"Blindness" as written by Gavin Brown, Emily Haines and James Shaw....
Send us a blindfold, send us a blade
Tell the survivors help is on the way
I was a blind fool, never complained
All the survivors singing in the rain
I was the one with the world at my feet
Got us a battle, leave it up to me

Find us a trap door, find us a plane
Tell the survivors help is on the way
I was a blind fool, never complained
All the survivors singing in the rain
I was the one with the world at my feet
Got us a battle, leave it up to me

What it is and where it stops nobody knows
You gave me a life I never chose
I wanna leave but the world won't let me go
Wanna leave but the world won't let me go

I was the one with the world at my feet
Got us a battle, leave it up to me
Leave it up to me


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"Blindness" as written by Gavin Brown Emily Haines

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  • +4
    My InterpretationThe blindfold and blade allusions remind me of the personification of Justice. As seen in statues commonly found in courthouses, Justitia is portrayed as a matron carrying a sword and measuring balances, and sometimes wearing a blindfold.

    + sword: a double-edged sword in her right hand, symbolizing the power of Reason and Justice, which may be wielded either for or against any party.
    + measuring balances: set of weighing scales typically suspended from her left hand, upon which she measures the strengths of a case's support and opposition.
    + blindfold: justice is (or should be) meted out objectively, without fear or favor, regardless of the identity, power, or weakness: blind justice and blind impartiality.

    I want to say the song is about the concept of justice and how it was the standard of objective truth until people started to push and distort it to their own means ("I was the one with the world at my feet "... "You gave me a life I never chose"). Distorted Justice's blind impartiality became apathy ("I was a blindfold, never complained") and left the victims ("survivors singing in the rain") to suffer, but their pleas are now answered and now it rushes to the rescue. A return of true justice ("Got us a battle, leave it up to me").
    SadXuHuangon March 23, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationAs soon as I took the time to listen to the song I immediately assumed that it was about children who have been molested. I've heard molested children referred to as survivors on many occasions. It makes sense if you think about it, "Send us a blindfold, send us a blade. Tell the survivors help is on the way." That is in the moment, when it's happening. I'm sure most people who are being forced into this situation wish that they could close their eyes and make it go away (blindfold) or stop it (blade). The allusions to Justice only prove my case further. Who doesn't want justice for such an atrocious act?

    "I was a blindfold, never complained. All the survivors singing in the rain." It makes sense that a child who is being abused would feel like a blindfold. These poor children are forced to be the blindfolds of the world. =/ I would also imagine that a survivor feels as if they are constantly singing in the rain. The image of a person singing in the rain does not denote pleasantness, instead it exudes sadness.

    "I was the one with the world at my feet. Got us a battle, leave it up to me." All children have the world at their feet, and most molested children must feel that that world, those opportunities, have been taken away. Sexual abuse leaves one with a battle that never goes away, and in the end it is up to oneself to grow from the experience and heal. This reference could be related to that fact alone or possibly to a literal court battle where the perpetrator is brought to justice. It might also be a reference to the cowardice that is typical in many abusers, instead of confessions you leave it up to a child to expose.

    In the second verse she reiterates the original message. "Find us a trap door, find us a plane.
    Tell the survivors help is on the way." The trap door and plane more clear symbols of wanting to escape or end something. Telling the survivors that help is on the way once again shows how a victim must feel. Will it ever end? Will anybody ever help me? Will I ever get over this psychologically, physically, spiritually?


    In the bridge, the author describes the most basic characteristics of sexual abuse with the line, "What it is and where it stops nobody knows." Can it be explained away or excused? Does it truly ever stop? Once you are abused, considered a survivor, how can you erase that mark from your past? The remaining lines, "You gave me a life I never chose. I wanna leave but the world won't let me go. Wanna leave but the world won't let me go" solidify the notion that sexual abuse has many far-reaching effects on the individual.


    lisbetherikaon March 03, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"what is it and where it stops, nobody knows". I have the impression that the "it" is referring life.
    I thought it was about suicide, and the fact we can't escape this world and we're forced to be alive.

    but all your opinions made me rethink the meaning of this song, and now I really don't know.
    lynouluneon June 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove this song, one of the best on the album. "What it is and where it stops nobody knows...You gave me a life I never chose... want to leave but the world won't let me go" To me this is clearly referring to being famous and the level of fame they have achieved. I see them as a band that truly plays for the love of music, not fame. I think the rest of the song may just be clever analogy’s on the same topic.
    labradogson May 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't have a definite idea on what the song means, but I don't think its about the band or her self. It almost sounds like its singing about a hero of some type.

    With the phrases "help is on the way", "the one with the world at my feet", "Got us a battle, leave it up to me", "Find us a trap door, find us a plane", "You gave me a life I never chose", and "Wanna leave but the world won't let me go". It almost screams hero.

    But the phrase that throws that theory off the most is "I was a blindfold, never complained". And she sings about sending one. And anything that blinds things or people is almost considered bad, example FOX news. xD And if this theory is right, it almost paints a picture of Venture Bros. Where Protagonists and Antagonists are set up, and fight blindly. But the song paints it more serious and dark version of hero VS. villain.

    And going on with the theory, it would seem she WAS a bad guy "I was a blindfold" And it would seem that she misses it. The only bright lyric in is is "I was a blindfold, never complained." Everything else seems dreadful. Which would make sense. If your a bad guy the world hates you, and you can do your own thing without much publicity. Where as if your the hero, the world constantly wants you, you get no privacy, and no alone time.

    So putting it all together the song looks like there was an accident caused by most likely a big corporation. So the "Protagonist" arrives and needs to call in a "Antagonist" to make the corporation not look bad. And while the "Protagonist" is waiting and helping out, she is thinking how she misses being the "antagonist".

    Now this is probably the most absurd meaning, and very confusing. That is far from what it truly means. But I tried. ^^
    Icarus00on May 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPersonally for me, this song is in the context of a 'warrior' or a fighter. (That may just be the inner geek speaking, but bear with me.) The 'battle' I refer to doesn't have to be literal either, take it metaphorically if you will.

    "Send us a blindfold, send us a blade
    Tell the survivors help is on the way "

    Is an indication of some sort of fight, with the blade and that there are survivors. "Got us a battle, leave it up to me." Also follows my theory on the battle, for obvious reasons.

    For me, "I was the one with the world at my feet." shows almost a strength and leadership, and I see "I was a blindfold, never complained.", to me, signifies that the singer is the one protecting the others from what is going on, being the one that 'covers everything up', and is exposed to everything in the process.

    "You gave me a life I never chose." shows that is was involuntary and almost compulsory, and that she was thrown into this situation, with no choice, and it's almost an unstoppable.

    Anyway, just my perspective of it, beautiful song, has real meaning.
    fascinationson May 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot entirely sure what this song is "about," but its got a lot of really evocative images, lyrically.
    mad_world87on March 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen i first heard this song, i immediately thought of Lost.
    ewvictoriaon March 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI also thought about Lost. The plane, the accident, the survivors, etc... Some parts don't fit though.

    I really love the lines "You gave me a life I never chose. I wanna leave but the world won't let me go." ; both for what it means and how it is sung.
    AnalogTrashon March 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti kinda get the feeling that this song has a lot to do with her addiction.
    wonderlust_on April 01, 2009   Link

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