This is for the lions living in the wiry broke down frames of my friends' bodies
When the floodwater comes, it ain't gonna be clear, it's gonna look like mud
But I will help you swim, I will help you swim, I'm gonna help you swim

This is for the snakes and the people they bite
For the friends I've made, for the sleepless nights
For the warning signs I've completely ignored
There's an amount to take, reasons to take more

It's no big surprise you turned out this way
When they closed their eyes and prayed you would change
And they cut your hair and sent you away
You stopped by my house the night you escaped
With tears in my eyes I begged you to stay
You said "Hey man, I love you, but no fucking way"

I'm sure that we could find something for you to do on stage
Maybe shake a tambourine, or when I sing, you sing harmonies

This is for the lake that me and my friends swim in, naked and dumb on a drunken night
And it shoulda felt good, but I could hear the Jaws theme song on repeat in the back of my mind
Make sure you kiss your knuckles before you punch me in the face
There are lessons to be learned, consequences for all the stupid things I say
And it is no big surprise you turned out this way
The spark in your eyes, the look on your face, I will not be brave

I'm sure that we could find something for you to do on stage.
Maybe shake a tambourine, or when I sing, you sing harmonies.

I wanna contribute to the chaos, I don't wanna watch and then complain
Cause I am through finding blame. That is a decision that I have made

She hopes I'm cursed forever to sleep on a twin sized mattress
In somebody's attic or basement my whole life
Never graduating up in size to add another
And my nightmares will have nightmares every night, oh every night, every night


Lyrics submitted by wolfsmouth, edited by mathasonet, megabyte800

Twin Sized Mattress song meanings
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  • +5
    My OpinionIm fairly certain this is about two male friends whom one is a closet homosexual (or both). the narrator realises his friend is gay and convinces him to be honest with himself and his family.The friend eventually finds the courage to tell his mother who trys to send him away to correctional camp. His mother blames the narrator for her sons homosexuality.

    "This is for the lions living in the wiry broke down frames of my friends' bodies"
    His 'friends' are forcing themselves to be something theyre not because others have 'broke them'

    "When the floodwater comes, it ain't gonna be clear, it's gonna look like mud"
    A biblical reference to the 40 days and 40 nights of rain to wash away mans sins

    "But I will help you swim, I will help you swim, I'm gonna help you swim"
    The narrator wants to show his friend that its ok to be gay.

    "This is for the snakes and the people they bite"
    Another biblical reference to the garden of eden and the snake that creates sin. The narrator is the snake in this line.

    "For the friends I've made, for the sleepless nights"
    Worry from the persucution he is causing to his friend or possibly worried that his other friends will find out theyre gay and disown them.

    "For the warning signs I've completely ignored"
    He is ignoring the fact that his friend is being persecuted

    "There's an amount to take, reasons to take more"
    This could be a suicide reference (his friend is trying to kill himself to escape his mother and his feelings) or a reference to how the narrator feels he shouldnt have said anything and started this whole thing.

    "It's no big surprise you turned out this way
    When they closed their eyes and prayed you would change"
    The pressure from his family trying to make him something hes not has made him the man he is.

    "And they cut your hair and sent you away"
    Reference to being sent to a correctional camp.

    "You stopped by my house the night you escaped
    With tears in my eyes I begged you to stay
    You said "Hey man, I love you, but no fucking way""
    No explanation needed, other than the 'Hey man, I love you' is more likely in a friend loving another friend way, not necessarily in a romantic way.

    "I'm sure that we could find something for you to do on stage
    Maybe shake a tambourine, or when I sing, you sing harmonies"
    The narrator wants his friend to stay with him and his other friends and not run off.

    "This is for the lake that me and my friends swim in, naked and dumb on a drunken night
    And it shoulda felt good, but I could hear the Jaws theme song on repeat in the back of my mind"
    Hes either talking about the night he asked his friend if he was gay or an internal worry of becoming aroused by his naked friends and that braking their friendship apart.

    "Make sure you kiss your knuckles before you punch me in the face"
    His friend reacted with harsh denial

    "There are lessons to be learned, consequences for all the stupid things I say"
    The narrator regrets not approaching the situation with more sensitivity and feels he deserved to be hit.

