oh from the first that the line got drawn
it was poison in the land it was on
one red thread through the middle of a song
my only one, my only one

I can't remember the age that i was
but not that story that pumped in my blood
when you were the savior
and I was the taker of
oh where i was

oh but man oh man you can do what you want
oh man oh man you can do what you want
the only line that is true is the line you're from

I have to say there was a mile or two
I had the itch to fly and i flew
now at best we would make our dreams
with something used
with something used

and from the minute that the line got drawn
I couldn't see straight to you for nothing
now me, I'm the poison in one
yah I'm the one
I am the...

oh but man oh man you can do what you want
oh man oh man you can do what you want
the only line that is true is the line that you're...

oh man oh man you can do what you want
oh man oh man you can do what you want
the only line that is true is the line you're from
the only line that is true is the line you're from


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One Red Thread song meanings
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    General Comment"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet,
    regardless of time, place, or circumstance.
    The thread may stretch or tangle,
    but it will never break."

    That is an old eastern asian belief about a red thread of destiny.

    Recently i've been dealing with the sad truth that my love and i will have to split because of the different paths our lives are moving. but we're convinced that we're soul mates. and i dont know how to explain that to you. you just know when it happens. and.

    well. To me. right now relating this song to my life is like.

    "oh but man oh man you can do what you want
    oh man oh man you can do what you want
    the only line that is true is the line you're from"

    You can do what want. go and live your life.
    The thread will bring you back because that is where the truth is at the end.

    "I have to say there was a mile or two
    I had the itch to fly and i flew"

    He had urges to go and discover the world. and he did.



    "one red thread through the middle of a song
    my only one, my only one"

    Soul mate.
    onceacanaryon May 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI keep playing this song over and over again. This song completely resembles a relationship of mine that just ended. My favorite line is the part where it says "the only line that is true is the line you're from" I believe he is talking about your family being the only thing you ever really have. For me that is true. I've been through many different relationship and lost a couple different girls that I really felt like I loved. When they were gone all I had was my family. I think when he says I had the itch to fly so I flew he's talking about just being single for a while after leaving a relationship. Now at best we would make our dreams with something used could be talking about getting back with a former love. I love the repetition of man oh man you can do what you want because really in a relationship all we have control of is ourselves. I will never ask another girl to stay. In my opinion they can do what they want. If they want to stay with me they will... if not, the only line that is true is the line that I'm from.
    treasonedon August 15, 2011   Link
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    My OpinionI was told once by a dear friend he was in love with the place I was from. This was back when I had only written one song, it was about the first girl I ever kissed, her name was "the shine". I can't exactly remember how old we were at the time, I think our ages together it was less than thirty, but my recollection of the smells, sights and feelings are as clear as blood is red. This friend of mine, I sometimes think of him as an old man, because he always aspires to be old- it's a funny concept. He's like a brother to me, I call him my brother sometimes ... but he started it. Anyway, connections to people that go back that far are somehow sacred like an ancient hieroglyph. We got into an argument - had a misunderstanding. We all make mistakes in life sometimes you drift away from the people that mean the most to you. The thing is you can't make anyone do anything. Everyone makes their own choices. I told him that one day when he tried to blame me for making him wait around. - Don't know if he remembers but I said something like "You can do what you want - I don't make you do anything." He said something like, "You're right." And then he left. We're still friends. Sometimes he's the Tyler Durden, sometimes I'm the Tyler Durden. Sometimes we're not as good of friends to each other as we should be, but we try. It's a two way street. These mistakes they change the dynamic, we don't sit around all afternoon on the window sill, listening to Snoop Dogg, Cracker, Beck and the Grateful Dead. We don't hang out at the bowling alley and play Street Fighter II all day, and we don't try to hustle tourists at the pool table. This last time, I'm sorry, it was my fault. It's happened before, it'll happen again. Really its the people that we are closest to that matter.
    MickTon January 10, 2009   Link
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    General Comment“The only way you get universal is by getting really, really specific, and avoiding universal clichés.” - Israel Nebeker

    Nebeker sometimes writes songs (melodies, words, ideas, sometimes partial, sometimes whole) in his dreams, wakes up and writes them down. It can lead to some pretty f-ed up S- that sux Ballz. It can also lead to some really good stuff that has meaning, but that only Israels subconscious knows the answer to, maybe yours does too.

