Time tick tick ticks after me
My mp3 is out of juice
I wrote a song for you but what’s the use
How did we get knocked so loose, knocked so loose.

Someone I swore I’d never be
Who trades his dreams for security
Walks this city blindly
Lately it’s a little hard for me to see
Lately it’s a little hard for me to believe

And it’s all disappearing
And it all falls apart
And it seems like the ending
Is a lot like the start

Well nature has its own rules
Like gravity crushing me
And lies, I'm of the memory
Lately it’s a little hard for me to believe
At least you left a mark on me

And I think there’s a reason
At least there’s a sign
And all that we call chaos
I will say it’s by design
But I’m just lying

What you need is a sharp knife, son
To come back down from an all time low
I think I’m not the only one
I wish I was a sharp knife
Swing that blade right through my life
Careful, you could hurt someone
I wish I was a sharp knifeto cut

A shiv,
A shiv,
A shiv,
A shiv.

So new friend can you hear this?
Can we return to fearless?
Merry pranksters one and all
And walk that devil down the hall

Yes it’s all disappearing
And we should all just go along
And it all would be so easy,
If we could just say, "let it be."
But that's not me.

What you need is a sharp knife, son.
You can come out of an all time low
Seems like I'm not the only one
I know I’m not the only one
I wish I was a sharp knife

Swing that blade right through my life
Careful, you could hurt someone
I wish I was a sharp knife,
A sharp knife,
To cut.

A shiv,
A shiv,
A shiv,
A shiv.

What you need is a sharp knife son
You can come back down from an all time low
Seems like I'm the only one
I wish I was a sharp knife.
Swing that blade right through my life
Careful you could hurt someone
I wish I was a sharp knife
A sharp knife
To cut.

A shiv,
A shiv,
A shiv,
A shiv.


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Sharp Knife song meanings
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    General Commentit's not "What you need is a sharp knife son"
    it's "What you need is a sharp knife so"

    from the lyrics book for peeps who still buy CDs.....
    rajwoodsonon August 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was "it seems like the ending is a LIE like the start" haha. We'll see when i get the cd and look at the lyrics....
    yasmiton September 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's pretty clear that this song is about breaking out of one's shell so to speak. It kind of reminds me of the movie American Beauty, where Lester Burnham suddenly wakes up one day to realize that inside the dull middle-aged suburbanite there was once a care-free, rebellious, fun-loving teenager with hopes and dreams.

    Sharp knife seems to talk about a similar scenario, but he's too scared to cut loose... "Trades his dreams for security..." He wants to break free, but he's stuck. A sharp knife will metaphorically separate him from himself, so he can be free again...

    I also hear a lot of the Red Star/Don't Believe a Word type of message, where this is a wake-up call.

    "It seems like the ending is a lot like the start" and "All that we call chaos, I will say is by design" - These seem to be references to the government (or whatever powers that be) that are pulling the strings behind the chaos/war/economic crisis/etc etc etc)

    It's all (freedom, democracy, The America we knew and loved, etc) disappearing and falling apart, and we are too stuck in our day to day lives to do anything about it. We just say "let it be" (but that's not me).

    I think "Careful you could hurt someone" just means it's not going to be easy... you will have to rock the boat a little or upset the herd.

    He's telling you to get yourself a sharp knife, swing it through your life and start fresh... take action... get involved.

    Does anyone else think this is accurate?

    louiedog98on September 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about needing a sharp knife to sever ties with who or whatever has this person down in their all-time low.
    citizen dildoon October 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTo me, the song is kind of saying that he wishes he meant so much to someone in a way that if he were to do something like leave her or walk away, that it'd mean something, and hurt her, but it doesn't.
    alainainthekeyofon November 28, 2009   Link
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    General Commentsuch a catchy song... probably one of the best off the new cd.
    ikickedagirlon December 08, 2009   Link
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    General Commentlouiedog, couldnt have been a better analysis.
    mesinger412on December 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAs with all of their songs...this song just speaks to me. I love it so much. I don't even want to analyze it because it's so perfect.

    "And I think there's a reason
    At least there's a sign
    And all that we call chaos
    I will say it's by design
    But I'm just lying"

    and

    "If we could just say, "let it be." But that's not me."

    LOVE.
    maladroitmortalon November 29, 2010   Link

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