Burn the instructions or plague the inventor?
Quick, easy, and painless
I’m a careless romantic
Wandering the streets
Luring strangers in the dark
If they follow in my footsteps
Then I’ll love them all blind

If you want to make a scene
Then you’ve gotta make a scene
I’ll put my hands on you
You put your hands on me
If you want to make a scene
I wasn’t looking for trouble
But trouble found me

You fucked with the wrong son of a bitch.

I caught you staring it’s not your fault
I killed the lights ‘cause I saw it all
I caught you staring it’s not your fault
I kissed your lips but not for too long

Tick tock, tick tock;
the hour is up
Told to be anxious
You’re a bit out of line
Sew it up like every other time
Un-amused at the table by the bedroom
They’re all mine

If you want to make a scene
Then you’ve gotta make a scene
You fucked with the wrong son of a bitch
You put your hands on me
I’ll put my hands on you
You fucked with the wrong son of a bitch
Sew it up like every other time
So in love like every other time
The needle and thread make me shiver
The red on your hands spells out martyr

(I caught you staring it’s not your fault)

I killed the lights ‘cause I saw it all
(I caught you staring it’s not your fault)
I swear to God I watched you fall
Your perfect picture left its mark
I kissed your lips but not for too long


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    General CommentThis song makes me think of someone who is extremely damaged from past relationships & has decided to never let themselves get that attatched or seriously involved with anyone ever again.
    They mind their own business, not looking for love or any kind of serious reationship, tho they don't turn people down left & right either. They have their simple flings here & there, but they never let them go too far. "Quick, easy, and painless". They never fully give themselves away, because they know that it won't end well because they now have trust & abandonment issues that prevent them from ever again be that perfect person they'd like to be for someone. They are far too broken now.
    Then along comes a girl who falls for him like crazy & she won't accept this about him. She wants more than he's become used to giving. A deep, ever-lasting bond with him. She won't take no for an answer--which is what he means by "I wasn't looking for trouble, but trouble found me".
    So the guy realizes the only way to make her believe he can't be the one for her is to try & fail in front of her, "if you wanna make a scene, then you've gotta make a scene"
    So says fine, you wanna go there? We'll fucking go there then...halfway intending to give it a real shot, but promising himself he'll cut things off before anybody gets TOO hurt--"I kissed your lips, but not for TOO long".

    Soon enough, things start going down hill, "Tick tock, tick tock; the hour is up". He realizes his expectations about himself & his inability to be a good boyfriend were correct & that things will only get worse if they keep trying, so he decides to end things "I killed the lights cause I saw it all"

    Until now he's held onto a sort of "you get what you desrve" opinion. Like if she get's hurt, too bad, it's her fault cause she "fucked with the wrong son of a bitch".

    She get's all bent out of shape, as if she'd never been warned of this. She blames him for everything. This is where the meaning of "Burn the instructions or plague the inventor?" comes into play. It's not his fault that he's as emotionally disfunctional as he is, nor is it his fault that she ignored his warning. She looked past the "instructions" & now she simply wants to hate/blame (or "plague") the "inventor" (him).

    HE, on the other hand, now finds he can hold no real resentment towards her for pushing him into this.

    (This is where you hear the mood shift. 1min & 40sec into the song the music gets extremely intense, almost as if to try & capture the emotional explosion within him)

    He pitys her, really...You can hear the sadness in his voice now when he says "I caught you staring, it's not your fault..." He realizes that she was simply naiive, & only disregaurded his warning because she was truly hopeful & didn't have it in her to believe or accept that she wouldn't be able to change him & hold onto him. He knows deep down that the moment he saw her with that look in her eyes he should've just walked away........

    And perhaps one of the most unfortunate results of it all was that, in trying to prove his point, he ended up completly consumed like he always used to "So in love like every other time", and therefor totally hurt again, & left to pick up the many pieces of his broken heart "Sew it up like every other time". And like before, he is faced with the fear of not being able to fix himself "The needle and thread make me shiver".
    And then he repeats "I kissed your lips but not for too long" at the end--this time with a slightly different meaning, because this time he is admitting to the fact that he found her intentions to be pure, that none of this was her fault, & that he really fell for her--her "perfect picture left it's mark" on him but he had to run from her because his fears about his problem had proven to be true :(

    But maybe I only think this cause that's my story.
    faceXofXfailureon November 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBrilliant.
    xXdevinXcoreXxon July 16, 2009   Link
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    General Comment...I hope that all made sense...
    faceXofXfailureon November 19, 2009   Link
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    General Commentit makes sense.. props.
    Fear Beforeon February 07, 2011   Link

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