Would you be upset if I told you we were dying?
And every cure they gave us was a lie?

Oh! They mean it when they say we're dead and doomed
And every single symptom brings us closer to the tomb
And who will take the credit for our swift impending fall
Because it's not my fault.

Would you be impressed if I said that the dead would help us counting
Every single moment that we waste our time?
All the time we're spending vaccinating this disease
I just get dizzy when I think of all the ways we try to hide our maladies
WE wine, WE dine, and everything is fine
Because it's not my fault.

Not you're upset because you finally got the notion
That everything you had is spinning down the drain
Oh! Do you mean it when you beg and pray and plead?
You're "Giveittomegiveittomegiveittomegiveittome, all those things we need"
And what, pray tell, will you whimper when your number will be called?
You'll say "It's not my fault"

Go!
Now!
The others they'll await you!
And every single one among the lot of you will have your turn,
Ai, Ai, Ai, Oh, Oh, OH!
Like moths that fly into the flame it always ends up so...
You scream: "Not me! Take anybody else! -Because it's not my fault!"

I had a dream last night where everyone was trying,
Subconsciously I knew it was a LIE

And when I woke I knew it was time to pray,
To make amends before the end, before my judgment day.
I looked around, I stood alone, I knew what I had to say

I said "It's all my fault!"



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    General CommentI think this song talks about how we as a society recognize that things aren't right in the world but we just sort of live with it because we all say "it's not my fault" until it's too late.
    SteelKangarooon October 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIs this an answer to Keasbey Nights and Point/Counterpoint? maybe those songs were cryptic descriptions of what this song is headed towards. a more general and societal loss of purpose as opposed to the sole man with a gun and vest.

    And what, pray tell, will you whimper when your NUMBER WILL BE CALLED?
    You'll say "It's not my fault"

    idk. i was hoping track three would carry the story and sing along. but maybe it does.
    moonxstomperon October 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's definitely an interesting possibility.

    This is a continuation of the death theme again, thankfully without being morbid. Simply, we're kind of dying as soon as we're born so live it whilst you can. Every cure given and found lengthens life but immortality is a lie: which seems to be what every human aims for.

    But here's a thing we can't cure by medicine. The song describes a situation of a judgement day where everyone fails the test with the wrong answer. We live for lust and need (and usually for shit we don't need but just think we do) so what will we do when the time comes when we can't? When a disaster happens, everyone'll blame each other for all the crap humans have created and started and deny all contribution to it as we undoubtedly will. However thats not true, we've all contributed to it some way or another. Either by directly/consciously doing it, turning away, being hypocrites, or simply by doing absolutely nothing.

    He dreams the lines of people trying to avoid the call and judgement (the guilty consciences) with those placed in front of the judging awaiting their turn. Waking up, he alone realises the right answer and what he has to do.
    --Angela.
    confluenceon October 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHaving listened to the entire album many times, I think that Tom is giving us his view on religion at this point in time.
    Mephisto's is sort of like an atheist's anthem, and forty days gives me a little bit of a "there really isn't a god" feeling, as do the other songs.
    This song, though, I think Tom's talking about how so many people devote their life to cleansing themselves of sin, instead of focusing on life itself (a theme also in We Will Fall Together, saying we're too obsessed with the afterlife and the dead, while we're not even there yet). The "disease" is sin and religious impurity, and the "vaccinating" is our solid societal belief in a "higher power" that we don't even know truly exists. "Trying to hide our maladies" I think is us as humans denying we sin and trying to stay ultimately "pure" so we can live eternally in the afterlife.
    I pretty much think the entire album is Tom calling out the existence of god and all religion. Maybe he's another anguished soul that's just really pissed off?
    Again, just another take on it. We can never be positive unless it comes from the genius's mouth itself.

    -Andrew
    a_lenecon October 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me alot of Hell by the Squirrel Nut Zippers. I know Tom cites them as a big influence. just pointing that out. even tho they sort of have conflicting messages. idk
    TomPowers724on October 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthese guys were amazing in concert, again. only played half the new cd, but when can they fail live? good shit... the bands before them weren't very good though =/
    MaianMaguson November 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think part of this song is focused on how people try to cover up their illnesses, their flaws, and try to make their life perfect...but only for themselves. They'll pray for themselves and for things others may "need", but they are too self-absorbed, that on Judgment Day, or even their own fall, they will claim they've done nothing wrong and don't deserve what is happening to them and will be quick to blame someone else...sort of a final bad move as well.
    cupcakeroboton November 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhat i get from this song is he's talking about how much time we waste doing meaningless things that dont improve ourselves. and then we try and fix the little things that are wrong in our lives but we dont realize they are caused by a much bigger problem which is our own ignorance.
    another thing i notice is how people never take any sort of responsibility for their actions. they always need the blame to fall on someone else. it is a disgusting habit that is plauging our society. and that, i think, is why at the end he steps up and takes the fall, takes the blame for whatever wrongs he has done. which unfortunately is too rare a practice these days.

    long live streetlight.
    jayrudeon November 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentas i commented under "we will fall together" i think people associate these songs too directly to religion. it seems to me that it is much more about the reality of death, and realizing too late, that you have been placing that reality too much on others shoulders. when a non-smoker sees another non-smoker die of lung cancer they blame the smokers, and the second hand smoke, rather than that persons apparent inability to walk away when someone was smoking a cigarette, and in many ways when something like that happens to us, we do the same thing. we blame the truck driver who hits the kid, rather than the parent who let the kid play in the street, and faulty parachute gets the blame when the skydiver dies, on his 40th plunge. its not about whos to blame, because in the end the only person you can blame for your problems is yourself. you have to be willing to accept the possibilities that come with your descisions when you make them, and take the blame when they turn out to be wrong. its something we all live with, and while religion can fit into one of those choices, and may appear to be the main focus of a song, that doesnt make it the ONLY point being made. kalnoky is too good a song writer for the focus of an entire album to be one simple concept re-written ten different ways from ten different view points, when one would do. i think he would rather people take a broad picture of these ideas than to bicker amongst themselves on the religious implications.
    majorpayne401on November 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI gather two meanings out of this song. One is about how no matter how many times we cure our diseases, we will still eventually die. However, I think that this extends beyond its literal meaning. The booklet describes the song as "a big ol' metaphor involving disease and responsibility."

    Also, I think the last verse offers a different viewpoint on religion than some of the other songs; getting to heaven through confessions of sins is an aspect of Christianity.

    The instruments at end of track #2 sound to me like they're dying. Then, at the beginning of track #3, the brief instrumental intro gives me sort of an "it's still alive" or "coming back to life" impression. I'm not sure if this was intentional. It's just the way it sounds to me.
    RoadTripWeston December 01, 2007   Link

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