"Patterns" as written by Russell Marsden, Emma Richardson and Matt Hayward....
There's one for the sorrow and two for the joy
And three for the girls and four for the boys

There's five for the silver and six for the gold
And seven for the secrets that are never to be told

There's eight in the river and nine in my head
And ten of the worst kind sleeping in my bed

There's a pattern, there's a pattern, there's a pattern there to follow
A pattern, there's a pattern, there's a pattern there to follow
Oh, oh, oh, to follow
Oh, oh, oh, to follow

There's one for the money and two for the sin
And three for the tongue when authority kicks in

There's four for the reason and five for the tricks
But nothing's going to save you from the six six six

There's seven for the days and seven for the nights
And seven for the heavens and the tunnel and the lights

There's a pattern, there's a pattern, there's a pattern there to follow
A pattern, there's a pattern, there's a pattern there to follow
Oh, oh, oh, to follow
Oh, oh, oh, to follow

To follow
To follow
To follow

Oh, oh, oh, to follow
Oh, oh, oh, to follow


Lyrics submitted by Pippin the Mercury

"Patterns" as written by Matt Hayward Emma Richardson

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    General CommentUh, it's like, about patterns and stuff.

    On a serious note, I would think this is much more about addiction than murder or crime.
    eatnosenuggetson November 20, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUh, it's like, about patterns and stuff.

    On a serious note, I would think this is much more about addiction than murder or crime.
    eatnosenuggetson November 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwwwh, no comments? i gotta think for myself!??!?! lol. I'm pretty sure this song is about murder.. :D it's a creepy yet addictive song, love it!
    xbree15xon April 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds like a good surmise to me. All i know is I can't get this song out of my head :)
    twobit84on April 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about... well, wow. Probably going into crime and then getting deeper into it all. I think it might be about a serial killer who used to just be a normal person but is slowly losing their mind.

    There's one for the sorrow and two for the joy
    And three for the girls and four for the boys

    I think that part is about starting off with a crime of passion (sorrow) and then starting on crimes for the thrill (joy) of them. After that, it sounds like counting money they're getting as a serial killer.

    There's five for the silver and six for the gold
    And seven for the secrets that are never to be told

    Then the killer has started doing robberies for their percentage, and has started doing inside jobs and learning secrets from their boss in some sort of crime ring.


    There's eight in the river and nine in my head
    And ten of the worst kind sleeping in my bed

    Then the killer starts going insane and imagining the bodies of everyone s/he has killed piling up in his/her bed.



    The pattern there probably stands for getting deeper and deeper into crime and insanity.


    There's one for the money and two for the sin
    And three for the tongue when authority kicks in

    the lyrics are wrong there: it should be for the "time" when authority kicks in. The police are now on this killer's case and he's getting paid extra for the trouble.

    There's four for the reason and five for the tricks
    But nothing's going to save you from the six six six

    The killer starts thinking about why they're doing all of this, but can't escape now and is getting superstitious, going along with the rest of their insanity.

    There's seven for the days and seven for the nights
    And seven for the heavens and the tunnel and the lights

    The days and nights start running together and the killer is losing his/her mind, and wondering deep down about death (the heavens and the tunnel and the lights).

    There's a pattern, there's a pattern, there's a pattern there to follow

    From there it's probably saying that the killer is dying, and their thinking about death was the pattern, them getting closer to it and eventually dying.

    That's my analysis, and anyway I love this song and it is beyond catchy.
    strawberryswanon May 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not sure but i thought maybe "one for the sorrow" and "one for the money" go together like money causes sorrow and it's like that for them all? It works better for some than others
    maxallaneccleson August 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about creating the world.
    It's all about number Seven - seven days of creation and about 666 - these are the sins that we all have and we'll all go to hell :)
    So i think this song is about the way this world was created according to these guys. And the pattern is a bible or The Ten Commandments.
    DonCamaticon December 23, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI know it probably has nothing to do with it.
    But: But nothing's going to save you from the six six six
    always reindsa me of 'six' frm battlestar Galactica. If you know the series you know the waring makes sense
    BrILjanTjeon February 02, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningI don't think the "six six six" part is referring to sin, or the devil or any of that stuff at all. I think its talking about death itself, seeing as it goes on to talk about heavens and tunnels and lights... Like the light at the end of the tunnel? Don't walk into the light, and all that? So that would mean its saying, "Nothing's going to save you from death".
    Musicinabottleon March 15, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningMaybe I wrong, but here is what I think.
    This is about Ten Commandments and seven deadly sins. Look at them.
    Ten Commandments:
    1. "I am the LORD your God. You shall have no other gods in My presence..."
    2. "Do not make an image or any likeness of what is in the heavens above..."
    3. "Do not swear falsely by the name of the LORD..."
    4. "Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy"
    5. "Honor your father and your mother..."
    6. "Do not murder"
    7. "Do not commit adultery."
    8. "Do not steal."
    9. "Do not bear false witness against your neighbor"
    10. "Do not covet your neighbor's wife"

    Seven deadly sins:
    1. Lust
    2. Gluttony
    3. Greed
    4. Sloth
    5. Wrath
    6. Envy
    7. Pride
    I think it fits almost perfectly.
    Especially like the third commandment — “Three for the girls”… You know, “Oooohh, Goood!!! Oohhhh, Goood!!!” =)
    Why all this is a pattern? Well, it is difficult to explain. You better google it if you want.
    Thx, and sorry for my English…
    Pretenderon January 13, 2012   Link

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