Take a look and see for yourself what makes a man a man.
And I, I will stare back to the life I left
Maybe you won't forget who I am

Wake in the middle of the night, just don't believe everything's all right.
When these thoughts are running around your head.
So you lay still; you don't really want to say good-bye
So you just head down the stairs that lead you out
The sound of silence is as loud as a gunshot

'Forgive me' were the only words they read on the note you left

Singing oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh

I can't find anyway out, I can't find anyway out

Oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh

I can't find anyway out, I can't find any way out.

I wish I could live where the sea meets the land,
The ocean and I would be the best of friends.

And I'd make her my own; I would float in her waves.
She would sing me to sleep as she carried me away.
Won't you carry me away, oh please carry me away.
Ocean carry me away. You're my better half.

Singing oh oh oh, oh oh oh

I can't find any way out, I can't find any way out

Oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh

I can't find any way out, I can't find any way out

I don't really want to sing anymore, there's got to be something I can live for
so just don't find anyway out, show me the way out, I can't find any way out

Everyday is just another regret its time for me to give it a rest,
and find anyway out, I can't find anyway out.

And look and see for yourself, what makes a man a man


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    General CommentThis is about a man whose wife kills herself.
    "Forgive me, you are the only one" is actually
    "'Forgive me' were the only words they read on the note you left".

    The song is about how this man is trying to live without his wife
    "I don’t really want to sing anymore, there’s got to be something I can live for"

    I think "what makes a man a man" talks about even though his life seems meaningless, he isn't going to take the easy way out.
    TheManipulatoron October 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think TheManipulator is correct with the suicide reference

    "The sound of silence is as loud as a gunshot" referring to the fact that she killed herself quietly (drugs, etc..) but but the significance of the silence might as well rang out like a gun shot...

    then the "'Forgive me' were the only words they read on the note you left". is obviously the suicide note...

    He now has nothing to live for and wants to die... floating away on the ocean is a way of giving up and surrendering to his emotions and let everything go...

    What makes a man a man is dealing with your life and the circumstances around it... no matter how difficult and hopeless everything feels.
    quiveron January 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. i think it's about feeling lost since his girlfriend/wife has left him.
    i think the title means what he makes out of himself to be after the whole dilemna.
    some of the lyrics above are wrong.
    evel121on October 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe's trapped in a rut with someone he cant learn to appreciate, so he spends his time dreaming about someone else.

    easily one of the best cuts off of the new album.
    extremely emotional, almost reminds me of "win win situation"
    dprfxcon October 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat parts are wrong? i listened the best i could but i know i did miss a couple things. help is appreciated.
    j0hn0bon October 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti miss the old emery.
    Greenbean713on October 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is about a man whose wife kills herself.
    "Forgive me, you are the only one" is actually
    "'Forgive me' were the only words they read on the note you left".

    The song is about how this man is trying to live without his wife
    "I don’t really want to sing anymore, there’s got to be something I can live for"

    I think "what makes a man a man" talks about even though his life seems meaningless, he isn't going to take the easy way out.
    TheManipulatoron October 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about a one night stand.

    And it's late, so you don't really want to say goodbye,
    so you just head down the stairs that lead you out.
    The sound of silence is as loud as a gunshot.
    "Forgive me" were the only words they read on the note you left.

    He doesn't bother to wake her up because he feels so bad about what has happened. And (not to be sexist) that's what makes a man a man.
    Miki-Kiwaon December 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI partly agree with several of the comments already left. I think he's stuck, he's trying to appreciate someone who he can't. But also escaping by having meaningless flings. None of it means much to him anymore though he wishes it did. To say "take a look and see what makes a man a man" is, I think, a little sarcastic, kind of saying "i'm no man, i'm just a coward."
    whennitecomesdwnon January 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think TheManipulator is correct with the suicide reference

    "The sound of silence is as loud as a gunshot" referring to the fact that she killed herself quietly (drugs, etc..) but but the significance of the silence might as well rang out like a gun shot...

    then the "'Forgive me' were the only words they read on the note you left". is obviously the suicide note...

    He now has nothing to live for and wants to die... floating away on the ocean is a way of giving up and surrendering to his emotions and let everything go...

    What makes a man a man is dealing with your life and the circumstances around it... no matter how difficult and hopeless everything feels.
    quiveron January 29, 2008   Link

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