"12 Fingers" as written by Sameer Gadhia, Eric Matthew Cannata, Jacob John Tilley, Francois Paul Comtois, Payam Reza Doostzadeh and Mike Daly....
Padded by locks the door knob singed
A rusty close to a doorknob hinge
Remembering the sounds we used to know

But when those sounds sang from our halls
The backstop pressed against bleached walls
Do you remember the sound of snow?

And these flames, boil in reclaim
On the way down

I can follow you
Your heart beats just like I wanted it to
And you want it to
I can follow you
Your heart beats just like I wanted it to
And you want it to
Behind the road you wait for long

So I said follow me down this time
I wrote the rules but you've got the time
So can you help me
I've got to break free from these chains oh from these chains

And these flames, boil in reclaim
On the way down

I can follow you
Your heart beats just like I wanted it to
And you want it to
I can follow you
Your heart beats just like I wanted it to
And you wanted it to

Your eyes they fall before us
Your sighs are all around
Inside the walls have fallen
And now, you're all alone

I can follow you
Your heart beats just like I wanted it to
And you want it to
I can follow you
Your heart beats just like I wanted it to
And you wanted it to
Behind the road, we wait for long


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"12 Fingers" as written by Francois Paul Comtois Eric Matthew Cannata

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    General CommentI think it says "behind the road you wait for love"
    iamsound213on July 03, 2011   Link
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    General Commentand it says "your eyes are closed before us"
    iamsound213on July 03, 2011   Link
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    General Commentmy FAVORITE on the album <3
    lovevioleton September 03, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningAt a concert in Chicago, Sameer intro'd this song by saying that this song was about "having 12 fingers". So there you go!
    windycitywinteron February 27, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about a seventeen/eighteen year old leaving home and a tough childhood behind him/her. In the beginning, it seems like the 'you' is specifically someone he/she loves, whether that's a sibling, an old friend or maybe a first love.

    "Padded by locks the door knob singed
    A rusty close to a doorknob hinge
    Remembering the sounds we used to know"
    I think this verse is talking about locking away the memories the kids have of their earlier childhood and how it hurts to try and remember them

    "But when those sounds sang from our halls
    The backstop pressed against bleached walls
    Do you remember the sound of snow?"
    In this verse, the sounds singing means the memories that keep escaping, and how by 'bleaching the walls' they're trying to wipe all memories clean as though they never existed, but the 'sound of snow' is a good memory they share together that neither really wants to forget.

    The chorus and verse afterwards:
    "So I said follow me down this time
    I wrote the rules but you've got the time
    So can you help me
    I've got to break free from these chains oh from these chains"
    I interpret as wanting to stay with this person you love but knowing you also have to leave this place (whether the place is an actual town, house, or just who you used to be)

    "Your eyes they fall before us
    Your sighs are all around
    Inside the walls have fallen
    And now, you're all alone”
    There, I think the 'you' changes to the person that maybe made the childhood tough, whether that's an abusive or neglective parent, or maybe just somebody who wasn't there for them in the way they wanted. Now, the kids feel empowered by their ability to leave, and they're previous resentment comes out in this verse.

    I don't know though, just a thought.
    eyeless.in.the.morningon April 04, 2015   Link

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