    Nebeker once played the Role of Joseph in a high school presentation of Joseph and the Technicolor dream coat. Joseph was known for being a good interpreter of dreams, that's why he became the Pharaoh's right hand man. Maybe Nebeker is the opposite, maybe he's good at interpreting reality with his dreams. Who knows.
    MickTon January 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI was sure there would be more posts for this song. It's nice to listen to but I can't scrape up any meaning about it. I was sure there would be speculators. I'd really like to know what the heck this guy is talking about.
    xsn13on May 03, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me, this song means something sweet, but uncomfortable in its closeness. Maybe because of the reason I first heard it? I'm not sure. Anyway, this is what I think it means.

    He's talking to his lover about the starting of their relationship. It was marked from the start; but he wanted to try, anyway. She won him over early on. But he's uncomfortable with their closeness; he not only implies her freedom to leave and to stay true to herself, but also suggests he maybe cheated early on. "I have to say for a mile or two/I got the itch to fly so I flew"

    She knew, and it caused strife. He realized their relationship was marked because of him. He lost sight of her, and what he wants.


    I think it's about being in love with someone, but knowing you're not the best person for them, and trying to get them to leave you so you don't have to do it yourself.
    ivoryowlon May 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of the first concert of ever went to. It was a miniscule punk band but that changed my life. I remember seeing the lead singer totally into the song, sweating, singing, playing his heart out, and the rest of the band putting in so much into the music. Can't help but fall in love with it and move. Everything was in slow motion and complete bliss. We were moving to the same red thread that connected us all somehow, the feeling, the music, whatever.
    skybymeon July 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentHis lyrics, not just in this particular song but in most really speak to me. I like how he uses stream-of-consciousness at times, jumping from one concept to another without much of a transition on the surface but a deep connection underneath.

    As odd as it may sound, the lyrics here make me think of native Americans, and the lines that Europeans drew when they came to this continent. I think Israel was upset when he learned this part of our history, as many of us our.

    I could be way off, of course.
    Theravadaon December 23, 2010   Link
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    General Commentto me, one red thread doesn't seem to be solely about a relationship or love or anything like that. i actually feel as though it could be a bit of a stretch to say this, but "one red thread" could be like the blood that fills the veins in each person.

    when he sings:
    "oh but man oh man you can do what you want
    oh man oh man you can do what you want
    the only line that is true is the line you're from"

    "I have to say there was a mile or two
    I had the itch to fly and i flew"

    "now me, I'm the poison in one"

    it's like he is implying that you can do whatever you want with your life, go travel, discover your dreams or completely ruin yourself and be the "poison"/bad kid in your family but in the end - you're going to be more alike those in your family than anyone or anything else around you. eventually, that "one red thread" of life given to you by your family, is the strongest influence to determine who you really are. but yeah, i can absolutely see how it could be about a relationship, destiny and soulmates but i love when songs shy away from just being about a boy/girl that you love and have another ambiguous meaning. ahhh blind pilot is amazing.
    ravinghead01on February 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is a message from the singer to the person he is singing to about how important it is to have your own opinions in a relationship, primarily if disagree with having relationships at all and that relationships are capable of being hurtful while rejecting monogamy can guarantee ease.
    Lyrics (+corrections?)

    (stanza 1) oh from the first that the line got drawn
    it was poison in the land it was on
    one red thread through the middle of a song
    my only one, my only one

    (stanza 2) I can remember the age that i was
    but not that story that pumped in my blood
    when you were the savior
    and I was the taker of
    oh where i was

    (chorus) oh but man oh man you can do what you want
    oh man oh man you can do what you want
    the only line that is true is the line you're from

    (stanza 3) I have to say there was a mile or two
    I had the itch to fly and i flew
    now at best we would make our dreams
    with something used
    with something used

    (stanza 4) and from the minute that the line got drawn
    I couldn't see straight to you for nothing
    now me, I'm the poisonin' one
    yah I'm the one
    I am the...

    (chorus) oh but man oh man you can do what you want
    oh man oh man you can do what you want
    the only line that is true is the line that you're...

