I felt your sickness brush against my arm as I walked by you
Heard your voice but couldn't tell that it was you
And slowly watched your sickness slip away
Into a place that I'd once feared
But I was not afraid this time
So I gave chase and found it finally
Slowly feeding from your head
And from my friends and from my family
So I grabbed it by the neck
For every lover you have ruined
I dug my nails into its flesh
And every life that you have taken
Slammed it's head against the brick
It's blood poured out onto the pavement
I stirred it in with dirt and spit
I will take a part of you
I made mortar from the mix
Tore every organ from its body
Broke it's bone and fashioned bricks
I laid the mortar in between
I made a throne for hope to sit
Too long you've torn us into pieces
Firmly held onto our wrists
Today I buried you in me
I swallowed every inch of it

I'll hold you as you have held me
You've held me in your heart
We'll be, we'll be set free from
We'll be set free from fear
We'll be set free
We've felt our failures
We've watched our passions leave
We're still breathing
But we're still beating on
I'll hold you as you have held me
You've held me in your heart
And I will hold you in my heart

But I still see him dead in the parking lot
At the gas station just down the street
And I still hear my friend say
You know, you wouldn't believe the things I saw when I was stationed overseas
But he somehow keeps smiling in spite of all of that
While I keep finding ways to push the good out for the bad
Oh, how selfish of myself
To always say that it was more than I could take
Like it was pain I couldn't shake
Like it could break me with its fingers
Throw my body in the lake and I would slowly sink away
But the truth is it was sorrow that I made and wouldn't face
See, I keep falling for the future after tripping on the past
And I am always tearing sutures out to make the anguish last
Like it defines me or reminds me
I've found comfort in my suffering
And uncertainty in happiness and death
Because what's next is such a mystery to me
And I am terrified of all the things I feel but cannot see
Friends and family
Put your hand into my hand and lay your head into my chest
You are all that I have left here
We are all that we have left

We are the lovers
We are the last of our kind
So link your arms and keep your chin up
And I swear that we'll be fine
We are the lovers
We are the last of our kind

Though we are not sure who we are
We keep our heads up
Though we are not sure where we're from
We keep our hearts up
Though we are not sure when we'll leave
We keep our heads up
Though we are not sure where we'll go
We keep our hopes up
Though we're not sure who we are
We keep our heads up
Though we're not sure where we're from
We keep our hearts up
Though we're not sure when we'll leave
We keep our heads up
Though we're not sure where we'll go
We keep our hopes up

Keep your head up
We're fine
Just keep your head up
I swear we'll be alright
Keep your head up
My friends, my friends
Keep your head up, I swear
I swear we'll never die
I swear we'll get home safe and sound
I swear
I swear we'll never die
I swear we'll live on underground
I swear

I will give your heart a place to rest
When everything you had has turned and left

I'll weave your names into my ribcage
Lock your hearts inside my chest
Regain the passion I once carried
Do away with all the rest
I tore the sickness from your bodies
Smashed its head against the bricks
I made a castle from its bones
That you may always dwell in it
So sing for every buried moment
That you thought would never end
And sing your fears about the future
And a dirge for faded friends
For all the love that you had held to
Why it somehow failed to keep
And sing for each minute you've been frightened
Every hour you've lost sleep
And sing for all your friends and family
Sing for those who didn't survive
But sing not for their final outcome
Sing a song of how they tried
We live amidst a silent storm
Leaves us unsatisfied at best
So fill your heart with what's important
And be done with all the rest
We are what's left of what we once were
We are falling far behind
There's so much stacking up against us
And we're running out of time
We are but hopeful children
And we're the last of our kind
But if we let our hearts move outward
I know we will never

We are but friends and family
We are the last of our kind
So hold my hand, I'll lift your head up
And I promise we'll be fine
We are but hopeful lovers
And we are running out of time
There's so much stacking up against us
And we're falling far behind
We are but hopeful lovers
We are the last of our kind
But if we let our hearts move outward
I know we will never
We are but lovers
We are the last of our kind
And if we let our hearts move outward
I know we will never
We are but lovers
We are the last of our kind
And if we let our hearts move outward
We will never die


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  • +10
    Song MeaningThis has got to be my absolute favourite song on the album, it is an epic. Completely consuming and extremely powerful, the composition of the music alone takes you on a journey, and when accompanied with the lyrics, the whole story just falls into place.

    I personally believe that this entire song is about fighting your monsters, and sickness.

