"Speed The Collapse" as written by and James Shaw Emily Haines....
All the way from where we came
Built a mansion in a day
Distant lightning, thunder claps
Watched our neighbor's house collapse
Looked the other way

And then the storm was overhead
All the oceans boiled and rivers bled
We auctioned off our memories
In the absence of a breeze
Scatter what remains
Scatter what remains

Pushed away I'm pulled toward
A comedown of revolving doors
Every warning we ignored
Drifting in from distant shores
The wind presents a change of course
A second reckoning of sorts
We were wasted waiting for
A comedown of revolving doors

Fate don't fail me now

And when the days that followed past
In another mansion built to last
From our window we could see
Only possibilities down the road and back

But then the storm returned for more
In a comedown of revolving doors
We auctioned off our memories
In the absence of a breeze
Scatter what remains
Scatter what remains

Pushed away I'm pulled toward
A comedown of revolving doors
Every warning we ignored
Drifting in from distant shores
The wind presents a change of course
A second reckoning of sorts
We were wasted waiting for
A comedown of revolving doors

Fate don't fail me now
Fate don't fail me now
Fate don't fail me now
Fate don't fail me now


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"Speed the Collapse" as written by Emily Haines James Shaw

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  • +4
    General CommentI think it could be about any tragedy, really. I feel that when bad things happen, a lot of people just look the other way and don't really help.
    BambooBangaon June 13, 2012   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningOh, come on boyss and girlss..., it's talking about how humanity destroyed it's planet, despite the numerous warnings, and the wars, polution... all for mantaining the system...
    Of course I'm not able to stop listening the whole album..., Saludos Metric!:)
    Acaspitaon June 25, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentRevolving Doors is also a term used to denote the way corporate executives take up government posts, and vice versa. I.e. the revolving door from one to the other, and sometimes back again. So I'm inclined to see it as being linked to the global economic crisis and the hope (maybe at the time) that the revolving doors would crash down; that is the corporate/finance power over government would collapse.
    kimbeeon March 26, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a really bleak album if you pay attention to the lyrics. I like it. :)

    Notice the last two stanzas. The "collapse" will always come. It's inevitable. It's recurrent. It doesn't matter if you build a new mansion and build it to last. The storm will return and scatter what remains, and ultimately, scatter your remains.
    screaminglyon June 13, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTaking into account that Emily Haines/Jimmy Shaw said in an interview that "Youth Without Youth" is about the current economic situation and how it's screwing over today's youth, I think this song is along those same lines.

    I think it's specifically about the housing crash. "Distant lightning, thunder claps
    /Watched our neighbor's house collapse/Looked the other way." That's happening all over the place - our neighbors' houses are foreclosing, and we're just looking the other way.

    "Built a mansion in a day" - sort of a double interpretation here. 1) It could mean people buying into homes they can't afford, essentially "building a mansion in a day," not foreseeing that they won't be able to afford said mansion.

    Or 2) "In another mansion built to last" - the 1%, if you will, chillin' in their mansions, watching as the 99% are dealing with the "storm overhead," having to "auction off their memories" (memories made in their homes).

    I dunno, I'm probably reading way too much into it, being way too specific.
    hobbes123on August 03, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan't stop listening... can't wait for Synthetica :D
    Davininon May 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI saw on Youtube someone saying this was about the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, and at first it struck me as weird. But it does seem to make sense in a way...beautiful song.
    WillAndWindon May 27, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt seems to be about warning signs and our tendency to ignore them. It could be about the housing bubble, economic collapse, international poverty, or even the 9/11 attacks, yes.

    A 'mansion built in a day' could be the entire USA- being a superpower at only 200 years of age... "a day" compared to how long other empires took to be built.

    Deep song. Great song.
    TheMonolithon September 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI pretty much agree with comments here. I just notice the song has a Mafia sound to it as well not sure if they just used it or it means more. Epic song though definitely powerful messages.
    Dark27on January 06, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEmily's voice makes me slip into another world !
    raindrop24on January 17, 2014   Link

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