"We Build Then We Break" as written by Joseph King, Isaac Slade, David Welsh and Benjamin Wysocki....
I don't know you but I know what you did to her
She told me and I happen to believe her too

They will be three steps behind
You will not know what's got you
Oh so you're sorry now
All is not well, it's not ended

Hold your breath 'till it's over
There's something left underwater

You've been quiet, there are things
That you do not speak of
But if you stay gone a little
Longer your keys won't work

'Cause I will be two steps behind
You will not know what's got you
Oh so you're sorry now
All is not well, it's not ended

Hold your breath 'till it's over
There's something left underwater

Hold your breath 'till it's over
There's something left underwater

Hold your breath 'till it's over
There's something left underwater

Hold your breath 'till it's over
There's something left underwater


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"We Build Then We Break" as written by Benjamin Wysocki Ben Wysocki

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  • +2
    My InterpretationThis is my interpretation of the song:

    "I don't know you but I know what you did to her
    She told me and I happen to believe her too"

    --I think Isaac is talking about someone he knew that abused someone else, he knows that person, but he no longer knows who they actually are, especially after what they did.

    "They will be 3 steps behind
    You will not know what's got you
    Oh so you're sorry now
    All is not well, its not ended"

    -- I think this could mean two things:
    If it was physical abuse it could be law enforcement coming to get the person, and he suddenly is sorry to do a guily plea and get less punishment or...
    It's the abusers feelings/conscience getting to him. He didn't expect to have these feelings and the 'old' him is coming back and he is suddenly sorry and sees all the wrongs he commited.

    "Hold your breath til its over
    There's something left underwater"

    -- I think this is something the abusee thought while it was happening, and now it starts to also come into play for the abuser. Just hold your breat till its over, then try to make something of what is left of you.

    "You've been quiet, there are things that you do not speak of
    But if you stay gone a little longer your keys won't work"

    -- I think Isaac is talking to the abuser nonconfrontational at first but is getting nowhere; the abuser isn't literally gone, but just not himself and the keys are an allusion to only the abuser can unlock the truth and if he doesn't soon he will never get redemption.

    "Cause I will be 2 steps behind
    You will not know what's got you
    Oh so you're sorry now
    All is not well, its not ended

    Hold your breath til its over
    There's something left underwater"

    -- The abuser never expected Isaac to confront him and is startled , I think it's very deep that Isaac is one step ahead of the other person, whoever it may be. The ending is the same as above."

    neverso1on December 17, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationA girl he cares about has told him she was abused when she was little, and he’s confronting the person who did it, even though he’s never met them before, and he is really pissed off. I think the song is about him (wanting to) taking revenge on the person who hurt her, tracking them down when they are not expecting it and ignoring their self-serving apologies.

    The ‘hold your breath until it’s over’ makes me think of the little girl closing her eyes and holding her breath until the abuse was over, and the ‘there’s something left under water’ could mean the something left unresolved in the past, the abuse that has been buried in the memories of the girl and never brought out.

    This also supports ‘you’ve been quiet, there are some things you do not speak of’ meaning the little girl, who learnt never to talk about what happened. ‘but if you stay gone a little longer your keys won't work’ makes me think the abuse has really been mentally torturing this girl all these years, and if she continues to deny it, it could end up really harming her/ making her lose her mind.




    lostspiriton August 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFAVOURITE song off the new album, hands down.
    thrwmyhrtawy.on February 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's pretty awesome, eh?
    Love the drums in this song.
    Second favourite on the album after "Say When".
    I can't believe there aren't more comments here.
    jdaniels_11on February 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe sounds a bit like Tom Chaplin from Keane in the chorus of this song! In fact, this song almost sounds like one Keane would make. I really like it :)
    60_miles_an_houron February 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis song seems to be about a vengeful friend/boyfriend threatening someone who hurt a girl very important to him.

    It has kind of creepy, mysterious sound to it.
    glassmidnighton April 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpretty dark. interesting. Yea it basically sounds like hes angry at someone abusing a girl he likes or something. that sucks
    unggoyon May 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with everybody else
    Although
    MrNorthQueenslandon June 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt also sounds like the person who is abusive is being either drowned mentally or physically

    "hold your breath, til it's over"



    "they will be 3 steps behind, you will not no what's got you"
    MrNorthQueenslandon June 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song sounds like a vengeful friend speaking to a lover who's hurt a girl he cares about. The first verse is obvious in meaning, and "They will be 3 steps behind, You will not know what's got you" I think refers to feelings of guilt and remorse, or memories. "Hold your breath, till it's over, there's something left underwater", Probably signifies the friend's revenge...saying, watch out, I'll make you join my friend underwater. "You've been quiet, there are things that you do not speak of
    But if you stay gone a little longer your keys won't work", this another "watch out" line, saying you can't hide or run away from what you did, you'll be stuck here forever. "Cause I will be 2 steps behind", is of course, referring to himself now. This song is amazing--wonderfully creepy, and the ending makes me want to dance, really. XD

    deathcode2595on June 17, 2009   Link

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