Well I didn't think that it would end like this
Cutting of the blood to ten
With a rope around my wrist

But I think that every one imagines why
And where it is they're gonna die
And when it happens do we fly?

And I wished I could have told my son
That I was the coward one
It's never admirable when your father can't move on

Well I never thought that you would slip inside
Your brother's unfaithful wife
While the children were down the stairs

I saw what you were doing
And I wished that I have burnt that goddamn door
Finding both of you on the floor
Realizing your brides a whore
Really takes an enormous toll
On your head

Well I didn't think that you could craft this song
Sleeping with the devil and all
And I can hear you sing along

And I wished that I could have told the Lord
To sever me at the chord
Cause the moment I left I'd never come back no more

So hope that it actually ends for me this way
Cause tomorrow is another day
And I have to decide to stay or stay

For now I'll keep my hands around this thing
And wait for an apostle to sing
You're never allowed to come in

So just sink or swim


Lyrics submitted by YourFavWeapon83, edited by Mellow_Harsher, Jimbo454

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    General Commentahh... after about the 5 thousandth listen... "Cutting off the Blood to ten"; meaning ten fingers? The rope and the weight of the anchor. I can completely picturing teetering on the edge of the ship in this painful moment of choice.
    lisielucyon September 09, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI haven't really figured out what the actual point of this one is, but I think it may be my favorite on the album.
    DARRRBBYYYon November 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentaww man, someone beat me to submitting this one. i totally submitted them the day the album came out, too. :P
    but yeah, i like this song and i think its just him talking to his brother in his head, and he's possibly thinking about committing suicide? he tells his brother to hope his life ends for him this way... im not sure how exactly hes thinking about killing himself.

    i love the emotion in "while the children were down the stairs"... like, "you scumbag, you couldnt even have the decency to wait until my children were out of the house?" he has complete hatred for his brother and his wife.
    pimpmylizon November 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyou are right it is about his hatred for his brother and wife and he is talking about commiting suicide. he is also saying that he wishes the lord would give up on him because if you commit suicide you are damned to hell. and tying the rope around his wrist is to drown himself by tying himself to an anchor.
    Jhurtadoon February 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a man looking back at his life just before he dies. He hates what happened but he hates himself more for never letting go.

    this is an awesome tune, love the anger in his voice.
    casbarmovementon February 26, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is written from his father's perspective. he cannot believe that his other son has been sleeping with his sons wife but hes also distraught that he cant stop it or be the one to tell his other son about it.
    themoviesongon June 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFirst off, thanks for all of you who have taken the time to type out these lyrics; as I understand, there are no "hard copies" of his two albums?

    I have been loving following this storyline; and I keep saying to my husband "I can't wait for the third one!!! I need to know how it ends!!!"

    That said, this particular song totally drew me in. I heard it exactly as Jhurtado . At first I also heard it as the father of these men, the two brothers, and feeling angst over not doing anything to protect our protagonist. But upon closer listening I rethought it. He's talking to his brother... even when he says "Your brother's unfaithful wife" But this, I think, suggests the distance he has from his brother at this point; he doesn't say "my wife". To me, he's removed himself, psychologically, out of the equation.

    But yes, definitely the anchor, drowning, suicide.

    Two questions, if anyone has any ideas:

    1) what does the title of this song mean???
    2) What does he mean by choose to "stay or stay"? Stay alive; stay in the relationship; stay as in do nothing (like "stay your hand")
    lisielucyon June 15, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretationi'm pretty sure it's "to sever me at the core" instead of "chord".

    he's also saying that he's the coward because when hr found out that his wife cheated he ran away instead of facing it.
    bennyfreshon July 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm hearing, "and I wish I could have chose the lord,
    to sever me at the cord".

    As in umbilical cord. That seems to make more sense to me, as he goes on to "talk" about the apostle telling him he's not allowed to come in. Thus, chose also seems the appropriate choice. We don't get to choose. His inaction would be easier for him to accept if God had forsaken him. Just my two cents.
    lisielucyon September 09, 2009   Link
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    General Commentit's definitely chord.
    marleekay09on November 16, 2009   Link

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