"Sticks & Bricks" as written by Jeremy Wade Mckinnon, Kevin Skaff, Neil S Westfall, Alexander Thomas Shelnutt and Joshua Steven Woodard....
I am fueled by all forms of failure
I paid the price
So, I'll take what's mine

Bet ya didn't see that one comin'
'Cause I do as I please
And apologize for nothing
My time is flying
But I'm still second to none
Always shining the brightest
When I'm placed under the gun
So here I stand
The only son of a working class man
I won't be held back
I can't be held down

Where were you
When my walls came falling down?
You tried to hide
You stood close by
And didn't make a sound

Say something

Find you some paper
And I'll go grab you a pen
You can start taking notes
On how this all started again
Been dead last but found my way to the front
With my inspirational quotes on why
I never gave up!

Where were you
When my walls came falling down?
(When you're falling down)
You tried to hide
You stood close by
And didn't make a sound
Where were you
When it all came back around?
(Goes back around)
The reasons why you passed me by
Will always hold you down

Say something!

If you can't stand the pressure
Stay the fuck out of my way
I know my place
This one goes out to everyone
Who's lied to my face
My heart is filled with hate

I'm making a difference
I'm taking a chance
You can say what you want about me
But no one can tell me I can't

Where were you
When my walls came falling down?
When you falling down
You tried to hide
You stood close by
And didn't make a sound

Where were you
When it all came back around?
It goes back around
The reasons why you passed me by
Will always hold you down

Say something


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"Sticks & Bricks" as written by Jeremy Wade Mckinnon Alexander Thomas Shelnutt

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  • +2
    General CommentI think I'm in love with the hate in this song
    eneazatlon February 03, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI think he is speaking to a really close friend or family member. when he needed them most they weren't there and left him to solve all of the problems that he faces with no help or relief. and that person trys to come back to him and he won't stand for it and shows how he feels and expresses his anger and disappointment in that person.

    Kick ass song just for the record. One of my favorites.
    VanguardX27on March 09, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti just jizzed in my pants
    spamoni25128on November 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is deep. Obvious meaning, not sticks and stones but sticks and BRICKS
    michaela12345on November 15, 2010   Link
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    General Commentya i think this song is about the bands on warped tour and how when ADTR was at the lowest they did nothing to help.

    one of the best songs off the album



    BeansAndCornbreadon January 15, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirst off, Epic song....I mean, holy shit is this an epic song.

    I think michaela12345 hit the more obvious point right on the head and it stemmed from jaydawgtwo04 's observation of poor encounters with the warped tour bands.

    I however would like to throw out an idea completely from left field that is most likely NOT correct but it is fun to play with:

    The Three Little Pigs

    I came to this conclusion from the following
    1) Sticks and Bricks were what two of the pigs built their houses out of leaving Straw
    2) The chorus is from the perspective of the pig that built his house out of straw i.e. "Where were you when my walls came falling down"
    3) The Verses are from the Wolf a very angry beast on a campaign for bloodlust.

    Obviously this is an emotionally unstable wolf with induced parinoid delusions of the pigs taking from him and lying to him...but HEY! how did the pigs afford the material to build their houses? perhaps they did steal from the wolf.

    Anyway, it's NOT the actual meaning for the song but I do think its fun to imagine the wolf screaming at the first little pig as the pigs neighboring brothers listen to the pleas of the unfortunate straw pig call for their help.

    fishboy123aon April 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI read somewhere that this song is about their warped tour family?
    If so, then the 'So here I stand the only son of a working class man' probably is talking about how he's mad that so many warped bands (NeverShoutNever, etc.) paid their way to the top and he worked for it.
    jaydawgtwo04on November 15, 2010   Link
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    posthardcoreftwon December 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'm thinking this song is about his close friends and family when he started up this band, originally in ocala, no one really cared for this band and didn't think it was going anywhere. When your raised by a working class father, your taught principles and learn that you have to work for what you want. So when he was down and things weren't looking up for his band he never gave up. Look at them now being headliners and selling out tickets to venues etc.... what i think he's getting is at is that he's pissed off at everyone who said they were there for him but didn't think this was a dream worth pursuing and when they told him to give it up he never did. Through that he persevered but can't ever forgive those who weren't there to be there when everything was at its worst
    Sublimedude1992on June 11, 2011   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationI took a different view on the lyrics. I thought it was about VanguardX27 said earlier, but after listening to it nonstop during working out, I came up with this:


    This obviously has to do with self improvement. The first four lines are definitely saying that he's fucked up so many times AND risen from it, that he takes the success he deserves, even from those who were "above him" at a point before.
    The next 4 I took as him saying something along the lines of "I've come such a long way, but I'm only going up from here." The rest of the non-chorus parts of the song pretty much do the same thing.

    The chorus was the only part I feel like I take differently than everyone else.
    Walls can represent a lot of things in songs; the two that stood out the most were forms of support (ie everything around me falling apart) or barriers (ie things keeping me enclosed).

    Both can make sense, but I like the 2nd take better. It applies more to my life :)
    This way, its like he's saying "Why weren't you there when things started getting better for me? You could have shared this with me, but instead, you hid when things started changing"
    Fact
    poisenberyon March 27, 2011   Link

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