"Graceless" as written by and Matthew D. Berninger Aaron Brooking Dessner....
Graceless
Is there a powder to erase this?
Is it dissolvable and tasteless?
You can't imagine how I hate this
Graceless

I'm trying, but I'm graceless
Don't have the sunny side to face this
I am invisible and weightless
You can't imagine how I hate this
Graceless

I'm trying, but I've gone
Through the glass again
Just come and find me
God loves everybody, don't remind me
I took the medicine when I went missing
Just let me hear your voice, just let me listen

Graceless
I figured out how to be faithless
But it will be a sheme to waste this
You can't imagine how I hate this
Graceless

I'm trying, but I've gone
Through the glass again
Just come and find me
God loves everybody, don't remind me
I took the medicine and I went missing
Just let me hear your voice, just let me listen

All of my thoughts of you
Bullets through rock and through
Come apart at the seams
Now I know what dying means

I am not my rosy self
Left my roses on my shelf
Take the wild ones, they're my favorites
It's the side effects that save us

Grace
Put the flowers you find in a vase
If you're dead in the mind it will brighten the place
Don't let them die on the vine, it's a waste
Grace

There's a science to walking through windows
There's a science to walking through windows
There's a science to walking through windows
There's a science to walking through windows without you

All of my thoughts of you
Bullets through rock and through
Come apart at the seams
Now I know what dying means

I am not my rosy self
Left my roses on my shelf
Take the wild ones, they're my favorites
It's the side effects that save us

Grace
Put the flowers you find in a vase
If you're dead in the mind it will brighten the base
Don't let them die on the vine, it's a waste
Grace

Grace
Put the flowers you find in a vase
If you're dead in the mind it will brighten the base
Don't let them die on the vine, it's a waste
Grace


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"Graceless" as written by Matthew D. Berninger Aaron Brooking Dessner

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  • +12
    General CommentOfficial lyrics from album sleeve:

    Graceless
    Is there a powder to erase this?
    Is it dissolvable and tasteless?
    You can't imagine how I hate this
    Graceless

    I'm trying, but I'm graceless
    Don't have the sunny side to face this
    I am invisible and weightless
    You can't imagine how I hate this
    Graceless

    I'm trying, but I'm gone
    Through the glass again
    Just come and find me
    God loves everybody, don't remind me
    I took the medicine and I went missing
    Just let me hear your voice, just let me listen

    Graceless
    I figured out how to be faithless
    But it will be a shame to waste this
    You can't imagine how I hate this
    Graceless

    I'm trying, but I'm gone
    Through the glass again
    Just come and find me
    God loves everybody, don't remind me
    I took the medicine and I went missing
    Just let me hear your voice, just let me listen

    All of my thoughts of you
    Bullets through rotten fruit
    Come apart at the seams
    Now I know what dying means

    I am not my rosy self
    Left my roses on my shelf
    Take the white ones, they're my favorites
    It's the side effects that save us

    Grace
    Put the flowers you find in a vase
    If you're dead in the mind it will brighten the place
    Don't let them die on the vine, it's a waste
    Grace

    There's a science to walking through windows
    There's a science to walking through windows
    There's a science to walking through windows
    There's a science to walking through windows without you

    All of my thoughts of you
    Bullets through rotten fruit
    Come apart at the seams
    Now I know what dying means

    I am not my rosy self
    Left my roses on my shelf
    Take the white ones, they're my favorites
    It's the side effects that save us
    Grace
    flamebroiledchickenon June 09, 2013   Link
  • +10
    General CommentThe "God loves everybody, don't remind me" line strikes me. It's perfect. He doesn't feel worthy of that love, he's sick of hearing that from everyone. It sounds like he's made a lot of mistakes, and doesn't want to be told that he is still loved, because he feels he doesn't deserve being cared for after the thing's he's done.

    It seems like he is stuck outside of her "windows" which I view as her eyes. (They're the window to the soul.) The majority of the song is from a perspective where he is outside of her windows, blocked out of seeing the beauty and grace inside her mind, soul, heart.
    codicheyennejohnsonon May 23, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General CommentHere's what I think. This song appears to me to be about hiding the inner emotions you feel when someone has left you or broken your heart. You don't want to let on that you're feeling this way because you know it only brings people down, so you have to find a way to keep it inside.

    "Is there a powder to erase this?/Is it dissolvable and tasteless?", he cynically treats it like an illness. He goes on about his feelings, that while he doesn't "have the sunny side to face this", he reminds himself to be "invisible and weightless", showing nothing to those around him.

    I think eventually he tries so hard to remove his feelings that he ends up feeling cold and dead inside. "I'm trying, but I'm gone.", as though he slips into this other world, where emotions have no meaning. He's "gone through the glass again", he "took the medicine and I went missing". He appears to just want someone to find him and listen to him drain his emotions out on the table, whilst at the same time wanting the one he loves and misses: "just let me hear your voice, just let me listen".

