The boulevard is bustling
A vast and wrinkled muslin
Is all over my eyes
and I know I don't belong

There is a noise inside of me
That bustles asymmetrically
Oh how have I to balance
Those sounds into a song

It's time to let your hair down
and give yourself permission
it takes courage and control
but you start by letting go

The city's an analogy
For things building inside of me
This chaos and this discourse
Still we move along

The chaos hangs of symmetry
and all her words of poetry
and that's the kind of city
which I want to belong

It's time to let your hair down
and give yourself permission
It takes courage and control
but you start by letting go

All I think, I feel, I see
All that this place is not me
I want to be alone, but be wild and free
Oh he who asks receives

It's time to let your hair down
and give yourself permission
It takes courage and control
but you start by letting go


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    Song MeaningI think this song deals with a common theme that Brandon often talks about (both in song and in interviews) which is allowing yourself to live a life of expression and freedom from fear of how others might judge you. It can be easy to let this fear control every aspect of your life, from the petty things like how you dress, to more major decisions like what you do for a living or where you live. Without even realizing it, many people make these decisions based on what they feel is expected of them (go to college, get a job nearby, etc) rather than what they may have done if there was no one judging their decisions (maybe travel the world, pursue a life of art, move somewhere radically different).

    If I am even remotely close with my interpretation, I see the song as a person looking at society as an onlooker, and feeling very distant from it. The temptation is to smother this feeling and attempt to blend with society, but the song is suggesting it is better to find a way to express these feelings and truly be yourself, instead of who you feel you should be (There is a noise inside of me / That bustles asymmetrically / Oh how have I to balance / Those sounds into a song )

    In the chorus he is saying that while it can be difficult to do this ("it takes courage and control"), rather than fight it you simply have to "let go" of all your attachments to the person you are pretending to be and you will find yourself in what is left.

    Anyways that is what I took from this song. It's so simple and beautiful I love it. The lyrics on this album are incredible.
    JuJuHoundon July 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    MemoryI need to find a way to thank Brandon Boyd for writing this. I'm struggling with depression and I've been tempted to cut lately; instead, I wrote "Courage and Control" on my legs. I just needed to share that.
    maxy17on March 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentTo me, my perspective of the words means shedding this invincible mask we wear, the one we wear when we drink, we use drugs and are not completely authentic. I can competely relate to the words on both sides of the coin, where I was using to escape and also being co-dependent in relationships and running away from those people. It's funny how he says, "the city's an analogy of things building inside of me...." Have you ever looked around you and noticed that to be true? I have by analysing the street names, my location, the sound of the sirens daily....complete chaos. It does take courage and control by letting go of what is not ours to begin with and what IS ours to own. Authentically speaking, I've been on a wonderful courageous journey of self discovery of my true passions, loving people, and acceptance. I love this song and how it's worded. Great job Brandon, as usual, you amazing poet
    postrchildon March 07, 2013   Link

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