Forgive me, forgive me
If I seem alarmed
I had a motionless moment
No harm’s done

You see right through a million
Words that I harrowed
And built of mountains of shrapnel
I’ve made my mind up, my mind up
Because the line drawn in the sand’s wrong

Where all the pioneers have gone
And all that’s left are unresolved
Out of step opinions

And you say the word and I will come
With overbearing clouds of woe
Out of breath but not alone

Forgive me, forgive me
If I’m straight for awhile
I made a poisonless process
That is getting old

I always wind up
With boxed-up over crinkles
A motive, motives
I’ve made my mind up, my mind up
And I could care less who’s turned off

Where all the pioneers have gone
And all that’s left are unresolved
Out of step opinions

And you say the word and I will come
With overbearing clouds of woe
Out of breath but not alone

Who’s turned off
Who’s turned off

They always say “Hooray!”
It has to leave us
You were not alone when
We have been stretched too far

Where all the pioneers have gone
And all that’s left are unresolved
Out of step opinions
It’s like we’re dead once more

But you say the word and I will come
With overbearing clouds of woe
Out of breath but not alone


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Out of Breath song meanings
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    My OpinionI think the lyrics seem to reflect the collapse of the music industry and how most modern music is becoming weaker in meaning. Just my impression from how he says "I could care less who's turned off." Like he's saying that he doesn't care about people not liking what the band does and the whole line about "You see right through a million words that I harrowed" also seems like sarcasm towards critics who pretend to know what he means. There's several other lines that make me think this, "When all the pioneers are gone" makes me think about pioneers in the music industry becoming fewer and fewer. I'm not going to pretend that I know what this song is about for certain, but that's what I think.
    delta727on September 05, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think it's sort of a statement of purpose. Going forward, the Pickups are going to be musical pioneers rather than followers. No more Smashing Pumpkins comparisons.

    Neck of the Woods was their most sonically diverse album yet, and with this song as the last track I think they're saying that they're going to push boundaries even further with their next one.

    "I’ve made my mind up, my mind up
    And I could care less who’s turned off"

    He's gotten tired of doing the same thing over and over again. He wants to make his own music rather than what critics expect of him at this point.
    Crane42on June 23, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics here are almost entirely wrong.
    LucasCorsoon September 14, 2016   Link
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    General CommentIf anyone is interested, the correct lyrics:

    Forgive me, forgive me
    If I seem alarmed
    I had a motionless moment
    No harm’s done

    You see I'VE READ THROUGH a million
    Words that I HAVE WROTE
    And built of mountains of shrapnel
    I’ve made my mind up, my mind up
    Because the line drawn in the sand’s wrong

    WHEN all the pioneers have gone
    And all that’s left are unresolved
    Out of step opinions

    And you say the word and I will come
    With overbearing clouds of WARMTH
    Out of breath but not alone

    Forgive me, forgive me
    If I’m straight FORWARD
    I'M IN A POISONOUS process
    That is getting old

    I always wind up
    With BOTCHED UP OVER CRITICAL
    EMOTIVE motives
    I’ve made my mind up, my mind up
    And I could care less who’s turned off

    WHEN all the pioneers have gone
    And all that’s left are unresolved
    Out of step opinions

    And you say the word and I will come
    With overbearing clouds of WARMTH
    Out of breath but not alone

    Who’s turned off
    Who’s turned off

    They always say HOW GREAT
    It has to leave us WANTING
    BUT YOU AND I KNOW WHEN
    We have been stretched too THIN

    WHEN all the pioneers have gone
    And all that’s left are unresolved
    Out of step opinions
    It’s LIFE OR DEATH once more

    But you say the word and I will come
    With overbearing clouds of WARMTH
    OUT OF BREATH BUT NOT ALONE
    LucasCorsoon September 14, 2016   Link

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