"Wires" as written by and Jeremy Freedman Zachary Abels....
We talked about making it
I'm sorry that you never made it
And it pains me just to hear you have to say it
You knew the game and played it
It kills to know that you have been defeated
I see the wires pulling while you're breathing
You knew you had a reason
It killed you like diseases
I can hear it in your voice while your speaking you can't be treated
Mr. Know it all had his reign and his fall
At least that's what his brain is telling all

If he said help me kill the president
I'd say he needs medicine
Sick of screaming let us in
The wires got the best of him
All that he invested in goes

Straight to hell
Straight to hell
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa

Straight to hell
Straight to hell
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa

He told me I should take it in
Listen to every word he's speaking
The wires getting older I can hear the way their creaking
As their holding him
Well I could see it in his jaw
That all he ever wanted was a job
He tells me to be raw
Admits to me that every little flaw
That never let him sit upon the top
Won't tell me to stop
Thinks that I should be a little cautious
I can tell the wires pulled

If he said help me kill the president
I'd say he needs medicine
Sick of screaming let us in
The wires got the best of him
All that he invested in goes

Straight to hell
Straight to hell
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa

Straight to hell
Straight to hell
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa

I'm having trouble in believing
And I just started seeing
Light at the beginning of the tunnel but he tells me that I'm dreaming
When he talks I hear his ghosts every word they say to me
I just pray the wires aren't coming

If he said help me kill the president
I'd say he needs medicine
Sick of screaming let us in
The wires got the best of him
All that he invested in goes

Straight to hell
Straight to hell
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa

Straight to hell
Straight to hell
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa

Straight to hell
Straight to hell
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa

Straight to hell
Straight to hell
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa


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"Wires" as written by Jeremy Freedman Zachary Abels

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    My InterpretationI think the song is about two people. One tries to be successful, but not in a clean way. The other tells what happened, saying that he
    (the other guy) was good before the wires took over him. The wires could be a metaphor for something dirty or evil that was taking over the man who tried to be successful. It also shows how his good manners and talent vanished after he did what he did.
    Closer analysis goes something like:

    We talked about making it
    I’m sorry that you never made it
    And it pains me just to hear you have to say it

    His friend, acknowledging, that he made a mistake, by doing the wrong thing. At the end he had to admit that what he did was wrong, and his friend, the narrator, feels kinda bad about it.

    You knew the game and played it,
    it kills to know that you have been defeated
    I see the wires pulling while you're breathing

    The narrator, his friend, saying how he was conscious of what he was doing, that it was not okay, but did it anyways. His friend explains how he has changed and how the wires ( That represent something bad, evil, dirty, etc) had taken over him. - Also talks about the consequences of what his friend did. Something like "Look at how you were before, we were in the same road, look at us now, look at you now", Like how he was talented but then he cheated or made something wrong, at the point at he was "defeated" by the actions that he performed in them past and how those bad things he did took over him.
    - Also shows how disappointed and hurt his friend is (the narrator), as he is his friend, as they started the same way, as he knew what was going on and couldn't stop it. It is evidence in the "it kills to know" and " i see the wires pulling".

    You knew you had a reason,
    It killed you like diseases,
    And I can hear it in your voice while you're speaking; you can't be treated.

    This part has two different points to talk about. The first is the relation between "diseases" and the whole situation. Humans crave lots of things, including, of course, success, money, fame, etc. But when you crave a lots of it, you become obsessed and physically ill. Thats the situation of our guy. His friend, the narrator, notices it in his conduct, as he probably doesn't. This friend knows that this obsessions are killing him on the inside. That took over his body and mind and metaphorically "killed him". -Also when diseases have already taken over someone's body is very hard to treat them. It happens with physical diseases and mental diseases. His friend might have tried to help him, but maybe it was too late and the disease already took over him. he can see this in: "you can't be treated"
    -The second point is, the reason behind all the problem. When his friend says "You knew you had a reason", he tries to refer to the motivation and reason behind everything, but his tone suggests that he didn't agree with it. As he knew he had a straight reason about what was happening, he could look for another way to get it, to accomplish his goals and objectives, like in this case, to be successful. His friend (The narrator) knew it. And yet, he could be successful without having to get his hands dirty. - His friend (the narrator) knew everything,' i could see how screwed he was', he makes clear in: " i can hear it in your voice while you're speaking; you can't be treated". His friend clearly shows how bad he was, at the point, that he could not help him anymore. And also that he tried to help him and to make change, but the reason he had, was controlling his mind. The idea of being successful, which is the whole reason behind everything, took over his mind, and his friend couldn't help it, but to tell him how bad he was after what he did wrong, started showing and the consequences were obvious.

