"The Shade of Poison Trees" as written by and Christopher Andrew Carrabba....
If you knew
What I know
Would you try?
Before your time
Has run on you
And worn you down

Would you know
What you desire
In your heart?

If you knew
What I know
Would you try?

Is there time?
Is there time?
To follow just one desire?

Is there time?
Is there time
To follow your heart?

Dress your wounds
Test your strength
Face the night

Crave the touch
Feel the pain
Know the signs

Is there truth
In your pain?
You decide

If you knew
What I know
Would you try?

Is there time?
Is there time?
To follow just one desire?

Is there time?
Is there time
To follow your heart?

As we lie
In the shade
Of poison trees

Are we as safe
As we let
Ourselves believe?


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"The Shade of Poison Trees" as written by Christopher Andrew Carrabba

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    General Commenti completely agree with movements; that's EXACTLY it.

    for me, it makes me think of finding who you're meant to be with, or just who you're meant to be. it's like he's saying, if you knew how little time you really had to find someone or just to do the things YOU want to do, would you even try? It takes a lot to actually step up just ONE time to change your life. And it's like coming from a perspective where he's already been through it and he knows all you have to do is follow your heart, but would you, in the shade of poison trees, in the shade of lies and guilt and worry, would we actually overcome it all and ourselves, just to step up and 'follow just one desire'? or do some of us just not have enough time at all...

    The poison trees kind of make me think of just that shell or that wall that people put up...like a tree, they give us shade and protection from harder decisions in life, but at the same time, they're POISON trees; they're not as good for you as you think...they're really hurting you in a way because you're not doing what you know you should be doing to change your life and choose your path.

    I think this is one of the BEST songs ever written by Dashboard Confessional...it's so beautiful and asks such philosophical, frequently-asked-and-considered-but-never-answered questions that i just LOVE thinking about.
    severalwayson October 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song!
    Last line should be "let" instead of "like"
    FTGFon September 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest song on the cd!!! only song that actually gave me what i was expecting
    J-mac21on September 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbest song on the cd!!! only song that actually gave me what i was expecting
    J-mac21on September 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. one of the most beautiful songs I've heard by Dashboard
    Minority464on September 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is perfect chris carrabba. it almost made me cry...gah.
    exactly what i needed.
    it's ending was so abrupt, though!
    severalwayson September 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is by far the best song on the new album. i listened to the entire album and i must say, i was a little disappointed. but this song definitely hits me...however i'm not quite sure what it means...

    this is just my interpretation, but the lyrics seem to suggest that it's about someone who's dying (maybe from a disease such as cancer) and they just found out...now they're wondering, what should i do? do i have time to fulfill everything i wanted to do? anyway that's just my thought

    "if you knew what i know, would you try?" -if you knew that i was dying, and you were in my shoes, what would you do? continue living or give up
    agxxon October 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti agree with agxx on the interpretation!

    my fave song on the album too, others just dont cut it, not enough ballads for my liking.
    wkc247on October 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is all those things people say but only the artists know what it means because they wrote it so if you know how to get ahold of them then ask them and stop making stupid hypothesis
    GuitarHeroChampon October 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song exhibits a question from a deep philosophical perspective. i question myself everyday with what he's asking in this song. there are no answers to any of these questions, it is merely a reflection of the question of life itself. it is our duty in life to question these things ourselves as well as the meaning behind it all, including life.
    movementson October 02, 2007   Link

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