"This Is What" as written by and Justin Wayne Ringle....
Baby brother don't you know?
I'm cross when you come,
I'm cursed when you go.
I won't waste my time, let the worst get in line.
I fruitlessly labor for show.
As time passes distance grows.

My son is so late.
Mother trust I will bring you a face,
even on the wrong days,
you know I could dream to lay,
next to that body,
I've yet to make.

This is what it is to be.
Call it joy in youth,
don't dare call it free.
He won't come, he won't crawl.
He won't answer at all.
I fruitlessly labor for show.
As time passes distance grows.

Lyrics submitted by nickjones724

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    General Commentno music is more moving
    lizzayyyyxon July 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I have the feeling it's about realizing your home isn't your home anymore and the idea of starting a family for yourself.
    alexamillionon December 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is one of my favorites.
    I love the instruments, and the words.
    castledooron May 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think I can accurately give the meaning because a lot of what is in this song is actually happening to me right now with my family, I guess depends on interpretation, but here goes:

    I think the song is about family as it grows apart with age. A child grows, starts his own family, or does his own thing and drifts further from his parents and immediate family. I right now am "fruitlessly laboring for show" in my life calling my parents just to call every once in a while to acknowledge we're still here.
    Plauguson October 28, 2011   Link
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    General Commentsorry, hit to post before I was finished.

    And with the "sure as time passes" which I believe is the actual lyric, "distance grows"

    Again I see this with my own life where as when i moved out I might have visited or called my family every few days, then as i got older it went from once a week, to once every other week, etc. to the point eventually maybe placing family in a home and rarely ever seeing them.
    Plauguson October 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite song on the album currently, but I can hardly listen to it without the rest of the album, or at least the tracks from Father Reprise on.

    I like to consider it in the context of those songs: Heathen's Kiss is about Ringle's pain and amber when he discovered that his wife was unfaithful, then Different Gray is about the depression following the breakup. I'm not sure what his family situation is, but to me the song, or at least the last two verses, sound like he's mourning the loss of his future, starting a family and having children.
    jules12440on February 24, 2017   Link
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    General CommentThe speaker in the song is Jesus Christ. And it's brilliant. absolutely. brilliant. beautiful.
    damaxpowerwayon May 21, 2010   Link

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