An empty room, I’m empty too
Everything just reminds me of you
So many things that I shouldn’t have missed
The more that I push and the more you resist
It’s easy to say it’s for the best
When you want more, well you leave me with less

I know you're fine, but what do I do?
I know you're fine, but what do I do?

I’m awake and trying
While you’re sleeping like a baby beside him
I’m on the ledge, while you’re so
God damn polite and composed
And I know you see me and you’re making it look so easy
What comes and goes, I go without
I know you’re fine, but what about

(Fallout) fallout (fallout) fallout (fallout) fallout
Through the fallout
(Fallout) fallout (fallout) fallout (fallout)
You're the fallout

Well now there’s him and now there’s me
The secrets you give and the secrets you keep
Nevertheless, it’s never your let
It’s more that I give and the less that I get
Don’t tell me to fight, to fight for you
After this long I shouldn’t have to

I know you're fine, but what do I do?
I know you're fine, but what do I do?

I’m awake and trying
While you’re sleeping like a baby beside him
I’m on the ledge, while you’re so
God damn polite and composed
And I know you see me and you’re making it look so easy
What comes and goes, I go without
I know you’re fine, but what about

(Fallout) fallout (fallout) fallout (fallout) fallout
Through the fallout
(Fallout) fallout (fallout) fallout (fallout)

I know you're fine but what if I
(Fallout) fallout (fallout) fallout (fallout) fallout
Through the fallout

I know you're fine, but what do I do?


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    General CommentJamez explained it all basically. He's hurting when she's okay. He never expected this. Love the song. Cant wait for the video
    piper888on January 15, 2012   Link
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    General CommentGreat song and can't wait for the video to come out

    I think its about a boy trying to let go of his ex but cant
    as she is still pulling him back in.
    it's also saying how he can't function without her but she's got someone
    and he has no one now
    jamez09on January 08, 2012   Link
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    General Commenti love this song it is pure awesome
    austuin123on June 21, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song means a lot to me because it basically describes my situation with my first love. Except that I'd be in the guy's shoes. So I can relate to and understand the song on a lot of different levels.

    An empty room, I’m empty too
    Everything just reminds me of you
    (Pretty self-explanatory. He feels alone, on both the inside and outside. He's lonely on the inside without her, and on the outside because nobody else can replace her. And yeah... everything reminds him of her; she's on his mind continually.)

    So many things I shouldn't have missed
    The more that I push and the more you resist
    (He wishes he could have known what would come of him trying to "push" her. He didn't know that it would only push her farther away from him, instead of bringing her closer. And now, he's beating himself up for not realizing that before he had tried harder to get her back.)

    It’s easy to say it’s for the best
    When you want more, while you leave me with less
    (Logically, he and anybody else can see that it's for the best. A relationship involves the work and dedication of two people; and if only one is left trying to put the pieces back together while the other has let go, those two people obviously aren't meant to be.)

    I know you're fine, but what do I do?
    (Again, self-explanatory. He knows that she's fine, but he's still stuck behind and can't let go of her. And he doesn't know what to do.)

    I’m awake and trying
    While you’re sleeping like a babe beside him
    (He's always looking for ways to try to fix what went wrong and go back to the way it was before; he's always "awake," in that sense. But she's doing the opposite; she's "asleep," and has given up trying to make it work. She's moved on, and doesn't seem to be looking back.)

    I’m on the ledge, while you’re so
    God damn polite and composed
    (This could take on two different meanings; personally, I think both of them work. Firstly, he could be "on the ledge" when he's around her. You know, watching his every move and always hoping that maybe she'll want him back again if he plays it right. Secondly, he could be "on the ledge" at any given time, in his day to day life. He's a mess without her, and always "on the ledge" of a breakdown. Meanwhile, she's completely okay, and acts as if nothing ever happened.)

    And I know you see me and you’re making it look so easy
    (He is sure that deep down, she still must look at him and have a space left in her heart for him. She still must have feelings; but if she does, she's making it look so easy to let go and ignore her heart.)

    What comes and goes, I'd go without
    (Relationships come and go; everyone knows this. But he's saying that he'd go without the "coming and going". I'm not sure if this is correct, but this is how I interpret it. He doesn't want her to "come and go"; he wants her to stay for good.

    Fallout
    (=The adverse side effects or results of a situation. Explains itself.)

    Well now there’s him and now there’s me
    The secrets you give and the secrets you keep
    (These things are all aspects of the "fallout". It's now him and her new guy, both trying to compete for her love. And maybe he regrets not telling her some things that he knows he should have, and that's what the "secrets you give and the secrets you keep" is all about? And it haunts him, because now he doesn't have the chance to tell her those things.)

    Nevertheless, it’s never your let
    It’s more that I give and the less that I get
    (Let = allow. I hear this as her never allowing him to do anything, in a sense. She's done and moved on, and he knows that it wouldn't be right to try to get her back any more. Yet still, he's giving her his heart and time and energy and soul, and she only takes those same things out of him.)

    Don’t tell me to fight, to fight for you
    After this long I shouldn’t have to
    (I think the first part is a sort of self-justification. He knows all to well that he's still fighting for her after so long, but he imagines her WANTING him to fight. So he says "don't tell me to fight for you" in an attempt to justify the fact that in reality, he's doing the exact opposite.)
    pris0nbugon April 11, 2013   Link
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    General CommentIn the interviews the guys had done talking about this video, Josh was describing it as "a metaphor for a relationship ending." He deliberately seemed to not explain any further or use specific words about what KIND of relationship, so I'm fairly convinced that this song (and the whole album, really) is a chronicle of his past demons- all the things that he's ever done to harm himself. So this song, I personally believe, is the turning point in which he's finally talking about thinking about ending his relationship with drugs/self-harm/bulimia. I feel like he's talking about himself in two different ways in this song. The first being Josh-on-drugs and the second being Sober-Josh.

    "I know you're fine, but what do I do?"
    He had gotten so comfortable in the negative situations that he doesn't know how to respond to any other way anymore.

    "I'm on the ledge while you're do damn polite and composed."
    The drugs/bulimia will wait patiently, should he ever decide to get back into that stuff, but at the moment, he's scared and 'on the ledge' as he's coming off all of the bad stuff.

    "Now there's him and now there's me, the secrets you give and the secrets you keep..."
    Again, Sober Josh vs. Addict Josh. He hid his secrets for a very long time until it was finally noticed. It was like he was two different people.

    "Everything reminds me of you..."
    Seems self explanatory. Addicts and recovering addicts as well as people with eating disorders experience some insanely intense cravings to go back to previous lifestyles when they're in recovery.

    The word "Fallout" alone means "the adverse side effects or results of a situation". So I think essentially what this whole song is about is Josh struggling with coming to terms with becoming healthy and sober. In a nutshell, "I'm gonna try, but what if I fuck it up? I'm scared and despite everything horrible I'm doing to myself, I'm comfortable here and I don't want to change because what if my whole world falls apart?"

    And if you've ever watched interviews, you see how Josh talks about how hard it was for him in the treatment center and rehab, so really, he did 'fallout' for a little while, which is what you see at the very end of the video.
    heavenationon October 10, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's about a guy who's having an affair with a married woman. He's feeling the guilt but she's acting as if everything is just fine. She tells him she might leave her husband if he "fights for her" but he's worried about the fallout. What happens when her husband finds out? He's fraught with guilt while she sleeps like a babe beside him (her husband). Basically he feels like he's stuck in a situation he can't change and he doesn't believe she will leave her husband. Heartache plus helplessness plus guilt = hopeless.
    SongBird60on July 07, 2014   Link

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