    "I felt your sickness brush against my arm as I walked by you
    Heard your voice but couldn't tell that it was you
    And slowly watched your sickness slip away
    Into a place that I'd once feared
    But I was not afraid this time"

    The sickness referred to in the first stanza could be a few things, but when taken into account of the entire song, I believe that the narrator is referring to a mental illness, perhaps depression. This 'sickness' that is referred to changes the person it is affecting, and that's why he doesn't recognise the person voice. As it continues, he sees the person's sickness change, get worse maybe, and although he would have run before, he is ready to face it.

    "So I gave chase and found it finally
    Slowly feeding from your head
    And from my friends and from my family
    So I grabbed it by the neck
    For every lover you have ruined
    I dug my nails into its flesh
    And every life that you have taken
    Slammed it's head against the brick"

    He is ready to face the 'sickness' and so he chases it, and finds it ultimately killing the people he loves, it is ‘feeding’ on their brain, their life force and by extension their sanity, so he proceeds to kill it, in the name of everyone it has consumed and destroyed.

    "It's blood poured out onto the pavement
    I stirred it in with dirt and spit
    I will take a part of you
    I made mortar from the mix
    Tore every organ from its body
    Broke it's bone and fashioned bricks
    I laid the mortar in between
    I made a throne for hope to sit
    Too long you've torn us into pieces
    Firmly held onto our wrists
    Today I buried you in me
    I swallowed every inch of it"

    The imagery in this is quite violent, possibly reflecting the nature of the sickness. He kills it, and out of its death, he makes 'a throne for hope to sit' he masters the sickness, taking it and making it something of a power figure. He changes the nature of the sickness so that he, and everyone else, are the masters of the sickness, rather than it dominating them. He beat it, and they are free. 'Today I bury you in me' this is quite beautiful. He is saying that he is going to take the sickness into himself, removing it from everyone around him, and taking the poison for them. He is ultimately sacrificing himself for the people he loves.

    "I'll hold you as you have held me
    You've held me in your heart
    We'll be, we'll be set free from
    We'll be set free from fear
    We'll be set free
    We've felt our failures
    We've watched our passions leave
    But we're still breathing on
    We're still breathing on
    I'll hold you as you have held me
    You've held me in your heart
    And I will hold you in my heart"

    It's here that the tempo of the song changes. I believe he is still talking about the sickness, and to the person who was 'sick'. But now he's moved his attention. He is comforting the person, making sure that they know everything is going to be okay. He will hold this person, and keep them in his heart, even though their passions (hobbies, loves, lust for life) are gone, they will be strong, they are still alive.

    "But I still see him dead in the parking lot
    At the gas station just down the street"

    This is where it could get confusing. You don't really know who the 'him' is. I believe that he is still talking about the sickness here. The parking lot fits with the imagery in the stanzas before.

    "And I still hear my friend say
    You know, you wouldn't believe the things I saw when I was stationed overseas
    But he somehow keeps smiling in spite of all of that
    While I keep finding ways to push the good out for the bad"

    Here the narrator is comparing his struggle with other people's. He is devaluing his pain and suffering, showing that others are able to be optimistic after they have suffered more than he has.

    "Oh, how selfish of myself
    To always say that it was more than I could take
    Like it was pain I couldn't shake
    Like it could break me with its fingers
    Throw my body in the lake and I would slowly sink away"

    Again, he is devaluing his own pain. This time calling himself selfish. He is claiming that the pain he felt was crippling, when it shouldn't have been. It also shows the strength of the pain and his weakness to it — it could break him its fingers, which is quite a feat. The imagery of the lake and sinking is quite common when people talk about depression, if you take these other metaphors and link them with this, it strengthens the notion that the 'sickness' is more of a mental thing than anything else.

    "But the truth is it was sorrow that I made and wouldn't face
    See, I keep falling for the future after tripping on the past
    And I am always tearing sutures out to make the anguish last
    Like it defines me or reminds me
    I've found comfort in my suffering
    And uncertainty in happiness and death
    Because what's next is such a mystery to me
    And I am terrified of all the things I feel but cannot see"

    In this, he is ultimately saying that he constructed his own pain and sorrow — created his own hell so to speak. The themes here are quite universal — fear of death, the unknown, finding comfort in what you know, and yet the narrator continues to beat himself up about this. The idea of depression is carried on here, through 'uncertainty in happiness'.

    "Friends and family
    Put your hand into my hand and lay your head into my chest
    You are all that I have left here
    We are all that we have left"

    This stanza seems that he is again comforting people, but it also has the undertone of something more devastating. Perhaps they are being confronted by a great struggle and they are standing together to beat it, they are they have left.

