The problem I have with the soul contraption
Swallowed up slowly like a bad reaction
All around what you do and say while the symptom falls further away
You live in silence but you can't describe it
So what's the point of talking at all?
The store bought injury, the family cane
Just another boy bad at the game
This is when you need a friend to keep you moving around
Because all your thinking has made you slow
You might be stopping out, you know
Frustrated fireworks inside your head
There's a lit fuse smoking, you caught instead
What you're dealing but it's just a start
Was a time since your problem was a poison dart
And you act like a cowboy, whatever's in my hat
I'm a hardboiled hero and I'm not so bad
But I didn't know when to run from this
A proud fan is going to see you shatter
I know that there really isn't anything the matter
Nothing is going to be crying words, they only want their voice to be heard
They use it sometimes to show that they're around
Or they build you up a theory like the walls of a town
A tired and ancient ruler right now, the neighborhood slaves are hardly skilled
Open your parachute and drop your weight
Float on down to the center and investigate
I did my self requirement, better cop out hard
Or I'll leave right now
Because this feeling of loving, I felt it in my chest
Like the nighttime footsteps of an unknown guest
I know it wasn't me, I wasn't moving..
I felt thunder, the rain was pouring
I know it must be something wrong, all this is restoring
You don't have to live in a lifeless state.
Stay in the center and wait
Stay in the center and wait
Stay in the center and wait


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Kings Crossing (Alternative) song meanings
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    General Comment"the problem i have with the soul contraption"

    Elliott had a Masters in Philosophy (Political Philosophy). You don't get an MA without reading/discussing the soul. One basic problem is the nature/nurture question. Are people a product of their environment? or are they just born fallen from the grace of god, yaddy yada.

    "swallowed up slowly like a bad reaction"

    His standpoint seems to say that we are a product of our environment. Our soul is "swallowed" up by our surroundings, like a druggie taking drugs and having a bad reaction.

    "all around what you do and say while the symptom falls further away"

    While we talk about the environment being the bad, he points out that it's not treating the soul. The bad reactions, or symptoms, seems to fall further away each time they are found. This suggests that there is a root to the problem that he's trying to tackle.

    "you live in silence but you can't describe it
    so what's the point of talking at all?"

    He folds and doesn't know what to do. In philosophy, they teach you different truths... While there are no absolute answers, there is a point of talking. Elliott seems to feel that there is a black & white answer with no gray. And even then, it's hard to describe what's going on in the middle of having an answer and no answer.

    "the store bought injury.. the family cane"

    This seems to say that he abused himself. You can buy lots of things at the store, and in this case, injuries with the family cane. Who would know the difference between him hurting himself and others hurting him?

    "just another boy bad at the game"

    He alludes to the fact that others are in on this game, and he, like the rest, are not winning.

    "this is when you need a friend to keep you moving around
    'cause all your thinking has made you slow
    you might be stopping out.. you know"

    He may allude to the idea of being extremely prude, and how a lot of thinking leads to inaction. It's quite a big theory in philosophy which was a criticism of Nietzsche. Nietzsche called it Socraticism and the birth of resentment. He says that this is when you need a friend to keep you socializing and keep you on your feet. Someone to keep you doing things so that you don't harbor anymore resentment.

    "frustrated fireworks inside your head
    there's a lit fuse smoking.. you caught instead"

    This seems to illustrate the resentment idea.

    "what you're dealing.. but it's just a start
    was a time since your problem was a poison dart
    and you act like a cowboy.. whatever's in my hat
    i'm a hardboiled hero and i'm not so bad"

    With resentment, you don't really notice it.

    "but i didn't know when to run from this
    a proud fan is gonna see you shatter
    i know that there really isn't anything the matter
    nothing is gonna be crying words.. they only want their voice to be heard
    they use it sometimes to show that they're around
    or they build you up a theory like the walls of a town
    a tired and ancient ruler right now.. the neighborhood slaves are hardly skilled
    open your parachute and drop your weight
    float on down to the center and investigate
    i did my self requirement.. better cop out hard
    or i'll leave right now
    'cause this feeling of loving.. i felt it in my chest
    like the nighttime footsteps of an unknown guest
    i know it wasn't me.. i wasn't moving..
    i felt thunder.. the rain was pouring
    i know it must be something wrong all this is restoring
    you don't have to live in a life's mistake
    stay in the center and wait
    stay in the center and wait
    stay in the center and wait "

    My opinion on this seems to make sense of the last lines. He talks about his fame and how it overshadows his sense of resentment. He doesn't know what to do but just wait.
    keysersmithon November 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI have never heard this version before, how can I find a copy of it?
    Chief216on October 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentarchive.org/details/…

    there you go
    jonahsalton November 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentarchive.org/details/…, thats where you can find it.
    jonahsalton November 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI went to that website but the file isn't there anymore. Could someone email it to me if they have it please?! I really want it! If anyone sees this and has the song and wouldn't mind emailing it to me, my email is miriamleaman@hotmail.com. So beautiful. I have never heard it but I let it play in my head.
    miriamleamanon March 03, 2008   Link
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    General Commentcould someone email this to me as well, it would mean alot.

    QQAnathema@hotmail.com
    QQAnathemaon April 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMiriam and Anathema, I will not emails it you because I'm lazy. However, I hope you both will find this link.

    archive.org/details/…

    If that doesn't work, go to the search bar on the site and type in "Kings crossing." It should be the one dated on 05-09-2000, which would also be my birthday.
    cannafieldon June 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis version is almost deeper and darker then the other
    Placeholderon October 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think ive seen the listed lyrics change a bit over the past few months, but im not sure. i thought the last line was "you dont have to live in a lifeless state" and im sure i wont get an answer to this because people only post like once every year after a song is put up, but does the sound only come in one earphone for everyone else?
    high timeson January 26, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"i felt it in my chest"
    That's so heartbreaking considering the circumstances...
    NewMoonon September 10, 2009   Link

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