Let's write the songs that they want
I thought they'd love us but they don't
they don't

with tails stuck between our legs...
we'll find a home made of regret
we'll stay shipwrecked
and sinking
what a terrible thought
to be thinking

you were with us but you let these thoughts in your head
we're not who we're supposed to be,
with all the symptoms
of the sickness we have seen
are you better off leaving?

Tough words held behind my teeth..
pleading that they'd be set free
but they're empty
That's what some always will want
A game on who's best with their toungues..
that are faceless and groundless


with every song that you sing
it's yours to the heart,
and when you fly, you'll fall
then a new one will start.
my eyes burn with hope
that you hear what you say.
if this was just for the game (?)
then may we never get paid

and the music it makes
my feet move too..
it's the same as the music
that's inside of you

the truth is that when
you can see past yourself
your song is the same
as everyone else..

Let's write the songs that they want
I thought they'd love us but they don't
they don't

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  • +2
    General CommentFrom the CD booklet:
    "Toby: [...] The lyrics are about a courtship process between our band and You, The Listener of the song. It's a call for true music fans to throw off their scene allegiance and actually give songs (plural) a real listen. I don't know how many iPods we see these days filled with bands, and then when you go to check out a band, the iPod only has ONE of their songs. If you like "Walls" and you think that is Emery, well, then we feel really sorry for you. We write honest music that we love, and then hope and pray that you will love it too. That's what a music scene should be: people supporting bands and bands being humble and appreciative of what their fans mean to them. We do appreciate you guys SO FREAKING MUCH, but we can't accept being labelled and kept in a box. That's selling out: writing "Walls" fifty different ways so we can pick up a paycheck. We are going to be around for a while and we hope every step of the way you will be there as fans and even more as friends that have helped us along each step. Also, if you feel differently, come up and talk to bands, any band, face to face, instead of hiding behind some cheesy name you think is cool, on some website."

    I couldn't agree more. It was disappointing seeing them play with Chiodos and Devil Wears Prada; we were there for Emery but most people took off for their set, until they did Walls. You kind of felt like they HAD to play it. Sad. Anyway I'm glad they aren't going anywhere :).
    Rhodeson January 31, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that this song has a much deeper meaning now... im a huge emery fan and i always keep up with them... recently i read online that Devin Shelton left emery... I am still heart broken, i really love this band, they mean a lot to me, and hearing that Davin left is like loosing an arm or a leg, it too painful. Later on, after reading that post, i heard this song and it made me even sadder, and i looked up the lyrics, and i get a feeling that this song foretold that Devin was leaving the band... of curse, i know that a song can have more than one meaning, but i think im right... or maybe i just cant accept the fact that he left...

    "I just wanted to let you all know that I am taking an indefinite hiatus from Emery. This has been a very tough decision for me, since Emery has been an important part of my life for over a decade. I'm not saying I will never do anything else with Emery, but things change and life goes on, no matter how much I will miss it. Thanks so much for all your support over the years and I hope everyone continues to follow Emery all the same."
    –Devin Shelton

    Shadowcoron February 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, maybe you guys should actually buy the CD's in that way you never have to guess the lyrics. Just saying.
    MikeJJon June 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not sure about the line with the question mark next to it but the rest I'm pretty sure of.

    That being said...if this song is about what I think it's about then something tells me fans will have a lot to say about this one. Seems to be a pretty blatant jab at the reaction to I'm Only A Man.
    HideNothingon September 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"with every song that you sing,
    it's yours to the heart;
    and when you fly, you'll fall;
    then, a new one will start.
    my eyes burn with hope
    that you hear what you say;
    if this was just for today,
    then, we never could care."

    i think it says that, not 100% sure.
    minutemanon September 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, as soon as I heard this song, I didn't even need the lyrics to realize it sounds like they're talking about their fans. Ouch. Glad I loved "I'm Only a Man" :P with the exception of, like, two songs.
    jonneh_on November 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwith that being said - i guess that says it all. But I definitely love I'm Only A Man, and all the other albums they produced as well. I never believed in supporting a band just for a song. Thank god for my mentality.

    There ain't no point to hearing a song without listening what the band(Emery) has to say.
    With that, I hope people learn that they have to start changing their mindsets.
    mystichazeon February 13, 2009   Link

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