"Charlie don't surf" as written by Gareth Davies, Matthew Davies, Ryan Richards, Kris Roberts and Darran Anthony Smith....
Called the house to see if anyone was home
Question the silences, the negative response
Stayed to see the sunrise raising hell over the square
Didn't lose the sense of promise laced upon the air

Education was a simple learning curve
Ruined by the lack of anything to use
Of knowing what to say and what to lock away
Pay attention for detention's here to stay

It took so long to find all the answers through the lies
It's been so long that I don't know if it's alright

Problematic interest never fails to impress
Score cards for everyone, you wear them out to dress
Badge of honor, true to code and true to form
Buried underneath all these expectations

If there was any kind of picture that I could paint for you
I bet you any money that the numbers wouldn't stick for all I know
I'll take some credit for myself if I can
And walk away from this whole scene a happier man

It took so long to find all the answers through the lies
It's been so long that I don't know if it's alright
It's alright, it's alright, it's alright, it's alright, it's alright
It took so long to wait until the end



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"Charlie Don't Surf" as written by Darran Smith Gareth Davies

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  • +1
    General CommentPretty sweet song. It kind of reminds me of Drive.
    (Vince)on October 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe questioning of God's existence seems like a theme that reiterates throughout this album. The chorus shows his unsureness on whether basing your life around something/someone that may not exist isn't the way to go. The reference to 'score cards' may be a way of portraying His judgment of us.

    The last line "It took so long to wait until the end" pretty much seals the deal in how no one ever truly will know if He exists until they die.

    Great song and great album. Matt has such a way with words and his ability to write deeper, more existential lyrics show how talented these guys are.
    Midtown18on January 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, although its a bit diffrent for FFAF considering they were suppost to be making this new album sound like Casually dressed.

    I don't have a clue what the song is about really so have fun working it out haha
    Farshockon October 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHere the correct lyrics:
    I called the house to see if anyone was home
    Question the silcencesthe negative response
    Stayed to see the sunrise
    Didn't loose the sense of promise
    Laced upon the curve
    Ruined by the lack of anything to use
    Of knowing what to say and what to lock away
    Pay attention for detentions here to stay

    And it took so long to find
    All the answers through the lies
    And it's been so long
    That I don't know if it's alright

    Problematic interest never fails to impress
    Score cards for everyone
    You wear them out to dress
    Badge of honour true to code and true to form
    Buried underneath all these expectations
    If there could be any kind of picutre
    That I could paint for you
    I bet you any money that the numbers
    Wouldn't stick for all I know
    I'll take some credit for myself if I can
    And walk away from this
    Whole scene a happier man

    And it took so long to find
    All the answers through the lies
    And it's been so long
    That I don't know if it's alright

    It's alright
    It's alright
    It's alright

    And it took so long to wait until the end


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    straight from their album :)
    VirtualBrammon October 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA really lovely song. I won't even attempt to try and understand this song. It goes beyond needing to be in my opinion.
    IrisOfFireon February 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the title for this song is a Numb3rs reference-there is an episode of the same name, and possibly the lyrics are related to that.
    Alekzon March 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfrom wikipedia:
    "Charlie Don't Surf is a famous line from the film Apocalypse Now, spoken by Colonel Kilgore as justification for taking a beach at the Mekong Delta so the American soldiers could go surfing."
    afi23on March 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwrong lyrics.

    I called the house to see if anyone was home
    Questioned the silences, the negative response
    Stayed to see the sunrise
    raising hell upon the square
    Didn't lose the sense of promise
    Laced upon the air.
    Education was a simple learning curve
    Ruined by the lack of anything to use
    Of knowing what to say and what to lock away
    Pay attention for detention is here to stay

    And it took so long to find
    All the answers through the lies
    And it's been so long
    That I don't know if it's alright

    Problematic interest never fails to impress
    Score cards for everyone
    You wear them out to dress
    Badge of honour true to code and true to form
    Buried underneath all these expectations
    If there could be any kind of picutre
    That I could paint for you
    I bet you any money that the numbers
    Wouldn't stick for all I know
    I'll take some credit for myself if I can
    And walk away from this
    Whole scene a happier man

    And it took so long to find
    All the answers through the lies
    And it's been so long
    That I don't know if it's alright

    It's alright
    It's alright
    It's alright
    It's alright
    It's alright

    And it took so long to wait until the end
    jk15on July 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsounds like the idea of the loss of faith.

    the first few lines sound like him praying to god and receiving no response. however he still had hope as things got worse and worse. as the song progresses it reveals the characters loss of faith and unanswered questions.
    jk15on July 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like the idea of questiong existance, and it seems it would probably be what they were trying to get across.

    although i had a different interpretation before i read those.
    i first heard this song shuffling through funeral for a friend in my maths class,
    and it seemed to me that the song had alot of relevancy to education.

    firstly i thought the title may have been a reference to how kids and teenagers now are expected to give up pretty much all their time for education. and that 'charlie don't surf' could be meaning that the subject being sung about wants to spend his own time surfing (which could be his hobby) and he is in a situation where he can't do what he wants too. 'pay attention for detention's here to stay' hit me as kids today having to adhere to silly numbers of rules and regulations. and are expected to know pretty much everything. and that instead he's more interested in his hobby and as such is getting detentions (maybe for not completing homework) i also thought that the line 'and it took so long to find
    all the answers through the lies' i interpreted as: although school may give you an education. it doesn't teach you how to be a good person. and how he's had to figure life out for himself, and all school did was hinder him.

    that's just my opinion.
    i see how it ties in with faith though :)
    ReeceRideBMXon July 23, 2009   Link

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