"Letter from a Thief" as written by and Peter/loeffler Loeffler....
They know what everybody knows
Better sit, a letter from a thief says
I lead when everybody sleeps
So feel the ways to cover up the old wounds
Lost in a finger frosted lie
These sensors medicating through it all.

If you ever enter my mind
Stay there, you'll live
To fend it off and fool them all
Stay there

Faceless, so little there to judge
Left wing, let's separate the cold out
Opposites, we never need to tell
One's thing, I found I'm having to
I'm having to

If you ever enter my mind
Stay there, you'll live
To fend it off and fool them all
Stay there, you'll live
To fend it off and fool them all

Solitude
Waste of a man
This fades as soon as the sun sets

I know all these fade or all that lives
Imagine here's a better feel
Told to dissolve or choose to fade
Or stay here
You'll live

If you ever enter my mind
Stay there, you'll live
To fend it off and fool them all
Stay there, you'll live
To fend it off and fool them all

If you ever enter my mind
Stay there, you'll live
To fend it off and fool them all
Stay there


Lyrics submitted by beiselb, edited by Anistasia

"Letter from a Thief" as written by Samuel Loeffler Peter Loeffler

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  • +7
    Song MeaningIt's pretty obvious the song refers to the feelings and thought Pete had when their gear was stolen...
    Pete has said many times over that a majority of his songs are personal and about experiences he has had or the band has shared.
    When their equipment was stolen, no clues were left, the band was asleep at a hotel, and of course Pete was very upset. These ideas can be found in the song like "Faceless, so little there to judge," "Why lead if everybody sleeps, So few ways to, Cover up the old ruins," and "This sends us medicating Through it all" respectively.
    mpulleyon September 25, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI might have to go against the grain on this song... I don't interpret it as being political.

    Here's how I see it.

    The thief = solitude.... It being a "thief" because society typically views it as a "waste of man".... Society typically has a very negative view of solitude, and paints it as depression, etc.

    Solitude: people either try to get rid of it (dissolve), just wait for the next emotion (choose to fade)...or learn to appreciate it (allow it stay, learn to control it and hide their desire for it)

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    "Lost in, a finger forced in lie. This sends us medicating through it all"

    The lie being that solitude is a thief... that the emotion is a "waste of man"... and how people typically interpret the desire for solitude as depression and choose to medicate themselves for it.

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    "If you ever enter my mind. Stay there, you'll learn. To fend it off, and fool them all. Stay there"

    People are "fooling" each other about not having the desire to experience solitude

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    "If you ever enter my mind. Stay there, you'll learn. To fend it off, and fool them all."

    This is saying, if the desire for solitude ever enters his mind, he wants it to stay there and learn to fend off societies desire to push us in the opposite direction (society tends to paint solitude as being bad.. or as depression..).. He is saying he can learn to appreciate solitude and embrace it, while feigning enough that society isn't "worried about him"... (like we typically worry about people who enjoy solitude "too much")
    Throwdown1on August 29, 2009   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningPete said in an interview the song is about a guy who stole equipment from them. their lyrics always go deeper

    the song is about a thief, who was forced into a life he didnt want by cirumstances he cant control

    i lead when everybody sleeps- obvious, a thief does their work at night
    so few ways to cover up the old ruins- the man has emotional damage from the past that he can only hide for so long

    lost in a finger forced to lie, this sends us medicating- he's forced to live a dishonest life, does drugs to cope

    if you ever enter my mind, stay there - (spoken as the thief) see it from my side, either defend being a thief, or fool them into thinking youre honest, either way youd do the same thing if you were in my position

    solitude, waste of a man- no friends, no family, dishonest living, he's nothing, he has nothing

    this fades as soon as the sun sets- once night comes around, its time for him to go to work stealing, so at night he;s the king, whatever he wants he can take

    i now own this fatal role that lives- im not sure on this one, maybe he shouldnt be alive because of whatever circumstances forced him into this life

    imagine here's a better feel- he doesnt like what he does, or who he is

    told to dissolve- stop stealing
    or choose to fade- or fade out of the world (go to prison)

    or stay here- or get better at what he does

    just my take on the song
    bighairyanimalon February 25, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGreat interpretation. I hear everything the same. :) Except, I think it might say "Defend it off.." not 'Defend it all'. But great job.
    Twizzy-Doggon August 25, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentPete says "Stay there, You'll learn," not "Stay there, You'll live." Awesome song.
    pastachickennugget42on August 25, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about their equipment being stolen while on tour.
    TheDTCORDon April 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentanybody got a thought on what the meaning is.. cause i'm kinda lost.. which i think is a good thing... i agree with beiselb this is their most lyrical album yet... its very difficult to get a read on what his meanings are behind his songs, unlike past albums.
    kaw4fon August 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBTW: "Solitude. Waste of a man... This fades as soon as the sun sets" ... "I lead, when everybody sleeps"...

    I think this is referring to how solitude suddenly becomes "acceptable" at night when everyone is supposed to be asleep....
    Throwdown1on August 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think instead of "ruins" its "wounds" and also instead of "defend it off" I think it says "to fend it off"
    leo13000on January 18, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcome on guys, you're thinking too hard. that's what "shameful metaphors" is about, misinterpreting lyrics. "Letter from a thief"'s lyrics are mix and match just like all Chevelle's other songs. They're my favoritest band ever, if I had to put in my own words.

    As for the interpretation, none is needed. The lines outside of the chorus are all exaggerates for the meaning to this song. Just examples of how this "personal experience" makes Pete feel, hence, "medicating through it all". The chorus sums it all up, this song is all inspired by their stuff getting stolen, but it can be taken many different ways. I'm sure they meant along the lines that "if you ever enter my mind, stay there, you'll live, defend it off, or fool them all" means that everyone has something in their life they feel they live for and strive for every day, and "if you ever enter my mind" then you or this object is taking place of what I've been trying to do all my life. Like how something else completely takes over your life and you have no will to do anything for what you used to believe in.

    I'm making this harder than it has to be. Say you're in a relationship for almost 2 years. Completely love the girl. Before you dated her, you loved writing music, she took over your life, and you left music. Hope I got my message across to you. They got their gear stolen and they felt helpless.

    When someone enters your mind, they're able to take your dreams away and you have no control over it. You can't defend off they're ability to know you, and they can defend off your dreams. Don't let someone take your dreams away. This song gives me bone-chills.
    Unknown_Soldieron March 09, 2010   Link

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