Veins swell
You know me, Ellen, enough to tell
Five steps you're over

Quick cut
Make your move, deliberate
Five steps you're over

No reprimand
Deliberate, demand
With your two feet at hand

Get back
This train's a comin' down the track
Five steps you're over


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    General CommentThis is an extremely powerful song. It has personal meaning to me, and I speak from personal experience, so I may be biased. But... This song is about the 5 steps of grief, and about drugs, though neither is really the subject matter. It was well placed on South Parks Intervention episode.

    "Veins swell" - He is a drug addict.
    "You know me, Ellen, enough to tell" - Assuming Ellen is his girlfriend, and she knows of his addiction. She does not approve and can tell when he is high.
    "Five steps and you're over." - His way of saying I would rather go through the grief of losing you than quit drugs.
    "Quick cut, Make your move, deliberate" - She makes an ultimatum, quit drugs or I'm leaving you.
    "No reprimand Deliberate, demand" - No further words or arguing, she is going to leave him now.
    "With your two feet at hand" - His response, You have two feet, get up and leave.
    "Get back This train's a comin' down the track" - And now he is going to get high.

    Five steps you're over - Very powerful line. I will get over you in 5 easy steps. Much easier than quitting drugs.
    tcthomas4on April 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is just my analogy of these song lyrics. I think they outline the premiss of the show and outline what families of addicts need to do to break this destructive cycle.

    "Veins swell
    You know me, Elle, enough to tell"
    I think this part is just staing the fact that those around the addict know them well enough to tell when they are using and when they are not.

    "Quick cut
    Make your move, deliberate"
    I think this part of the song is talking about how once a family decides to do an intervention, that it needs to be quick and deliberate and with everyone involved on the same page. It describes the process of letting the addict know that there is nothing you won't do to help them get better, and that there is nothing you will do to allow this to continue one more day. The "NO MORE" stage so-to-speak.

    "With your own two feet and hand"
    To me this implies that it is up to the loved ones to intervine before it's too late. Then, once the decision to act has been made, loved ones must stand together and stand their ground.

    "No reprimand
    Deliberate, demand"
    I think this part talks about how in order to break the cycle of depandency,the loved ones must make it clear to the addict what consequences he/she will face if help is not excepted. Not by "scolding" or belittling the addict but by putting the consequences on the table, letting the addict make the decision, and for the loved ones to stick to the consequences they have set.

    "Get back
    This train's a comin' down the track"
    I think this last verse referes to the act of stepping back and letting whatever happens happen. Whether the addict desides to get help or not is purely up to them. They cannot be forced to get help and loved ones must allow themselves to accept whatever choice the addict makes and move on with their own lives.

    "Five steps you're over"
    I think this lyric refers to the 5 stages of grief that come with any major life change. Change is hard and if one can make it through the stages of grief and reach the acceptance stage regarding their situation, healing can begin.
    dianamo67on December 30, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt seems like it's about drug use because of the show Intervention which could very well be the truth. It could also be literally about taking 5 steps towards that person you care about or it could be about suicide. He talks about taking 5 steps to be in front of a train and then he says it's over. Or this song can mean something completely different, this is just some ideas I thought of.
    heartsrhythmon August 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAdmitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
    DKVilleon August 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think it's about drug use, though much of that is based on its use as the theme for Intervention.
    kmk_natashaon March 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentum, im pretty sure this is a song is talking about the five steps of grief. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance. I'm thinking this song was brought on by the loss of someone close to the songwriter.
    emobamaon January 18, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI agree with both kmk_natasha and heartsrhythm.

    In the first verse, they sing

    "Veins swell. You know me Elle, and enough to tell
    Five steps you're over."

    Which to me sounds like one of the steps it takes to inject a drug.

    Then the next verse
    "Quick cut, make your move deliberate
    Five steps you're over."

    It sounds like it might be the about one of the steps of a suicide technique

    "No reprimand, deliberate demand" - It's like saying that there's no more consequences for the perpetrator of a successful suicide, and that the need for it is intentional.
    "With your two feet at hand" - not sure about this one

    "Get back this train's a comin down the track
    Five steps you're over"
    The last part is like saying, okay, now that you've had your time standing in the tracks feeling sorry for yourself, it's time to get out of harm's way, and come back. It's only five steps back from where you came.
    noggerson April 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAfter thinking about this song I do not believe it is about addiction. It is about loss. The TV show Intervention used it because well it sounds nice to the images they are showing.

    This song is definitely about the 5 stages of grief. It reminds you about them in every verse. There are 4 verses. All of them detailing 4 of the 5 stages of grief

    Denial: You know me well enough... I am strong I will get through this
    Anger: Quick Cut, make your move delibate... Fix me already, I can not be going through this.
    Bargaining: No reprimand, deliberate demand... Your bargaining for your life, demanding it. Promising God you will be different etc.
    Depression: Get back, trains a coming down the track... Depressing sets in because you know the inevitable.

    And the beauty in this song is that the fifth stage is acceptance, which is not talked about because why would it be? It is understood already.
    StickOnTaton September 18, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThere are five stages of addiction recovery. The first few verses address the first few stages:

    1. Awareness and acknowledgement that you have a problem. "You know me well enough to tell"

    2. Consideration of the idea of recovery. Deliberate.

    3. Explore recovery "with your two feet at hand"

    The last two stages are the recovery process itself, which the show handles as an epilogue:

    4. The initial stages of recovery and the process of finding equilibrium.
    5. Ongoing recovery and maintenance.

    The final verse could be referring to the train as a vehicle to recovery, but the line "Get back" suggests a warning: if you don't move you'll die, and there's no stopping that train.
    pablo10000on January 08, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFive steps toward the tracks, you're over.
    Pepsi90919on August 04, 2015   Link

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