Your help is on the way
Just sing yourself a song and wait
Nothing was promised in the first place
But we will suffer for as long as we can take
Then the suffering, one way or the other
It will go away

It's quiet and you wake
You make the bed for two you always make
Though have empty from some days before
He lay down on the kitchen floor
You struggled but you could not afford
The weight
And in a senseless moment
Everything you're working toward
Was taken away

So you sold everything you didn't want
You sold everything you didn't want to save
Oh you sold everything you didn't want
And what you couldn't sell you gave away
Now you've a few years left give or take
And I think I should say

As long as you're waiting
As long as you're waiting
Since you have nothing to do with your hands
You might as well pray
I am no god-fearing man but i am afraid
Of something that i cannot quite explain

So you sold everything you didn't want
You sold everything you didn't want to save
Oh you sold everything you didn't want
And what you couldn't sell you gave away
Now you've a few years left give or take
And I think I should say

This marks a vulnerable part of me
I guess it runs in my family
I guess it runs in my family
Passing the fire down to me
I only fear for my family
I've got it in me
Got it in my genes

Misery loves company
So careful of the friends you keep
Misery loves company
So careful of the friends you keep

I wanna live but i don't wanna live
I wanna live but i don't wanna live
I wanna live but i don't wanna live
This thing is out there I don't know where it is

I wanna live but i don't wanna live
I wanna live but i don't wanna live
I wanna live but i don't wanna live
This thing is out there i don't know where it is

I'm waving the white flag, the fire's ceased
I don't want any enemies
I'm waving the white flag, the fire's ceased
I don't want any enemies
So why they still digging their claws in me?


Lyrics submitted by TagerToss, edited by Aragorn224

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    General CommentKyle, as a young kid, nearly died of Lyme disease. He lived thanks to modern medicine and a kidney from his father. This is something I feel is necessary to know in order to understand the meaning behind a lot of his lyrics.
    Much of the lyrics in this song could be taken by themselves in relation to Kyle's close call with death. "I wanna live but I don't wanna live" could very well be his feelings he had when he was deathly ill. "since you have nothing to do with your hands, you might as well pray" shows the disparity he had when facing death.
    The first verse is what particularly gets me, it covers (as do much of Typhoon songs) the almost cathartic experience of suffering. "We'll suffer for as long as we can take, and then the suffering one way or the other, it will go away". Suffering will last as long as you live, but whether you're able to defeat suffering while alive or it's forced to go away when you die, it will go away. That's a very comforting thought.
    This song holds a lot of meaning for me, and is my favorite Typhoon song.
    milesawayon November 09, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI set up the recording rig for Paul Laxer to track Typhoon at Pendarvis Farm earlier this year and got to talk to Kyle a little bit. He's a great guy -- getting to know him seems to make his lyrics dig even deeper knowing his life.

    I didn't ask him about this song or its meaning, but to me it seems to be about a widower of someone who had a drug addiction or another disease-related death. It plays on death in so many ways; as @milesaway said, Kyle has Lyme disease. However, I think his own thoughts bleed into the narration of a wife and her husband instead of intentionally directing to Kyle, because he is still alive.

    "Your help is on the way/ Just sing yourself a song and wait" foreshadows a character looming over the death in the second verse. "Then the suffering, one way or the other/ It will go away" either through getting a fix to stop withdrawal suffering or an overdose (again, my interpretation).

    "He lay down on the kitchen floor/ You struggled but you could not afford/ The weight." It sounds like the main character's lover passes out, she tries to carry him somewhere but can't lift him, or a metaphor for letting go. Then "Your help is on the way" could mean that the ambulance is coming and she just has to comfort herself in the meantime.

    The lines before those seem to invoke a memory as she is living day-to-day: "It's quiet and you wake/ You make the bed for two you always make/ Though half empty from some days before." It seems clear someone is dead.

    The rest of the song is so beautiful and powerful. The themes of death and forfeit seem to recur. Just my thoughts. :)
    rootvalueon July 21, 2013   Link

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