"Volcanoes" as written by and Matthew Fredrick Robert Good....
I know the place
But it's all erased
You can't rectify me

You walk and you talk
Like it's nothing at all
But it can't rectify me

I know your name
For us it's the same
But it's nothing to me

Ya, I know the place
Where I fell; you've fallen
It's so tiring

Oh, never mind me

Going to find me a volcano that's all mine
Going to buy me a ladder I can't climb
Fall in love with a woman I can't find
Going to find me a volcano that's all mine

Well it's all in here
The wiring's weird
It's volcanoes I'm looking for
I was born to dive

I know the place
But it's all erased
You can't rectify me

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    General CommentMy favorite off the new album. So epic sounding.
    jbuck614on October 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song sounds even better live.

    As for it's meaning... I think, like many MG songs, it's up for discussion and everyone may find a different meaning from it.
    Kohut11on November 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is about struggling to find a partner in life. After a while it feels hopeless.

    He compares the feat of finding someone or making a relationship work to climbing a mountain (volcano) and the act of the relationship itself and "opening up" to the other person as diving into it. "Born to dive" shows his propensity to take risks and trust and open up to people, and how it inevitably backfires.

    Amazing song!
    brycej3on April 23, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI've always found that this song was about optimism in the face of unbeatable odds. To keep your own thoughts ahead of others on how to live your life and make your own choices, even if that choice leads to you jumping into a volcano...at least it will be a volcano of your choosing. Don't let anyone take responsibility for your brain and your actions, they are yours to control. Even when your head seems messed up (the wirings weird), even when you feel like it is your destiny to jump into one (born to dive), still better make sure it's on your terms.
    Sekthruthon July 09, 2014   Link

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