Alarming to the senses
As the scent of latex
And blinding white lights greet me
He's withered, weak, and weary
His bones are bare and brittle
Can't rid this taste of surgery, of surgery
Accusing me of perjury
Like surgery, correcting me

I'm bouncing in and out of my body
Eyes roll in rhythm
As they wish to focus
They can't bear to see

Our eyes are paralyzed
And as your legs are canonized
With waters from these seas
To own a heart that's half of yours, yours
These bones are mere accessories
Well, these bones are mere accessories

The doctor said he heard me
Stutter as a I muttered
A startling, repetitious phrase
And under anesthesia
I told him over and over again
"This body's yours to keep,"
And though he promised me
He said he'd do as I please
I stand before you upon the same selfish feet

I'm bouncing in and out of my body
Eyes roll in rhythm
As they wish to focus
They can't bear to see

Our eyes are paralyzed
And as your legs are canonized
With waters from these seas
To own a heart that's half of yours, yours
These bones are mere accessories
Well, these bones are mere accessories

His neck is shattered by the tides
The ocean prays for his demise
But I swear to you
I watched his heart pump blood into those veins

Throwing punches at ocean waves (x7)
Ocean waves

And as the tides retired
I saw the smile you see today
To own a heart that's half of yours, yours
These bones are mere accessories

Our eyes are paralyzed
And as your legs are canonized
With waters from these seas
To own a heart that's half of yours
Half of yours

Throwing punches at ocean waves
(To own a heart that's half of yours) (x7)
Ocean waves
Throwing punches at ocean waves
(These bones are mere accessories)
Throwing punches at ocean waves
(These bones are mere accessories)


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    General CommentJust a note on the phrase "Throwing punches at ocean waves":

    Think of the motion one makes when swimming the breast stroke. You're basically punching forward with every stroke. I like that image of a lone swimmer, in his mind, punching off into the sea.
    sirjuggleson May 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI did not know that Anthony Green was in this. I love him and now this song even more!
    toothpastedaveon July 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIts been updated! Here are the new lyrics:
    alarming to the senses
    as the scent of latex, and blinding white lights greet me.
    withered, weak, and weary, his bones are bare and brittle.
    Can't rid this taste of surgery, accusing me of perjury.
    like surgery, correcting me.

    I'm bouncing in and out of my body
    eyes roll in rhythm, as they wish to focus,
    they can't bear to see...

    Our eyes are paralyzed,
    And as your legs are canonized,
    With water from these seas.
    To own a heart that's half of yours,
    These bones are mere accessories.

    The doctor said he heard me,
    Stutter as a I muttered a startling, repetitious phrase.
    And under anesthesia, I told him over and over again,
    "This body's yours to keep," and then he promised me,
    He said he'd do as I please.
    But I stand before you upon the same selfish feet.

    his neck: shattered by the tides.
    the ocean prays for his demise.
    but I swear to you...
    I watched his heart pump blood into those veins,
    throwing punches at ocean waves.
    throwing punches at ocean waves.
    throwing punches at ocean waves.
    and as the tides retired,
    I saw the smile you see today.
    to own a heart that's half of yours...
    these bones are mere accessories.
    Liberteoutlamorteon July 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentaaah! yeah i saw that.

    i can't figure out how to edit it to put up the new lyrics though haha.
    darlingnikion July 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwe asked ryan what it was about...and he said he wrote it about a friend who was paralyzed in a swimming accident and about appreciating everything the way he does

    hearing that made me love the song more then i already do...i think its amazing, it has everything...its catchy, has emotional appeal, and of course sound phenomenal
    sprklngdmdon July 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnthony's guest vocals are delicious.

    This song, is delicious.

    The lyrics, are the most deliciousness.

    EOTC is tasty.
    CallMeJreamon July 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this song! i love the part where its like :, I told him over and over again,
    "This body's yours to keep," and then he promised me,
    He said he'd do as I please.
    But I stand before you upon the same selfish feet.


    the vocals are so powerful ryans voice is amazinnggg
    unwrittenx90on August 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about a paralyzed surfer
    envyinsider4on September 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOuspensky -- explain what you mean by that?


    Anyway, the meaning of this song is pretty obvious. I love this band. I love this song.
    ashleeeon June 29, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhen i listen to this song, i hear a different meaning. but thats the beauty of music, it can be interpretated in many ways.

    So, the meaning of the song for me( even if I know it's about his friend in a water accident) is that it's about battling depression and then knowing about all the love people have for you.

    "I'm bouncing in and out of my body
    Eyes roll in rhythm
    As they wish to focus
    They can't bear to see"

    Knowing your on that hospital bed and seeing loved ones all around you, you see you never wanted to cause them pain.



    "The doctor said he heard me
    Stutter as a I muttered
    A startling, repetitious phrase
    And under anesthesia
    I told him over and over again
    "This body's yours to keep,"
    And though he promised me
    He said he'd do as I please
    I stand before you upon the same selfish feet"

    Maybe being a suicide survivor, and not wanting to be at first. The last line would support the fact that suicide is a selfish act.


    "his neck: shattered by the tides.
    the ocean prays for his demise.
    but I swear to you...
    I watched his heart pump blood into those veins"

    When I think of depression, it's a like a crushing dark blue sea. So in that mind set, he wants to die. But then he realizes and finds hope, coming back to life, mentally. "Throwing punches at ocean waves" Fighting that wave of depression, not letting it take over and drown you.

    Then "to own a heart thats half of yours, these bones are mere accessories"
    Loving someone, and having them apart of you. It's like your one person and it doesn't matter what happens to you ever- knowing that you'll always be with that person.


    Well, this is just the meaning I take out of this song, so I'm not saying it's the right one.
    iheartmusicloveon August 22, 2008   Link

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