"Bonfire" as written by and Tony Friedianelli Stephan Jenkins....
A little early in spring, a bonfire ring
She's shivering alone
I bumped into you somehow
But you can wear

My duct-taped vest
It's a party best
It's really all I own
Everything's changing now

And I am high like a star that's flying
Cassiopeia
Everything's changing now

She said it's alright
She said no don't die alone
There's no goodbyes

Lightning comes and lightning goes
And it's all the same to me
Let it in
'cause I want you so
I can hardly breathe or release
Into one thousand pieces
I have broke into
Over you
The chain will soon be gone,
I keep burning on and on and on

If nothing else I am myself
That's all I have to give
Everything's changing now

Oh we could live like kings
If we take a risk
Or we could live in doubt
Everything's changing now
Oh now
Come on, come on

And lightning comes and lightning goes
And it's all the same to me
Let it in
'cause I want you so
I can hardly breathe or release
Into one thousand pieces
I have broke into
Over you
The chain will soon be gone,
And I keep burning on and on

This, this is, this is the last time, its the last time
This, this is, this is your goodbye
This, this is, this is the last time
This, this is, this is your goodbye

Some girls will break you down
Just to see you come undone
Everything's changing now

Maybe you and I are cursed
Maybe you and I are one
And that's the universe
Around, around she drags you

Lightning comes and lightning goes
It's all the same to me
Let it in
'cause I want you so
I can hardly breathe or release
Into one thousand pieces
I have broke into
Over you
We'll stop the flames at dawn,
I keep burning on and on and on
I really love you!

Did you get what you wanted?
Did you get what you wanted?
Did you get what you wanted?


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"Bonfire" as written by Tony Friedianelli Stephan Jenkins

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  • +2
    General CommentI took this from the lyrics on the CD- here is my interpretation...

    A little early in spring
    A bonfire ring, she’s shivering alone
    I bumped into you somehow
    You can wear, my duct taped vest
    It’s my party best, it’s really all I own
    Everything’s changing now
    And I am high like a star that’s flying
    Cassiopeia
    Everything’s changing now
    She said it’s alright
    No, don’t die alone
    There’s no good byes
    Lightening comes and lightening goes
    And it’s all the same to me
    Let me in
    But then I want you so
    I can hardly breathe, or release
    Into one thousand pieces
    I have broken into, over you
    Night shade will soon be gone
    But I keep burning on
    If nothing else I am myself
    That’s all I have to give
    Everything’s changing now
    And we could live like kings if we take a risk
    Or we could live in doubt
    Everything’s changing now
    Some girls will break you down
    Just to see you come undone
    Everything’s changing now
    Maybe you and I are cursed
    Or maybe you and I are one
    And that’s the universe
    Spin around, keep changing


    Spring is a metaphor for falling in love-even though it is early in their relationship; he has not fully let her into his world. Outside, she is still shivering- waiting. They reconnected serendipitously. He is offering to her what he can- at this point it something physical (the duct tape vest). He recognizes that she is on the outside, but cares for her and he wants to let her in-he is conflicted. He wants to take care of her- to keep her warm- as she makes him happy. He recognizes that things in life will always change. Things will always move forward and that as much as things start quickly, they can end quickly. He doesn’t want to put his heart out there and have it broken. She is beautiful to him (Cassiopeia)- stunning. He recognizes that she tells him that it will be alright. He hears her when she says that she doesn’t want him to live a lonely existence- she loves him and doesn’t want him to lonely or conflicted. There is a recognition that he doesn’t want to say good bye to her. Again, he realizes that this is something that may likely last longer than a flash of lightening. She has captured his heart. It all the same to him if he keeps her at a distance- he can’t get hurt that way. She wants him to let her in. He wants her so much that he can hardly breathe. Releasing and letting her in his world is a risk. If he does, there is an opportunity that he could break into a thousand pieces. His nights are lonely- this is when he thinks of her. But he will keep himself busy so that he won’t have to feel the pain. It’s easier for him. He tells her that he has nothing but his fractured heart/self to give her. He is himself and wants to be loved and accepted for him. Again, everything is changing for him. But in this realization, he thinks that if he just gave in and allowed her to see him, he has a potential for something that would be a love so wonderful. But, equally, he could continue to move forward and live his life as it is. He could live in doubt and not let her in. Again, he has been hurt- other girls have broken him. He doesn’t want to hurt and be exposed and come undone to feel the pain he has experienced before. He says that he thinks that they could be cursed because he might never changed, but again recognizes that he could be one with her. He loves her. He recognizes that this person, this relationship, could be never ending- a level of happiness that could be dizzying..things will always change but the love could be worth it.
    eobrien72on November 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionI believe the third line is actually "I bumped and I knew somehow". Go give it a listen.

