From hand to heart and hands to head
These gritty teeth grind gears of infrared
He crash lands in dull white noise
All I hear is static in his voice

When those sweet red hands start their whirlwinds
And you're the drain

You're imagining things, your pretend machine
Has sticks in its every spoke
You're inventing it all from thin air and close calls
Welcome to the balancing act

Your rabbit's foot is hare and hounds
And I drag pianos, eyes glued to the ground
When he dialed 911
Busy signals sang familiar songs

When those sweet red hands start their whirlwinds
And you're the plane

You're imagining things, your pretend machine
Has sticks in its every spoke
You're inventing it all from thin air and close calls
If we bought the stock we'd be broke

You taught us to claw
Put us through a speech
If I'm a red anchor
Then you're coming with me
And on the way down
We'll sleep with the fish
As we go into the blue
We can both reminisce

And you better hide
Or learn how to climb
Cause you're coming with me
And on the way down
You'll sleep with the fish
You're coming with me

You're imagining things, your pretend machine
Has sticks in its every spoke
You're inventing it all from thin air and close calls
Welcome to the balancing act


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Whiskey & Ritalin song meanings
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  • +2
    Song MeaningI've listened to this song countless times and I have to say it's my favorite from A&A.

    This song to me is nothing but a complete downward spiral, probably coming from the vocalist. All of Fair to Midland stated that the album was much more depressing than "Fables", so we can start there. The drugs and alcohol can take anyone down that path. This choice words all have to do with crashing, falling, or in a sense, simply going down.
    tonymontana32089on August 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, the intense beats pumps me up.

    I think it is mainly talking about being oppressed, and lashing out to the oppressor.
    "You taught us to claw, Put us through a speech, If I'm a red anchor,Then you're coming with me, And on the way down,We'll sleep with the fish, As we go into the blue, We can both reminisce"
    This could reference the initial attack on the oppressor "When those sweet red hands start their whirlwinds
    And you're the drain"
    bbrockeron July 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthere is what I hear when I listen to this song.

    your head is making things only you can see and no one else
    you take so much that you crash and snore and mumble
    then the drugs start to pour down your head then
    Your head gets messed up, you create ridiculous issues from nothing.
    You're pretty damn lucky you haven't really killed yourself
    If I had any compassion for you I would have already lost it all
    You used to inspire us, but now your just bringing us all down
    now I can just remember how you were but right now
    your on the path of death
    This is how they balance your life
    conleyrasoron July 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song says schizophrenia to me. More specifically, stimulant psychosis. Which is is a "schizophrenic-esque" psychotic episode characterized mostly by auditory and vision hallucinations. Along with a breakdown of thought. It seems to me that Darroh may have been experiencing this at at the time. The lines of the chorus makes it quite evident. Being schizophrenic this this song seems just to coincidental to not be a psychotic "episode" of some sort. Especially since the "voice" he is communicating with is so antagonizing.
    Memetalmanon August 06, 2013   Link
  • -2
    General CommentIt seems like it's...about some sort of plane crash. 9-11 immediately comes to mind, but I don't think that would be it...

    I also get cyberpunk/sci-fi vibes, although that could just be the story I'm working on doing that.
    valbinoon July 26, 2011   Link

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