"Backdraft" as written by Edward Carrington Breckenridge, James Riley Breckenridge, Dustin Michael Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi....
Leave me here and lock the door
latch the windows, lose the key
But you'll be back some day
What else then is TRUE LOVE for
if not to starve and wait for spring
So I'll just sit and wait

Oh, swing the door wide open
show me your jaded eyes
I will turn them red
drunk with vivid flame
You will see again,
and you will learn your real name and speak it
when your whole world turns to fire

Leave me with no air to breathe
leave me here to die alone
But I won't suffocate
I'll have everything I need
when you forget and come back home
so I'll just sit and wait


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"Backdraft" as written by Edward Carrington Breckenridge Dustin Michael Kensrue

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    General CommentAlright, what immediately struck me was a thought of the Rapture. I'm not sure that this is the meaning, but a LOT of their songs have Biblical meanings or references, so it very well could be.

    "Leave me here and lock the door;
    latch the windows, lose the key.
    But you'll be back some day.
    What else then is TRUE LOVE for,
    if not to starve and wait for spring?
    So I'll just sit and wait."

    Jesus left his followers here and commanded them to wait for him. After this, the period of direct revelation from God/heaven ended. No more prophets, no more booming voice of God, no more signs. Just faith. Christians are sitting around and waiting for Jesus to come back and take them with him in the Rapture, and this goes along perfectly with this excerpt.

    "when your whole world turns to fire.
    Leave me with no air to breathe;
    leave me here to die alone.
    But I won't suffocate.
    I'll have everything I need,
    when you forget and come back home;
    so I'll just sit and wait. "

    Well, keeping with the subject of the apocalypse, in the end times there will be a tribulation, a period during which followers of God are persecuted. This piece talks about him suffering, but insisting that he has what is necessary (salvation?) and will continue to wait.

    Now I'm not saying that the end times are the only thing that this song alludes to, but that's what smacked me in the face when I heard it.
    mai3173on November 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCurrently my favorite song in Fire. I would like to see more interpretations of this song. Here is mine

    Leave me here and lock the door;
    latch the windows, lose the key.

    The first two lines show a progressive abandonment to locking up, with the window being closed preventing whatever is inside from communicating and breathing out. This also is exactly how a backdraft occurs being starved of air/oxygen.

    But you'll be back some day.
    What else then is TRUE LOVE for,
    if not to starve and wait for spring?
    So I'll just sit and wait.

    True love is definitely a reference to the love that comes from God/Jesus (Moving Mountains confirms this). Starving is a necessary precursor to an explosive growth in spring just like a fire needs to starve before a backdraft can occur. The inherent attraction a person has to God/truth causes people to come back, so I think the listener may be mislead to think Thrice wants a person to starve for God. This spiritual feast and famine cycle is a mistake people make.

    Oh, swing the door wide open;
    show me your jaded eyes.
    I will turn them red,
    drunk with vivid flame.
    You will see again,
    and you will learn your real name and speak it.

    The person that lost the God in life is consumed by the backdraft in an overwhelming dose of fire that turns the person drunk on truth/faith. The person learns their real purpose/truth in life, but just as soon as this happens..

    Leave me with no air to breathe;
    leave me here to die alone.
    But I won't suffocate.
    I'll have everything I need,
    when you forget and come back home;
    so I'll just sit and wait.

    the person leaves truth. Here the person trys again to suffocate God but in reality he/she is suffocating themselves by locking God out of their lives. Truth/God doesn't suffocate because it doesn't burn air to make a flame but creates it by having a relationship with the human spirit/soul. Still God is patient and will wait for us and try again. Instead of maintaining a constant flame that God gives us the person is satisfied with his overwhelming experience, and thinks he/she understands truth.

    When your whole world turns to fire.

    This last line represents the anti-fire of the original lines. Its the destructive fire of the world's evils. Evil's fire burns us from the outside while God's is an internal positive strength. The backdraft concept shows a cycle of people falling in love with God but then leaving soon after because they think they understand. A backdraft is a dangerous event and being "drunk" is an overwhelming feeling that is also dangerous.
    szclimberon March 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI have a problem with people saying thrice is using spiritual things like this as "Jesus" or Christian references.

    Don't get me wrong, I know that's what he is doing. But one thing I really like about Thrice is that they keep stuff like this ambiguous in the sense it could be pegged to almost any religion or spiritual/personal belief. Even Atheism (someone leaves behind a good part of themselves, only to come back and realize they were bad or had no significant attempt at helping humanity).

    I am personally a Muslim, and this song fits just as perfectly for me as it would for a Christian if he was referring to God as the narrator.
    mofoapooon July 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'll fling the doors wide open,
    show me your jaded eyes...
    ckalelkon October 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFrom lyric book.

    Leave me here and lock the door;
    latch the windows, lose the key.
    But you'll be back some day.
    What else then is TRUE LOVE for,
    if not to starve and wait for spring?
    So I'll just sit and wait.
    Oh, swing the door wide open;
    show me your jaded eyes.
    I will turn them red,
    drunk with vivid flame.
    You will see again,
    and you will learn your real name and speak it,
    when your whole world turns to fire.
    Leave me with no air to breathe;
    leave me here to die alone.
    But I won't suffocate.
    I'll have everything I need,
    when you forget and come back home;
    so I'll just sit and wait.
    WinterKisson October 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song's about showing someone that there is a darker world out there. Dustin is the person who reveals this bad news to his listeners who then become angry at the world (He "swings the door wide open" and turns their "jaded" eyes "red" with flame.)

    I think Dustin says
    "I'll have everything I need,
    when you forget and come back home;
    so I'll just sit and wait."
    to indicate that his listeners will eventually forget that the world is awful so that they can go back to living "happy" lives. I think Dustin "sits and waits" to show that he is only a man and that he can't change the world by himself. The world must work together in order to change this dark world into a more brighter one.
    Ruttikerson October 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIn a very literal sense it's awesome how this song musically and lyrically is referring to backdraft. The creepy intro sounds just like fire is waiting to be re-introduced to the oxygen and explodes in the chorus "oh swing the door wide open"! I have yet to find a personal meaning though haha. i think this albums lyrics are much more ambiguous
    dannynat88on October 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIn a very literal sense it's awesome how this song musically and lyrically is referring to backdraft. The creepy intro sounds just like fire is waiting to be re-introduced to the oxygen and explodes in the chorus "oh swing the door wide open"! I have yet to find a personal meaning though haha. i think this albums lyrics are much more ambiguous
    dannynat88on October 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWow... that makes so much sense than what I was thinking, mai3173! I had a hard time with this song. I like how the verses are sung, almost like a faraway call. And then when he says "oh swing the door wide open", it gets louder... sorry for pointing out the obvious it's just one really nice song..
    BrittleWingson November 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think there is definitely a spiritual element to this. I think the narrator in this song is God/Jesus and he is addressing a sinful person who puts Christ away hoping He will go away and vanish and leave the person free to do what they want. Eventually that other person comes back when he/she realizes the truth and their need for God.

    Revelation 2:17
    "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it."
    johnielsen08on January 15, 2008   Link

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