    I also believe this song is about his first love. I have a theory that Bonfire, Thanks a Lot, Anything, 10 Days Late, Never Let You Go, Deep Inside of You, Another Life, The Background, Faster, Crystal Baller, Wake for Young Souls, God of Wine, and Blinded are all about the same woman, someone whose soul held hands with his for a while and for whom he still feels a great deal. I think he loved her through lots, that she had an odd childhood, maybe some mental illness and a couple addictions. this may be a reach, but I think she severed ties to protect him from herself and he wasn't altogether comfortable with that. I think they've seen each other a few times since and that each of those moments overflowed in him and songs were how he expressed something he wanted to nail down so badly. I think Stephan is bi-polar and when manic is inspired, feels omnipotent, and is on fire sexually. I'm certain he thinks of sex in terms of deep spiritual connection, and that every encounter he's had has not been without real meaning.

    I'd like to think this song in particular describes his first meeting with the aforementioned lover, the one who meant most, the one who carried his child for a short time. Stephan, if you ever browse this kind of thing, you are strong and an inspiration. you make this world more real and more beautiful for a single mom who knows what love can be. (also sorry if I'm entirely wrong about the whole thing, lol.)
    daedaldelendaon October 14, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like it better than the "campfire" demo that leaked... it's raw and he sounds better.

    what does "lightning comes and lightning goes" mean?
    porcon August 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the best song I've heard on the album so far - I just bought the album and am listening to it right now.

    "lightning comes and lightning goes" - I think it just means that things come and things go; everything changes, nothing is permanent.

    As for the rest of the song, I really have no idea.
    jlawsonon August 19, 2009   Link
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    General Commentjlawson, you're sort of right but you forgot about the next line.

    

"And lightning comes and lightning goes
    
And it's all the same to me"

    Lightning appears almost as quickly as it disappears, and it just happens in a quick flash, which is why it's "all the same to me". Some things leave or change as soon as you realize they're there.
    lixthon August 30, 2009   Link
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    General Commentbut you have to listen to the song also,

    He is burning, i think it is a song about being completly pissed off about something that this girl did, and i think Stephen is saying i dont care about anything else -"Im really F****** pissed at this girl."

    And yea i agree with what lixth says too
    BBaller0024on September 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song is about a girl who has screwed him over some how and even though he loves her he can't be with her.
    maddiekay2007on September 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just wish these were the right lyrics..

    A little early in Spring for a bonfire ring
    She's shivering alone.
    I bumped into you somehow.
    Well, you can wear
    My duct-taped vest
    it's a party vest
    it's really all I own
    everything's changing now
    And I am high like a star that's flying
    Cassiopeia
    Everything's changing now
    She said it's alright
    She said no don't die alone,
    There's no goodbyes.

    Lightning comes and lightning goes
    And it's all the same to me (Comin' to get you)
    Let it in
    Cause i want you so
    I can hardly breathe or release (Comin' to get you, too)
    Into one thousand pieces
    I have broke into
    Over you (Comin' to get you)
    Night's shade will soon be gone,
    I keep burning on and on and on

    If nothing else I am myself,
    that's all I have to give
    Everything's changing now.
    Oh we could live like kings
    We could take a risk
    We could live in doubt (whoaaa)
    Everything's changing now oh now come on come on, and

    Lightning comes and lightning goes
    And it's all the same to me (Comin' to get you)
    Let it in
    Cause i want you so
    I can hardly breathe or release (Comin' to get you, too)
    Into one thousand pieces
    I have broke into
    Over you (Comin' to get you)
    Night's shade will soon be gone,
    and I keep burning on and on and on

    This, this is, this is the last time, its the last time
    This, this is, this is your goodbye
    This, this is, this is the last time, its the last time
    This, this is, this is your goodbye!

    (whoaaaa)

    Some girls break you down
    Just to see you come undone
    Everything's changing now.
    Maybe you and I are cursed
    Maybe you and I are one.
    That's the universe
    Around, around, keep changing

    Lightning comes and lightning goes
    And it's all the same to me (Comin' to get you)
    Let it in
    Cause i want you so
    I can hardly breathe or release (Comin' to get you, too)
    Into one thousand pieces
    I have broke into
    Over you (Comin' to get you)
    Snuff the flames at dawn,
    I keep burning on and on and on (Comin' to get you)

    Did you get what you wanted? (whoaaaa) (Comin' to get you, now)
    Did you get what you wanted? (whoaaaa) (Comin' to get you)
    Did you get what you wanted? (whoaaaa) (Comin' to get you, now)
    girafferzon October 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt almost seems to me that he bumped into an old flame, and maybe they tried again, but he realized or they realized things were the same as they were before.
    SteelBlueRageon October 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYa I agree with him running into an old flame and it never working. The Cassiopeia line to me proves how shes to into herself and it will never work. "The Queen Cassiopeia, wife of King Cepheus of the mythological realm of Ethiopia, was beautiful but also arrogant and vain; these latter two characteristics led to her downfall." (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    MusicLover121on October 25, 2009   Link

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