    Mr. Know-it-all had his reign and his fall,
    At least that is what his brain is telling all

    With Mr. Know-it-all, the narrator, speaks about his friend as a genius. As a talented person. That probably he was really smart and applicated before he did the wrong thing. Also Mr. Know-it-all is a kinda satirical and sarcastic way to call his friend as he knew everything but the fact that what he was doing was wrong.
    -Now, the second sentence is a really powerful sentence, and maybe, the most powerful sentence in the song. Saying how he pretended to be a really smart and applicated person, no matter if he really was, because at the end, he was corrupt and false. His brain tricked him, his friends, and lots of people, people who were enchanted with his character, with his intelligence, but not knowing that we was a bad, corrupt man. -The narrator uses the correct words to explain everything as if he knew all, but couldn't help it.

    Time for the chorus.
    If he said "Help me kill the president"
    I’d say he needs medicine,
    Sick of screaming, let us in
    Wires got the best of him
    All that he invested in, goes
    Straight to hell
    Straight to hell

    The lyrics are the part of the song where we can find much more information that in the other parts. The chorus is key part for the understanding of the song.
    "If he said 'Help me kill the president'
    i'd say he needs medicine"
    In this part the narrator wants to tell us a couple of things. the first one is that his friend was expecting such thing to come out of his mouth. Help me kill the president. It shows a lot about his personality. It tell us that he was capable of doing such thing and suggesting it. It shows how mad he was. It shows how the idea of being successful completely destroyed his whole self and his friends too. It shows what he was capable of killing someone for his own good. His friend's response (the narrator) , shows his own personality. How wouldn't do such thing, How bad and mad was it. But mainly it shows that the narrator was always there to help him. To tell him how bad he was. The part "needs medicine" helps us understand that his friend was literally telling him "you're crazy, you're bad" and secretly telling him "stop it for your own health".

    "Sick of screaming, let us in"

    Here he see how desperate he was for fame, success. The whole reason behind all the problem is that he was thirsty for success. that he was literally going crazy for it. But then he is getting tired of trying. trying to get in, to become it, everything he dreamed about. The "let us in" sounds particularly special to me. Like is is begging for it because the whole success thing has become a part of him or at least the idea of being successful.

    "Wires got the best of him
    All that he invested in, goes
    Straight to hell
    Straight to hell"

    This part is more like, 'oh oh too late'. as the narrator is his friend, clearly makes us see how screwed his friend was. The narrator explains that the wires (which, as i said before, represent devil, bad, corrupt, etc) took all of him, all of what his friend was proud of, his talent, his kindness, his personality, his intelligence, and he was left with nothing. Not his friend. Not his "fans" ,nothing. All his effort, all his work, and all his talent disappeared and as the lyrics say "went straight to hell".-Knowing that hell is bad place where the sinners go, but the fact that we was still there, is like a consequence, because he had to face the situation and pay for what he did, that could be actually going to jail, or just people judging and harassing him or his own thoughts consuming his mind and driving him crazy up to the point where we could kill himself. He was screwed mainly because he lost all the special and good things about himself. He WAS talented.

    Now, everything changes form here. The narrator starts feeling kinda bad and sorry for him. Tries to explain, what was going through his mind.


