Stiffling,
This day is stiffling.
You’re sprawled out like a king
On the sheets of my queen sized bed,

And I’m
Too hot to lie beside,
Possessed of idle mind
This calm is a false friend.

Jealousy,
I suspect jealousy.
Something is changing me
Real slow from the inside out.

It seems,
You mean too much to me,
Too much for comfort, see,
The cause is the cure now.

We fought a silent war in a hardware store
And the air was thick as pain
Though I carried it on I knew that I was wrong
But I fight when I’m afraid
I come with guns a-blazing.

Someone once,
I forget who it was,
Said, “do not think so much
You can’t hear what your heart says.”

My heart speaks
In tugs and puddle-leaps
And bangs my ribs to pieces.
Thoughts are the safe bet.

We fought a silent war in a hardware store
And the air was thick as pain
Though I carried it on I knew that I was wrong
But I fight when I’m afraid
My guns will come a-blazing,
A lesser man would be afraid.

And how you razed me to the ground
And how you wore me down
With the sound of the shaming as you went out.

The cause is the cure now

We fought a silent war in a hardware store
And the air was thick as pain
Though I carried it on I knew that I was wrong
But I fight when I’m afraid
With guns I come a-blazing,
A lesser man would break free
And sorry was all I meant to say.


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Silent War song meanings
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    General CommentI couldn't make out the part about what her heart speaks (sounded like "puddle-leaps" which makes no sense to me) nor the bit about how he razed her with the sound of shaming!? Just did the best I could, but I would welcome any alternate takes?
    ploodieon September 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSomeone once,
    I forget who it was,
    Said, �do not think so much
    You can�t hear what your heart says.�

    My heart speaks
    In tugs and puddle-leaps
    And bangs my ribs to pieces.
    Thoughts are the safe bet.

    I think "puddle leaps" is right. Her heart speaks in "tugs and puddle leaps" which, to me, means very short but forceful, frequent beats - hence they "bang my ribs to pieces".
    So she will rely on her thoughts as opposed to her heart, which refers back the the "do not think so much, (or) you can't hear what your heart says". I think it's supposed to be like a sort of endless cycle: the more she thinks, the less she can understand from her heart, so she decides not to trust her heart and tries thinking again...but then she can't understand, etc.

    And how you razed me to the ground
    And how you wore me down
    With the sound of the shaming as you went out.

    "razed" should be "raised". It's an oxymoron, or irony perhaps - he's put her down so much that she is as low as the ground. Which is why she says "you wore me down".

    I adore this song :D
    Love Alison's music <3
    sweetaslemonson February 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI love this song =]

    In "The air was thick as pain" though, it should be "paint" instead of "pain"
    herenyeon May 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI personally took the song, as a fellow Capricorn who is more head strong than heart, as she finally is letting someone in. She still has her walls up and still wants to stick to her logic, but everyone is telling her to follow her heart, and he sticks around through it all; "A lesser man would break free."
    zabellaon January 10, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti believe the line "With the sound of the shaming as you went out" is actually "With the sound of the rushing wind as you went out"
    ameaviaireon June 08, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is about how an insecure woman would "test" her man to see if he really loves her.

    It starts out with calm state of her watching him sleep and feelings start inside of her. This calm mind she speaks of is her feeling content in a relationship. But she knows from her experience that this calm is a false friend, an enemy. She knows that she will try to sabotage this relationship as she has done it many times before when she starts to feel connected to someone. She says jealousy is changing her and you can really only be jealous when you care about someone. These feelings of love and how she is starting to be connected to him are scary to her. To combat this, negative thoughts crop up in order to push him away to keep her safe from getting hurt.

    So maybe thoughts of:
    He is only using me
    He is cheating on me
    He is just like that last guy

    She then starts the accusations with "Guns A-blazing" I interpret this as she kind of goes nuts on him. She fights when she is afraid that they are getting to close and she needs to know that this guy is serious about her. In her mind if he really loves her he will fight just as strongly as she is fighting to keep the relationship together. If he is a "Lesser Man" he will "be afraid" just not put up with it and leave right away.

    When she speaks about "someone" saying she thinks to much and not listening to her heart. That someone was most likely a therapist as that is why she does not want to reveal who it was by saying she forgot who said it. This is her stopping for a minute and evaluating her behavior, thinking back to some inner work she has done. She knows she does this when she is afraid, she knows it's going to piss off the guy and she knows she shouldn't be doing it and just enjoy the moment now of what their relationship is but her survival instinct is telling her "Don't let this guy hurt you like the last guy!" so she is in automatic mode.

    Thinking or being analytical is the safe way to go through life so you will not get hurt. This is a woman whose heart has been broken to many times so she decides not to give into the feelings and just stick with the analytical because the feelings and emotions are to much to handle. That leads to the beautiful line of breaking ribs to pieces. Meaning she can get so emotional her heart is trying to beat out of her chest breaking ribs in the process.

    Note: The lyric is "air was thick as paint" (I asked Alison in an online chat session before a performance): meaning the air between them was think and heavy with anger, lies, distrust. Also helps to think about how healthy it would be to breathe paint. She knows what she is doing is not healthy for the relationship and the more she does it the thicker it gets (More unhealthy).

    First:
    Razed means to tear something down to the ground. (To level to the ground; demolish)
    ie: The old dilapidated house was razed to make new for a new one.

    Then we see his response with the verse about how he razed her, wore her down and shamed her as he left. While this seems like a bad thing it is exactly what she wanted. It shows that he had an equal emotional investment in the relationship. If he did not care about her he just would have left and chalked it up to "women are crazy" but he didn't, he stayed to at least fight for it. What we don't know is if he left her for good or just left the room to calm down.

    The last line about her being sorry is not only being sorry for what she said but what she has started in motion. She is sorry she has to do this in order to feel safe in a relationship; she is tired of doing it but cannot seem to stop.

    The “cause is the cure” lyric is tough to interpret for me. It was feelings of love that brought her to start this mess so maybe those same feelings of love will also give her the courage to fix it with him by being authentic and telling her truth about how she is really feeling about him and about what she is afraid of. I think it may also say something about the future of their relationship that since he did stay and fight she can now feel more comfortable opening up to him.

    This song, like many of Alison’s songs seem far to personal to not be about her. It makes me like her even more that she is someone who can see their own faults in a relationship and knows that she has some shortcomings that she needs to work on.

    And as a man it makes me hope that I would not be like her “Lesser man” in a relationship. That I would fight for and would care about someone enough for them to drive me crazy sometimes and not leave out of fear when they do. But a quiet content healthy relationship would be good to!

    I hope Alison has found this for her life. Can’s wait for the day when we hear news of her wedding and baby on the way!
    smwalkeron June 21, 2012   Link

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