionality. As a universal statement to boil it down to, "don't oversell & underdeliver."
    JLIIon March 31, 2011   Link

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