"The Reeling" as written by and Michael Angelakos....
We dug these holes we crawled into
Now they're my home
Now here I cannot feel the wind
Can't feel the rain or cold

And I believe in gentle harmony
How I loathe all this obscenity
Is the way my life's got to be
By a single opportunity

Look at me, oh look at me
Is this the way I've always been, oh no, oh no
Now I'm dreaming somebody
Would simply come and kidnap me, oh no, oh no

Everyday I lie awake and pray to God
Today's the day, oh no, oh no
Here I am, here I am
When will someone understand, oh no, oh no

And all at once I feel this
Oh, how it clings to me
It reels and calls me towards it
Confounding destiny

And I can feel the madness inch by inch
The more I run, the more I am convinced
?
Just like we settle in the foggy mist

Look at me, oh look at me
Is this the way I've always been, oh no, oh no
Now I'm dreaming somebody
Would simply come and kidnap me, oh no, oh no

Everyday I lie awake and pray to God
Today's the day, oh no, oh no
Here I am, here I am
When will someone understand, oh no, oh no

Look at me, oh look at me
Is this the way I've always been, oh no, oh no
Now I'm dreaming somebody
Would simply come and kidnap me, oh no, oh no

Everyday I lie awake and pray to God
Today's the day, oh no, oh no
Here I am, here I am
When will someone understand, oh no, oh no


Lyrics submitted by __sooperficial, edited by ChipperSpiff, ignious64, jjf1218, Hayes2232

"The Reeling" as written by Rob Downes David Taylor

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +6
    General CommentI believe that this song is about feeling so overwhelmed by the realization of what life really is, and wanting someone to come 'kidnap' them, praying that there is more to life then what he has come to realize.
    Kitsune_Tokkanon May 28, 2009   Link
  • +5
    Lyric CorrectionI'm looking at the lyrics pamphlet, and I just really need to point some things out!

    "Is the way my life's got to be" should be "Is this the way my life has got to be"
    And "By a single opportunity" should be "Have I a single opportunity"

    The chorus, where it says "Is this the way I've always been" should be "Is this the way I'll always be"
    "Now I'm dreaming somebody would simply come and kidnap me" should instead be "Now I dream that somebody will swiftly come and kidnap me"

    "It reels and calls me towards it" would be "It reels and calls me toward some"
    Where the ? is actually goes "I've colored all these like the branches twist"
    And "Just like we settle in the foggy mist" is instead "Just like we settle in the frothy mist"
    Shotokunon March 09, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentWhile I'm sure this song can be interpreted in more way than one it seems obvious to me that it's about feeling trapped in a mundane life.

    "We dug these holes we crawled into now they're my home". We set our surroundings and settled in.

    "We can't feel the wind or rain" We don't feel change or excitement.

    "Is this the way my life has got to be? Have I a single opportunity?" Do I have any chance to change how things have become?

    "Look at me is this the way I'll always be?" Am I doomed to just live my casual repetitive life? Oh no.

    "And all at once I feel this, oh how it clings to me it reels and calls me towards it, confounding destiny". There's got to be more to life than this. Something inside me drives me to be more than just your average person.

    "And I can feel the madness inch by inch the more I run the more I am convinced a color all these like the branches glimpse. Just like the saddle in the foggy mist." The more I believe there's more to me the stronger I feel about it; the more truth in my urges I find. Wanting to escape despite knowing not where to go or how.

    "Now I pray that somebody will quickly come and kidnap me. Everyday I lie awake and pray to god today's the day. Here I am oh when will someone understand?" I can't find a way out, I need a higher power, someone different/unique to come and save me from the prison I made for myself.
    Motivon September 11, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentYou guys are stupid. This song is about a worm.

    Sheesh, am I the only one who figured this out?

    Clockworkalexon July 13, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI got the impression it was about depression, feeling like you're stuck in a hole and waiting and hoping that it won't always feel like that.
    DeathsRoseon March 31, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentperfect song for an existential crisis!!

    ps jteeny is right about the lyrics.
    sirsquilliumon August 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the lyrics are actually deep as heck...

    If you watch the music video... it clearly shows them living life to the fullest per se... Like clearly with all the reality distortions they have a different or what I think maybe higher awareness of things, so they do not see the need to live inside a box... And the lyrics describe someone who has evolved to where they see a deeper and deeper understanding of things, to where they wish for a quote normal life, but they already understand to much to where a quote normal and simple life playing everything by the book feels to obscene... So now they are just waiting for ascension...
    jonryan203on January 06, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsomeone helllllp with the rest of the lyrics!
    __sooperficialon March 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthere's some help on the lyrics. i'm not too sure about any of these but i did my best:

    "how i loath all this obscenity"
    "is this the way my life has got to be/ by a single oppertunity"
    "just like we settle in the foggy mist"

    i can't get the "a girl who..." line at all.
    boogoessqueakon April 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"a girl who loves is like a precious glimpse"
    cwoodyforreston April 17, 2009   Link

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