"The Hard Sell" as written by and Claudio Sanchez Travis Stever....
I'm paranoid and sick of this
World's misconception of things I did
My language poured across this wrist
In a metaphoric disaster
My guess, I'm missing out the punch line
Unless this hanging noose
Is fitted to be all mine

I stood by everything I loved
While you never understood me much

'Cause there's only one of me
And too many of you fighting over nothing
Oh, there's never enough cool for everyone
And before you know it you're selling out to be in

There's never enough cool (oh, you're selling out to be in)
There's never enough cool

These eyes ungoverned are tearing us apart
Their ears forsaken have given up on art
Now, why believe in anything they praise
When one hand holds them the victor
While the other holds the shovel to their graves

I stood by everything I loved
While you never understood me much

'Cause there's only one of me
And too many of you fighting over nothing
Oh, there's never enough cool for everyone
And before you know it you're selling out to be in

Oh, this ticket window has closed
Save your money, baby
The next show's about to start
Where else can you get to watch this talent fall?
One by one they drop

I stood by everything I loved
While you never understood me much

'Cause there's only one of me
And too many of you fighting over nothing
Oh, there's never enough cool for everyone
And before you know it you're selling out

You're selling all of me
And too many of you fighting over nothing
Oh, there's never enough cool for everyone
And before you know it you're selling out to be in
You're selling out to be in

I stood by everything I loved
You're selling out to be in
I stood by everything I loved
You're selling out to be in
I stood by everything I loved
You're selling out to be in
I stood by everything I loved
You're selling out to be in


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"The Hardsell" as written by Travis Stever Claudio Sanchez

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  • +4
    Song MeaningSirius has finally returned from his time in the Keywork; for him, only about a week has passed, but to the rest of the universe, he has been gone for about a year and a half.

    He is conflicted about what he should say to a world that was convinced one of their greatest minds had perished. After consulting with his mentor about the true nature of the Keywork, both men agree that the people at large would be better off not knowing of the bleak afterlife that awaits them all. Instead, Sirius decides to stick solely to a scientific explanation, and fabricates a set of passable, though still extremely exciting, algorithms and explanations about the energy that binds the planets together.

    Sirius is lauded as a hero of the scientific community and is given an award at a ceremony in his honor; Meri, also in attendance, simultaneously struggles to find out where she stands now that her husband has returned -- especially since she has been seeing Colten, the police officer who saved her in "Goodnight, Fair Lady"
    stopstarton January 28, 2013   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI'm pretty certain this song is about Sirius Amory, having returned to his planet after approximately 547 days in the Keywork (and believed to have been killed when his ship 'The Meriwell' exploded).

    He attains celebrity status, which ends poorly.
    ChildrenOfAmoryon January 23, 2013   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationI think this song is about someone who has done nothing wrong but people look down upon the person as if it is his fault for everything.
    DC811on January 13, 2013   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationI think this song is about someone who has done nothing wrong but people look down upon the person as if it is his fault for everything.
    DC811on January 13, 2013   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationI think this song is about someone who has done nothing wrong but people look down upon the person as if it is his fault for everything.
    DC811on January 13, 2013   Link
  • -2
    My InterpretationI think this song is about someone who has done nothing wrong but people look down upon the person as if it is his fault for everything.
    DC811on January 13, 2013   Link
  • -2
    My InterpretationI think this song is about someone who has done nothing wrong but people look down upon the person as if it is his fault for everything.
    DC811on January 13, 2013   Link
  • -2
    General Commentaccidental spam sorry
    DC811on January 13, 2013   Link
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    General Commentaccidental spam sorry
    DC811on January 13, 2013   Link
  • -2
    General CommentI think this is clearly a monologue by Claudio at the time regarding beign creatively stifled. To me the lines:

    "Oh, there's never enough cool for everyone
    And before you know it you're selling out to be in"

    show his lack of passion during this record vs the excitement he had during the recording of Secont Stage. After No World for Tomorrow he clearly changed his direction, aiming towards a more popular crowd. And the styling and quality of these last two albums suffered because of it.
    thepfion January 30, 2014   Link

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