"In Vein" as written by and Matt Skiba Daniel Andriano....
My point of reference makes me afraid to begin convincing
But you might as well just change your name
'Cause I only recognize this shadow
Kinda blackened superhero with nobody's best interests in mind

Now there's blood in the water, that heart bleeds from this stone here
And we turned into our cheap wine
And I swallowed every drop, yes, I could feel my stomach rot
And you were so supportive as I drank through the pain

[Chorus: ]
You recognize this shape, it's the back of your hand. (Whoa-oh whoa-oh [x2])
You placed it on my face here again, and again, yeah. (Whoa-oh whoa-oh [x2])
And I don't wanna be the one who takes this place, in vein

Dove off that east side platform, jack-knifed a bone dry floor
One broken ankle save my name
And this eraser burn, I dig in deep at every turn
It keeps getting darker and the fear stays the same

[Chorus: ]

(Whoa-oh whoa-oh, Whoa-oh whoa-oh oh [x2])

I don't wanna take, I don't wanna take this place, no
I don't want to take, I don't wanna take this place, no
No-oh, no-oh. I don't wanna take this place, no
No-oh, no-oh. I don't wanna take this place, no

[Chorus: ]


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"In Vein" as written by Derek Grant Daniel Andriano

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    General CommentI think the lyrics at the beginning are...

    "My point of reference
    Makes me afraid to begin convincing
    But you might as well just change your name
    Cuz I only recognize a shadow.
    Can I be like a superhero,
    With nobody's best interests in mind?
    Now there's blood in the water
    That I squeeze from this stone here
    And we turned into our cheap wine
    And I swallowed every drop
    Yes I could feel my stomach rot
    And you were so supportive as I drank through the pain."

    I think the song is about an abusive relationship, and how all attempts to make it work were "in vein."
    alkalinetrio59on April 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah i dont really like the woah woahs, its all a bit AFI :/
    kab182on April 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbut otherwise its pretty good. Nice to see the good old alk3 dark lyrics :)
    kab182on April 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song
    but i have no idea what it means, any ideas?
    madzieroxon April 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNow that I see the lyrics I dont think it is this but
    I used to think it was about a heroin addict
    Because when their shooting up (Its not In VAIN its In VEIN) they usually have the front of their hands facing themselves, they wouldnt recognize the back of their hand cuz their always shooting up, but the rest of the song makes no sense in that meaning
    Brendonsohon April 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan I blank a superhero?

    Should be:

    Kind of like a Superhero


    That bleeds from this stone here

    Shold be:

    That I squeeze from this stone here.
    TheSoothsayeron April 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commentas for the blood|stone|water image:

    to "get blood from a stone" means to do the impossible.

    "like getting blood from a stone" some one really doubts the possibility of some thing happening they might say "that would be like getting blood from a stone" as in impossible-very difficult.
    laurelinwyntreon April 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood old alk3 dark lyrics?

    a) the lyrics on crimson are pretty dark, b) the lyrics on this song aren't that dark really
    chris-jerichoon April 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis sounds like it is refering to heroin,In Vein
    EchoParkon April 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim hearing the 'whoa' thing being done a bit too much nowadays... the beginning and chorus parts remind me of a.. *cringe* fallout boy song... I have a feeling it will take a bit of getting used to this album when the full thing comes out..
    alk3civichateron April 26, 2008   Link

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