It's the sigh of a building falling down
It's the world spinning us around
It's the slip of the surgeon's knife
And the darker crimes of common existence
It's a missile sleeping in the ground
It's a camera trying to photograph a sound
It's a case for the basic flaw
The end of the film in the coming attractions
It's a cell that's spinning out of control
It's a light at the edge of a black hole
Scream of an orchestra
Total collapse or an overreaction

In your blood there is a sad, sad song
Circulating through your nervous system
It's killing you but it's bringing me along
You were the cancer in my life
You were the cancer all the time
You were the cancer
That's all you'll ever be

It's the comfort in a bathtub full of ice
It's the promise of a peaceful afterlife
Or the string of a violin wound too tight
It's gasping for oxygen
It's a signal that's sent out over the air
At the speed of a thousand unheard prayers
It's the faith in the chemicals
A shot in the dark the size of a particle
It's blood from the neon sign
Trying to light a way through your insides
Make a map of the badlands
Watch your life slip through your hands
They're not for shaking
They're not for praying
They're just for holding close
Everything you love in this fragile little dream

I see you're coming down
And no one knows where
I see you're coming down
Without a prayer

You were the cancer in my life
You were the cancer all the time
You were the cancer
That's all you'll ever be

Your blood is a sad, sad song
Bleeding through your nervous system
It's killing you but it's bringing me along

It's a sound that's spinning out of control
It's a light at the edge of a black hole
Scream of an orchestra
Total collapse of an overreaction

You were the cancer in my life
You were the cancer all the time
You were the cancer
That's all you'll ever be
You were the cancer in my life
You were the cancer all the time
You were the cancer
That's all you'll ever be


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  • +1
    General CommentSome exec who oversaw Thursday left the label during 2003, so they had new bosses. They were really stressed, had only 7 days without shows in 2003, and were thinking of breaking up. Rickly also had an ulcer that his doctor thought was stomach cancer, hence the inspiration for this song. Source: AP 3/2009.
    a scar in the skyon March 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentholy shit
    JackSmirkingRevengeon January 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhile this song could be about the detrimental effects of love or religion, I'm think it's more about how there are many different things that can leach off of our lives.
    Bluuron January 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDamn.. great song. From the weird synth noises at the start to the explosive end... a fantastic way to end the new album.
    renevanton January 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat an amazing song and an amazing way to finish the album.
    fit4130on February 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat an amazing song and an amazing way to finish the album.
    fit4130on February 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat an amazing song and an amazing way to finish the album.
    fit4130on February 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing end to an amazing album.
    brokensainton February 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFucking. Awesome.
    ZeroGravity107on February 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest song on the album. hands down.
    mtbraceron April 30, 2009   Link

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