"Tears Into Wine" as written by Jon Gallant, Aaron Solowoniuk, Ian D'sa and Ben Kowalewicz....
The gun is loaded when the glass is full
Down the hatch and the trigger's pulled
Off the wagon and back onto the stool
I know that when I stare into your eyes
I can see all the years of lies
Ghosts and demons you never exorcised

All the friends that I've ever known
Are the streetlamps I follow home
And I'm in the crowd but I'm all alone

Oh Lord, I just can't
Tear the moon from the stars tonight
Twist my arm like a knife tonight
And if you wanna leave that's alright
Well I'll just turn these tears into wine

His fate was written on a neon sign
A DUI never changed his mind
He got hooked like a fish caught on a line
You never gave yourself a chance to shine
Your destination's a chalk outline
And when you get to the gates you'll be denied

All the friends that I've ever known
Are the streetlamps I follow home
And I'm in the crowd but I'm all alone

Oh Lord, I just can't
Tear the moon from the stars tonight
Twist my arm like a knife tonight
And if you wanna leave that's alright
Well I'll just turn these tears into wine

Tear the moon from the stars tonight
Twist my arm like a knife tonight
And if you wanna leave that's alright
Well I'll just turn these tears into wine

All the friends that I've ever known
Are the streetlamps I follow home
The tide keeps pulling me down
I try to reach higher ground
I'll never give up and drown

Even though I just can't
Tear the moon from the stars tonight
Twist my arm like a knife tonight
And if you wanna leave that's alright
Well I'll just turn these tears into wine

Tear the moon from the stars tonight
Twist my arm like a knife tonight
And if you wanna leave that's alright
Well I'll just turn these tears into wine
Tears into wine
Tears into wine
Well, I'll just turn these tears into wine


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"Tears into Wine" as written by Ben Kowalewicz Aaron Solowoniuk

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    Song MeaningThe gun is loaded when the glass is full,
    Down the hatch and the trigger's pulled:
    Maybe the gun is the glass, and very cleverly, he pours the drink down the hatch - his throat - and the trigger's pulled.
    Just a long shot, but perhaps.
    sharkthinglikeringoon April 30, 2011   Link
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    My OpinionThe song is generally focused on how alcohol has become a solution to the sorrows of the song's protagonist.
    The face that the 'gun is (only) loaded when the glass is full' acts as a metaphor to describe that suicide is in the drink. The alcohol stands as a symbol of gun ammunition that is fired at the man when drunk and poured 'down the hatch'. This means that the drink is effectively a weapon.

    The man has of course fallen 'off the wagon' and this suggests the man is no longer moving forward but has reached an abrupt stop leading him 'back to the (bar) stool'. This is the first indication of how the drink acts as a solution.

    It is then revealed that upon 'star(ing)' into this man's eyes, one can see the 'years of lies'. This gives us an insight into the man's denial that he is an alcoholic that has clearly gone on for a considerable number of 'years', for the man hs suffered with the 'demons' of alcohol and its effects.

    The man's only 'friends' are the 'streetlights' on his way home, arguably from the bar. This acts as a reminder of the isolation that alcoholism can inflict on people. The fact he can be in a 'crowd' of these friends yet be the only conscious being reinforces this concept.

    The chorus is key and shows how this man has turned to his 'Lord', showing that his basic abilities to distinguish the 'moon' and 'stars' is faulty. His twisting arm is then compared to the movement of a 'knife', i.e the twisting of an arm to pour more drink, likening the act to suicide and death, similar to the first verse. This is then made more hard-hitting in the man's acceptance in his friends 'leaving' him, as he'll turn his 'tears into wine', i.e drown his sorrows in the drink.

    With a 'fate written on a neon sign', like the beer signs above a cheap bar, the man is doomed to the drink. He ignores warning like the 'DUI' in favour of alcohol. This is also an implication of how the alcohol in this song acts as an enigma as the man's actions become more drastic to enable himself to drink.

    Billy Talent's likening of the man's addiction to a mere 'hooked....fish', suggests him to be one in a whole ocean of addicts, which is arguably why the victim to this addiction in this song is left nameless, as it's not an individual case but a symbol of a societal issue.

    The drink prevented this man's 'chance to shine' and ultimately made the addict's final 'destination a chalk line', which has connotations to dead bodies in murder cases, once again implying the drink will murder him.
    Finally, the last blow that this addiction deals his by 'den(ying)' the victim entrance to heaven's 'gates', for the Bible suggests that drinking is a sin and it prevents this man's eternal freedom.

    The song then repeats these words to emphasise their importance until towards the end. The 'tide' of alcohol 'pull(s)' him down in his life and society as he claws to reaching this 'higher ground' that the drink has robbed him of. However, Billy Talent cleverly suggest that each addict has that hope to never 'give up and drown'.

    Sorry about the length but there's so much! This is just my opinion so please tell me if I've got something gravely wrong. It's a fantastically genius song!
    dedalm8on February 08, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationYou think the "I'll just turn these tears into wine" is referring to drinking to forget about your problems?
    Outofcon September 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentClearly about alcoholism.
    This morning, I got this CD knowing it was good, but thinking they could have done better.
    Holy crap was I wrong. These kids kick it 24/7.
    a_melancholy_soulon August 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbilly talent never fails to amaze me. ever.
    billy talent is godon August 30, 2009   Link
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    General Commentyeah, i think so. i mean, it could have been about drinking to make the sadness go away and make people feel better when they drink as most people did when they have problems.
    Ferzaeron October 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commentdoesnt means it written wine, the song is about drink and drunk. it's more about u lose something friendship etc. or ur friends/ girlfriends left u when problems on your shoulder and u will never give up by that.
    hazwan86on January 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is about a singer's friend who told him she wanted to commit suicide, and he doesn't want it to happen, but doesn't know what to do. "The gun is loaded when the glass is full, Down the hatch and the trigger's pulled" would confirm the suicide thesis, "All the friends that I've ever known, Are the streetlamps I follow home, And I'm in the crowd but I'm all alone", that he knows what's going on and wants to help her, but he's the only one to know and feels all alone in that... The chorus would be "I" telling to "you" that he'd do anything to help her, and that he understand why she would want to end her life, but that he'd still be really really sad... I think the "He" in the song would be the boyfriend of the girl, and that he died or went to prison, whatever, and that's why she would want to kill herself.

    So that's what I think the song is about, I still have no idea what "Off the wagon and back onto the stool" could mean, and although that song stays a big mistery to my eyes, I love it deeply. Sorry if I made mistakes, english isn't my mother language...
    Faelyson February 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWell, before I came in here, I tought that "turn these tears into wine" meant that he would take all his problems and get something good out of them, (turn tears into something more valuable).

    But yeah, you're probably right, he's drinking to forget that life sucks.
    PhoenXDon March 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWHY THE HECK DID THEY CHOOSE SONGS LIKE RUSTED IN THE RAIN FOR SINGLES???!?!?!?!?!
    This song is EPIC, it will be stuck in my head for a looong time =D
    cassiebluvon March 25, 2010   Link

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