    (chorus) oh man oh man you can do what you want
    oh man oh man you can do what you want
    the only line that is true is the line you're from
    the only line that is true is the line you're from


    From the first stanza, I think that the 'line' that was 'first drawn' is the constraint of a normal relationship (having relations with just one person, having to prioritize one person, etc). It's 'poison' to the 'land' (people) it's on because it's may not be what people believe, thus turning them away from how they actually feel for the sake of society/propriety. I think the next two lines are about how music (and society) push this 'red thread' (ie commitment/fidelity) on people by romanticizing it, and the singer is showing how easy it is to say 'my only one' without really grasping its meaning. I think the singer gives this as evidence to the 'You' he is singing to as reasons for why he/she might be brainwashed by society. This idea of the lyrics as a conversation between the singer and You is supported with later stanzas.

    The next stanza is about the first exposures to this sort of 'brainwashing', where the singer says he *can* (i believe this is a incorrect lyric) remember how old he was, but not what convinced him that people have to monogamous. This doesn't really make sense, as conventionally people can remember stories, but not when they heard them, especially children's stories. The lines ' where you were the savior and I was the taker of, oh where I was' stand for most children's stories where love saves the protagonists and the ending is 'happily ever after'. This makes it seem like the singer was unconvinced by this need for relationships from an early age, such that he can't even remember the stories but only remembers the message. He may be trying to convince You that their relationship is following a set pattern from storybooks and that they shouldn't have to be this way. This is implied by his belief that he is the 'taker of, of where i was', meaning that he gave up his belief that he doesn't need relationships for the sake of being with You. *I'm not to sure about how to interpret the line '...I was the taker of, oh where i was'. please assist?*

    I also think this could signify the start of a relationship between the singer and the 'you' that he is singing to. The first two lines could refer to the time he remembers how old he was (when he started dating), but not what 'story' motivated him to be in relationships, where 'you' is the 'savior' (saving him with his/her love) and the singer is the 'taker' of his old beliefs. (once again, not quite sure of the last line. please correct me.)

    I think that the chorus refers to how non-committed, but attached the singer is to his 'you'. Though he doesn't believe in relationships, he is genuinely concerned about 'you''s feelings, and tells her that 'you can do what you want', because 'the only line that is true is the line you're from' (you can do what you think is right, because the only thing that matters is what you believe in (Not what people tell you to believe *this inner parentheses is what i think is implied*)). This is, I believe, genuine concern for another person. While pushing your beliefs on other people in a relationship may seem like caring, if you don't care what they believe then it's all superficial. The singer wants You to understand him, what he thinks their relationship is, and that he cares for her in his way, and this line pretty damn near makes me cry every time.

    In the third stanza, the 'itch to fly' could be the singer's need to be free from the constraints of a relationship, and since he 'flew', he probably had an affair (or tried to). This results in the fact that 'now at best we (singer+you) would make our dreams with something used, with something used' (the singer returned to You regretful and contrite, but the fact that he 'flew'/left in the first place has forever affected the dynamic of their relationship, and if they were going to continue a relationship, it'd have to be with their feelings before the singer 'flew' (making their 'dreams with something used'), which doesn't seem as nice as having new feelings for each other. The tone of the song implies that the singer is regretful, and that shows concern for You.

    The fourth stanza is the singer showing regret for his leaving. If the 'line' that 'got drawn' is different from the original 'line' referenced in the first stanza (the 'Red Thread of Fate'), then I think it is a line between the singer and You. The line was drawn when the singer 'flew' from the relationship, and ever since then, he hasn't been able to see You clearly. This could be because he enjoyed freedom, or regrets leaving her in the first place (I like the second option, but the first one makes more sense :[ i think it's more likely because if you can't see straight, you're probably looking sideways, and in the sideways are more girls/boys). Now, he's the 'poisonin' one' (i think this is the correct lyric) and can't be in the relationship (contrasting from the original poison, the pressures of monogamy, this new poison pressures You to join the world without relationships with the singer). However, he asks You to 'do what you want' and to be true to 'the line that you're from', while knowing the risks that You might not want to be with the singer and may choose to stay monogamous.

    I really like this song because of this. The singer, while not being a conventional hero, is an honest person who genuinely cares about You, and wants him/her to make his/her own decisions. Compared with the average monogamous boyfriend/girlfriend, this is a lot more considerate to the differences of opinion that might exist between partners. I am of the opinion that honesty is something that bonds people closer together, though it is significantly more difficult, but if you know about your other half's (or other eighth or fourth or whatever for the non-monogams) opinions and can disagree, but accept them, then I think you're as close to true love as you can get.
    JaneyDon September 04, 2011   Link

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