I think it's fair to say that I chose hopelessness
And inflicted it on the rest of us
But at least I've come to terms with my own mortality
We search for different ways to make it through the wall
Resign our parents' interests will one day be our own

Ah, we wait at ease
Ah, we wait to see
Ah, we are waiting here for catastrophe
Ah, we wait at ease
Ah, we wait to see
Ah, we are waiting here for catastrophe

The guy singing all the sad songs died
Oh well, I guess he was right, oh, I guess he was right
We learn together over time that tolerance is more appealing
In theory than in practice
I identify my star sign by asking which is least compatible with yours

Ah, we wait at ease
Ah, we wait to see
Ah, we are waiting here for catastrophe
Ah, we wait at ease
Ah, we wait to see
Ah, we are waiting here for catastrophe

And a room full of vacuum and a room full of air look the same
You have not been reborn, they've just painted your face, painted the walls

Message sent to so-far unreached peoples
I think they've got it in for us
I think they've got it in for us
How you break the rules that you yourself imposed
I think you've got it in for us
I think you've got it in for yourselves

Ah, we wait at ease
Ah, we wait to see
Ah, we are waiting here for catastrophe
Ah, we wait at ease
Ah, we wait to see
Ah, we are waiting here for catastrophe

And a room full of vacuum and a room full of air look the same
You have not been reborn, they've just painted your face, painted the walls

Painted your face, painted the walls
Painted your face, painted the walls
Painted your face


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    General CommentI think the chorus is wrong.

    It's not correct to say 'awaiting FOR something'. Await is a transitive verb.
    I think it's more likely to be, 'Ah, we are waiting here for catastrophe.'
    DrunkFlyon September 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLyrics as they appear in the booklet:

    I think it's fair to say that I chose hopelessness
    And inflicted it on the rest of us
    But at least I've come to terms with my own mortality
    We search for different ways
    To make it through the wall
    Resign our parents' interests
    Will one day be our own

    We wait at ease
    We wait to see
    We are waiting here for catastrophe

    The guy singing all the sad songs died
    Oh well, I guess he was right
    Oh, I guess he was right
    We learn together over time
    That tolerance is more appealing
    In theory than in practice
    I identify my star sign by asking
    Which is least compatible with yours

    And a room full of vacuum,
    And a room full of air look the same
    You have not been reborn
    They've just painted your face, painted the walls

    Message sent to so far unreached peoples
    I think they've got it in for us
    I think they've got it in for us
    How you break the rules that you yourself imposed
    Think you've got it in for us
    I think you've got it in for yourselves
    DrunkFlyon October 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYou have not been reborn
    They've just painted your face, painted the walls

    I think its just a commentary on people 'growing' up, where they claim to have changed so much and been 'reborn' but in actual fact they haven't changed much at all its just purely superficial and cosmetic.

    "I identify my star sign by asking
    Which is least compatible with yours"

    unreal line
    U4iaon December 01, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"I identify my star sign by asking which is least compatible with yours" favourite part.
    boatsandbirdsson April 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI always thought it was:

    "Ah, we wait to ease
    Ah, we wait to see
    Are we awaiting here for catastrophe?"

    but that's most proberbly just me!
    matthewiscoolon April 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song, though it does kind of bug me that the line is "I identify my star sign/ by asking which is least compatible with yours," and not "I identify your star sign/ by asking which is least compatible with mine"
    Solarioon September 21, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"A room full of vacuum and a room full of air look the same," is from the comic Phonogram. The full line is, paraphrased, "... But one you can't live without and the other will make you implode."
    Way_AEon May 17, 2010   Link

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