"The Scene And Herd" as written by and Matthew Arnold Thiessen....
So here it is, it's just me.
A different drummer, but the same old thing.
It seems like everything is gonna be just fine.
Cause I'm having a good time.

As long as I'm staying true to myself,
Then how it is is something I can sell.
And I can sleep at night without your help, It's fine.
Cause I'm having a good time. OH!

The Scene and Herd seem to make it all just a little bit worse
And I don't wanna go down that road, Oh no, no, no.

The Scene and Herd.
I'll be the first to tell you I'm worse,
But I don't wanna go down that road. oh, no.

And I'm sorrowed that you probably magically got this song for free.
(Ha) I'm not sure if it bothers me it seems fine,
Cause I'm having a good time.

And the path I take to validate,
Everything I do means everything I create is
Knocking on the door of everything I hate, I'll decline.
Cause I'm having a good time. Whoa!

The Scene and Herd seem to make it all just a little bit worse
And I don't wanna go down that road, Oh no, no, no.

The Scene and Herd.
I'll be the first to tell you I'm worse,
But I don't wanna go down that road. oh, no.

No, No, No, No, No.
No, No, No, No, No.

Well everyone's got something on their mind,
And this is my thought, I'm just pressing time.
I'm gonna say what I want, it might not be what you want to hear.
Oh, Oh, Oh.

The Scene and Herd block out the sun like a flock of birds
And I don't wanna go. I don't wanna go.


Lyrics submitted by Brit0tany4, edited by Skoobasteve24

"The Scene and Herd" as written by Matthew Thiessen

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    General Commentactually... i think this song is about selling out.
    he's responding to the criticism that Relient K's been getting.

    the first verse is talking about how even though there's been some changes in the past years they're still the same people and they're still trying to do the same thing's they've been doing.

    and then the chorus is talking about the "scene and herd" or the mainstream radio and how he doesn't want to "go down that road" because it "seems to make it all a little bit worse."

    then the third verse is again response to criticism and stating that it doesn't matter whether people respect them enough to buy their songs. it just matters that they're "having a good time"

    and the bridge... it's a bit of a disclaimer saying "well, i just had to get this off my chest. sorry if it's not something you'd like to hear." and then it elaborates on the "scene and herd" analogy.

    haha that was a long post. thanks for your time :)
    chowderheadon June 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is basically my new favorite Relient K song. can't wait until the new cd comes out. so catchy. I'm kind of dead to what it means though.
    Puffcoaton June 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think it has to do with their new drummer. dave diouglas left in october 2007. so i think this is the first song on their new upcoming album introducing the new drummer.
    "A different drummer but the same old beat."
    whahahon June 03, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think it has to do with their new drummer. dave douglas left in october 2007. so i think this is the first song on their new upcoming album introducing the new drummer.
    "A different drummer but the same old beat."
    whahahon June 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think Chowderhead is right- I don't know about Relient K getting any criticism- but the more I think about it the more it seems that this is a song about the mainstream radio "scene" and the "herd" of mainstream artists; and how it can be hard to be Christian.

    But he can "sleep at night without [their] help." I think he means that they don't care if people look down on them for being Christians.

    And the part from "if the path I take..." to "I'll decline" sounds to me like he's saying it's hard to resist the pressure to fit into the mainstream sex drugs and rock and roll scene, but he realizes that in order to really fit in they'd have to compromise their morals.

    And he's not saying that they think they're better than everyone else, because "I'll be the first to tell you I'm worse" they just don't want to compromise- "go down that road."

    Well, there's my interpretation- but I wish that I could see inside Thiessen's head sometimes. (o:
    MAugustinePon June 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe scene and herd is a christian website you know aswell haha.

    yeah i agree with chowderhead.
    localtoastTMon June 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI bought this CD a few days ago and the fourth line is actually "Then out isn't something I can sell" the "path I take to validate" part is correct.
    CLUe421on June 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all, I'd like to say good for Matty T. Secondly I'd like to take my own shameless attempt at understanding this song.

    I *sort of* agree with MAugustineP and Chowderhead. But I think it's actually somewhat of a reverse. The band when they went mainstream got a lot of crap from CHRISTIANS for selling out. I remember being at Creation West just after they had an album hit the mainstream and they were thanking the crowd that was present for still supporting them because they'd been really down about how people were claiming they were rejecting the Christian market, and selling out, etc.

    Also I think "the road" that he/they don't want to go down is simply further down the road of analysis and speculation of if they are better/worse so long as they're staying true to themselves and having a good time.

    Essentially it's a response to people trying to critique them simply by saying they're getting worse, ot that they're selling out. Paying attention to the scene and herd seem to make it all a little bit worse, so he/they aren't going to, cause they're having a good time. And because each individual person is they're own worst critic he says "I'll be the first to tell you I’m worse. " But again, that's not what he wants to focus on, because he's having a good time so
    "but I don't wanna go down that road." he's not going to focus on it, he's not going to go down that road.
    newlove_oldfaithon July 07, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"It's about doin stuff that you like,
    not doin stuff thta everybody else is doin
    yea.
    Just like us. Ha."

    Quoted by Matt T. Warped Tour 2008 San Francisco
    neoluke5on July 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree, they got a lot of crap for becoming mainstream, and I'm even guilty for getting a little weirded out when i saw that they had moved from, "christian" section to "rock" section...It just seemed bizarre to me, but i gained a lot of respect back for them after this song, and it has got to be hard--but I think the song explains its self pretty well. they're still the same people, time has just moved on. they still have the same goal, they just have the honor of giving to a more mainstream audience, the best part about it is that they're doing what they love, they don't really have an agenda...it just comes naturally through their lyrical form.
    JeanieFrancison July 28, 2008   Link

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