Dead songs are drowning out voices of compassion with a sigh
“Alright?” Alright.
Deadlines are winding down
Fatal clocks keep ticking off dead time

Nothing hurts, nothing moves, nothing stays (No one hopes and no one dreams)
Nothing matters when the dead songs play (Reject the death)
When all the color fades away, the world is black and white

Dead breath from TV sets fill the empty houses with a dead white light
It’s no surprise
Dead checks, dead sex, dead cigarettes flood the ambulance in the dead of night
Alright? Alright.

Nothing hurts, nothing moves, nothing stays (No one hopes and no one dreams)
Nothing matters when the dead songs play (Reject the death)
When all the color fades away, the world is black and white

There’s a dead song on the audio tape
The strongest magnet couldn’t wipe away
Singing, “It’s alright” but it’s not alright
Then: pin-pricks on the back of your neck
A little voice inside you says, “When you hear dead songs don’t sing along – let it die.”
Lift your small voices up and we’ll stitch these cries into a choir
Our lonely notes form chords that the orchestra just can’t divide.
Alright?


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  • +1
    General CommentI was at the TLA in Philly on sunday and Geoff said that this song was about all the bullshit that's fed to us by turning on the television set and being told what to believe in and all to fear.

    Another great song by a great band.
    infmoeon November 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe song is about shitty commercialized songs that the media jams down our throats. It is about songs with no feeling, but they're written to make a 'hit' Hence, they are 'dead' songs.

    That is what he said at the TLA Sunday night as well.
    j42justinon November 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think its about how we're all just walking around only half alive, just dragging ourselves to work and hating it, sitting and watching tv even though there's "nothing on", stuffing ourselves with lots of food that tastes disgusting just because its there, being bored with everybody we're around, etc.

    "Dead breath from TV sets fill the empty houses with a dead white light
    It’s no surprise
    Dead checks, dead sex, dead cigarettes flood the ambulance in the dead of night"
    jjgirl23on November 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdead songs are drowning out voices of compasion with a sigh
    people who just want you to be like them are blocking out people who really care for you.

    no one sleeps (its supposed to be no one hopes) and no one dreams
    nobody has feelings of their own

    when all the colour fades away the world is black and white
    everything becomes thrown into two catagorys once people stop being s\who they are

    Dead breath from TV sets fill the empty houses with a dead white light
    kids are raised by the tv sets and the things on them arent real theirs no such thing as a reaality show

    There’s a dead song on the audio tape
    The strongest magnet couldn’t wipe away
    there will always be people who arent always going to be real

    Singing, “It’s alright” but it’s not alright
    the popular feeling is not the right one its fake

    A little voice inside you says, “When you hear dead songs don’t sing along – let it die.”
    dont do what the popular culture says to just leave it to fade away

    Lift your small voices up and we’ll stitch these cries into a choir
    Our lonely notes form chords that the orchestra just can’t divide.
    even though youre one person make a differance and say what you feel and you cant be taken down


    another meaning i found is music related: about how music is just numb and nobody feels that way and cant relate
    disaster711on November 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have a video of them playing this song in Troy, New York on November 3rd (here's the link: youtube.com/…) and this is what Geoff said during its introduction:

    "We're going to play a new one...it's about false culture. Don't believe people when they tell you what you're supposed to like, 'cause all the shit that's out there that's mass-produced and pushed down your throats is usually garbage. Speak for yourself. This one's called Dead Songs."
    Lanimilbuson November 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, there isn't much to add to what has already been said. Awesome song.
    thew728on December 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Ah, my dead songs , the songs I might have sung!
    What alien service claimed my faithless tongue?"

    -from the poem 'unsung' by Julia P. Boynton
    laurelinwyntreon March 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like it whenever he says "alright."
    sounds cool
    777theformaldanon November 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think jjgirl23, j42justin and infmoe are all correct. This song is not just about the dead, mass produced garbage the media forces on us but also about all the other shit they do that gives us a shitty, emotionless, passionless existence filled with food that tastes like shit and is terrible for us, passionless sex resulting from are perpetual state of apathy and of course dumb, boring television and advertisements that tells us what to like and what to wear etc. In this song we can see that the legendary punk band Refused(if you haven't heard of them check them out) not only influenced there music but there philosophy and politics as well.
    Aenema91on September 06, 2010   Link

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