earnesty and clarity
those wonderful mentalities
of decent positivity
are all that we can strive
but misery and poverty
they follow me and my family
and though it seems that i can't win
i think i have to try

but everyone's afraid of me
they'll never see that we all bleed
the same damn blood each night

so you'll go your way
and i'll go mine
i hope we meet up later on down the line

and sense and sensibility
and peaceful productivity
a pretty girl with broken wings
is all that i desire
but there's so much hostility
in all the things surrounding me
the awful glow of enmity
is trying to stop my shine
so i try to look inwardly
at all the things inside of me
but sodomy and buggery keep bubbling to the top

so you'll go forward
and i'll go back
i hope we catch up with each other on the track

and i've been thinking awkwardly
about the things that are holy
like Jesus, Joseph, and Mary
and Mary Magdalene
and even theoretically
i don't think i could ever see
the perfect human being
Jesus live without sin

so you'll go upward
and i'll go down
you'll go upward
and i'll go down
you'll go upward
and i'll go down
i'll see you in hell when we die




Lyrics submitted by greenzob, edited by johnleo, skullbabe

Sense, Sensibility song meanings
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  • +6
    General CommentI think the song is about a guy who is finding it harder and harder to remain positive and strong through the harder times in his life.

    At the beginning, despite the "poverty and misery" and the feelings that he's fucked, he feels he has to try anyways, which shows determination and endurance. The next chorus shows his feelings of isolation and his desire for some form of unity or companionship.

    In the middle of this song, he talks about he wants a girl with "broken wings", or a girl whom will look up to him and someone he can do something for that will love him for it. Unfortunately, this is where things really go down hill for him. The negative perception kicks in when he looks at his surroundings, and even when he looks inside himself, he can't see the better part of his own nature and instead only sees the uglier things.

    Even if that's not enough to convince you, I'd urge you to look at the shorter stanzas. Notice how his attitude slowly shifts from, "You go your way and I'll go mine," which acknowledges that it's not about who's better or worse, just a difference of opinion. As the song goes on, he starts to see his way as a way of digression and failure and the other's as the way of success. "You go forward and I'll go back," and "You go upward, and I'll go down" show this pretty clearly.
    Naota391on November 08, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentWell I think this is a middle class anthem. He might be singing to an upper class girl and pointing out how miserable life is "so you'll go forward and i'll go back".
    violetviceson August 29, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Commentgod. sean can fuckin write a song, can't he?

    two corrections: i think it should be "the awful blow of enmity" rather than ethnity, and i think he's saying "all that we can strive" in the beginning rather than scribe
    impon April 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI also agree with the corrections.
    On top of that I think "everyone's afraid of me
    they'll never see that we all leave
    the same damn blood each night"
    Should be "They'll never see that we all bleed"
    bumxcoreon August 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've been mulling over the "sodomy and buggery" line for a while and what it might potentially mean, anyone with me?
    mrkpwnzon June 29, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the song definitely references drug use...consider the phrases "those wonderful mentalities" "the awful blow of enmity is trying to stop me shine" "i hope we meet later on down the line" "bubbling to the top" "i hope we catch up with each other on the track"

    I think he fell in love with a girl but she left him behind to pursue her dreams and be productive. She left him behind with his "misery and poverty" and his attachment to drugs as a way to cope.

    He makes the point throughout the song that everyone has the same problems, they just deal in different ways, some more obvious than others. "we all bleed the same damn blood each night" "I'll see you in hell when we die"
    galateapurpleon August 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^Agreed with him
    WorldStrikeon July 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love how each chorus changes slightly in response to the previous verse.
    pattonson August 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"a pretty girl with broken wings is all that i desire"

    He wants to help someone who's been hurt by life and nurture her and love her.
    Crane42on November 28, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General Commentthis song is aboutsex.. at least the last part is "you'll go upward and i'll go down."
    hhhhaannahon September 10, 2009   Link

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