    "We are the lovers
    We are the last of our kind
    So link your arms and keep your chin up
    And I swear that we'll be fine
    We are the lovers
    We are the last of our kind"

    This seems to support the notion of a confrontation, they need to fight, and are 'the last of their kind' — increasing the burden they have to carry. There is a deep romanticism in this — "we are the lovers / we are the last of our kind" they are lovers in a world void of love.

    "Though we are not sure who we are
    We keep our heads up
    Though we are not sure where we're from
    We keep our hearts up
    Though we are not sure when we'll leave
    We keep our heads up
    Though we are not sure where we'll go
    We keep our hopes up
    Though we're not sure who we are
    We keep our heads up
    Though we're not sure where we're from
    We keep our hearts up
    Though we're not sure when we'll leave
    We keep our heads up
    Though we're not sure where we'll go
    We keep our hopes up"

    Here the narrator is voicing doubt. There is a doubt in the identity of the group, but although there is great doubt, there seems to be a strong will here — they are willing to fight, and keep strong despite not knowing. The repetition and the addition of other voices shows both unity and determination — it becomes a war cry.

    "Keep your head up
    We're fine
    Just keep your head up
    I swear we'll be alright
    Keep your head up
    My friends, my friends
    Keep your head up, I swear
    I swear we'll never die
    I swear we'll get home safe and sound
    I swear
    I swear we'll never die
    I swear we'll live on underground
    I swear"

    As a continuation of the previous stanza, this acts as a promise — the narrator is trying to keep these people going, encouraging them to continue. The way this is structured forms the image of a long journey — a struggle that needs to be overcome, but is still draining.

    "I will give your heart a place to rest
    When everything you had has turned and left"

    This is pretty self explanatory — he will be there for whoever, when they are alone. The narrator will be the constant, the nurse to a broken person.

    "I'll weave your names into my ribcage
    Lock your hearts inside my chest"

    To me the narrator is saying that he will never forget these people, never allow them to truly die. He will be with them no matter what, and they will be in him, protected (ribcage) and comforted (heart).

    "Regain the passion I once carried
    Do away with all the rest"

    Here he is saying that he knows what his priorities are now. Passion. Passion for life, or a hobby, or a lover. Everything else is unimportant.

    "I tore the sickness from your bodies
    Smashed its head against the bricks
    I made a castle from its bones
    That you may always dwell in it"

    Here he is reminding them of what he has done. Created a shelter out of the pain, out of sickness — something that will not break.

    "So sing for every buried moment
    That you thought would never end
    And sing your fears about the future
    And a dirge for faded friends
    For all the love that you had held to
    Why it somehow failed to keep
    And sing for each minute you've been frightened
    Every hour you've lost sleep
    And sing for all your friends and family
    Sing for those who didn't survive
    But sing not for their final outcome
    Sing a song of how they tried"

    Singing is something that can hold many meanings. People sing in remembrance, in pain, in joy, in longing, this stanza sums all of that up. Ultimately this is the narrator telling his friends or family or lover to sing it all away, close the door on the bad things that happened in the past, but in that, he is encouraging them to remember the good along with the bad. Essentially preserving some memories in a positive light, immortalising certain struggles that brought about this bittersweet outcome. The last three lines are the most powerful to me — they essentially sum up the song. Look at the good, turn the bad into good, and make sure that you remember how you got here and how hard it was.

    "We live amidst a silent storm
    Leaves us unsatisfied at best"

    This is a return to the idea of the sickness — depression or some other mental illness. Something stealthy that is still lethal.

    "So fill your heart with what's important
    And be done with all the rest"

    This echoes the lines:
    "Regain the passion I once carried
    Do away with all the rest"
    Enforcing the notion that it is better to focus on the good, the important and your passions, everything else is secondary.

    "We are what's left of what we once were
    We are falling far behind
    There's so much stacking up against us
    And we're running out of time"

    This is displaying many things: we are the memories we keep, the only remaining reminder of what once was in us; how hard it can be — an uphill struggle; how there is no reprieve when you are fighting; and as stated, how time is running out. This is really desperate, the pain in this stanza is obvious and consuming — it's a fear of not being good enough.

    "We are but hopeful children
    And we're the last of our kind
    But if we let our hearts move outward
    I know we will never"

    This is a redemption. Although things are bad, they are hopeful, and again, the last of their kind. Lovers and the hopeful — a dying breed. He continues to say, that if you retain what you love, send it outward, and keep it going you will never fade, die, be forgotten. There is so much you could fill in.

    "We are but friends and family
    We are the last of our kind
    So hold my hand, I'll lift your head up
    And I promise we'll be fine"

    This is memetic of the whole song. The solider on attitude is reflected here, he is still optimistic in spite of all everything.