    "And it is no big surprise you turned out this way"
    Already explained

    "The spark in *her eyes, the look on your face, I will not be brave"
    The narrator doesnt stand up for his friend when his mother confronts him

    "I'm sure that we could find something for you to do on stage.
    Maybe shake a tambourine, or when I sing, you sing harmonies."
    Already explained

    "I wanna contribute to the chaos, I don't wanna watch and then complain
    Cause I am through finding blame. That is a decision that I have made"
    The narrator finally stands up for his friend and refuses to let him down again

    "She hopes I'm cursed forever to sleep on a twin sized mattress
    In somebody's attic or basement my whole life
    Never graduating up in size to add another
    And my nightmares will have nightmares every night, oh every night, every night"
    This line sums up the argument the narrator and his friends mother have. Basically shes saying she hopes he never finds love and dies alone.
    jonknuttonon December 09, 2014   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationTwo lines of thought:

    1. A gay male friend being sent away to a religious "conversion" program.

    - Supported by "It's no big surprise you turned out this way / When they closed their eyes and prayed you would change / And they cut your hair and sent you away..."
    - The above lines makes sense if the subject of the song is male, since "they" might make a gay male with long hair cut it off in order to appear masculine.
    - A male subject also explains the "Hey man," in the line "Hey man, I love you, but no fucking way" (though it's not impossible that a female would say this.)
    - A male subject seems to fit with the stanza about being "naked and dumb on a drunken night" at the lake. To me that sounds like male friends hanging out and being stupid; it would probably be written more romantically if the subject was a female love interest (or a male love interest, for that matter).
    - However if the subject of the song is a gay male then the "she" in the last stanza is mysterious.

    2. A drug-abusing female love interest being sent away to rehab.

    - This is primarily supported by the last stanza: "She hopes I'm cursed forever to sleep on a twin sized mattress..."
    - The above line makes sense if it was a bad breakup - as does the singer's decision that he is "through finding blame."
    - However, you might ask what happened in between this female, in the third stanza, telling the singer that she loved him, and then in the last stanza wanting him to be cursed forever. There's an expository gap there.

    I lean toward the first interpretation (or *possibly* a straight male friend who is a drug abuser/general fuck-up, and who is being sent away to military school.)
    megabyte800on August 18, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentCertain parts of this song (they cut your hair and sent you away) definitely seem to be about a close friend that was sent to military school/camp.
    alejandramoson April 08, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAnd to add on to some of the previous comments, I think this friend might actually be an actual person. This person is possibly a past band member, whom while have fun with Brian and Mat, was also doing bad things.
    As stated before, the friend got in trouble for being with this guys, and is sent to a military camp.

    "Make sure you kiss your knuckles before you punch me in the face"
    This line in general is probably talking about the friend getting back at Brian, because while he had fun, his family hates him.

    "I'm sure we could find something for you to do on stage
    Maybe shake a tambourine, or when I sing, you sing harmonies"
    This line is Brian just begging to have this friend, a band member, back. He is saying that whatever it is, he just wants this guy back.

    This is an amazing song,hope you enjoy learning about it. IF I'm right..
    Josh41698on October 01, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song just pulls you in and gives you a cool ride and then lets you go. but you always come back.
    MailBxRioton March 30, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCertain parts of this song (they cut your hair and sent you away) definitely seem to be about a close friend that was sent to military school/camp.
    alejandramoson April 08, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about a girl who deals with her problems through drugs and alcohol, and a guy who's good friends wit her, but also deep down in love with her.

    Eventually, all the drinking and drugs get too much for her family and the decide to send her away to a rehab facility.

    The night she finds out, she sneaks into the guts house through his bedroom window and tells him what her parents said. She then explains that she just can't do this anymore, and has decided to leave town forever.

    The guy, of course, begs her to stay, but she says that she can't. He doesn't want to let go of her because he loves her, and he blames himself for everything that happened, even though he knows its not his fault.