    He told me I should take it in
    Listen to every word he’s speaking

    The narrator a this point, struggles in the position of friend. He always helped him and it goes down from here. His friend is like 'do i believe him?'. He asked him to believe and to trust. And as a friend, the narrator knows that he can't let him down, but also knows that he did the wrong thing. So the narrator tries to believe in that old friend he had. Tries to remember the talented friend he knew.

    The wires getting older I can hear the way their creaking
    As their holding him
    Well I could see it in his jaw
    That all he ever wanted was a job

    The bad and the evil inside of him was still there. time has passed, and he's still the same, But this bad things inside of him are still affecting him. are still making him bad, someone you cannot trust. a corrupt person. He is barely living with those wires controlling him. He is barely the same. For the narrator (his friend) He is barely the person he was before but still has something he had before. There was hope. The narrator sees the possibility of getting him back, and tries to explain to himself what the hell was going on. He sees a tiny little bit of innocence in his eyes. He hears a tiny little bit of innocence in his voice. At the end the whole reason behind the problem was being successful, and the narrator tries to explain that to himself. "all he ever wanted was a job".

    He tells me to be raw
    Admits to every little flaw
    That never let him sit upon the top
    ---------------------------------------------------
    Won’t tell me to stop
    Thinks that I should be a little cautious
    Well I can tell the wires pulled

    The narrator still sees the good in him. His talent. The things he said to his friend, were the things that convinced the narrator that his friend was a victim. But the narrator went to the past. He was remembering his old self. When he was good. His friend was remembering his friend- who used to be the perfect leader . Who was conscious of his flaws but also conscious of the good things that made him who he was. The narrator returns to the present. His friend is screwed. And his selfishness stopped him from changing to good. The narrator realises that he is a monster and that there is nothing to do about it. "well i can tell the wires pulled": Who he is now is a monster, there isn't a single doubt about it. He is done.

    Chorus again

    I'm having trouble in believing
    And I just started seeing
    Light at the beginning of the tunnel but he tells me that I'm dreaming
    When he talks I hear his ghosts every word they say to me
    I just pray the wires aren't coming

    -PLOT TWIST-
    The narrator goes crazy for him. His friends problems affected him (The narrator). The narrator struggles because he feels like it is his fault, maybe he didn't help him enough or maybe he feels like a complice for trusting him, listening to him, and continuing to be his friend. He thinks the wires are coming for him.
    Afterall, the two people i talked about could be just on person- along with its thoughts. Or the alternative end could be, he dies, he goes crazy for his friend's problems, or his own problems. The light at the tunnel, the ghosts chasing him .



    *"The Wires" as metaphor. Wires in this song relates to the bad the evil. The bad things that pulled him and manipulated him like a puppet. Wires that trapped and tied him. There are many ways to see the wires and this element is the most important element in the song.

    *Yes this song is about someone who's politically incorrect. Yes is about a corrupt politician. Yes is about a corrupt leader. This song fits perfectly for corrupt leaders, as we can evidence in different parts of the song, when the narrator portraits his friend as someone smart who "speaks" to people.

    *Diseases are natural and you can not stop them. You can easily frame our character into one. Maybe he couldn't stop it, he should have been treated as he couldn't.

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    MY INTERPRETATION
    lulilindaon January 10, 2015   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI've always thought that he's talking about his father who has schizophrenia or some other illness, like alzheimer's. The song's about the fathers hallucinations and how the singer can see him slowly disappearing.

    When he says "I just pray the wires aren't coming", he means he's seeing some symptoms in himself and hopes the illness doesn't get him as well.
    sonjaphnon December 04, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about 2 people with 2 different perspectives one believed he wasnt free and we needed to fight leave this "prison" which is our political world and the other person saw life as to simply enjoy it and help eachother...in the end also told in the beginning the person who was full of fighting died first and he dies for no reason because his fighting went on unknown. We all have that one friend that believes hardcore in fighting and being cautios about theories going on in our society.
    perspective5on March 02, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song strangely relates to the poem "Telephone Repairman" by Joseph Millar.
    I feel like the man being talked about in the song is the telephone repairman and the 'I' is one of his loved ones.
    evejon January 18, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song is about Jesse (the singer) and a friend of his who wanted to be successful in the music industry as Jesse and the rest of The Neighbourhood are now. I saw in a interview with The NBHD that Jesse writes all the songs in the moment about whatever he is feeling lately. So i don't think there is a super deep meaning behind it relating to another story or people, but that's just my opinion. I'll try to explain my views with every couple lines of the song.


