"Where We Belong" as written by and Michael Angelakos....
It's gotten cold in here
But asylum warmth draws near
And with a gentle touch of these burdens
And such fears are wiped clear
Who says you ought to stay?
How's this the easier way?
It's far from giving up
Cowards never say enough is enough

And then I'm lifted up
Out of the cribs and towel
The bath begins to drain
And from the floor he prays away
All my pain

Who says that God exists?
We can't see icons or myths, but
Well, I believe in you
Do you believe in me, too?
Get me out

All the things you can't control
Should never destroy the love one holds
I found a place
I found a place
I found a place where we belong

Never be up and down, be in between the whitest clouds
Never did I ever think I'd buy up all the things I've found
'Cause how you keep on living when you're always but a million down
All I've ever wanted was to be happy and make you proud


Lyrics submitted by llscience, edited by Dignan17, Mellow_Harsher, ettov, PITCHINDIGO, Celtic4815

"Where We Belong" as written by Michael Angelakos

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  • +6
    Lyric CorrectionThe licensed lyrics are incorrect:

    It’s gotten cold in here, but a solemn warmth draws near
    And with a gentle touch, all these burdens and such fears are wiped clear

    Who says you ought to stay? How’s this the easier way?
    It’s far from giving up, cowards never say “enough is enough”

    And then I’m lifted up, out of the crimson tub
    The bath begins to drain and from the floor he prays away all my pain

    Who says that God exists? We can’t see icons or myths, but
    I believe in you, do you believe in me too, Gabriel?

    All the things you can’t control should never destroy the love one holds
    I found a place, I found a place, I found a place where we belong

    Never did I think that I'd be lifted to the whitest clouds
    Never did I ever think I'd find all of the things I’ve found
    It's hard to keep on living when your heart weighs but a million pounds
    All I’ve ever wanted was to be happy and make you proud
    llscienceon August 20, 2012   Link
  • +2
    Link(s)very interesting interview with Michael Angelakos which reinforces this song's suicidal tone.
    pitchfork.com/features/cover-story/reader/passion-pit/
    shytownon August 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's gotten cold in here
    But a solemn warmth draws near
    --
    And then I'm lifted up/ Out of the crimson tub
    --
    Never did I think that I'd be lifted to the whitest clouds
    Never did I ever think I'd find out all the things I've found
    It's hard to keep on living when your heart weighs but a million pounds
    All I've ever wanted was to be happy and make you proud
    mikecon August 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, didn't know until I looked up the lyrics how devastating and sad this song is. Holy shit.
    srsizzyon August 26, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with all the lyric changes that llscience and mikec make except for the last couple lines:

    Lyrics in the wiki right now:
    "'Cause how you keep on living when you're always 'bout a million down"

    Basic lyrics you guys are suggesting:
    "It's hard to keep on living when your heart weighs but a million pounds"

    My proposal:
    "['Cause] it's hard to keep on living when you're always 'bout a million down"

    My justification:

    SO much of this album is about money (especially "Take a Walk," of course). In this line he's saying you can't create that financial number you think will make you whole and live your whole life trying to obtain it, it'll just be a burden. Instead just try to be happy. I think it makes more sense when paired with the previous line, which I think is correct in the wiki as "Never did I ever think I'd buy up all the things I've found."


    Or, I'm completely wrong about all of that. If I am, I still disagree that he's saying "but a million pounds." That doesn't make sense. "But" is used to imply something is not as large as it could be. I think "weighs 'bout a million pounds" makes more sense. Angelakos really played fast and loose with the syllables on this album, so a contraction like that is not out of place here :)
    Dignan17on October 26, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful, beautiful song.
    I certainly hope they make a music video to follow this beauty.
    cooperwon December 13, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationi think it does have this thought of suicide. its his moments before, full of anger and emotion debating on whether he should do it. he questions everyone, including god, wondering if he left him. the final verse is about his death.
    the-hungerjayon February 15, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI didn't know what comment type this should be. I'm not really commenting on the lyrics at all, but I want to draw peoples' attention to the intro of this song. When I first heard it, it bugged me, because it's all these disparate sounds that don't quite fit, and they're being layered one after another, and you don't quite get the chance to acclimate to what the feel of the rest of the song is going to be, because it keeps changing, and getting more and more frenzied. But for whatever reason, it was so effective that I couldn't stop listening to it, and for the longest time, I couldn't figure out why.

    Here, I'm trying to put into words how it makes me feel, but I'm not sure it gets across my meaning. I'm fairly sure that this was not completely what Michael Angelakos had in mind when he was writing it, and I'm sure as hell not sure my interpretation of it has any relevance to any of you. Anyway. The sounds just sound so desperate to be heard, or rescued, or something. Maybe they all think they're alone. I don't know. In light of the song title, and with their whiny, almost chiptuney voices, they make me think of an island of misfit toys. And then suddenly there's one last shriek they all go silent, and "It's gotten cold in here" comes right after the inevitable chill I always get at that moment.

    I don't have any personal connection whatsoever to suicide, so I would feel a little callous saying something like, "This song means so much to me," or worse, "This is so real," but that intro is, to me, more demonstrative of just how much I don't know about pain than any lyrics I've ever heard.
    highonpoetryon February 28, 2014   Link

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