"Cave In" as written by and Adam R. Young....
Please take a long hard look through your text book
'Cause I'm history
When I strap my helmet on I'll be long gone
Cause I've been dying to leave
Yeah, I'll ride the range and hide all my loose change
In my bedroom
'Cause riding a dirt bike down a turnpike
Always takes it's toll on me

I've had just about enough
Of quote, "diamonds in the rough"
Because my backbone is paper thin
Get me out of this cavern
Or I'll cave in (I'll cave in, I'll cave in)

If the bombs go off
The sun will still be shining (the sun will still be shining)
Because we've heard it said that every mushroom cloud
Has a silver lining
(Though we're always undermining too deep to know)
Swallow a drop of gravel and blacktop
'Cause the road tastes like wintergreen
The wind and the rain smell of oil and octane
Mixed with stale gasoline
I'll soak up the sound trying to sleep on the wet ground
I'll get ten minutes give-or-take
'Cause I just don't foresee myself getting drowsy
When cold integrity keeps me wide awake

Get me out of this cavern
Or I'll cave in (cave in, cave in, cave in, cave in, cave in)
Get me out of this cavern
Or I'll cave in

I'll keep my helmet on just in case my head caves in (in case my head caves in)
'Cause if my thoughts collapse or my framework snaps
It'll make a mess like you wouldn't believe
Tie my handlebars to the stars so I stay on track (so I stay on track)
And if my intentions stray I'll wrench them away
Then I'll take my leave and I won't even look back

I won't even look back


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"Cave In" as written by Adam R. Young

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  • +5
    General Commentowl city always makes me so sad in an amazingly happy way.
    his lyrics creep me out.
    always.
    but in such a sweet way.

    "Swallow a drop of gravel and blacktop 'cause the road tastes like wintergreen"

    &

    "If the bombs go off, the sun will still be shining
    Because we've heard it said that every mushroom cloud has a silver lining"

    just makes me shiver.

    kingdomson August 03, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe song is about moving forward. All of what he's saying is about leaving and moving past failed relationships.

    I've had just about enough of quote "diamonds in the rough" and If the bombs go off, the sun will still be shining Because we've heard it said that every mushroom cloud has a silver lining are statements to show that there's always hope after failure and that he's tired of failling.

    He's so tired of failed relationships in fact that it might drive him crazy.

    The reference to road and dirtbike are showing that he is leaving. As is his saying "I'm history"
    verb722on September 03, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about war... The very first line talk about looking through your text book because he's history is talking about past and the current war. The part about strapping on his helmet because he's dying to leave, is talking about how the young and nieave want to go off to war. And about how " if the bombs go off, the sun will still be shining" is saying that they are use to explosions and death, socit won't really effect them. The part about the "air semmls like oil and octane, mixed with stale gasoline" is talking about the machines of war like tanks and what not all around. Also the part about keeping he helmet on so his head won't collapse is talking about how a soldier should never take his helmet off because he may get shot in the head if he does. Lastly when he talks about sleeping on the wet ground and how he'll get 10 minutes give or take of sleep, a soldier doesn't get a much sleep at all and the ground could be wet with old blood or oil in todays war.
    Marcusbaker4on November 23, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLove this song. His most 'unpopular' songs are always the best.
    savanaron September 01, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI also think it is about the days after a broken relationship, but I also think he is using war-metaphors as symbols of the fight it has to be to get over a relationship, which is why he'll get ten minutes give or take. He also has to strap his helmet so he wouldn't collapse, because he has to recieve som hard 'hits' after a break-up. A break-up can be tough and that is why he prepares himself to the fight, because he wants to move on.
    That's just the way I see.. He uses war and history as a symbol of his feelings and what he is going through..
    MadsBojeon January 03, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI'm in big trouble.
    I've been dying to leave, so I might as well pack up and head out.
    I'll travel and hide my money in my bedroll.
    ?
    I've had enough of people who are generally good but lack class,
    because I can get irritated easily.
    Let me out of this confinement or I'm going to have a meltdown.
    If things go wrong, it's not the end of the world.
    Good things can come out of a bad situation.
    (Though I'm not always sure this is the case)
    Take a fall because good things can come out of it.
    ?
    I'll try to manage settling down in this uncomfortable situation
    but it won't last long.
    I don't think I can settle down
    My morals are to important to stand down for.
    Get my out of this confinement or I'll breakdown.
    I'll protect myself just incase I can't handle it.
    Because if I lose it
    I could make a big mess of things.
    I need to try to stay on track
    and if my intentions stray I'll snap myself back into line
    and I won't stray off again.
    darkeyelineron March 20, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationUm...hi. I've been interested in this song for quite a while, but I always thought this song didn't make sense at all. I remember reading an article somewhere saying that Adam told a magazine that the song was particularly "dear to his heart", as the song had to do with his "hopes and dreams", though at first I didn't see how.

