I can't keep a straight face and say this is not the end
Not if you want it, it's upon us and I wanna say it's sinking in
If I was hasty maybe I was rushed along
I won't move into little boxes and then not get the itch to move on

So think real slow
Don't forget that yes is yes and no is no
Melting prints of grass and snow
Means i may forget the way to get back home

Cause this is the end if you want it
This is the end

You're not the first thing in my life I've loved and lost
Yeah I've thought worse things that I might be less inclined to merely just shrug off
You'll take me home
Like my family did, my father did, I know
You'll think real slow
Don't forget the speed that I can go away
Cause this is the end if you want it
This is the end

I've been convincing myself that I'm worthwhile
cause I'm worth what I'll convince myself to be (x2)

I met the devil and i stared her in the eyes
Her hair had scales like silver serpents, I, a statue, stood there mesmerized
I took the fire escape and made it out alive
Yeah i still burn from time to time but i've a healing hand against my side
Blisters on my feet I crawl back home
Frozen from the sleet, burned sand, and stones
Nourished back to life by life alone
With one shake of the mane regain the throne


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  • +3
    General CommentI would totally agree with Falciase, but i belive this song conclues the album's emotional mess of a break up. It is not to get back at her or to just complain, or sumarize his life, but to conclude his life that "It is the end" only if he lets it be. This is a status of declaration to others whom might find themselves in the same situation.

    The song is a warning because the context he uses talking in the second person. He is giving advice and allows others (and in a sense himself) to learn from this mistake. And Falciase, would agree, a song like this is a good wake up call when someone finds themself in one of these relationships you talk about that would replace a relationship with God.

    Finaly, the line about meeting the devil is a testimonial that he was able to foolishly get that close, and that hot in the fire, and still make it out alive. However not with out a burn, blistered feet crawling back to God who will lift him back up onto his feet and remind him what he has worth. To repair him and let him move on with his life and finaly find his way back home.
    maxpower26on November 12, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is phenomenal. Here are my thoughts that haven't been pointed out thus far:

    1.)
    "I met the devil and I stared her in the eyes,
    Her hair had scales like silver serpents,
    I a statue, stood there mesmerized..."
    Supposedly, Matt and his ex-fiance's breakup occurred because of him cheating on her [according to her anyhow]. If this is the case, perhaps the 'devil' he is referencing is the girl that perhaps he cheated with? Sounds like she seduced him, and it would seem he's very sorry. Just a thought. I definitely don't believe the devil he is talking about is his ex-fiance, as the rest of the album makes the point very clear that he still has/had feelings for her. No negative references to her anyhow. That's below Matt Thiessen :P

    2.)
    "With one shake of the mane regain the throne"
    I believe this is speaking of something that's happened to me before. I've found that often when I get into a relationship, the girl I'm in the relationship with can completely replace God as my main focus-- I can idolize the girl. When a breakup occurs, the girl is gone, and I'm completely depressed. Then God's like, "o hai, remember me? yah i'm the important one here." God's the only one you can always count on, and he's always there for you. Sometimes we just forget that though.
    Falciaseon October 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRelient K never fails to end their albums with an exceptional song!!
    stoneyeah17on October 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this album, but it is not one to listen to on shuffle, it gets really weird.
    iliketoeatappleson October 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionAmazing song. I should download this. This is my favorite song.
    oceanheart13on September 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThough I could be wrong, this song sounds like a song written about his ex-fiance.
    natefrenzyon October 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA perfect ending to the album by Relient K, yet again. This is definitely seems like it's about his ex-fiance. The last verse about meeting the devil and staring into her eyes is brilliance and has given me shivers on every listen. The piano during the "I've been convincing myself that I'm worthwhile/cause I'm worth what I'll convince myself to be" is haunting. Great ending to their most mature album (and very possibly their best, at least certainly in a long time).
    pnw13on October 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn an interview Matt Theissen said that this entire album was about the break up with his (ex)fiance.
    stoneyeah17on October 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE the subtle string accompaniment in some parts. And like pnw13 said, the part that goes "I met the devil and i stared her in the eyes" is so hauntingly beautiful.
    singingtheblueson October 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone think the last line could be a Aslan (from the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe) reference? "With one shake of the mane regain the throne." With one shake of the mane, you're forgiven and you can be better. Just a thought...
    SwimAndy013on October 08, 2009   Link

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