I welcome this pain
beating down on me
Is it your eyes
that choose not to see?

All I would do
if only you knew
All of my trust
was given to you

Oh, please, this is what I can give
What else do you need from me?
I might be sick, broken, torn to pieces
So, whatever this is, this thing that now I've become,
you hate it so much, you keep on running from it
No matter the distance, no matter how,
no matter how far

I buried this hurt,
concealed in this heart
Go lock up your doors,
these cold steps will warm

Oh, please, this is what I can give
What else do you need from me?
I might be sick, broken, torn to pieces
So, whatever this is, this thing that now I've become,
you hate it so much, you keep on running from it
No matter the distance, no matter how,
no matter how far

No matter how far

(Flies)

Oh, please, this is what I can give
What else do you need from me?
I might be sick, broken, torn to pieces
So, whatever this is, this thing that now I've become,
you hate it so much, you keep on running from it
No matter the distance, no matter how,
no matter how far

No, no matter how far
No, no matter how far
No, no matter how far
No, no matter how, no matter how far



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"Far" as written by Claudio Sanchez

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  • +2
    My Interpretation:hmm i feel that Coheed is hurt because how he has changed. he might be sick and "broken"(mentally/physically) but he is still Coheed deep down.
    Cambria does not see it that way even if in her heart she thinks it so("Is it your eyes that choose not to see"), pushing him away.
    he can give chase and yet he can never get to her..even if he pleads("Oh, please, this is what I can give
    What else do you need from me?")Cambria "needs" Coheed to be himself again. that is something he can never give.

    I feel this distance might be "emotional" and not distance apart.

    "No matter the distance, no matter how,no matter how far"-- i feel this hints at this:no matter how far this goes she will never be the same towards him.

    over all i think Coheed is very heart broken. the one he loves, the only one he gave his trust in, shut him out when he needed them the most.

    this is what i think anyway.
    jezdamayelon April 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Well, this is with very little doubt my favorite song on the album.

    I see this song as Cambria being off somewhere else, possibly lost on a mission, but for whatever reason far from Coheed. So he's emoing about, and has an epiphany about what Cambria thinks and how he feels about her. And then he goes to sleep and mulls over it some more. That alarm-sounding bit is his alarm going off, distorted because this song is probably taking place in Coheed's distorty old mind. And then those bell sounding things about half-way through the song are the alarms of the KBI base going off because Coheed is breaking out to go see Cambria. He's in such a hurry because he has to go and confess his love in the rain while both are crying and because she's telepathically reaching out to him because she's in trouble.
    The way I see YotBR's story puts Cambria as a helpless woman in need of rescuing far (Ha!) too often. Far far too often.
    EtherealFrogon April 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:As interesting as the theories that Etherealfrog and jezdamayel have put forth, they are completely off-base. Sorry, but true.
    Actually, this takes place long before Coheed and Cambria are created and just before the Doctor even conceives of their creation. KQRulz3000 and Zorlin are correct in that this song is about another couple in the story.
    This song is about Dr Leonard Hoenberger and Pearl Hoenberger's marriage falling apart after the death of their son, Joseph, by the hands of Wilhelm Ryan's Red Army at a "peace rally" to protest the Mage War turned violent (awesome imagery used by Sanchez/David to depict the scene).
    Pearl blames Leonard for the death of Joseph, as he was the one who succumbed to Joseph's rhetoric and allowed him to attend the rally and voice his opinions. Leonard, as well, blames himself for Joseph's death. And so, allows the onslaught of Pearl's wrath, which is just about the only emotion she shows anymore after the death of HER son (HER's, not Leonard's; well, not how she sees it anymore). Her Feelings persist in this manner until ... Well, I don't want to give the WHOLE story away just yet.
    mIKAIKAgon April 18, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:yea its definitely about pearl and the doctor. I even think claudio threw in the "FLIES" before the guitar solo to reinforce the point here. Can't think of another reason for putting that in there at that point in the story other than she was really focused on them during this point in the story and barely communicating with Leonard ( if i recall correctly ).
    SipSopon September 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Okay, my PERSONAL meaning in this song is WAY off base from the artists intent, but songs speak to people in different ways, and I wanted to share my take.

    The first time I ever heard this C&C song, my husband who is currently deployed to AFGHANISTAN sent it to me in an email and asked me to listen. I had been having a lot of trouble accepting the job he had taken, and the sacrifice he was making as a soldier. For us...to me...he was explaining how this sacrifice hurts him and asking me to stop running from the reality we are facing right now.

    "I welcome this pain beating down on me
    Is it your eyes that choose not to see
    all I would do? If only you knew
    All of my trust was given to you..." In this part,he tells me that he's welcoming the sacrifice he's making and asks me to understand that while he would do anything for me, I have to accept this.

    "Oh, please, this is what I can give
    What else do you need from me?" Again, explaining that right now, this is all he can give.

    "I might be sick, broken, torn to pieces..." They literally are over there...it's a hard life.

    "So, whatever this is, this thing that now I've become,
    you hate it so much, you keep on running from it
    No matter the distance, no matter how,
    no matter how far..." I hate the fact that he's become a soldier, and I often try to run from the reality of it. But no matter the distance between us (literally or figuratively) the truth is still there.

    This song moved me to tears when he sent it to me. I realized that I had been making it harder for him. It's such a tough place to be, to have to say goodbye to someone you love so much for so long and know that there is a the possibility that you may never see them again. Instead of being strong for him, I was falling apart as well, begging for him to be sent home when I knew he couldn't. I realized I needed to be strong. It was my turn to be HIS rock. And so I have ever since then. I encourage him to fight hard, and stay safe everyday. Still waiting for him to come home safe and sound. This song will always mean something very important to me. My husband is literally giving all he can give, so I must do the same.

    Teyaon December 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Chorus suggestions:

    Oh, please, this is what I CAN give
    What else DO you need from me?
    I might be SICK, broken, torn to pieces
    So, whatever this is, this thing that now I'll become
    You HATE IT (not sure on this one... they're homophones) too much, you keep on running from it.
    heltoniumon March 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this song kinda has a "prize fighter" sound to it.
    i love how all of their albums sound completely different
    which is why i never get tired of listening
    to them
    BurnsA2113on March 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:"whatever this is this thing that now I'll become, you hate it SO much, you keep on running from it"
    dragonfly032on March 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:This is a rather uneducated(and possibly obvious) theory, but I think this song is Coheed talking to Cambria after he is infected with the Monstar virus.- "I might be sick, broken, torn to pieces
    So, whatever this is, this thing that now I've become,
    you hate it so much, you keep on running from it"
    GreatAwakeningon March 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i have a strange theory, that the first 5 songs are in the time period between SSTB and IKSOSE, and the later are before GA:FTTEOM
    calthephenomon April 01, 2010   Link

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