It's the beauty of confession
In the sound when the levees break
And all the air is wrong, wrong
Redesigning a connection
A composition painted on my face
With a smile drawn on, on

Sit back and breathe
It's nice to know you work alone
My head is reeling
It's nice to know you work alone
It's nice to know you work alone

Disembody the move action
With water marks on a pillowcase
With all the nerves turned on, on
Overriding the obsession
To take it all and be on my way
Dragging the lead along, along

Sit back and breathe
It's nice to know you work alone
My head is reeling
It's nice to know you work alone
It's nice to know you work alone

But all the grace is gone, gone
And all the tired scorn is gone
And all the fire is gone, gone
But the reveal is gone, it's gone

Sit back and breathe
It's nice to know you work alone
My head is reeling
It's nice to know you work alone
It's nice to know you work alone

Reaching the serene
It's nice to know you work alone
My head's stopped reeling
It's nice to know you work alone
It's nice to know you work alone
It's nice to know you work alone
It's nice to know you work alone


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  • +3
    My Interpretation"Disembody the move action" it's wrong...it should be "disembody the infection"
    cristhianuon July 23, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningLike many people above I think this song is about a relationship that has come to a close. The narrator of the song was in a relationship where he/she felt very strongly towards his /her partner but never felt that same level of love in return (unrequited love). During the breakup, the former partner lets them know that they still want to be friends. I think that the word "work" in the recurring line and title of the song means work in the sense of operate or function. It's a sarcastic way of saying its nice to know that you can get along with your day to day activities w/o me.


    it's the beauty of confession
    in the sound when the levees break
    and all the air is wrong
    wrong
    [confession of not feeling the same way towards someone and the rush of emotions that]
    [follows as the levees break]

    redesigning the connection
    [changing from lovers to friendship]
    a composition painted on my face
    with a smile drawn on
    drawn on
    [trying to act like everything is cool and "be friends"]


    sit back and breathe
    [so i try to relax]
    it's nice to know you work alone
    [it's nice to know that you don't need me - sarcasm]
    my head is reeling
    [can't believe that this is happening]


    disembody the infection
    with water marks on the pillow case
    and all my nerves turned on
    [love has become an infection, get rid of it by crying and being irritable]

    overriding the obsession
    [realizing that maybe it wasnt love but it was an obsession]
    to take it all and be on my way
    [take all the benefits that were got out of the relationship and move on]
    dragging the lead along
    [like a dog that was on a lead/leash and followed their lover whereever they wanted]
    [and had unconditional love]


    but all the grace is gone
    ...
    but the reveal is gone
    [the relationship has come to a close, all the previous things that were there are gone]

    reaching the serene
    [finally come to the realization of what happened and are at peace with it bc there is]
    [a resolution]


    my hands stopped bleeding
    [i finally stopped working so hard to be with you and please you]
    koffeeon January 12, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDon't think anyone has put this theory out there yet but to me the lyrics seem to be talking about a relationship where the girl (because lead singer is a guy) has cheated on here boyfriend/husband.... hence the name "it's nice to know you work alone." working alone standing for committing the cheating act... Also significant in "water marks on a pillow case"... all the crying done after he found out. I also think they are trying to move past the cheating and continue with the relationship but it just is not working. Disembody the infection... Redesigning a connection... overriding the obsession. To me the guy just cant get past what has happened which leads to "all the grace is gone" etc... Finally at the end with the line "reaching the serene" I think it is saying he has finally decided it will not work and is going to or has moved on...
    lpool03on March 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBrian uses different voice filters from line to line. I love it.
    I also dig the strings.
    caseyjones003on April 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti really like the beat in this song, and he has the most interesting voice lol
    modestlybrighteyeson April 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is probably reflection upon someone telling the speaker in the song that they "work alone," or don't do relationships. And the speaker is hurt by that. :(
    Technophobiaon April 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure that's Nikki backing Brian up in parts of the verses. But yeah, it's just a breakup song, really.
    chardsofglasson April 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't help but get a sense of President Bush in this song: "in the sound when the levees break" and "with watermarks on a pillowcase" are lines that seem to refer to Bush being totally oblivious to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. This seems particularily true with the verse:
    "But all the grace is gone, gone
    And all the tired scorn is gone
    And all the fire is gone, gone
    But the reveal is gone, it's gone"

    It seems like Bush had some grace to his job (I'm kidding...really) with the "mission accomplished" and stuff like that but he's gone. So is our tired scorn for him, the fire for our government has been put low by recession and it seems impossible to reveal what is in our future. It seems like the band is saying "It's nice to know you work alone..." to the ex-President Bush because we all know (because of Obama's outstanding job so far) the President doesn't work alone but somehow Bush got that impression of his job, probably because he has ADD and Dyslexia brought on by lots of cocaine.
    DevotchkAFaNon April 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like this one, mostly because it's one of the few you can hear Nikki on. Her voice is really under-used on this album. :( But other than that it's obviously incredible.
    AllChokedUpon April 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSimple, good song. Aside from the usual metaphors people will tack onto it, it's clearly about a breakup of a not-so-great relationship, followed by the realization that it's not so bad to be doing your own thing.
    turkeyjerkyon April 23, 2009   Link

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