Now heaven knows I've got one short damn fuse
So come sit down a spell while I light up the room
If walls could talk, they'd be know-it-all's
So we live in the sticks, and aren't some fish you can catch

And it makes my skin crawl
I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, so what's the use?
And she knew, she knew...

He fights like hell because he wants to glow
And would tackle the sun to be a bright bulb
I wonder if he'll wake us up in time?

He's gray
And has to hide somewhere in between black and white
Cause it's safe
But never was brave before it's over
I hope he takes you too

They say attack can be your best defense
And I've got mother's smile, both my dad's fists
John Doe escapes, carry his name
And when it's time to sign, ask where; not why

And it makes my blood boil
Those black letter days, all their mail just winds up lost

He's gray
And has to hide somewhere in between black and white
Cause it's safe
But never was brave before it's over
I hope he takes you too

You'll see whispers in the winter
My temper doesn't laugh

And every spring, I hear them sing, I hear them sing
(Oooh-oooh-oooh-oooh-oooh-oooh-oooh)
Every spring, I hear them sing, I hear them sing
Every spring, I hear them sing

If he's going down
If he's going under the ground
I hope he takes you too

Whoa, whoa, whoa

I hope he takes you too


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Bright Bulbs and Sharp Tools song meanings
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    General CommentThe second verse is ive got my best smile
    Dillbobon October 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI havent been able to figure some of the lines out but from what i can tell there are 2 point of views. one is an alcoholic (speaker 1) and the other is an abuse victim (Speaker 2). i think. heh.


    (Speaker 1:)
    Now heaven knows I've got one short damn fuse
    So come sit down a spell while I light up the room
    (the speaker has anger issues and need alcohol to calm him down. when ppl get a buzz they say they are "lit up" so i think thats what he means when mentions light or bright bulbs. When he says "come sit down a spell" he means he wants a drink.)
    If walls could talk, they'd be know-it-alls
    So we live in the sticks, and aren't some fish you can catch
    (speaker 1, the alcoholic, abuses speaker 2. and its kept a secret. only the walls in their house know about it.)

    (Speaker 2:)
    And it makes my skin crawl
    I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, so what's the use?
    And she knew, she knew...
    (the victim is too scared or loves speaker 1 so much that he/she will not report it.)

    He fights like hell because he wants to glow
    And would tackle the sun to be a bright bulb
    (he starts shit with speaker 2 and gets mad so he can have an excuse for a drink. and will drink til his death if it means feeding his addiction)
    I wonder if he'll wake us up in time?
    (speaker 2 wonders if his bullshit will push him/her to help speaker 2 conquer the addiction b4 its too late.)

    CHORUS:
    He's gray
    And has to hide somewhere in between black and white
    Cause it's safe, but never ??? before it's over
    I hope he takes you too

    (Speaker 1)
    They say attack can be your best defense
    (if u "attack" the addiction with rehab it will probably save your ass from getting hurt by the alcoholic)
    And I've got my best smile, both my dad's fists
    (hes happy with beer and maybe his dad was an alcoholic)
    John Doe escapes, carry his name
    And when it's time to sign, ask where, not why
    (i think it means speaker 1 goes to rehab....idk beats me.)

    And it makes my blood boil
    Those black letter days all their mail just winds up lost

    (CHORUS)

    You see whispers in the winter
    The temper doesn't laugh

    And every spring, I hear them sing, I hear them sing
    (Oooh-oooh-oooh oooh-oooh-oooh-oooh)
    Every spring, I hear them sing, I hear them sing
    Every spring, I hear them sing

    If he's going down
    If he's going under the ground
    I hope he takes you too

    Whoa, whoa, whoa
    (hes says "whoa" cuz hes ridding his girlfriend like a pony....hahaha jk ignore that!)

    I hope he takes you too





    Ill finish the rest some other time.
    Hectoroonieon October 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentUnless someone wants to finish it for me then be my guest.
    Hectoroonieon October 25, 2009   Link
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    General Commenthmm the "???" phrase?

    maybe it's "never was played"

    or a similar sounding word.
    valbinoon November 11, 2009   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionHe's gray, has to hide somewhere in between black and white
    Is he insane? But never was prayed before it's over.
    I hope he takes you (me) too.
    Dillbobon August 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song almost has the feel of another small-town controversy song, like "Wifey" and "Vice/Versa" were. There's definitely some hint of a scandal in here ("If walls could talk, they'd be know-it-alls," "And she knew, she knew."), and if that's true, some of the lyrics become a little easier to figure out.

    "He fights like hell because he wants to glow/ And would tackle the sun to be a bright bulb."
    The subject of the controversy fights and fights to keep his reputation from being muddied, and he'll do anything to make sure he isn't found out.

    "He's gray, and has to hide somewhere in between black and white."
    The figure has to be low-key in order to not be found out.

    "If he's going down, he's going under the ground."
    If he's going to be found out, he'll have to be dead for it to happen.
    orphaeus99on July 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think that the beginning is "god" or like the creator or whatever's in your head just sick and tired of people getting scared all the time. The verses, well
    they are just a series of metaphors about making a clear decision. Even when you don't know you don't take chances and just hide in the gray because your so scared of being wrong. So just make a decision and take risks. I love the song. Where the fuck did someone get alcohol??!!! Where did that come from??
    conleyrasoron July 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a man who is angry with a woman, and is there to tell her off. Her husband is a brute, but a scared one because maybe the man is much bigger or strikes fear in the husband. In the end, the husband and the man are about to get into some kind of fight, and the man knows he is gonna win, so he hopes that "If he's going down, If he's going under the ground, I hope he takes you too", referring to the husband and his wife. This is just speculation and what this song means to me. Its an amazing song, as well as every song on this album.
    FreedomRingson September 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds like to me he's saying:

    "So we live in the sticks and on some fish you can catch."
    bornofdesire32on November 17, 2011   Link

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