Throw my guitar down on the floor
No one cares what I've got to say anymore
I didn't come here to be damned with faint praise
I'll write my masterpiece some other day
(Fuck everything, fuck me)

I'm repeating myself again
Innovation, I leave to smarter men
Pretty melodies don't fall out of the air for me
I've got to steal them from somewhere
But it doesn't matter what you do
Or how hard you try
Now there's nothing left for me to do except die
When they cut you up
And tell you that it's not going to hurt
But they are not going to stop until they see you go to sleep in the dirt

There'll be no more cigarettes
No more having sex
No more drinking until you fall on the floor
No more indie rock
Just a ticking clock
You have no time for that anymore
You better watch where you run your mouth
Because you know what they'll say to you

They'll say
Your life is over [repeat until end]


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Titus Andronicus song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentSeems like it's about the compromises you have to make being in a band. "I'll write my masterpiece some other day, I'm repeating myself again." He feels like he has nothing new to say, but he has to continue his shtick in order make money, eat, and live the indie rock lifestyle he wants. It's being pragmatic versus being idealistic.
    Fulkeon February 25, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIwantobeahorse
    iwantobeahorseon June 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about a the singer quiting his art, and how the idea of quiting fills him with dread and leaves his life empty
    "Throw my guitar down on the floor
    No one cares what I've got to say anymore
    I didn't come here to be damned with faint praise
    I'll write my masterpiece some other day" this is about him quiting
    "There'll be no more cigarettes
    No more having sex
    No more drinking until you fall on the floor
    No more indie rock"
    this is about how quiting his art is also quiting his lifestlye.
    "They'll say
    Your life is over [repeat until end]"
    now this line is harder as it could be his former band mates and friends telling him that leaving the band means his life is over or perhaps it is just his own opinion of leaving his art, he saying that his art is his entire life.
    a great song by a great band
    AKAnathanon December 17, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe lines
    "When they cut you up
    And tell you that it's not going to hurt
    But they are not going to stop until they see you go to sleep in the dirt"

    is probably a reference to the Tragedy of Titus Andronicus
    rezeew11on October 23, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General Comment
    Anyone who seriously tries to dissect this song gets a swift kick in the balls.
    muteoffon January 30, 2009   Link

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