My heart is numb
The feeling that I get from
The way you shake your voice
And curse this bitter love
And oh, it's cold
Living in a fallen home
We were just kids back then
Too scared to be alone

You leave me in the dark
Recounting all my sins
You put words in my mouth
But who is gonna mend
These white fences

Oh, it's cold
Living in a fallen home
We were just kids back then
Too scared to be alone
Oh, I said oh, the fight
My legs are unsteadied by
The way you close your eyes
I wish we could hit rewind

You leave me in the dark
Recounting all my sins
You put words in my mouth
But who is gonna mend
These white fences

My heart is numb
The feeling that I get from
The way you shake your voice
And curse this bitter love
And, oh, the fight
My legs are unsteadied by
The way you close your eyes
I wish we could hit rewind

You leave me in the dark
Recounting all my sins
You put words in my mouth
But who is gonna mend
These white fences


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    Song Meaning"So 'White Fences' is a song kind of about the American Dream of, you know, growing up in big house, having a white picket fence and it's kind of where things go wrong. Where either you get that dream and it's broken, or things just didn't pan out the way that you wanted. Then what, who's going to fix that? I think that's the question that the song asks." - Bo Rinehart
    ChaChing2308on May 14, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationReally interesting how the song has such a happy, peppy feeling! At first listen, people sing along and dance and clap. Even at the concerts, people are smiling, singing along... not understanding the underlying pain.

    The American Dream looks so happy from the outside. The big houses, fancy gadgets, nice clothes, and expensive cars all cover up the hurt that often comes from ignorant parents, too wrapped up in their pursuit of wealth to pay attention to their kids. Instead, they dress their kids up, sign them up for this activity and that activity, and give them toys so that instead of being able to tell the world that they're neglected, they're communicating that their parents "love" them.
    JuliaWiersumon September 25, 2012   Link
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    Song MeaningThe reference to White Fences is methaphorical,not literal to the "American Dream."

    The song is about unfirgiveness in a relationship where the other person is unwilling to let go of past mistakes (you leave me in the dark, recounting all my sings.)

    The reference to the white fences speaks of the trouble becoming visible publically. The symbolism draws imagery "the perfect couple" being seen for the troubled state they are actually in.

    The verse of the song does speak of the pain (possibly Bear) feels during the argments when the verbal and physical rejections come.

    Great song. Catchy tune. Painful message.
    Merwin510on June 20, 2013   Link

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