[with echo throughout]

Lives by the virtue of daytime TV
Alone in a suburb
And he
Fills up a bottle
And drinks from the sea
He'll always be thirsty
And they
Shiny examples of human decay
Come here, let me show you
How I woke up this morning
Still mourning a dream

I've been to the future
I've been to the future

I hear
Somewhere the circus
Is said to be near
Another distraction
And I fear
Will you be next to me
This time next year
Or will you be over?
But wait
Just as you leap
From the nest for the wind
Well I never told you
When you woke up this morning
You spoke of a dream

You'd been to the future
I've been to the future
Been to the future
Been to the future

Repeat after me
She's all I have
Is this what it means to be free?
Repeat after me
She's all I have
Tell me why
She's all I have
Please tell me why
She's all I ever had

All the illusions are fading
I've drawn my conclusion

Been to the future
I been to the future
Been to the future
Been to the future
Been to the future
We've been to the future
Been to the future

We've been to the future

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    General CommentThe carnival-sounding part makes me want to cream myself.

    Anyway, it sounds like this song is about people who follow the same daily routine for their entire life, and that they're very predictable, and the singer is saying that he's "been to the future" because he knows that they won't change their habits and they'll always continue on that way.
    Anilandon May 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is just an amazing song.

    Anyway, I have a bit of an odd theory about this song (I don't really believe this, it's just what it reminds me of). I think Joey wrote this song about an experience he had taking some kind of hallucinogenic drug. What really gives me this idea is the lyric "today all the illusions are fading away, I've drawn my conclusions".
    PennStGuyon June 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNah. I think this one's relatively simple. Considering that the entire album deals with endings of different sorts, this one is about the fear that "all good things must come to an end".

    The character is seeing dreams of how he and his girlfriend will change as they grow older and his close-to-perfect relationship coming to an end. Later it is revealed that the girl is afraid of the same thing.

    "Is this what it means to be free?" is all about this idea: that there are no metaphysical forces shaping our destiny to be glorious, just slow decay. In the end of the song, their fears have taken over and THAT is actually what finally destroys the relationship. Illusions of perfect happiness fade; the premonitions come real, but only because the couple caused it themselves by worrying about it.
    infinityontrialon September 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commentreminds me of lost. =3
    sadmachineon May 18, 2009   Link

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