"The Poison" as written by Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler....
You were so young
And I guess I'm old
Open your eyes
I'll keep mine closed
I prefer standing
And you take your seat
I'll be wide awake
And you'll be asleep

And you'll fall down a hole
That's the one place we both know
You take me with you if you could, but I wouldn't go
I guess that sometimes we both loose our minds
To find a better road

I can be pensive
You can be so sure
You'll be the poison
You'll be the cure
I'm alone on the journey
I'm alive none the less
And when you do your very worst
Mm it feels the best

And you'll fall down a hole
That's the one place we both know
You take me with you if you could, but I wouldn't go
I guess sometimes we both loose our minds
To find a better road

And you'll fall down a hole
That's the one place in this world that we both know
You take me with you if you could
But if you could I'd lose everything

Can't you see the faces melting as the sun rains from their eyes
Who are you to keep your head with the hearts that you hand behind
Look at yourself, look in the mirror, don't you see a lie?
That you tell yourself again a thousand times
And the truth that makes us laugh will make you cry
You wanna die? No?

So you fall down a hole
That's the one place where we both know
You take me with you if you could, but I wouldn't go
Because sometimes we both loose our minds
To find a better road


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"The Poison" as written by Tyson Ritter Nick Wheeler

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    General CommentThis is my favorite song off of the alice in wonderland soundtrack. was it written for the movie? at first i thought it was the mad hatter talking to alice, but now that i think about it, it seems like its the other way around. like when it says "you are so young and i guess i'm old" i kinda figured that was alice saying that the hatter is really innocent and imaginative like a child, and her "guessing" she's old is just saying that she's older now than she was when she first came to wonderland. and her mentioning she's "wide awake" while he's "asleep" is referencing the fact that she was convinced she was dreaming for almost the entire movie up until the very end.

    i could be totally off, but that's just what i get out of it
    kayxleighhhon March 12, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think that instead of being from only one point of view, the song has both sides of the story between the hatter and Alice. It is for sure about them but the thing is that sometimes it sounds like he's the one doing the talking while in some other parts it sounds like it's her.
    CheekyCaton March 28, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti think its Pensive instead of Plaintive

    i love this songg!!
    probably about two people who are the opposites of each other but are each others better half. still though they are poison to each other so one of them rather do without it than to fall in this "hole" with them over & over again.
    paola1414on February 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIs it just me or does his voice sound way deeper until

    "Can't you see the faces melting as the sun rains from their eyes,
    go on and keep your head with the hearts that you left behind.
    look at yourself, look in the mirror, don't you see a lie?
    that you tell yourself again a thousand times.
    and the truth that makes us laugh will make you cry,
    You wanna die? No?"

    Anyways, I love this song<3

    7alltimelow7on March 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a forbidden love between someone older and someone young because it says "You'd take me with you if you could
    If you could
    I'd lose everything" as in if he dates her or whatever he'll go to jail.
    Just a guess but I really feel it's about that.
    irokursox17on March 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is on the "Alice in Wonderland" soundtrack, and maybe it's a leap but I think the song could be about the white queen and the red queen.

    "Can't you see the faces melting as the sun rains from their eyes,"

    (The obvious moat of heads in the movie)


    "go on and keep your head with the hearts that you left behind.
    look at yourself, look in the mirror, don't you see a lie?
    that you tell yourself again a thousand times.
    and the truth that makes us laugh will make you cry,"

    FrenchlyChuteson March 16, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationIt didn't really click with me until just now, but I think it is about Alice talking to the Hatter.
    She thinks of herself as old because she's being forced to grow up and get married before she really wants to. She wants to keep her eyes closed to all the nonsense, while he embraces it. She prefers to be standing, while the hatter takes a seat at the tea party table; that she'll stay awake and try and find out what is real, while he stays asleep, content with things being messed up and unbelievable.

    And wonderland is the one place they both know, because it had been in Alice's dreams before, and the Hatter want's to take her back there, but she doesn't want to because she wants to stay in a place where things are real, but sometimes they both have to loose their minds and just go to wonderland because it's a better place than real life sometimes.

    She over-thinks everything because she's not really sure what to believe, and the Hatter is so sure because it's a nonsense land and he's a nonsense person. He's the poison, putting all these nonsense thoughts in her head, and he's the cure, because he's bringing her away from the ordinary. She's alone on the journey trying to find the Hatter to rescue him from the Queen; she's alone, but she's alive.

    And Alice was constantly lying to herself, telling herself that Wonderland didn't exist and it was just dreams. And the truth is that she can't stay in wonderland away from her real life responsibilities forever, and the thought of going from totally bizarre and wonderful to the real world could make anyone cry. But she doesn't want to block wonderland out of her life forever, she doesn't want to be dead to it.

    I hope this kinda makes sense... I was listening to the song and when you actually read the lyrics, suddenly everything pops out at you... c:

    Plus, if you take out the Alice and Wonderland aspect of it, it's a really cute love song c:
    SweetJackieGon March 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song it made me think of Mad Hatter and Alice and Mad Hatter's perspective, but then I thought that that was a total rubbish idea. Now I think it's about Alice's dad because like, I don't know, it just fits with maybe how he feels about his daughter.
    darkraven2116on March 21, 2010   Link
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    General Commentprety sure its "don't you see the lie", cos then that would make sense, cos its followed by "that you tell yourself a thousand times.
    song meanings is such a great site, i've used it for a while now, but finally made an account.
    found this song through alice, and the melody and beats are truly amazing.
    defs a song worth of all americans.
    ignoring the fact that its for alice, my interperatation is that its about a lover talking about their counter part being more free - "you'd take me with you if you could but i wouldnt go"
    but i'm not too sure, hence why i'm here.
    fav line: you'll be the poison, you'll be the cure.
    gotta love oxymorons.
    lovelymemorieson April 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI saw an interview with Tyson and Avril Lavigne and he said that he never write a song for something, that he wrote the song for the movie and that the song is about a terrible debutant
    NachoAAR90on April 14, 2010   Link

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