Time is never worth my time
Blue shine bleeds into my eyes

I still sleep on the right side
But white noise can't leave the scene behind

Could I be anything you want me to be
If so is it meant to be seen

When you see yourself in a crowded room
Do your fingers itch are you pistol whipped
Will you step in line or release the glitch
Can you fall asleep with a panic switch

When you see yourself in a crowded room
Do your fingers itch are you pistol whipped
Will you step in line or release the glitch
Do you think she'll sleep with a panic...

I'll try to hold on tight tonight
Pink slip inviting me inside
Want to burn skin and brand what once was mine
But the red views keep ripping the divide

If I go everywhere you want me to go
How will I know you'll still follow

When you see yourself in a crowded room
Do your fingers itch are you pistol whipped
Will you step in line or release the glitch
Can you fall asleep with a panic switch

When you see yourself in a crowded room
Do your fingers itch are you pistol whipped
Will you step in line or release the glitch
Do you think she'll sleep with a panic...

Movements are made slow motion in frame
I'm waiting and fading and floating away
The curtains are torn and the setting decayed
I'm waiting and fading and floating...

I'm waiting and fading and floating away
I'm waiting and fading and floating away
I'm waiting and fading and floating away
Waiting and fading
Waiting and fading

When you see yourself in a crowded room
Do your fingers itch are you pistol whipped
Will you step in line or release the glitch
Can you fall asleep with a panic switch

When you see yourself in a crowded room
Do your fingers itch are you pistol whipped
Will you step in line or release the glitch
Do you think she'll sleep with a panic...


Lyrics submitted by chardsofglass

Panic Switch song meanings
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  • +8
    General CommentThe chorus is wrong

    When you see yourself in a crowded room,
    do your finger itch? are you pistol whipped?
    And will you step in line or release the glitch?
    And can you sleep with a panic switch?

    Actually most of the song is wrong...

    Time
    It's never worth my time
    Blue shine
    Bleeds into my eyes

    I still
    Sleep on the right side
    Of the white noise
    Can't leave the scene behind

    Could I be anything you want me to be
    It's always meant to be seen

    [Chorus]
    When you see yourself in a crowded room
    Do your fingers itch, are you pistol-whipped?
    And will you step in line or release the glitch?
    And can you fall asleep with a panic switch?

    And when you see yourself in a crowded room
    Do your fingers itch, are you pistol-whipped?
    Will you step in line or release the glitch?
    Do you think she'll sleep with the panic...

    Mm, I'll try
    To hold on tight tonight
    Pink slip
    Inviting me inside
    Wanna burn skin
    And brand what once was mine
    But the red views
    Keep ripping the divide

    If I go everywhere you want me to go
    How will I know you'll still follow?

    [Chorus]

    I'm waiting and fading and floating away
    I'm waiting and fading and floating away
    I'm waiting and fading and floating away
    Waiting and fading and floating

    I'm waiting and fading and floating away
    Waiting and fading and floating away
    Waiting and fading and floating away
    Waiting and fading, waiting and fading

    [Chorus]
    JalopyGoFaron April 16, 2009   Link
  • +6
    General CommentI can't believe nobody's gotten it yet. And, hello guys, a song can have multiple meanins at once. So yes, it's about the music industry, I see that. It's ALSO definitely about an anxiety attack. But put the pieces together, and you get a song that's about a guy's anxiety towards being an individual. This song is about how everyone's becoming the same, not just the music industry, but society in general. The "speaker" in this song is panicking because he feels like he needs to conform, but really doesn't want to. He values his individuality and is freaking out about how to keep it.

    AND THE CHORUS IS WRONG.AH.
    "Do you see yourself in a crowded room?
    Do your fingers itch? Are you pistol-whipped?
    Do you step in line, or release the glitch?
    Can you fall asleep with a panic switch?"

    The meaning:

    among all of the clones, do you stand out?
    are you like me, dying to be allowed to be yourself?
    so are you going to be a clone, or release the glitch and be yourself?
    can you fall asleep knowing this? (referring to his extreme anxiety)
    catchandreleaseon March 07, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHere is my explanation i think i may have hit bulls eye with this one - let me know what you guys think

    song is about someone that got cheated on

    Time.
    It's never worth my time.
    Moonshine
    Bleeds into my eyes.

    -thinking about her is never worth my time, moonshine - maybe the name of the gf
    bleeds into my eyes - wants to cry

    I still
    Sleep on the right side
    Of the white noise;
    Can't leave the scene behind.

    -i still sleep on the right side of the bed we used to sleep on together
    -white noise = white bed
    -cant forget what happened


    Do you see yourself in a crowded room?
    Do you think I'll snitch? Are you pistol-whipped?
    Do you step in line, or release the glitch?
    Can you fall asleep when I panic, switch?

    -do u see youself (ex-gf) surrounded by your guilt (crowd)
    -do you think i'll tell anyone what u did to me
    -are you pistal (dick) whipped
    -can you fall asleep when i panic - panic as in the emotion in you waking up in a nightmare that your gf is cheating on you

    When you see yourself in a crowded room,
    Do you think I'll snitch? Are you pistol whipped?
    Will you step in line or release this glitch?
    Do you think she'll sleep with the panic?

    -when your about to fuck
    -do you think i'll tell anyone what u did to me
    -are you pistal (dick) whipped
    =will you stop yourself, will say fuck it and open your legs
    -ow you think she'll sleep with that feeling of guild

    And I'll try to hold on tight tonight.
    Pink slip, inviting me inside.
    I want to burn skin and brand what once was mine,
    But the red news came ripping in to fight.

