"Desperate Times Desperate Measures" as written by and Timothy/gillespie Mctague....
I've been crawling around in the dark for a while.
Sprawled out across the floor.
Not collecting dust anymore.
Define me a parasite. Define my host.
Trapped beneath the floor.
I slowly waste away.
Now I pull my frail body into the chair.
And look me in the face.
Oh, disappointments, so disappointing.
This may be my last one.
It's gonna be good and hard.
It might be a touch out of key.

When this thing breaks. I will be you, you will be me.
I'm afraid that this is really happening.
Let's hope this is short lived and riddled with dizzy

Oh, God the noise! Is ringing in my ear.
It's so unclear. I hear them talking.
But can't make out the words.
Speak up. Speak clear.

God, where have I been.
I'm terrible company. With zero apologies.

While I sink to the bottom.
I'll sing out as it fills with water.
I hope I've done enough.

I'm worn out.
I'm worn thin.
I will never break through.
Let me out


Lyrics submitted by DEAD888

"Desperate Times Desperate Measures" as written by Christopher Dudley Aaron Gillespie

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    General CommentFrom a Christian stand point: The chorus "when this thing breaks, I will be you you will be me" refers to the true Christian process of breaking the flesh or sin nature and aim to be Christ like (I will be you, you will be me)
    BlurPoet77on September 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti know spencer was addicted to cocaine at one point this song is probably about him and his addiction and how he feels worthless because of it.
    spartan924on August 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaha.
    cant believe there arent any posts.
    its actually; "riddled with DISEASE".
    and;; "i pray that this is really happening".

    well, to me, its meaning is really... uncomprehending.

    obviously its about someone who's disappointed in themselves, for they have committed a sin. and, i think its eating away at his conscience, until he finally commits suicide.

    he keeps saying how, he doesn't know who he is anymore when he says;; "where have i been?"

    and, people are starting to notice that, he's changed & stuff, i think its maybe about someone with an addiction. [drugs, alcohol]

    then at the end he says;;
    "im worn out, im worn thin, i'll never break through"

    meaning, theres no more hope anymore. and stuff :)

    i think thats what it means.
    idk. i might be wayyyy off. but, whatevs.

    amazing song.
    underoath is friggin amazing.
    they rule!
    xbrokensoundsxon July 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti meant to say;; uncomprehensive!
    lol.

    firefox is gay.
    xbrokensoundsxon July 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthank you for the help on the lyrics though there disease part sounds alot like dizzy, disease makes more sense.

    I think its about becoming a better person. you want to stop "collecting dust" and make something better out of yourself. the part where it starts with "god where have i been" i think it shows how your realizing you want to be better.

    either way this song is very very VERY amazing and i cannot stop listening to it
    DEAD888on July 23, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthank you for the help on the lyrics though there disease part sounds alot like dizzy, disease makes more sense.

    I think its about becoming a better person. you want to stop "collecting dust" and make something better out of yourself. the part where it starts with "god where have i been" i think it shows how your realizing you want to be better.

    either way this song is very very VERY amazing and i cannot stop listening to it
    DEAD888on July 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of drugs. I do drugs and it feels a lot like the change that they do to yew. Perhaps it's driven them to suicide by the looks of it.

    "This may be my last one.
    It’s gonna be good and hard.
    It might be a touch out of key. (a touch out of key)"
    -Basically this'll be the last time i do it and i'm gonna make it count. Good and hard hitting. As for the touch out of key thing, i link it to him being too emotionally wrecked for it to work like every other time he's done drugs.

    "When this thing breaks.
    I will be you
    You will be me. "
    -Judging by the split vocals i'd say this is referring to what drugs do to yew. They split yew, i still have thoughts (especially provoked by this song) Where i feel like my old self pitches in my thoughts sometimes. Basically i think it's saying "when this addiction breaks, i will be yew (the old self) and yew will be me (again referring to his old self).

    God, where have I been.
    I’m terrible company. With zero apologies.
    My God where have I been?
    Where have I been?
    - Where has my old self been? I think that's what it's trying to say. As for terrible company with zero apologies. People who do drugs are generally nice. People who abuse too many quantities of drugs can often be twats. They're terrible company and they never apologise. Simple as that.

    I’m worn out.
    I’m worn thin.
    I will never break through.
    I'm worn out
    (Where have I been)
    I'm worn thin
    (Where have I been)
    I will never break through.
    (Where have I been)
    Let me out.
    Let me out.
    Let me out.
    -He can't break the addiction, so he gets rid of his life.

    That's what this song means to me, if anyone can find a more accurate prediction fair enough. But that's what the song means to me, i don't care what message underoath tried to portray. This is my meaning and i know it well. It makes sense.
    Would like to hear some other views though =]
    hitXtheXlightson July 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song kicks ass
    alec45on July 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThanks for the lyrics!!
    I've been waiting for them since the song was posted.


    I agree with "hitXtheXlights".
    It does sound like it's about drugs, but it's hard to tell, UO songs can really show multiple meanins.


    Does anybody else get chills in the chorus part;
    "When this thing breaks
    I Will be you
    [and] You will be me"


    So amazing
    can't wait for the album and for their next concert here =D =D!!
    Beenoon July 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAlso, on the disease/dizzy part


    It sounds a little like addiction and makes a lot of sense... only of the "a" in addiction was said insanely fast ahahaha


    Just a guess. xD
    Beenoon July 24, 2008   Link

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