"Lighting Myself on Fire" as written by and Ben Thornewill....
Hey!

I think I'll go down in flames
Want to ask you to join me
Cause that would be insane but you could warm your hands
Yeah, take up the place right here next to me
They will come from miles away
Cause it's cold outside
And they need a place to rub on their hands and feet
What better time and place than here?

Cause you've become a fire for me
Ever since you turned eighteen, love
And then you said that love was
Just some sort of passing thing
But you've become a fire in me
Ever since you turned eighteen
And the cold ain't so cold when you hold yourself to me

Hey!

And they will come from miles away
In your honor
In their Sunday best of sleeveless shirts and winter coats
Oh they've been waiting for this for years
You can see it in their eyes
There's a fire there
And it's not that I want fire, but it's deep inside
They jump into the fair, fair sky

Cause you've become a fire for me
Ever since you turned eighteen, love
And then you said that love was
Just some sort of passing thing
Cause you've become a fire in me
Ever since you turned eighteen
And the cold ain't so cold when you hold yourself to me

Look, you can see it in their eyes
They're afraid that they'll catch fire
Cause I've told 'em they're filled with gasoline
Cause it's what my heart desires

All these little birds are chirping in their world
Twenty feet above the street where our footprints end

You're wearing it down, you know, when you walk like that
We're not supposed to carry ourselves in the smalls of our backs

Hey!


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    General Commentlooking at the lyrics from the CD case right now, in the first refrain it's:
    "I wouldn't ask you to join me"
    "I would stake out your place right here next to me"

    2nd refrain (after chorus) it's:
    "but its not that I'm on fire yeah its deep inside"
    "they're jumping to the peppered sky"
    withfireon April 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentJukebox was out signing their CDs at the merchandise table and I had an opportunity to ask Thornewill about the last two lines of this song because I didn't really understand them:

    "You're wearing it down, you know, when you walk like that
    We're not supposed to carry ourselves in the smalls of our backs"

    He said that he was out on a nice spring day and observed that a lot of people were hunched over, as if they were carrying the weight of themselves on the smalls of their backs. The "wearing it down" part refers to them wearing the earth out by walking so heavily.

    I had previously thought that this was some sort of love song "you've become a fire for me ever since you turned eighteen" . . . some young, hot thing lit a fire deep inside his heart, but I don't know now. I was too sheepish to ask.
    withfireon April 09, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationIt almost sounds like it's about a wedding.
    lovely-akarion May 09, 2009   Link
  • -2
    General CommentThis reminds me of New Moon in major ways.
    bbuckykkatton September 19, 2009   Link

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