    "We are but hopeful lovers
    And we are running out of time
    There's so much stacking up against us
    And we're falling far behind"

    Here is the reality. Everything is looking down. Everything is not as good as it could be.

    "But if we let our hearts move outward
    I know we will never
    We are but lovers
    We are the last of our kind
    And if we let our hearts move outward
    I know we will never
    We are but lovers
    We are the last of our kind
    And if we let our hearts move outward
    We will never die"

    The repetition here shows how determined the narrator is, shows how desperate this situation is, but also how much hope there can be. This last stanza is really a call to arms, a battle cry, it is a motivation to survive it all, the sickness, the death of romance and hope, the death of family and friends. This is what it all comes down to.

    The title is something of a mystery. 'The Last Lost Continent' could be many things, but in the end, no matter the possible readings, it is ultimately something untouched by man, this continent is something representative of something greater than what it is. Throughout the song, we are reminded that the narrator is among the last of the lovers and the hopefuls, these 'lasts' need to reside somewhere — the last lost continent. If the narrator created a throne, and a castle out of the sickness, then why not a whole continent? Somewhere for his family and friends to reside, where they will be safe, where they can continue to fight forevermore, and never die. The last safe place, lost to all the pain that is humanity.

    To be honest, this song is just so diverse, and the imagery is so haunting that I don't feel this analysis has done it any justice. The ideas brought forth by this song are just so powerful and universal — even if you don't connect to the meaning, the voice is raw and powerful, perfect for the song. It is truly a masterpiece that is underrated.

    TL;DR:

    To me, this song is ultimately a dirge, an ode to the last lovers and the last hopefuls. It is bittersweet. The narrator confronts and destroys a sickness (something of the mind, probably) that has plagued his family, friends and lover, he then builds a safe haven from this destruction — a beacon of hope. There is also the deepest sense of a struggle, a war, almost, that the narrator and his companions need to fight to stay alive, yet everything seems hopeless. Despite this, there is a sense of hope, screamed into your ear, the narrator tells you to keep strong. There are so many elements in this song, winding and twisting, making this 12 minute epic so haunting. The narrator gives a wide range of emotion — hatred, fear, sadness, devastation, hope, strength, through all this, fragility is the undertone. The narrator is worn out, he has fought and run, and confronted, and built castles, and he's been the driving force of a dying breed. He is the one that has kept everyone going, and although he is tired, he manages to make it to the end. The beauty of this song is mixed with pain and fear, and a ling struggle that consumes the listen, with the progression of the music and the heightening desperation that is held in the narrator's voice.

    Sorry for the length, I just really like this song.
    Ahamkaraon February 27, 2011   Link
  • +8
    General CommentThese lyrics are possibly the most powerful lyrics on this entire website.
    Frenchfrhyon September 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe verses in this song are so intense; so vivid. People compare La Dispute to mewithoutYou, but Jordan has a noticeably different writing style than Aaron.
    filmwarron November 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is easily my favorite song off of the album.

    i believe the first verse talks about your inner demons, like depression, sadness, bitterness, jealousy, everything, and i think jordan is talking about how sick he is of it effecting him and the people he loves. it seeems like he wants to just destroy it and rip it apart for everything it's done. ("for every lover you have ruined", "every life that you have taken") and put hope in its place.

    the rest of the song really connects with me. like his view towards life is a lot like mine...there's always fear and insecurities and doubt in everything, but in the end there's always optimism and heart.
    afflictionateon January 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh jeez, whenever I hear this song (especially during the last 7 minutes) I just want to burst into tears.
    warmcerealon October 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthere is alot of Christian imagery in this song. i love how powerful it is. its like he's taking Satan and bashing him in and yet evil lives on. it's actually kind of sad, La Dispute has some powerful lyrics. amazing live band aswell.
    camnavson February 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe beat, the lyrics, the vocals all make this song absolutely perfect.
    criminologyon July 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta mix between fighting and running from what he cant quite control.
    passionate yet hurting in his voice.
    vedalynon May 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my second favorite song from la dispute. almost most favorite. depending on the day.
    carmenitaaaon May 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs I have said in all the meanings of La Dispute songs in this site the whole album tells of a story. The story of a broken marriage. In this song he is beating the crap out his fears which have been controlling him. The past left him scarred and he has always held on to it and he keeps worrying about the future which makes him unable to live in the present. He is learning to live in the present and have a more positive outlook on life as in the past he has always seen the dark side of things instead of the bright side.

    This song is an inspiration to me every single day!!
    frooshieon July 22, 2011   Link

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