You have got a lot of nerve to behave the way that you do,
making me listen to all of your carrying on
You are not the only one who thinks that life is so cruel.
Me, I have got problems of my own.

But if you talk and nobody's listening
then it's almost like being alone.
So it's alright the way you piss and moan
It's alright, the way you piss and moan

Like the time traveler who killed his grandfather, these cycles are bringing me down.
We could build a nice life together if we don't kill each other first.
Are you just too fucked up to understand me or is it the other way around?
Maybe it's both, and I just don't know which is worse.

So you better thank your lucky stars,
you don't know half what I know is true.
But it's alright if you think that you do.
It's alright, if you think that you do.

Was it the devil, or was it the lord
who gave you those words,
the ones I never heard?

It's alright to kill and it's alright to steal
if you're willing to hold up your part of the deal.
There are plenty of things that are worth dying for
but you'll never know until you open that door.
And reasons for living are seldom and few
and if you see one you better stick to it like glue, yes it's true, it is true.

If I were there to keep satisfied all of your carnal desires,
then it might be my place to say what is or isn't forbid
So how can I hold it against you if you answer the call of the wild?
No matter how brilliant a woman, you're only a kid.

But if you know that nobody is ever going
to suffer for you like I did
Well it's alright the way that you live,
It's alright the way that you live.

It's alright now


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  • +9
    General CommentIf this song doesn't haunt your dreams then you are a robot.
    Sturton December 31, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentActually this song was written in 2005 for TA's first EP so it has nothing to do with the civil war
    hourlyweatheron March 14, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment'There are plenty of things that are worth dying for
    but you'll never know until you open that door.'

    I am living on the brink of this statement right about now.
    dothecollapseon August 24, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwhen a sad song fits perfectly, life feels a little nicer
    ireallylikebagelson November 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's not Cassie Ramone. It's Jenn Wasner from Wye Oak.
    tjwellson June 20, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment'There are plenty of things that are worth dying for
    but you'll never know until you open that door.
    And reasons for living are seldom and few
    and if you see one you better stick to it like glue'

    'But if you know that nobody is ever going
    to suffer for you like I did
    Well it's alright the way that you live,
    It's alright the way that you live.'

    I can't pick a favourite.

    Manifest0on August 10, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningsort of an homage to the paradox of a relationship, how you're forcing someone against nature to commit, how that's selfish, how you have no right to restrict them. if you're willing to cheat knowing that you have an amazing partner, it's your prerogative, he won't stop you because it's not up to him, it's alright the way that you live.

    i don't know, that was my pretentious little run-on interpretation. this song is beautiful and horrible and it makes me reevaluate my relationship, which is i guess the sort of point
    x0blongon March 22, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti just finished reading crime and punishment by dostojevski yesterday (finally) and read these lyrics for the first time today after having loved tje song for a long time and i never would have noticed the simlarities if i hadn't just read that book (obvi) but i think i see quite a few references in this song
    it is not precisely a songversion of the book or even part of the book nor is it as philosophical or deep (crime and punishment is nearly 700 pages long so there is a little more space to delve into the mindset of the characters) but there are in my opinion nevertheless a feeling to it of that book and recurring themes
    "It's alright to kill and it's alright to steal
    if you're willing to hold up your part of the deal.
    There are plenty of things that are worth dying for
    but you'll never know until you open that door.
    And reasons for living are seldom and few
    and if you see one you better stick to it like glue, yes it's true, it is true."
    these lines are almost taken from the book cause the very theme in the book is exactly what is right and what is wrong shown by the case of raskolnikov - the main character -kills an old lady and her sister (the last one by accident though) and throughout the book reflects on whether it was right or wrong. he comes to the conclusion that it was wrong because he got caught and not because it's wrong killing and that he's not worthy of killing because he's no napoleon. the the "willing to hold up the part of the deal"-thing
    the "stick to it like glue" i think is a reference to a prostitute named sonja who follows him to siberia for all the nine years he's gonna do his sentence.
    "No matter how brilliant a woman, you're only a kid."
    sonja is much younger than raskolnikov and he always seems annoyed with her naitivity and ignorance and faith by the way which might explain the lines "Was it the devil, or was it the lord
    who gave you those words,
    the ones I never heard?" because they never formulate their feelings toward each other but you can clearly see the love they have at the end of the novel and it is quitely hinted that raskolnikov becomes more of a believer at the end and sonja less of one.
    these are just a couple and the most clear examples of references i see and i don't intend to claim that the song is about that book because i don't think it is and i think that the interpretations of the song being about the civil war is not bad either (even though they wrote it earlier doesn't mean they didn't reinterpret the song for this album. i don't think they just put old random stuff on an album this conceptual) but i think it is interresting if he truely drew on dostojevski's great (litterally) classic novel and it gives the song a nice little twist
    Klathattenon September 18, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song and battle of hampton roads are prolly my favs of the new album!

    I think, like the rest of the album, it's a parallel between the civil war and modern day problems in America, more specifically New Jersey. So an allegory of the civil war. The problems in modern times with a friend or girlfriend/boyfriend is similar, in the singer's view, to the problems between the union and the confederacy.

    "We could build a nice life together if we don't kill each other first.
    Are you just too fucked up to understand me or is it the other way around?
    Maybe it's both, and I just don't know which is worse."

    These lines can be interpreted as a member of the union army saying it to the confederacy (vice versa) in terms of actually killing each other, or a domestic dispute in modern times in terms of killing their relationship if they can't fix their problems.
    jett4lifeon March 13, 2010   Link
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    General Comment#9. Loving this song! Saw it on here yesterday. New to me. The only part I don't agree with is how "life is so cruel". I disagree. I think people can be cruel, but life is what you make it.

    The part about suffering for a person I never would have understood had I not met my old friend Scotty. I have never suffered for a person 'til him. I think he suffered a lot for me too. But NOBODY suffered more than his wife. She has put up with more than any woman should have to deal with because he is gay. How do come to terms with that? That is true suffering. And then if he decided after years of being gay (and putting her through hell) that he was in love with a woman! Well shit! That's brutal. So they needed to make me suffer more (than I did in real life) and that is fine.

    But my partner would never want anyone to suffer. Not even me. He felt shitty about the fact that I had honkin feelings for this man, but he didn't doubt that I still loved him. He just said WHATEVER. Do what you need to do to get over it. He said -you are the loser who fell in love with a gay sociopath. Figure it out. He didn't say "Let's GET EM!"

    And I have always gotten everything I have ever wanted in life. Always. Spoiled you say? Nah. Just been lucky and thankful, too. But I didn't "get" my old friend (the gay sociopath) and it was the truest suffering I've ever experienced.
    CatHadMyTongueon March 14, 2010   Link

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