    One day, I was bored and decided to do some research on some of the phrases in the lyrics and found some of them were metaphors I had never heard before. :O After reading over the lyrics a few times, I came up with an interpretation of the lyrics. If it's right, then I think what Adam said would make sense. I'm not sure if my interpretation is correct, but I'm pretty sure it's close...so here is what I think it means, and let me know what you think...


    Please take a long hard look through your textbook
    'Cause I'm history
    When I strap my helmet on, I'll be long gone
    'Cause I've been dying to leave

    I think this means something like, "I'm ready to go on a long journey to achieve my goal. I'm determined to get there, and I'm not going to let anything stop me."

    Yeah, I'll ride the range and hide all my loose change
    In my bedroom
    'Cause riding a dirt bike down a turnpike
    Always takes its toll on me

    There's a bit of a "pun" in there, if that's what you wanna call it. When someone's doing something that takes a "toll" on them, it normally means that they're doing something that's really tiring or stressing them out. So at first glance, those two lines basically mean, "Riding this dirt bike down a turnpike always tires me out."

    "Toll", as a literal meaning, as quoted from the dictionary, is: "a payment or fee exacted by the state, the local authorities, etc., for some right or privilege, as for passage along a road or over a bridge." And I guess he's hiding the "loose change" (money) so the "dirt road" doesn't take his money, or a "toll" from him...get it?

    I don't think this verse actually has anything really super meaningful besides that, but who knows...

    I've had just about enough of, quote, "diamonds in the rough"* (Everyone says I can do it, but I'm beginning to have my doubts.)
    Because my backbone is paper thin (Because I'm not sure if I'm capable of it.)
    Get me out of this cavern or I'll cave in (I'm stuck on what to do, help me.)
    If the bombs go off the sun will still be shining (Though, even if bad things happen, there's still hope.)
    Because I've heard it said that every mushroom cloud has a silver lining**
    Though I'm always undermining too deep to know (I was too depressed about my mistakes to see this./I have so little confidence in myself that I don't realize this.)

    *"Diamonds in the rough" is a metaphor, meaning that a person has very good potential, but doesn't know it yet.
    **Silver lining is also a metaphor, for hope in times of crisis or despair. It is most often associated with the idiom, "Every cloud has a silver lining." Mushroom clouds are "clouds" that resemble the shape of a mushroom, hence the name. They form as a result of a very large explosion, oftentimes from bombs. Adam played a little with this idiom, as you can see.

    Swallow a drop of gravel and blacktop
    'Cause the road tastes like wintergreen
    The wind and the rain smell of oil and octane
    Mixed with stale gasoline

    I think this verse is basically a whole metaphor for the hardships and pains you'll face as you get closer to your goals.

    I'll soak up the sound trying to sleep on the wet ground
    I'll get ten minutes give or take
    'Cause I just don't foresee myself getting drowsy
    When cold integrity keeps me wide awake

    Basically, this whole verse means something along the lines of: "I'm restless and can't sleep, because I'm too eager and determined to complete my goal."

    I'll keep my helmet on just in case my head caves in (I'll try to be confident and go for it, no matter what.)
    'Cause if my thoughts collapse or mind framework snaps (Because if I lose focus on my goal...)
    It will make a mess like you wouldn't believe (Then I'll never be able to achieve it.)
    Tie my handle bars to the stars so I stay on track (I'm ready and I'll make sure I don't lose track of my dream.)
    And if my intentions stray I'll wrench them away (If my confidence ever wavers again, I'll still keep trying.)
    Then I'll take my leave and I won't even look back (I'm set on my goal, and I'm never giving up.)


    To sum it up, the song's lyrics talk about the struggles he went through to achieve his "hopes and dreams", and never giving up. Well, that's what I think it means...
    BlankyXPon February 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlove<3 so relaxing, I can't even describe it.
    it's like so mellow and for some reason reminds me of airplanes.
    I dunno but I love owl city's new album c:

    first!
    DestinyOnToaston July 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song reminds me of how I just want to get the hell out of school, and my town and everything that's keeping me "bound" as a person and break free. I don't think it has to do with the war lol.
    ahaaaon December 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationSeeing as Adam (aka Owl City) is a very outspoken Christian and at least one other song on the album (Meteor Shower) clearly reflects, I'd say that you could argue that the song is a metaphor for running away from temptation. This could be in a secular sense too, but the last few lines (Tie my handlebars to the stars so I stay on track/And if my intentions stray I'll wrench them away/Then I'll take my leave and I won't even look back") seem to fit the religious side. Basically, as I see it, the song is basically about getting out of a place/situation that's causing harm. Also, a bit of trivia: Matt Thiessen of Relient K does the overlapping vocals on this song and others on Ocean Eyes.
    invisiboy42293on May 31, 2010   Link

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