"Wake Up Your Saints" as written by and Matthew D. Berninger Aaron B. Dessner....
I had a hole in the middle where the lightning went through
I told my friends not to worry, my wife would know how to fix it
Hole in the middle, I'm seeing less of you
Now I'm not going anywhere and I don't know what I'll do

It's easy to lose your grip
It's easy

I never tell my decisions to the ones I adore
I just show up like a bible breather outside the door
But when I look out the window I see girls on TV
Living and dying in L.A. and it means nothing to me

It's easy to lose your grip
It's easy

So I walk through the streets I love
And I'm led to the house I built
So I walk through the streets I love
And I lay in your bed again

Wake up your saints Jenny, I need them
Jenny, I need them
Today

I didn't have to explain to her that I wasn't deaf
She sat me down and lit some colored candles over my head
She said you're right, it's a living, but you're wrong for the life
You know you never should've listened to my father's advice

It's easy to lose your grip
It's easy

So I walk through the streets I love
And I'm led to the house I built
So I walk through the streets I love
And I lay in your bed again

Wake up your saints Jenny, I need them
Jenny, I need them
Today


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    General Commenthere's a personal transcription of the modern version. corrections are welcome :)

    i had a hole in the middle
    where the lightning went through
    i told my friends not to worry
    my wife would know how to fix it
    hole in the middle
    and i'm seeing less of you
    now i'm not going anywhere
    and i don't know what i'll do

    it's easy to lose your grip
    it's easy

    i never tell my decisions
    to the ones i adore
    i just show up
    like a bible breather outside the door
    but when i look in the window
    i see girls on tv
    living and dying in la
    and it means nothing to me

    it's easy to lose your grip
    it's easy
    it's easy to lose your grip
    it's easy

    so i walk through the streets i love
    and i'm led to the house i built
    and i walk through the streets i love
    and i lay in your bed again

    wake up your saints
    jenny, i need them
    jenny, i need them
    today

    wake up your saints
    jenny, i need them
    jenny, i need them
    today

    i didn't have to explain to her
    that i wasn't dead
    she sat me down and lit some colored candles over my head
    she said you're right it's a livin'
    but you're wrong for the life
    you know you never should've listened to my father's advice

    it's easy to lose your grip
    it's easy
    it's easy to lose your grip
    it's easy

    so i walk through the streets i love
    and i'm led to the house i built
    and i walk through the streets i love
    and i lay in your bed again

    wake up your saints
    jenny, i need them
    jenny, i need them
    today

    wake up your saints
    jenny, i need them
    jenny, i need them
    today
    TheWrongGirlon November 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionBrilliant! It may be about true love seen as a religion.
    turnthatshitoffon October 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment" I can't sing another version of the same color blue"

    It's about modes of expression, salvation, reformation, agnosticism, etc.

    Example: proper punctuation and transcription of the third stanza:

    I didn't have to explain to her
    That I wasn't dead.
    She sat me down and lit some colored candles over my head
    She said "you're right it's a livin'
    But you're wrong for the life."
    Honey, maybe you never should've listened to my mother's advice
    dreamsofpavementon November 17, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it sounded like something very bad happened to him, when he said 'a hole in the middle where the lightning went through'. I'm more inclined to think that he got involved in some criminal act and he's in too deep, because 'it's a living but you're wrong for the life', and it is described as a metaphorical illness. He loses his way but his wife is constantly there for him. He also laments the fact that the control one has over his life is incredibly insignificant, when he said 'it's easy to lose your grip'. He feels like an outsider, being a criminal and an outcast, living with his guilt. The chorus represents his pleas for forgiveness towards the saints (presumably angels or God).
    hans4on November 25, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationFour of the things he says here stand out to me, as they are similar lyrics to his other songs:

    1) "I had a hole in the middle where the lightning went through
    I told my friends not to worry" from "Anyone's Ghost" on High Violet

    2) "But when I look out the window I see girls on TV
    Living and dying in L.A. and it means nothing to me" mostly from "Lemon World" on High Violet

    3) "You know you never should've listened to my father's advice" - something I see as a reference to "Karen" on Alligator

    4) "I never tell my decisions to the ones I adore
    I just show up like a bible breather outside the door" - referencing "Demons" from Trouble will Find me (I know it came out later)

    Because of these repeats of lyrics, or references to other songs, I have to view this in the same light that I view a Jon Foreman song, such as "Vice Verses" or "Free"... where a poet goes through the same questions over and over again searching for answers to the same questions he has been asking for years.

    I think many listeners hear a song, and assume that the writer has put these questions out into the world, and in doing so, figured out the solutions. In most cases, I think they live their whole lives searching for the answers, and the songs become repetitive, if not in words, at least in meaning.

    Back to the above lyrics...

    1) Questioning a girl's intentions and why they act the way they do, and how no man wants to be part of a girl's haunted past, but rather a part of their blessed present

    2) In Lemon World, he is referencing war, and in this case, it seems more of a war within one's self, and the actual fakeness and distance of the things that happen in LA, or on TV

    3) In Karen, he says they should ask her father for advice on changing the ways of a wayward soul... Here, I think he says they shouldn't have asked him, because they followed the advice, but it didn't work

    4) "I am secretly in love with, everyone that I grew up with"... but I don't have what it takes to be open and honest with them about everything I feel, I just show up out of the blue when I need them or when it is convenient, without worrying if they are prepared for the visit or not

    I guess in the end, this song probably contains about 20 meanings, and I don't think I could ever figure them all out... He is a very talented writer...
    lanceburnett27on December 10, 2013   Link

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