"Falling Down" as written by and Taylor/hanmer/o'halloran/rainbow....
Farewell, this blackened eye
You learned your lessons falling down
Far behind and tracing footsteps home

Despite your lack of pride
You wore your imperfections well
Dignified, spend your time alone
Trace your footsteps home

Your hands are always reaching out of favor
Your kind are only good for bad behavior
Your mouth was never one to trust
You're always speaking out, falling far behind
Falling out of line

Farewell, this bitter tongue
You spoke your lessons falling down
Talking out and breaking silence

Despite the harm you've done
You swallowed your rejection well
Amplified, sing your song alone
Trace your footsteps home

Your hands are always reaching out of favor
Your kind are only good for bad behavior
Your mouth was never one to trust
You're always speaking out, falling far behind
Falling

Swallow time, falling down
Speaking out, falling far behind
Your time running out and talking down
Falling out of line

Your hands are always reaching out of favor
Your kind are only good for bad behavior
Your mouth was never one to trust
You're always speaking out, falling far behind
Falling out of line


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"Falling Down" as written by Michael Hanmer Matthew O'halloran

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    General CommentI thinks it's about a lier. Falling from grace. Everyone loved him/her, but what they loved was all a lie. No one loved him/her anymore. They make up a world of lies that made everyone happy, but when the lies fall apart, the person falls out and falls down. Falling done to me sounds basically like the mistakes you made. You can't take them back. You can't untell a lie. "Your kind, are only good for bad behavior" your kind, liers. Are only act good when they're. Lying (bad behavior) it really reminds me of someone I know.
    Kittylovers28on November 16, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI love this song!
    horrorcunton November 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is briliant.

    I generally suck at song meanings, but I'll try. Perhaps it's about a failed relationship because the other person was untrustworthy and deceitful. Or something.

    Nearly every song 'seems' to be about relationships and the like. Damn.
    eyelinerloveon December 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to be about a guy that she is only with for the sex or for fun and is not serious about. He's "only good for bad behaviour". He is not growing up or growing at all and she's getting sick of it. He keeps learning his "lessons falling down" and is not really learning from his mistakes.
    lokithecaton February 07, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti don't think it's necessarily a romantic relationship, but there's a relationship that's been broken due to deception, like eyelinerlove pointed out.

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    ''Your hands are always reaching out of favor.
    Your kind are only good for bad behavior.
    Your mouth was never one to trust.
    You're always speaking out,
    Falling far behind,
    Falling out of line."

    --that makes me think of deception, especially the ''your kind are only good for bad behaviour/your mouth was never one to trust/falling out of line" part, like this person lies a lot, or enjoys starting trouble way too much.




    Despite your lack of pride.
    You wore your imperfections well.
    Dignified.
    Spend your time alone.
    Trace your footsteps home.


    ''Farewell,
    This blackened eye.
    Your learned your lessons falling down.
    Far behind, and tracing footsteps home.
    --
    ''Farewell,
    This bitter tongue.
    You spoke your lessons falling down, talking out,
    And breaking silence."

    --the speaker has taken to naming them bitter tongue and blackened eye basically because of the way they've hurt others. probably a manner of bullying, the type that causes trouble and knocks people down as a means of nullifying their own shortcomings. i mostly get that impression from this line:
    ''Despite your lack of pride.
    You wore your imperfections well.
    Dignified."


    ''Despite the harm you've done,
    You swallowed your rejection well.
    Amplified.
    Sing your song alone.
    Trace your footsteps home."
    --
    ''You learned your lessons/You spoke your lessons
    falling down"

    --most likely it all came back to the dishonest person and she's saying that they took it rather well, which isn't common for those types.
    --

    that's just my impression
    T.C.on February 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commentok i'm thinking i should've proofread that, sorry for the redundancy. haha.
    T.C.on February 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is deff about someone being hurt because of deception"farewell this blackened eye" someone was being abused and she said enough. about how she took her rejection and decided to just be strong about it and not to let things pull her down again.
    stalkerwrathon May 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's one of those "bad kids" that can't seem to get along with every one else but isn't really a bad person. they tried to talk to the person, friend, bully, kid. but nothing ever works out just right. so they're dealing with it the best they can. though more or less giving up & going home. or maybe the going home is more or less them leaving so the other people can't abuse them. it's a pretty simple context really.
    inkrunneron June 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It's so good!
    Um..I think it might be about a person who was in a bad relationship or something and now they're leaving it all behind. Or rather, they're still moving at their own speed (metaphorically) while the other is "falling far behind".
    While they keep moving on, the other will always be "falling down".
    metalspikes82on January 21, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this is a conversation between a parent(s) and a child. The child wants to establish his (or her) own identity as a person but his parents want to restrict him.

    "Farewell,
    This blackened eye.
    You learned your lessons falling down.
    Far behind, and tracing footsteps home.

    Despite your lack of pride.
    You wore your imperfections well.
    Dignified.
    Spend your time alone.
    Trace your footsteps home."

    The parents are speaking here. The child learned how to act from his parents. Whenever he stepped out of line, he was hurt (blackened eye) and learned his lessons "falling down." He always felt like he couldn't compete with the other kids (far behind) and so he followed in his parents' footsteps so he could be "normal" (tracing footsteps home). Even though he felt like he screwed up, he tried to show that it didn't affect him (despite your lack of pride, you wore your imperfects well, dignified). He feels lonely and like no one understands him, like most teenagers do (spend your time alone), and his parents give up on trying to make him make friends with people he doesn't like.

    "Your hands are always reaching out of favor.
    Your kind are only good for bad behavior.
    Your mouth was never one to trust.
    You're always speaking out,
    Falling far behind,
    Falling out of line."

    The chorus is also in the voice of the parents. They feel like their kid is bad because he doesn't act like the other kids or like the same things they do. Maybe he's gay, maybe he's into art rather than sports, maybe he wants a tattoo. Basically just stereotypical things conservative parents will say about their kids who are different, even though they aren't bad at all.

    "Farewell,
    This bitter tongue.
    You spoke your lessons falling down, talking out,
    And breaking silence.

    Despite the harm you've done,
    You swallowed your rejection well.
    Amplified.
    Sing your song alone.
    Trace your footsteps home."

    The child is finally speaking up for himself now. He’s finally decided not to listen to what his parents have to say about him (farewell, this bitter tongue). He realizes that they’ve done more harm than good to an innocent boy (you spoke your lessons falling down, talking out, and breaking silence). He’s rejected them and decides to shut them out of his life, but they are still smug because they believe their child is going through a phase and that they are right (despite the harm you’ve done, you swallowed your rejection well, amplified). They have no one to control anymore and they remain the same (sing your song alone, trace your footsteps home).
    hundredskieson October 21, 2010   Link

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