    Finally, as though he found someone to tell all his problems to, he lets out in chorus: "all my thoughts of you, bullets through rotten fruit. Come apart at the seams. Now I know what dying means." All the while he is reassuring the one he's talking to that he's not normally this way, this isn't his "rosy self", but reveling in his own self-pity: "Left my roses on my shelf. Take the white ones they're my favourites."

    During the bridge he's clearly trying to explain to this guy what he's learned from this experience he's had: "there's a science to walking through windows", slipping into that state where you feel cold and remorseless, because after all, "if you're dead in the mind it will brighten the place."
    Guidonatoron October 03, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentPretty sure it's "All of my thoughts of you, bullets through rotten fruit" not "rock and through"
    flamebroiledchickenon May 13, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song for me is about facing one's own mortality, contrasted with the complications of being alive here and now. It takes a bold and conscious change in perspective, i.e. "walking though the windows", to see the big picture of life and death.

    Going through daily life is a graceless endeavor by definition, and Matt Berninger expresses his frustration and sentiments related to the nagging urge to change this, as well as the unpleasantness of having to accept certain things.

    "I'm trying, but I'm graceless
    Don't have the sunny side to face this
    I am invisible and weightless
    You can't imagine how I hate this"

    The trick to set oneself free is a bold change of perspective, going off the beaten track, "through the glass" and not the door, and perhaps a little madness:

    "I'm trying, but I'm gone
    Through the glass again
    Just come and find me
    God loves everybody, don't remind me
    I took the medicine and I went missing"

    Wherever he is in life, mentally and emotionally, he knows God still loves him, and sounds happy and confident, with a deeper understanding of life. "Now I know what dying means", he utters as he reaches an epiphany about his own mortality.

    "It's the side effects that save us" is yet another insight about life, about how the unintended or the negative sometimes end up being essential and miraculous.

    "Put the flowers you find in a vase" is a plea to value and savor the beauty of being alive, to seize and enjoy the moment. Yet, he emphasizes that to be able to truly reach that understanding one has to let go of worldly concerns, by uttering: "If you're dead in the mind it will brighten the place".

    However no matter how enlightened one might feel after reaching an epiphany about life and death, it doesn't come that naturally, nor is it easy. "There's a science to walking through windows", he repeats, referring to breaking free and choosing one's own path, in this case the windows. This is especially hard to achieve all alone, hence he adds "...without you" in the final line. A sincere confession that bares his soul as just another lonely human being who ultimately needs someone to share this insight to be able to truly feel and enjoy it...
    gatinhaon August 24, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationFor me, this song is incredibly obviously about depression.

    I've been clinically depressed on and off for roughly five years, and this song describes my outlook so beautifully. The line that first caught my attention was "God loves everybody, don't remind me." Growing up in a religious community, the first instinct in a crisis is always to pray, but after spending all of your adolescence depressed, the last thing you want to hear is about God. If God loves me, why have I been suffering for so long? Even though you hear over and over again that God loves you, that you are special, it's impossible to reconcile your misery with that love.

    I think the title, "Graceless" is a bit of a pun. Within Christianity, the state of Grace is the state of being filled with God's love. If your disorder is keeping you from feeling God's love, you are without grace in the spiritual sense, as well as in the vernacular.

    The second line I noticed was "I am not my rosy self." For me, that's the hell of living with depression--I know there's a better, more functional me hidden somewhere underneath layers and layers of self-loathing and mis-firing neurons, and I spend a lot of time beating myself up for not being her anymore. Why can't I be my better self, why am I stuck with this tub who can't get out of bed most days? I am not myself.

    In general, the rose/fruit metaphor really stands out to me. The idea of not wanting to the "roses" die on the vine really struck me, especially in relation to the above bit about not being myself. I don't want to waste all the potential that my better self has, I want to capture and utilize that potential, but right now, I can't.

    There's also a lot that seems to be about anti-depressants, but I think that's plain enough without my rambling!

    Love this song!
    Mammalon May 01, 2014   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI don't think this really has any interpersonal relationship meaning. I think it's all about taking medicine to cope with whatever, depression most likely. They make him feel better but he hates how they affect him; he feels like someone else. He hates that he can't beat the depression without them.
    zombiepearon September 24, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaybe its cause I just went through a break up with a girl called Grace, but I really reckon that this song is about being without someone you love. He's heartbroken and the line "Is there a powder to erase this?" kinda suggests that maybe he's turning to drugs like coke, in an attempt to numb himself to the heartbreak. The rest of it pretty much speaks for itself.
    I know my thoughts aren't nearly as deep as a lot of the ones on here, but to me dealing with this whole break up with Grace I felt as though this fit into my situation perfectly and summarised how I felt exactly. I felt shit, because I was without Grace- I was Grace-less. Ya feel me?
    AlexDavison January 27, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan anyone interpret the "There's a science to walking through windows" line for me?

    I feel like I'm missing something.
    defjukieon May 17, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust seems to me how the side effects of the medicine he has to take is effecting him. although he's no longer his "rosy self" and his brain has turned into "rotten fruit" its these side effects that "save" him and his partner and keep the relationship together.

    side note - these lyrics are very different from the ones that come with the CD.
    gizmo26on May 30, 2013   Link

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