    "We talked about making it
    I’m sorry that you never made it
    And it pains me just to hear you have to say it"
    ^
    I think this part obviously relates to him and his friends day dreaming before The NBHD's success and how they wanted to make it in the music industry. Then Jesse states how he feels bad that his friend didn't make it and become successful like they both planned.

    "You knew the game and played it,
    it kills to know that you have been defeated"
    ^
    I think he's saying how his friend knew what to do for his aspirations but he didn't get to reach his goal and failed.

    "I see the wires pulling while you’re breathing
    You knew you had a reason,
    It killed you like diseases,"
    ^
    He sees his friend kind of going crazy or out of his mind. He says "you knew you had a reason" meaning his friend knew he was meant to make music, and it didn't literally kill him but drove him crazy because he couldn't reach his potential.

    "And I can hear it in your voice while your speaking; you can’t be treated.
    Mr. Know-it-all had his reign and his fall,
    At least that is what his brain is telling all"
    ^
    He can hear in his friends voice that its killing him inside. Referring to his friend as a "Mr. Know-it-all" meaning his friend acted like he knew all about the industry or just making music in general and even he who knew failed at it, and that people could tell he failed by the way he acts now.

    "If he said "Help me kill the president"
    I’d say he needs medicine,"
    ^
    Saying that his friend is obviously out of his mind now so if he were to say something abnormal, Jesse and others would just reply saying he needs help and not think too much into it.

    "Sick of screaming, let us in
    Wires got the best of him
    All that he invested in, goes
    Straight to hell"
    ^
    In my opinion i think the line "sick of screaming let us in" is Jesse and the rest of the NBHD saying they're getting tired of this friend asking to maybe join them or asking for their help to get to where he wants to be. I think "wires" is just a metaphor to what's making him go crazy; a word to simplify the situation. And everything he does to try to reach his goal is just going bad because he's too far into his own thoughts now trying to become this automatic star in his mind.

    "He told me I should take it in
    Listen to every word he’s speaking
    The wires getting older I can hear the way their creaking
    As their holding him"
    ^
    His friend is telling him to just listen to everything he's saying and try to understand where he is coming from. The way his friend is speaking, Jesse can tell that its getting worse. Like a desperation.

    "Well I could see it in his jaw
    That all he ever wanted was a job"
    ^
    He can tell by the way his friend speaks that all he wants to do is have that career.

    "He tells me to be raw
    Admits to every little flaw
    That never let him sit upon the top
    Won’t tell me to stop
    Thinks that I should be a little cautious
    Well I can tell the wires pulled"
    ^
    His friend is telling him to just be open to him and his friend admits everything bad about himself. The friend tells Jesse not to stop but to be careful, maybe about the industry. Because his friend knows from failure how hard it is. Now Jesse can clearly see once more that his friend is agitated by his failure and possibly Jesse's success.

    "I’m having trouble in believing
    And I just started seeing
    Light at the beginning of the tunnel but he tells me that I’m dreaming
    When he talks I hear his ghosts every word they say to me
    I just pray the wires aren't coming"
    ^
    Jesse's not fully trusting what his friend is saying and at the time Jesse is just starting to experience the new fame and glory of being successful with the rest of his band but his friend is telling him that it might just be a "15 minutes of fame" kind of thing. When Jesse's friend talks, Jesse can "hear his ghosts" i think he's saying how he can hear his old friend there but he hopes the new out of his mind friend won't return.

