It starts out like a season in reverse
A way to set your mind above and over words
(Like) attached means (your) identity
Erases things so how can we record?
Distress call code-word is I wanna live
He makes it up as it goes and it goes away
To places he can only hide in other peoples minds
He makes it up as it goes
Your rational mind's insane Taste the sound you make
When the light from the sun (Or the story that never gets sold) Is your mother
With an effortless smile you pervade to be
Always in-between aisles (They said you must stare to see) An optimistic Daring me
would you trade your soul for gold?


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  • +4
    General Commentits about not being able to be yourslef and how were influenced by people so how can you know who you really are

    It starts out like a season in reverse
    (loosing time a season in reverse would be time goin backwards not being able to make anything permanent, and tryoing to find a way to be above influences)
    A way to set your mind above and over words(trying to find a way to be who you are and not worry about what other people say or how they are and want you to be)
    (Like) attached means (your) identity
    Erases things so how can we record?
    (how can you actually become who you really are when your so influenced by others, your attached to how you want to be your self or maybe how they want you to be?)
    Distress call code-word is I wanna live
    He makes it up as it goes and it goes away
    (its saying hes dieing to not be so impressionable, and how his life is made up by the p[eole that are around him)
    To places he can only hide in other peoples minds
    (he can only hide in there minds because he only does what he is told by them or acts how htey act)
    He makes it up as it goes
    Your rational mind's insane Taste the sound you make
    (your mind telling you what to do and right and wrong is off because you dont have a way of hinking for yourslef)
    When the light from the sun (Or the story that never gets sold) Is your mother( i htink this means the way you think, and hoiw you live your life is by other people your mother is usally a big aport of who you are callin these people the mother)
    With an effortless smile you pervade to be
    Always in-between aisles(this is where i think its about love because in between aisles makes me think of relations ships cuz aisles= marriage wedding aisles, but it could mean your back and forth with who you are and what you do and dont do because the people affect you so much, and an effortless smile fo rthe love thing could mean, a girl that fakes feelings so easily, or for influence means temporary happiness due to the fact that he is changing so much)
    (They said you must stare to see) An optimistic Daring me(optimnistic means so sure that they know he will give in and theyre daring him to do wht they want , asking would you trade who you are for this?
    would you trade your soul for gold?

    this one reminds me most of juturna because even then most the songs were about influence
    MIripper99on June 20, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFirst off, Anthony Green did not quit doing drugs. Not mirajuana at least.

    Second, a couple of people have gotten close but no one's gotten it quite right. I believe someone said it was trying to become detached of a realtionship, and someone said it's about fitting in or being wanted.
    It's a bit of both. This song, as well as every song on "On Letting Go", is about god. This one is about how much he trusted in it, but once he looked at it, he realized god is just a delusion. How you can only believe in god if you force yourself to. And he can't sell himself out like that.
    It starts out like a season in reverse,
    (In reference to how when he decided to question his faith, he realizes how different and backwards the world is from what he once thought.)
    A way to set your mind above and over words.
    (Means forgetting what you've been told, and actually analyzing the situation yourself.)
    Attached means identity,
    erases things, so how can we record.
    (Meaning that when you have formed a relationship with god,you dont choose who you are or how you live your life. Your told how to. So in what sense are you still alive?)
    Distress call code word is I wanna live
    (Brilliant line. It means once you've realized how god prevents you from living life to the fullest you panic to live the way your really meant to.)

    If you really think about it, it all adds up.
    kody1234on January 11, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI like how Circa Survive seems to be one of those abstract bands that use their own idea and then say what they mean in a very general fashion just to keep people thinking about what the meaning may or may not be for the song. It's a way of developing increased personal significance for each of it's listeners, and we shouldn't be arguing about what it may and may not be. We must realize that these songs are going to mean something different to everyone and that it's the human creativity that we must admire in both ourselves and the writer when listening to these. Being able to post your opinion is nice though since it lets us explore the imaginations of other Circa fans.. but I think it is useless to put down anyone else's ideas of whether this is or is not based on Christianity or anything else for that matter.
    BowlerBitesLaneon March 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSo basically the opening riff to this song makesme want to make sweet passionate love.
    ohhelloon May 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationOriginal content stanzas:

    It starts out like a season in reverse
    A way to set your mind above and over words
    Attached means identity
    Erases things so how can we record?

    Distress call code-word is "I wanna live"
    He makes it up as he goes and it goes away
    To places he can only hide in other peoples' minds
    He makes it up as he goes
    It goes away

    Your rational mind's insane
    Taste the sound you make
    The light from the sun
    The story that never gets old
    The light from the sun is your mother
    Attached means identity
    Erases things so why should we?

    With an effortless smile you prevade to me
    And in-between aisles
    They would say you stare to see
    With an effortless smile you prevade to me
    Always in-between aisles optimistic daring me
    Would you trade your soul for gold?
    Would you trade your soul?
    Would you trade?


    Interpretation:

    "It starts out like a season in reverse
    A way to set your mind above and over words
    Attached means identity
    Erases things so how can we record?"

