"Loser" as written by and Shaant Timothy/czum Hacikyan....
A loser can win
Whenever they want to
All that they gotta, gotta do
Is bring you down (bring you down)
Is bring you down

A loser can win
Whenever they want to
All that they gotta, gotta do
Is bring you down (bring you down)
Is bring you down

I've read of a man up in a room
Who can control everything I do
But what do I know/What do I know?
And if the story of the man isn't true
Then tell me what I should do
Should I take off the blindfold?
Or do what I'm told?

A loser can win
Whenever they want to
All that they gotta, gotta do
Is bring you down (bring you down)
Is bring you down

Is morality real to me
Can I believe in what I cannot see
Oh no, I will not be sold
The world has this ability
To make a life of sin look sweet
Oh no, this can't be complete, oh no

But we'll never know, about the life I chose
I won't believe, I won't be so naive, until I go
Yeah we'll never know 'til these eyes close (Repeat 2X)

A loser can win
Whenever they want to
All that they gotta, gotta do
Is bring you down (bring you down)
Is bring you down

I've read of a man up in a room


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"Loser" as written by David Andrew Melillo Dave Melillo

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    General Commenttheatreandbutterrox:
    no, shaants almost making fun of people who believe in god. not in a cruel way, but he's just saying how can anyone be certain. i think he put the Our Father in the beginning as irony.
    "I read of a man up in a room
    Who can control everything I do
    But what do I know?
    What do I know?
    And if the story of the man isn't true
    Then tell me what I should do
    Should I take off the blindfold?
    Or do what I'm told?"

    i think this songs has a lot to do with uncertainty. he goes back and forth questioning faith and god. and i think ftskatelyn explained it pretty well. but i think he's basically saying to make up your own mind, find your own truth:
    "But we'll never know about the life I chose
    I won't believe
    I won't be so naïve until I go
    Yeah, we'll never know till these eyes close"

    anyways, this is my favorite song off the album. which is kind of ironic since i'm catholic, but regardless i really like it. it's kind of controversial, same with hollywood.
    em_ilyon August 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationwell the "loser can win whenever he wants to"
    means you might consider someone a loser
    but they win or beat you if they bring you down
    or influence you negatively.

    i think the verses are satyrical,
    they arent all meant to be taken literally,
    but meant to make you think about religion and morality

    "A read it, a man, up in a room
    Can't control everything I do
    But what do I know?
    What do I know?
    And if the story of the man isn't true
    Then tell me what I should do
    Should I take off the blindfold?
    Or do what I'm told?"

    here he is saying you shouldn't believe something just because you read it,
    because people tend to accept religion and take it for fact
    just because they read it, and they are blind to other options.

    "Is morality real to me?
    I cannot believe in what I cannot see
    Oh no, I will not be sold (I will not be sold)
    The world has this ability to make a life look sweet
    Oh no, this can't be complete (this can't be complete)"

    in my opinion this looks like he is saying that morality and religion are different
    this verse is taking the point of view of someone that is rejecting
    doing the right thing because they can't visibly see why they should.
    the world has the ability to make a life look sweet, like it glamorizes an immoral
    person in a magazine.
    but he thinks that there is more in life than looking good, such doing the right thing


    then he ends saying that noone will know until the end.

    in the song he is looking at different people and trying to
    get them to look at themselves and make their own decisions rather
    than following either a book telling them what to do (like the bible)
    or tv/magazines telling them who to look up to or who to strive to be.
    steve7516on December 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhoa now, I didn't expect to see so many opinions here that were all different from mine. Well that's great!

    So - let me preface this with the fact that I AM a Christian but I like this song anyway; it's actually my favorite.

    Parts of it were about morality and the afterlife, yes, but I like to look at it entirely in terms of Fate, or in this case, "God's Plan." If God DOES have a plan for everyone ("a man up in a room/ who can control everything I do") then it means that some of us must simply be DESTINED to be "losers" all our lives. And hey, it may come as no surprise to you that that, in fact, sucks!

    So, if you consider yourself a loser and feel stuck in a life that you wouldn't have chosen for yourself, then don't choose it! Shake off the influence and go make your own destiny. I mean, what Christian wouldn't agree with that? I guess the only difference here with me is that I try to do it WITH God rather than trying to bring him down, and that leaves me kind of conflicted sometimes, if you couldn't tell.

    [... the other equally plausible interpretation of the song being that Christians remain losers until they wake up and accept the absence of God. But that kind of name-calling is pretty immature, so I'm going to compliment the band by sticking to my musings upon fate and destiny. ;)]
    cloudy eyeon January 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it has to do with trying to decide whether to believe in God or not. Obviously, he is questioning whether to believe in what he has read and what people tell him, without being personally affected. Another piece of the song says 'The world has this ability
    To make a life of sin look sweet' which makes me think maybe he's wondering if he should give up living to try to not sin, even though (depending on how strict the religion) giving up some of the pleasures in life, for something that he doesn't know is guaranteed.

    The part about a loser can win whenever he wants to, all he has to do is bring you down kind of reminds me of the saying, 'You don't have to outrun the bear, you just have to outrun your friend.' Anyone can win, even losers, all they have to do is make someone else a worse loser, not even better themselves.
    andthetruthcomesouton March 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI'm agnostic, and every time I hear this I feel a little less alone. To me it's about not knowing or caring what happens when we die. Life of sin looks sweet and it's how I want to live, and I'll live the rest of my days until my eyes close, because that's the only day I'll know if there really is a man in a room. It's definately about questioning God and if we should all follow blindly.

    I'm not trying to be offensive and I don't think this song is, either. I was raised Christian and a majority of my family and friends are and I respect them... But I still openly question religion, and I still live what others see as a sinful life.
    iaimforbreakingon October 19, 2009   Link
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    General Commentok after listening to this a couple more times i think its talking about how we will never know what happens after life so people shouldn't make assumptions.

    "But we'll never know about the life I chose
    I won't believe
    I won't be so naive until I go
    Yeah we'll never know until these eyes close"
    kylebuttermoreon June 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno. shaant's agnostic (as am i, just fyi so you understand my thoughts on this song).
    it just fits in with the 'theme' of the song.
    like, all these religious nuts (no offense) are trying to prove that it's wrong if we don't believe that god is the only way.
    and the part: 'is morality real to me?/i cannot believe in what i cannot see/oh no, i will not be sold/the world has this ability to make a life look sweet/oh no, this can't be complete'
    i think shaant's saying that, "hey i can't see god. so how do we believe in something we can't see? the world's way of conforming people and etc."
    or something along those lines.
    and people will try to bring you down because you don't believe the same as them..and we should just live.
    ftskatelynon June 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentno. shaant's agnostic (as am i, just fyi so you understand my thoughts on this song).
    it just fits in with the 'theme' of the song.
    like, all these religious nuts (no offense) are trying to prove that it's wrong if we don't believe that god is the only way.
    and the part: 'is morality real to me?/i cannot believe in what i cannot see/oh no, i will not be sold/the world has this ability to make a life look sweet/oh no, this can't be complete'
    i think shaant's saying that, "hey i can't see god. so how do we believe in something we can't see? the world's way of conforming people and etc."
    or something along those lines.
    and people will try to bring you down because you don't believe the same as them..and we should just live.
    ftskatelynon June 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think you all covered the meaning of the song. i reeally love it. plus, i'm a huge all time low fan, so i think alex's harmonies with shaant are amazing. (:
    jhgx3on June 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti've heard that alex gaskarth does background vocals on this song and i've heard that it's dave, and i'm not sure which of these theories to believe.
    -tear it up.on June 22, 2008   Link

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