So you wanna mess with me?
Caught me in a silent scream
Heat filling up my cheeks
Not exactly what you think
See you in the room next door
Your feet float above the floor
Dress torn above your knees
Like you've owned it for centuries

Dots and dashes on the wall
You tell me about the falls
Of kingdoms and champions
You've seen a thousand times before
I'll show you my private things
Like my scrapbook of fantasies
You say I look a little too green
For saving

I'm already born
I'm already wise
I'm already worn
I'm already wonderin' what am I
I'm already rough
I'm already lean
I'm already wanting to be obscene
I'm already cursed
I'm already dry
I'm already wonderin' what am I
I've already learned a bit of sin
Enough already, let me in

We signal in a moonbeam
I beg you to follow me
You say that I'll be surprised
At the codes in the sunrise
But if I don't like what I see
And my grip starts loosening
The edge of the big reveal
Could be the end of the story

I just saw innocence
Spinning around, spinning around
Should I step in?
And burn it all down
Burn it all away

I'm already born
I'm already wise
I'm already worn
I'm already wonderin' what am I
I'm already rough
I'm already lean
I'm already wanting to be obscene
I'm already cursed
I'm already dry
I'm already wonderin' what am I
I've already learned a bit of sin
Enough already, let me in

We signal in a moonbeam
I beg you to follow me
You say that I'll be surprised
At the codes in the sunrise
But if I don't like what I see
And my grip starts loosening
The edge of the big reveal
Could be the end of the story


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Dots and Dashes (Enough Already) song meanings
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  • +4
    My InterpretationThis song perfectly captures the horror aspect of the albums sound because through my point of view, its terrifying

    The way I see it, the song starts with the narrorator who is screaming but no sound can come out because of the pure shock and horror of walking in on a woman (possibly a lover, but definitely someone close) who has just hung herself
    She is innocence slowly spinning around as she hangs from the ceiling, her feet floating above the floor with an worn dress, she pretty much resembles a ghost at first glance but it turns out much worse ("so you wanna mess with me" - the initial fake scare of the ghost)

    The dots and dashes on the wall are her suicide note. I presume those dots and dashes spell out the chorus until the point when the narrorator stops himself from reading (ENOUGH ALREADY!)

    When he sees her spinning there, he recalls a time when he could have prevented this - "Should I have stepped in, and blown it all down?"

    In his despair, confusion, and light of the moon, he then mistakes her again for a ghost and begins talking to her. She tells him to follow her and he'll be surprised by being able to see things in a different light (a coded sunrise)
    His grip on reality begins to loosen and then thats the end of his story...
    SoapManpvon July 18, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Commentsong's badass
    theDuffyon June 03, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe horror aspect is exemplified in the song. My personally view on this is that it's about a female vampire coming to turn the narrator of the song.


    Heat filling up my cheeks
    This is about the blood rushing through the singers cheeks.

    Your feet float above the floor
    Dress torn above your knees
    Like you've owned it for centuries

    This is reference to the female vampire hoovering over her kill, she's wearing clothes that ragged and look well worn and old, because she has been around for centuries, and eventually she just stopped caring about her physical appearance.

    The dot's and dashes on the wall are the stipling from her having killed and fed on someone in the narrators house. Their blood is flung over the wall in such as way as to resemble morse code, which is also a metaphor for the vampire woman getting tired and jaded about her immortality. She needs someone to rescuer her from the drudge of everlasting life. She has seen kingdoms come and go, she's seen champions and all kinds of wondrous things, but she's still ultimately alone. The narrator wants to be turned, so he can be with her and see the things she's seen, and he trys to convince her that he can be her companion by sharing his experiences. She tells him that he's too young and inexperienced to live up to that expectation, she can't save him.


    In the chorus, he's basically trying to convince her to let him into the pact of immortality and power. He's telling her he has lived and done things and that he's already broken and has the halmarks of a vampire, he's sexually obscene, he's not afraid to sin and walk in the darkness. Just give him a shot.

    She eventually does, and they go together into the night, Signalling in a moonbeam. His innocence is slowly leached from him, and he becomes more jaded and hard as a vampire. The innocence also represents his blood being taken from him and his turning in the context of the story.He burns away his humanity.

    He follows her and she teaches him the the ways of the vampire. The codes in the sunrise represent that they will die in the sun, and therefore can not understand the lives of those that walk in the light. It becomes foreign to them, but she's telling him even though he becomes jaded and can't understand them, there is still worth in it. And if she ever feels him trying to leave her that she will end him and he will never seen the countless ages and power than he sought. He's her's and She is his, forever.
    BaridBelon October 19, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome of the lyrics are wrong. It's "a little too green FOR SAVING." Not "for saying." Also, it's "BLOW it all down, BLOW it all away." Correct lyrics for Neck of the Woods are published on the Silversun Pickups webpage.

    Great song. Great album. Great band.
    LucasCorsoon June 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningWell, the lyrics may seem related to horror, but I think that they go along with the music video a little more. In the music video starring Elise Eberle and Allie Teilz, the girl played by Elise's thoughts go along with the lyrics. In the song, she is swaying with depression but love in her newly experienced feelings for the girl played by Allie. All of the lesbian feelings from her perspective are new and confusing.
    I'm already born
    I'm already wise
    I'm already worn
    I'm already wonderin' what am I
    I'm already rough
    I'm already lean
    I'm already wanting to be obscene
    I'm already cursed
    I'm already dry
    I'm already wonderin' what am I
    I've already learned a bit of sin
    Enough already, let me in
    This shows that Elise's love for Allie is making her depressed, and confused for a new feeling. In the part where it says, "I've already learned a bit of sin", she is clearly feeling guilty because she is usually used to following the rules placed by society. In the music video, there are two different settings, Elise and Allie, and Elise alone doubting herself. In the moments of doubt, she is doing things like looking at herself in the mirror, or petting her cat for reassurement or satisfaction, either way to soothe herself.
    And my grip starts loosening
    The edge of the big reveal
    Could be the end of the story
    At this part, Elise seems to be trying to decide whether to confess her love for Allie or not. Her grip is loosening, but the only happiness in her life comes from being with Allie, and she doesn't want to lose her. "Could be the end of the story" means that Elise is afraid of talking to Allie because losing her would be the end of HER story, and her life would be over. I find this very depressing, especially at the end when Allie leaves.
    riley10099on February 26, 2017   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionMan I really wish that someone would make a movie or write a book for the music video of this song.
    riley10099on February 26, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about a guy in a suicide cult.

    Signal in a moonbeam is about when they are all planning to "leave earth." They've all been brainwashed by some culty cunt to think they're going somewhere better after they all do group suicide, but the narrator has his second guesses about it all: "if I don't like what I see, and my grip (on life) starts loosening, the edge of the big reveal (surprise! No big reveal, you twat!) , could be the end of the story." it's like he's thinking about what it's gonna be like the moment before death and he realizes there is nothing after death (kinda like how there was nothing before he was conceived) and he is pondering what if he fails to abort his suicide.
    Glass Joe the Bullyon August 09, 2017   Link

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