I wish I could play the violin
I’d play ‘til tears rolled down your cheek and chin
And if you sang along
We could write the saddest song

Sometimes I indulge my every whim
And piece-by-piece I build the cell I’m in
But I only stay here long enough
To write the saddest song

I dream't I stood on a hill
That I wished was a mountain
To look back on all my accomplishments
Well they must have been small
Because I couldn’t seem to find them
So I took a leap off of the precipice

I wish I could play piano well
I’d hit the keys that make your spirit swell
And if you sang along
We could write the saddest song

I dream't I stood on a hill
That I wished was a mountain
To look back on all my accomplishments
Well they must have been small
Because I couldn’t seem to find them
So I took a leap off of the precipice

Whatever the cost
Whether it works out or not
Whatever the cost
Whether it works out or not
I’ll follow you
I’ll follow you
I’ll follow you with my heart

Whatever the cost
Whether it works out or not
Whatever the cost
Whether it works out or not
I’ll follow you
I’ll follow you
I’ll follow you with my heart

I dream't I stood on a hill
That I wished was a mountain
To look back on all my accomplishments
Well they must have been small
Because I couldn’t seem to find them
So I took a leap off of the precipice


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    General CommentI doubt the song has anything to do with God really. Now no, I'm not an atheist coming on here to prove TCC isnt a Christian band. Most of their songs are about God whether morons like it or not. But regardless, I think this song is about looking back on how much he has accomplished and wishing he had done more in his life to help people. like in: "I stood on a hill that I wished was a mountain to look back on all my accomplishments." Looking at what he did good he realizes it was just a little hill. But he wished it was a mountain of accomplishments. "Well they must have been small, cause I couldnt seem to find them so I took a leap out of the precipice" Precipice means a cliff or steep drop. So, when he realized he could do more he leaped down to rebuild his accomplishments. The "Saddest song" thing you are questioning is (in my mind) him being depressed at where he is at because he knows he could be better.
    Tanner2122on September 21, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI see this song as wanting to have and explore that deep emotional connection we can have with another being.

    "I'd play til tears ran down your cheek and chin"

    There is another person there. I do not think they are singing of The Spirit, nor of God because of this.

    "We could write the saddest song" I see as that desire to have that connection. But there is another very important part of this song.

    "Sometimes I indulge my every whim
    Piece by piece I build the cell I'm in
    But I only stay here long
    Enough to write the saddest song"

    So the saddest song I see as... the human condition. Because it can be a good thing or a bad thing. The saddest song is just Life.

    "I'd hit the keys that make your spirit swell" becomes a part of this song. Obviously joy for something.

    Now the chorus...

    "I dream't I stood on a hill that I wish was a mountain to look back on all my accomplishments. Well they must have been small, because I couldn't seem to find them, so I took a leap off of the precipice."

    Again, if we're dealing with the human condition: wanting to accomplish things. Looking back and noticing that you haven't done anything outstanding. It's normal, healthy. Part of life. I don't see the leap as a negative thing.
    EveryEmotionon November 10, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationSay that this is a love song, about bad timing...

    They don't "belong" together, although they do (different class, family feud or she has another or maybe he was too shy to do something about it before it was too late)... And if she too saw that they were perfect for each other, then they could write the saddest song. The saddest song being life: they would be the best of the sad human lives on earth (as another said, human condition).

    Regardless of her being unattainable, he pines for her and imagines them being together (the cell he's in is his imagination, fantasy) where he stays until he's face-to-face with reality once again and realize he doesn't have her (his saddest song).

    As he looks back on his past, he wish he could do it all over again. Getting her would be the biggest accomplishment he could ever make, and compared to that humongous loss, his other accomplishments aren't as big as he'd like. Maybe there's a lot of other things he would have loved to do, but was too scared to?

    ** It could also be true love, but the timing just SUCKED **

    So he takes a leap. He goes back to his love and confess, pours his heart out.
    Maybe she feels the same about him, maybe not. No matter what, he will still love her and think about her, and 'follow her in his heart'


    Now, this could also be about his true love but that he lost her (death), where he takes a literal leap off a precipice to reunite with her in death "no matter the cause, whether it works out or not, I'll follow you with my heart" (where "whether it works out or not" implies heaven and hell).

    But the latter is just heartbreaking, so I like the first best.
    Charlotte 2.0on December 28, 2015   Link
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    My OpinionAs a spiritual person, I can see this song is referring to God. He's basically saying that he has sinned a lot and that has built the cell his in, also he indulges in what his body psychically wants which causes him to struggle. And when he steps on the precipice he doesnt see anything because he hasnt done anything important. SO he steps off and decides to follow God. Even if it means putting his pride aside:
    "Whatever the cost
    Whether it works out or not...
    Ill follow you
    lll follow you with my heart"
    he knows that his way isnt working so now its time to do it God's way.

    just my opinion.
    kimbuhrleon October 26, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningThe reason they could write the saddest song is because he doesn't believe. He will believe anfbhe has believed.

    Imagine writing a love song to someone you want to breakup with. They already know you don't love them but they let you sing it anyway. Just waiting for you to finally drop the bomb.

    He knows he built his own cell and that he will stay long enough to get another song for the record. But he has to breakup with God first.
    Zasur1399on March 21, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI can see this as a song to the Spirit, or to God, especially in the ending repeat of "I'll follow you in my heart". Since the song sings, "Whether is works out or not", it could possibly be about love.

    What exactly is "the saddest song"? Why does he want to be able to create that, why does he sing for that release? I'm still unsure.
    EveryEmotionon August 23, 2012   Link

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