    He still wishes he could have helped her, and he wonders where she is right now, and if she's finally happy, or just as miserable, living in someone's attic or basement on a twin sized mattress.
    EveningDragonon February 12, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI've read the comments about Military camp and their actual friend but when I first heard the song I thought it was about someone who is transexual/genderfluid, specifically a male who feels he should be female. "They closed their eyes and hoped you would change, and they cut your hair and sent you away", made me think that they would not accept this person as a girl.
    Then, from that person's perspective there are lines like "This is a decision that I've made" and "She hopes I'm cursed forever to sleep on a twin sized mattress in somebody's attic or basement my whole life, never graduating up in size to add another" feeling shunned by their mother, and seeing no hope in finding love while they cannot be who they are.
    sisinobubblezon March 04, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis is for the lions living in the wiry broke down frames of my friends' bodies
    When the floodwater comes, it ain't gonna be clear, it's gonna look like mud
    But I will help you swim, I will help you swim, I'm gonna help you swim

    (He defines his friends as lions; strong-fierce. But they're not. Not now. Swim = Keep Living)


    This is for the snakes and the people they bite
    For the friends I've made, for the sleepless nights

    (Snakes = Abusers. Backstabbers. Cheaters. Yes, they are included.)


    For the warning signs I've completely ignored

    (Never trusting his gut, or never really taken the driver seat in his life.)

    There's an amount to take, reasons to take more

    (Doses are to be taken responsibly. However, sometimes we take more...)

    It's no big surprise you turned out this way
    When they closed their eyes and prayed you would change
    And they cut your hair and sent you away

    (This maybe a gay reference as many of you have stated, but it didn't appear that way to me. It's no surprise people turn out the way they've been treated/harassed/molested/assaulted/ignored. And society (or parentals) have a standardized way of "raising," yet this standard doesn't apply to damaged goods.

    You stopped by my house the night you escaped
    With tears in my eyes I begged you to stay
    You said "Hey man, I love you, but no fucking way"

    His friends showed up after it all. But he couldn't stay, he wouldn't.

    I'm sure that we could find something for you to do on stage
    Maybe shake a tambourine, or when I sing, you sing harmonies

    (The artist over extends himself again. He wants to keep his friend close, selfishly.)

    This is for the lake that me and my friends swim in, naked and dumb on a drunken night

    (Good times)

    And it shoulda felt good, but I could hear the Jaws theme song on repeat in the back of my mind

    (Shoulda, but mental illness/anxiety always holding back)

    Make sure you kiss your knuckles before you punch me in the face

    (I don't fully understand this reference tbh. Make sure you treat me well before you fuck me? Idk)

    There are lessons to be learned, consequences for all the stupid things I say
    And it is no big surprise you turned out this way
    The spark in your eyes, the look on your face, I will not be brave

    I'm sure that we could find something for you to do on stage.
    Maybe shake a tambourine, or when I sing, you sing harmonies.

    I wanna contribute to the chaos, I don't wanna watch and then complain
    Cause I am through finding blame. That is a decision that I have made

    (I want to extend myself to this. This chaos, this nonsense, this wilderness. Life. I don't want to be a passenger, I want to be the driver. I am through excusing my fuck-ups.)

    She hopes I'm cursed forever to sleep on a twin sized mattress
    In somebody's attic or basement my whole life
    Never graduating up in size to add another
    And my nightmares will have nightmares every night, oh every night, every night

    (She doesn't want him to succeed. She would not look twice to see him on the side of the road. But the song ends of a positive note, "My nightmares will have nightmares, what keeps him up at night will have a terrible time. They'll wish they never haunted him).
    sggimon December 27, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentin general, i think the song is about two rambunctious friends always getting into trouble. one of the dudes is a bad influence on other, and through peer pressure, forces him to do things he knows isn't right. unfortunately, one of the dudes is caught and is punished, most likely by a parent. the dude who didn't get punished knows it was semi his fault for pressuring his friend into doing "bad" things and wishes they could still hang out together.

    i get the sense the last part of the song is mother scolding his son's friend for being a bad influence.
    lactateon July 24, 2013   Link

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