Tell the world how I'll miss it's small atmosphere,
and wonder how it will evolve,
how it rose and it broke won't be trivial,
stay on your feet in your hole.

Mr. Four Eyes
please remember
we still hold you dear
Mr. Young man
blonde haired stranger
what separates brings us closer.

Let us announce that it's dark on the holidays,
and the morphine blurts out little chunks,
Don't let us know if your skin starts to turn too cold,
one nap and then...

Mr. Veteran
please remember
i tried to revive your breathe
Mrs. undone
what is upstairs?
steps but no banister.

Salts deprived from the eyes,
without patience and a foothold to grip,
I'll be the next in line.
Have a rope,
but nonetheless,
if it's burning while I'm rising,
it could only be the second best.

So if there is not but a last thing we're adding on,
it's seems neglected with rods,
I think I'll stay up,
for I'd swear i just heard your voice,
maybe it's just something in the air.

(please)
carry on
(don't)
carry on




Lyrics submitted by Codfish

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    General CommentI think this song is about a dying WWII veteran. In the first part, he is saying how he will miss the world, and wonder what things will happen after he is gone. the "Stay on your feet in your hole" could refer to a foxhole or a grave.
    In the first chorus, Mr. Four Eyes is the veteran,( he is old and needs glasses). The speaker (family? old war buddy?) is saying that he/she still loves and/or cares for him. The Young blonde haired stranger could maybe be a german soldier, because the whole Aryan race thing. The narrator is saying how their differences make them closer.
    The next part, i think, gives away that it is about WWII. the"dark on the holidays" refers to the fact that the war did not end by Christmas, as most people thought it would. "Morphine blurts out little chunks" means its very cold, so maybe this is int he Arden Forest. People dont want to know if your freezing to death, they just want you to do your job and fight. "One nap and then.." means if you nap, you will probably die of the cold.
    In the next chorus, it refers to the man as Mr. Veteran. The speaker is saying how it tried to save his life, (maybe old war friend?) Honestly, i dont know what the "Mrs. Undone" part means.
    "Salts deprived from the eyes", could possibly mean that the speaker has cried all he could (salty tears), and without "patience and a foothold to grip", he'll be the next in line to die. He has a rope, (he can kill himself if he wants to). This next part I'm a little shakey on. "If its burning while im rising" could mean that if something exploded and killed him (rising as in going to heaven), it could only be the second best way to die.
    The last verse is basically about the narrator saying he thinks he heard the dead mans voice, but he tells himself its nothing. The carry on part is what he thinks he heard the dead man say.
    My theory is definitely shaky in some parts, but i think that WWII is the basic gist of the song. But who knows...FTM songs can be interpreted in many ways and i could be way off base. :D
    Codfishon February 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Cod for the most part, but the lyrics "Mrs. Unknown what is upstairs? Steps but no banister" refers to war insanity suffered by military wives (and war veterans alike). Basically, "upstairs" is a common allusion to the mind, and steps but no banister means that there's a lot there, but no borders, which could mean insanity.
    orphaeus99on August 06, 2009   Link

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