    When we view love, we see gradual signs of it blossoming; but a season in reverse is time in regression; taken in context, with the next two lyrics ("a way to set your mind above and over words / attached means identity") the singer is stating that dependent relationships require personality change to adapt and confrom to become the person who you're attached to wants you to be. In other words: for one in this mindset, to keep a relationship healthy, they have to pretend to be the person they tell others they are.

    The line "erases things so how can we record" is a reflection of this; when in such a mental modality, there is no furthering of the self (e.g. recording new memories and associating them to who you are and want to be), but rather you are regressing in an attempt to fit yourself into the mold provided.


    "Distress call code-word is "I wanna live"
    He makes it up as he goes and it goes away
    To places he can only hide in other peoples' minds
    He makes it up as he goes
    It goes away"

    A police officer in distress will create a distress call; it is a number which converts to a set of code-words. For example, a code "417" is the code-word for "man or woman with a gun." The singer is stating that he is calling for help; while he doesn't want to be an empty pair of shoes, he wants to live within this relationship, so he keeps up the persona that he's created. Gradually, the call for help goes away; he has made up his personality to fit this relationship, and this persona only really exists in other peoples' minds, who think that is genuine. But for the person who makes up this persona, such work is exhausting; to maintain such a face, it drains one's emotions. As soon as the interaction is over, the fascade disappears; it goes away.

    "Your rational mind's insane
    Taste the sound you make
    The light from the sun
    The story that never gets old
    The light from the sun is your mother
    Attached means identity
    Erases things so why should we?"

    This stanza is the singer asking those who are in such a similar place to question their position. "Your rational mind's insane / taste the sound you make" is an open plea for a person in this situation to hear what they're saying -- and if they realized that they were being this massively discongruent, would they want to actually keep doing it? To view this another way: we view the sun as eternal. It never gets old, it stays constant, and it never lies to fit in. A genuine personality is healthy, nuturing ("your mother"); but if you're attached to someone, your identity is tied to what they want you to be. You become a new person, and lose the old in the process; you run against the genuine that you should be.

    "With an effortless smile you prevade to me
    And in-between aisles
    They would say you stare to see
    With an effortless smile you prevade to me
    Always in-between aisles optimistic daring me
    Would you trade your soul for gold?
    Would you trade your soul?
    Would you trade? "

    In this stanza, the singer reflects on the nature of why someone does this. The essential statement is that with a woman's smile, his soul is awakened; the woman stares to see if he is compatible with her. The singer sees visions of marriage when he sees her; this is why he states that it is "in-between aisles" (or, if you account for a church's architecture, in the middle aisle). It's an optimistic feeling when someone first feels like there is a connection; it's a silent plea for one partner to feel compatible with the other. Thus, the singer states: "Would you trade your soul for gold?", or to view it another way: would you give up who you are, to be with someone you are completely infatuated with?

    So, if you want to view the song in a more A->D comparison: view it in this order: stanza 4, 1, 3, 2. The singer sees a woman he wants to be with: he sees marriage with her, but to get there, he has to trade his soul (personality). He sets his mind above and over the words which will allow him to create the persona; but an outsider would tell the singer that he should reflect on the nonsense he's telling others. But the personality is already too entrenched; there is little chance for relief or escape, and instead will remain the person that is seen in other peoples' minds.
    Entryon May 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment*That moment when you first experience doubt, and that things are no longer the way they seemed*
    FractledMindon January 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song kicks ass, obviously.

    CORRECT LYRICS:

    It starts out like a season in reverse
    A way to set your mind above and over words
    Attached means identity
    Erases things so how can we record?

    Distress call code-word is "I wanna live"
    He makes it up as he goes and it goes away
    To places he can only hide in other peoples' minds
    He makes it up as he goes
    It goes away

    Your rational mind's insane
    Taste the sound you make
    The light from the sun
    The story that never gets old
    The light from the sun is your mother
    Attached means identity
    Erases things so why should we?

    Distress call code-word is "I wanna live"
    He makes it up as he goes, it goes away
    To places he can only hide in other peoples' minds
    He makes it up as he goes

    With an effortless smile you prevade to me
    And in-between aisles
    They would say you stare to see
    With an effortless smile you prevade to me
    Always in-between aisles optimistic daring me
    Would you trade your soul for gold?
    Would you trade your soul?
    Would you trade?
    Silon May 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is currently my favorite song off the new album. i love the "distress call code..." bit
    showyourteethon May 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"people should wait until they have the correct lyrics and not post like fools without a clue just to be the 'first' to get them up."

    Wow thats got to be the most ignorant thing I have ever heard....

    First of all, the lyrics posted here are the official lyrics that were released by circa survive on their website, their message board AND their myspace.

    So before you say something you should look a little into it.

    Ignorant prick.
    jdotpon May 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBut at least I agree with 'showyourteeth'.

    I love this song, especially the 'distress call code...' part.
    jdotpon May 27, 2007   Link

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