Slow down
These chemicals won't take you anywhere
So let the smoke go down and fill the room
As you look at me for something else to blame

Breathe in deep as the poison fills your lungs
It's nights like these that make mornings a hope will never come
So hold your breath and follow me
Clockwork devices are all we'll ever be

So you do your dance obliterating everything you see
And I do my best to waste it all away

This machine replicates and hums along
The medication ranges but the high is all the same
Just a walking catasrophe now
Crashing into you

So it all goes up flames erasing what will never be
And we'll do it all again tomorrow

So it goes and now it's gone
The life we choose is how we'll fall
The way we destroy is the art of it all
This portrait illustrates what you made me out to be
These colors never run, they only fade in time

I've turned to see your reaction
And what I thought it would be
From somewhere in the distance
I hear the sirens scream

Dancer, I remember the night you set this place on fire
With you out there in the middle of the room
Sitting pretty but you know you have

No defense, you have no defense
As we both go down in flames
You hold your breath and wonder why
No defense, you have no defense
Then you do your dance obliterating everything in sight

So it goes and now it's gone
The life we choose is how we'll fall
The way we destroy is the art of it all
This portrait illustrates what you made me out to be
These colors never run, they only fade in time



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    General Commentgood song of the new album, don't no exactly what it means but at the start it sounds like its talking about getting high "Breathe in deep as the poison fills your lungs " /shrug
    Alkalineduoon June 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt could be about drug use. I'm also thinking its written to the government about WMA's possibly. And how ultimatly it will get you nowhere. It will lead to only destruction. It also might have to do with drugging/brainwashing the masses. Ex. "Clockwork Devices are all we'll ever be".
    Mephisto22on June 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this is a sad and cynical song about how life is spent for a drug user - tragically, "The life we choose is how we'll fall, The way we destroy is the art of it all." Whether this life we live is destroyed with drugs, or in some other way, is our only choice. This is the drug abuser's point of view after years of abuse.

    Who would've thought that a band named 'Strung Out' would make an anti-drug song (purposely or inadvertently)?
    mang5000on June 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't think Strung Out was meant as a positive term, even back then. and I think Jason has alot of regret on his own drug use? it really seems that way to me.

    Also its kind of a common thing in punk rock (where they started) to name your band something strikingly negative.
    (ie. Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedys, Choking Victim, JFA (Jodie Fosters Army, personally one of my favorite namings.. its about assassinating a president) et al)
    Avaranton October 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song isn't written from the perspective of a drug-addict, and it's not critical about that. It's a Jason's experience, and it's about having fun with drug and a girl. I directly asked him about this song after a show, and that's what he said. He smiled making me notice the title "party in THE HILLS", remarking what HILLS mean...
    darkpunkguyon November 07, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Having fun"? Uh, could you point out the "fun" in this song? The lyrics sound more depressing than fun to me.

    Also, to me "the hills" could mean a few things... What do you think Jason meant?
    mang5000on December 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSpending the night using drugs with a girl (hills-boobs, dance-sex), and blowing theirselves away. Yeah, there is some negative thinking about how we are only clockwork devices, so it justifies all this self destruction with drugs.
    darkpunkguyon January 12, 2008   Link

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