"Coda: A Burn Scar in the Shape of the Sooner State" as written by and Gareth Paisey Thomas Bromley....
Run the water 'til it scalds you know that I'm listening
Pitter-patter runs the shower hits the bare porcelain
Watch the dirt run down the plughole, hear an echo within
They described you in detail, I knew everything

An artist's impression of the Manhattan skyline
And a soon to be burned scar in the perfect shape of the sooner state
I fall to my knees
My piss-soaked jeans
The first time, the last time, all the times in-between
The first time, the last time, all the times I would've liked there to have been

I can't believe I chose the mountains every time you chose the sea


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"Coda: A Burn Scar in the Shape of the Sooner State" as written by Thomas Edward Bromley Gareth David Paisey

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    General CommentThe thing with the bath, I think could mean two different things. Many people use the bathtub/shower as a place to sometimes just lay there/stand there...sure you're cleaning yourself off..but you're also reflecting, over all the stress in your life, everything that eats at you, everything that weakens you, etc. The dirt running down the plughole could be metaphoric, like cleansing yourself from this pain/stress. However I could also see this as being a place where a body was found, since the song right before it on the album was about a girl who was abusing pills.

    The second half of this song, perhaps he pissed his jeans because he found her in this state, the same way he has many times before, maybe she's just passed out again, or maybe this time she's really dead. This happens often, he's fallen to his knees in fear and worry like he did the first time, the last time (that's what makes me think she's dead) and all the times in between.

    The thing with "I can't believe I chose mountains every time you chose the sea"
    -Generally, I think we like to think of the sea as calm, open, breezy -- easy.
    -Mountains, you have to climb, you have to survive, you can fall and die, etc.
    I thought this sort of meant, "I can't believe I had the will to stay here, struggling through this with you, when you always tried to take the easy way out" He chose this hard life because he loves her, while she kept trying to chose the easy way out of her misery.
    EddieFSMon February 07, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation"I can't believe I chose the mountains every time you chose the sea... "
    I think that he's come to realise that they have nothing in common.
    TheModernWalruson November 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'd really like to hear some interpretations for this one, I've really no idea.
    Conn92on January 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAll I can tell is that it's about loss.

    Whether it's a loss of love, or life, or something else, I can't tell. It's entrenched in these personal details that outsiders might not ever understand without an explanation.

    It's beautiful. Wish it was twice as long.
    Way_AEon February 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation"i can't believe i chose the mountains every time you chose the sea..."

    To me this line was my favorite because this has happened to me before also in a relationship. I see it as him saying that every time his significant other would become open like the sea, he would become sheltered and closed off like the mountains. I could be totally wrong but I guess that's my interpretation of the song. :)
    erica4con February 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwillc93 is spot on. the last line is just a conceited metaphor. i can't believe i went one way, you went the other.

    i think he the relationship just dissolved, and he's bemoaning that, i certainly don't think there's death involved, though TSIAGPTTOTF and TIAF:TISNW both point to the fact that it could be. i just don't choose to think so.
    eiderdown71on April 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe last line, "I can't believe I chose the mountains every time you chose the sea... " sounds like a reference to Skadi and Njord from Norse mythology.
    Skadi couldn't bear being away from her native mountains and Njord couldn't bear being away from his sea. The anguish it was causing each of them to see the other outside of their native domain ended up causing them to sacrifice the relationship to minimise their pain.

    Similarly maybe it being referenced in this shows the irrevocable problems that caused a relationship to end, or how it was ended to minimise another pain within the relationship.
    If that makes any sense.
    BrightAsHalogenon July 26, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"The first time, the last time, all the times in-between
    The first time, the last time, all the times I would've liked there to have been"
    iwishiwasthemoonon December 30, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Pitter-patter runs the shower hits the bare porcelain"
    anausteregentlemanon January 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe official lyrics say:

    "They'd described you nude in detail, I knew everything:
    An artists impression of the Manhattan Skyline and a soon to be burn scar,
    In the perfect shape of the Sooner state."
    shrodeson February 07, 2010   Link

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