At times I’ve shouted out unprovoked, at the world and you,
Just to see if the people around me react.
Sometimes I think they’re all acting,
At times I’m scared that I’m acting too, like
My movements are stage directions.
Was that a change in topic or a beat in the scene?
Have I been taking my emotional cues from scripts I wrote at sixteen?

Maybe I just think about it all so much
That that the fear stays close to all the ghosts I’ve touched.
Makes me question
Was it love or just lust?
Caked in blood or old rust?
I don’t know.

Don’t we remember all the moments we remember the best
Framed in poems and in pictures, sang aloud in refrains?
Does this cycle of pain and disdain for the past
Not work exactly the same?

Maybe it’s just as much about what comes our way as it is about how we react.
Just as much about the things that we’ve still got as it is about the things we lack.
I know we won’t always keep around those we feel we need—
some will fade in frames, some were born to leave—
But if we’re still here, and we still breathe,
At least we’ve still got time to figure it out,
To know what to do,
To know how to feel,
Know the things that I’ve been making up inside my head, and
To know what’s real.
I want to believe that the way I am is just the way it goes.
For the things that came, not the things I chose
to come.
I want to know if I had any control.
I want to know if it’d comfort me.

And if my heart just stops, pack my memories in it—
I want to know all the love I’ve got.
And if my heart just stops, keep me alive for a minute—
I want to know if a curtain drops.


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  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionAt times I’ve shouted out unprovoked, at the world and you,
    Just to see if the people around me react.
    Sometimes I think they’re all acting,
    At times I’m scared that I’m acting too, like
    My movements are stage directions.
    Was that a change in topic or a beat in the scene?
    Have I been taking my emotional cues from the script I wrote at sixteen?

    Maybe I just think about it all so much
    That the fear stays close to all the ghosts I’ve touched.
    Makes me question,
    "Was it love, or just lust?
    Caked in blood, or old rust?"
    I don’t know.

    Don’t we remember all the moments we remember the best,
    Framed in poems and in pictures, sang aloud in refrains?
    Does this cycle of pain and disdain for the past
    Not work exactly the same?

    Maybe it’s just as much about what comes our way, as it is how we react.
    Just as much about the things that we’ve still got as it is about the things we lack.
    I know we won’t always keep around those we feel we need.
    Some will fade in the frames. Some were born to leave.
    But if we’re still here, and we still breathe,
    At least we’ve still got time to figure it out,
    To know what to do,
    To know how to feel,
    Know the things that I’ve been making up inside my head, and
    To know what’s real.
    I want to believe that the way I am is just the way it goes.
    For the things that came, not the things I chose to come.
    I want to know if I had any control.
    I want to know if it’d comfort me.

    And if my heart just stops, pack my memories in it
    I want to know all the love I’ve got.
    And if my heart just stops, keep me alive for a minute
    I want to know if a curtain dropped.

    And if my heart just stops, pack my memories in it
    I want to know all the love I’ve got.
    And if my heart just stops, keep me alive for a minute
    I want to know if a curtain drops.

    And if my heart just stops, I want to know if the curtain drops.

    These are the 100% correct lyrics.

    I saw La Dispute in Grand Rapids on October 25th, 2011, along with
    O'Brother, Moving Mountains, and Thrice. Show was so great and it
    cannot be described in enough words. They're all great guys. :)
    Kokiriion December 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAt times I’ve shouted out unprovoked at the world and you
    Just to see if the people around me react
    Sometimes I think they’re all acting,
    Sometimes I’m scared I’m acting to lie
    My movements are stage directions
    Was that a change in topic or a ___
    Have I been taking my emotional cues from the scripts I wrote at sixteen?

    Maybe I just think about it all so much,
    that the fear stays close to all the ghosts I’ve touched,
    It makes me question was it love or just lust?
    Caked in blood or old rust?
    I don’t know

    Don’t we remember all the moments we remember the best?
    Framed and posing in pictures
    Sang aloud in the frames
    Does this cycle of pain and disdain not work exactly the same?

    Maybe it’s just as much about what comes our way as it is how we react
    Just as much about the things we’ve still got as it is about the things we lack
    I know we won’t always keep around those we feel we need,
    Some will fade in frames, some were born to lead
    But if we’re still here and we still breathe
    At least we’ve still got time to figure it out.
    To know what to do, to know how to feel,
    Know the things that I’ve been making up inside my head
    And to know what’s real
    I want to believe that the way I am is just the way it goes
    For the things that came not the things I chose to come
    I want to know if I have any control
    I want to know if he comes for me

    And if my heart just stops pack my memories in it,
    I want to know all the love I’ve got
    And if my heart just stops keep me alive for a minute,
    I want to know if a curtain drops

    (I finally heard the full song. first of all its an absolutely amazing song, and secondly these lyrics still might not be 100%, I just typed it up while listening)
    kingMax01on July 27, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis is a really rough transcription from a taped performance. It's only 2/3 correct at best.

    I'll edit the correct lyrics in as soon as my pre-order arrives.
    krikitarmyon May 24, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General Comment"from the scripts I wrote" should replace the second unintelligible. and it almost sounds like "came to glutter all the rust" at one part but that wouldn't make sense. and maybe "sang aloud in refrain" instead of dangled out of the frame. and it's "and my memory is in it" instead of memories end. And at first I thought it was "I want to know if the current drops" because it would make sense because your bodies electrical current would drop after your heart stops or he could be talking about a waterfall when the current of water drops, but I think curtain might be right. Thanks though you helped with lots of stuff I wasn't sure of!
    kingMax01on May 26, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentAm I taking my emotional cues from the scripts I wrote at sixteen?
    kingMax01on July 23, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General Commentmuch better. just a couple minor adjustments to it that i heard while listening to it.

    "At times I’ve shouted out unprovoked at the world and you
    Just to see if the people around me react
    Sometimes I think they’re all acting,
    Sometimes I’m scared I’m acting to lie
    My movements are stage directions
    Was that a change in topic or a beat in the scene
    Have I been taking my emotional cues from the script I wrote at sixteen?

    Maybe I just think about it all so much,
    that the fear stays close to all the ghosts I’ve touched,
    It makes me question was it love or just lust?
    Caked in blood or old rust?
    I don’t know

    Don’t we remember all the moments we remember the best
    Framed in poems and in pictures
    Sang aloud in refrains
    Does this cycle of pain and disdain for the past not work exactly the same?

    Maybe it’s just as much about what comes our way as it is how we react
    Just as much about the things that we’ve still got as it is about the things we lack
    I know we won’t always keep around those we feel we need,
    Some will fade in frames, some were born to lead
    But if we’re still here and we still breathe
    At least we’ve still got time to figure it out.
    To know what to do, to know how to feel,
    Know the things that I’ve been making up inside my head
    And to know what’s real
    I want to believe that the way I am is just the way it goes
    For the things that came not the things I chose to come
    I want to know if I've had any control
    I want to know if he'd come for me

    And if my heart just stops, pack my memories in it,
    I want to know all the love I’ve got
    And if my heart just stops, keep me alive for a minute,
    I want to know if a curtain drops"
    sanityorloveon September 16, 2010   Link

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