    -i'll try to wait another day for you
    -that pussy (pink slip) is what im lusting for
    -i want to brand ur ass, because you were once mine
    -but i know what you did, and im angry and wont lose to your lust

    If I go anywhere that you want me to go,
    How do I know you'll still follow?

    -if i forgive you, how do i know you wont cheat again

    I'm waiting and fading and floating away
    I'm waiting and fading and floating away
    I'm waiting and fading and floating away
    I'm waiting and fading and floating.

    -im waiting for something, but as i waiting my feelings for you are floating away

    I'm waiting and fading and floating away
    Waiting and fading and floating away
    Waiting and fading and floating away

    -im waiting for something, but as i waiting my feelings for you are floating away
    Waiting and fading and flailing and fading
    narballson April 30, 2009   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI think this song is about being led on sexually by an ex with whom you're still in love. It's like the ex just came back for sex, but you're hoping that they actually want you again. With the anxiety of that situation, you're unable to connect to other people and you wonder if everybody around you can tell that you're losing it.


    "Time is never worth my time
    Blue shine bleeds into my eyes"
    I feel like this part means that it has happened before, and that it's acknowledged that it hasn't worked out well before.

    "I still sleep on the right side
    But white noise can't leave the scene behind"
    You still sleep in the bed where you both used to sleep, and there's a "white noise" presence of emptiness left in the ex's place.

    "Could I be anything you want me to be
    If so is it meant to be seen?"
    Questioning whether or not you're willing to do anything the ex wants in order to get them to come back emotionally.

    "I'll try to hold on tight tonight
    Pink slip inviting me inside"
    Trying to savor the emotionless moments with the ex because you're realizing it's purely sexual.

    "Want to burn skin and brand what once was mine
    But the red views keep ripping the divide"
    Wanting to make 100% certain that the ex will stick around.

    "If I go everywhere you want me to go
    How will I know you'll still follow"
    Questioning yourself about whether or not it's worth your time to play along with the ex.
    cg1303on June 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think its about someone fighting with themself. his alter ego is taking over and he is holding on but its overwhelming. he is dying..

    time is never worth my time
    blue shine bleeds into my eyes
    i still sleep on the right side
    but white noise can't leave the scene behind

    - everything is a blur, sleeping the day away, waking up and the sky blinds you and you are so consumed with all the chaos (white noise sound frequencies)

    could i be anything you want me to be
    if so is it meant to be seen

    -shows how reliant he has become on the voice inside him/cant trust his instinct, doesnt know if its worth it anymore

    when you see yourself in a crowded room
    do your fingers itch are you pistol whipped
    will you step in line or release the glitch
    can you fall asleep with a panic switch

    -he is talking to the voice/alter ego inside himself, because he is essentially just a body because he is so controlled by his alter ego, when he's surrounded by people, his fingers itch/hes so anxious, its painful because he's beginning to get that he is dying (pistol whipped), he is so weak he can fall asleep even with all that he is dealing with, hes becoming numb, he is asking his alter ego, but in a way as if to say you dont have to go through all this.


    i'll try to hold on tight tonight
    pink slip inviting me inside

    -he could die anytime, he feels the termination coming on

    want to burn skin and brand what once was mine
    but the red views keep ripping the divide

    -i want to go back to myself, i want my body back, i want to live without this obsession with listening to the voices inside your head (relates back to white noise theory), but the red views (voices/alter ego overpowers you)

    if i go everywhere you want me to go
    how will i know you'll still follow

    -he doesnt know if he can trust or listen to himself anymore, he doesnt know if his good intuition will follow him much longer


    will you step in line or release the glitch
    do you think she'll sleep with a panic...


    -speaking to himself again, will you let go of me when you finally see that ive had enough???


    i'm waiting and fading and floating...
    i'm waiting and fading and floating away
    i'm waiting and fading and floating away
    i'm waiting and fading and floating away

    -he thinks and does the same thing everday, just like time is not a factor, he is waiting for something, but really its just nothing, he cannot think for himself anymore.. he is dying...

    (just a thought, of course every song means something different to each person)

    darkbrighton May 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think this song is more about having trusted somebody for a long time, and suddenly they hurt you, and you don't know what to do.

    "Panic Switch" seems to symbolize quickly "flipping a switch" in your everyday life, and not being used to it.

    "If I go anywhere you want me to go, how will I know you'll still follow?"
    "I'm waiting and fading and floating away."
    "Could I be anything you want me to be?"
    jrspeak32on July 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is 100% about anxiety. As someone with anxiety myself, I can sooo relate. Very very powerful song. "Can you fall asleep with a panic switch?" Brilliant and sad.
    KTheLibraon August 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBrian himself said it was about a mental/nervous break down (say maybe a panic attack?) and the lyrics all seem to point to different events and situations where they could be happening. The opening verses seem almost to be a stab at the music biz, but the choruses and prechoruses seem more like a couple trying to keep each other calm through the chaos that's around them. IDK, I love Brian's lyrics, but can't always decipher them.
    chardsofglasson March 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, this is and There's No Secrets This Year are definetaly my favorite from Swoon. I just submitted the lyrics for There's No Secrets This Year :D
    volcomsk83ron March 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDam I love this song! Can't wait for Swoon!!
    LAkaiordie22on April 02, 2009   Link

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