The rain falls up and off the street
The clocks turn back in retreat
Footsteps fall off of our feet
I see the tears crawling up your cheek
It's turning back to pink
The slap got pulled right off of it
We all fall back into bed again

When you see what you've done
You'll want to take back
To take it back
You can't, you can't
And it's killing you

The doctor comes in off the street
Stitch gets pulled out of the bleed
Mothers fall down in their seat
I can see time's arrow turning back to me
Children getting light
Disappear into a sigh
We'll all rise like snowflakes in the sky tonight

Lyrics submitted by eltroyo11

Time's Arrow song meanings
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  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is obviously about domestic abuse.. particularly child abuse. From what the song, in my opinion, portrays is a father who hit his kid and he regrets what he has done but it's a reoccurs often. All the lyrics are too self-explanatory, something we don't see too often from Geoff as a songwriter but it's easily accepted because it's still brilliant. This band has reinvented themselves and I couldn't be more content with the new album. Still my favorite band today. I'll be buying it on 2/17.
    infmoeon January 30, 2009   Link
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    General Comment*To take it back
    timxcoreon January 19, 2009   Link
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    laurelinwyntreon February 27, 2009   Link
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    General Commentfuckin good song. i normally am not a huge fan of these breaks in an album, but this one is done very well. and while its very blunt, i like that thursday is able to do that every once in a while.
    mechatanneron July 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAnyone else get all fancy like me and take Geoff's writing of the song literally? The song is actions played in reverse, culminating in the event occurring. So I popped the song into Audacity and played it backwards. Sure enough, the second half of the song has backing vocals and music that play forward when run backward.

    When played forward the lines

    "The slap got pulled right off of it
    We all fall back into bed again"

    are repeated numerous times backward. Anyone else notice this?
    SephNiteon October 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentTruly one of Thursday's best. I love this song.
    brokensainton February 17, 2009   Link

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