    Well that's just my interpretation of the whole song. Take it how you will. It's a damn great song though
    AlexJamesMon January 28, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this is about an addict. The wires representing veins with drugs taking over. I do think it may be about a father or someone that he really respects highly.
    thegirlinbldg8on April 16, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy take on this song is that his friend tried to succeed, but eventually the stress of not being successful drove him to use illicit substances to which he became addicted. The addiction and the cravings are represented by the 'wires' pulling him, and the line, "If he said help me kill the president" shows possible delusions, hallucinations, or warped perception due to drug use.
    danafothon April 13, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think the 'I' in this song, had a friend who was psychotic or otherwise psychologically sick, and tried to make his life as normal as possible, but eventually failed, and killed himself or got killed. And this is the story being told by the 'I' in this song.
    Frankaon May 27, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think he's calling conspiracy theorists nutjobs. And I think he's wrong.
    ANewDawnon May 01, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI almost think that another interpretation is that the song is being very literal.

    "We talked about making it
    I'm sorry that you never made it
    And it pains me just to hear you have to say it"

    I think that there two different people involved in a heist or ruse, and the second person got arrested/apprehended/whatever.

    "You knew the game and played it,
    it kills to know that you have been defeated
    I see the wires pulling while you're breathing"

    Person #2 knew exactly what he was doing, how to do it, and had the ability to do it, but he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But now we have the wires, which I believe to be a metaphor for the feds trying to get person #1 to spill his part of the plot. I also believe that anything related to the wires, "pulling" has to do with the feds questioning what person #2 is doing, saying, mentioning, etc as well as being literal, person #2 is wearing a wire to try and capture a confession out of person #1.

    "You knew you had a reason,
    It killed you like diseases,
    And I can hear it in your voice while you're speaking; you can't be treated.
    Mr. Know-it-all had his reign and his fall,
    At least that is what his brain is telling all"

    Person #2 blatantly knows he's betraying his friend, and he was feeling extremely guilty about it, person #1 knows about it, it wasn't person #2's idea or fault, he was just trying to save his own skin. Mr. Know-it-all has to do with how person #2 thinks that he can pull himself out of the hole he's created and that everything will be okay in the end.

    "If he said "Help me kill the president"
    I’d say he needs medicine,
    Sick of screaming, let us in
    Wires got the best of him
    All that he invested in, goes
    Straight to hell
    Straight to hell"

    The first two lines of the chorus is kind of a scripted response to a loaded question. "Do you want to help me out with a 'job' I have planned?", "No? Why would I want to help you with something like that, that's wrong?!" The third and fourth lines are the feds telling person #2 that he needs to push something out and he's getting tired of the attached bs/he's realizing that he doesn't truly want to throw person #1 under the bus.

    "He told me I should take it in
    Listen to every word he’s speaking
    The wires getting older I can hear the way their creaking
    As their holding him
    Well I could see it in his jaw
    That all he ever wanted was a job
    He tells me to be raw
    Admits to every little flaw
    That never let him sit upon the top
    Won’t tell me to stop
    Thinks that I should be a little cautious
    Well I can tell the wires pulled"

    Lines one and two are showing how person #2 is trying to clue in to person #1 what's going on and just trying to keep person #1 out of trouble. 3-7 are about how all he wanted was to do the job and be done and retire. The "wires getting older" is that they're starting to give up on trying to convict person #1. 8-10 though is very important, because it's very blatant. "You should really be careful" and the wires pulled hard because they knew he was queuing person #1 in not to say anything stupid.

    I'm having trouble in believing
    And I just started seeing
    Light at the beginning of the tunnel but he tells me that I’m dreaming
    When he talks I hear his ghosts every word they say to me
    I just pray the wires aren't coming

    Person #1 thinks that the feds are done trying to convict him, to which person #2 strongly assures that they will never be done trying. From that point, person #1 starts thinking about everything that person #2 has said and prays that they really aren't coming for him.
    coolcat1711on October 04, 2015   Link

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