Someday you will grow up and learn to lie
Just like your daddy did when he told you no one ever really dies
I hope that I'm not there when you realize
That those with their nose in the air will never look you in the eye

And you will go
Toe to toe
Like David and Goliath
Who will be Goliath
And will you will throw the stone?

I don't know
Yeah I don't know
Said the man with all of the answers
If he don't have the answers
How will I ever know?

I knew an old man
With nothing to do but wait
He invited himself
And he still showed up late

When it came to the end of the night
He would always overstay
But I never had a reason to complain
'Til the day that he stopped coming by and I missed his company

And you will go
Toe to toe
Like David and Goliath
They will be Goliath
And you will throw the stone

I don't know
Yeah I don't know
Said the man with all of the answers
If he don't have the answers
How will I ever know

And I don't care
What you do with the little time everyone gets
As long as you do the math, choose a path that'll never hurt anyone else

Although they'll hurt you
Make damn sure they've heard you
They will not forget

Someday I will find you and stop on by
And you'll say: "How've you been"
And I'll say: "I've been fine"

But we will both know that it's a lie
Turns out what I figured out was I was wrong and you were right

And you will go
Toe to toe
Like David and Goliath
They will be Goliath
And you will throw the stone

I don't know
Yeah I don't know
Said the man with all of the answers
If he don't have the answers
How will I ever know


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    Song MeaningA lot of Kalnoky's songs deal with religious identity. For example, the album "Somewhere in the Between" is almost entirely about that subject -- being stuck somewhere between a believer and an atheist.

    With the song "Toe to Toe", I think the subject matter is very much the same. I think the basic premise of the song is a dad (Kalnoky) talking to his son (Kalnoky's, whether he really has one or not) about being raised as a skeptic in a predominantly-Christian society.

    Here's where I'll try to back that claim up...


    He opens the song with...

    "One day you will grow up and learn to lie,
    Just like your daddy did,
    When he told you 'no one ever really dies'"

    Seems pretty obvious that he's referring to an afterlife; if Kalnoky doesn't believe in God (or at least Christianity), it's still possible/likely that he'll tell his son (whether he really has one, or is just pretending to have one in the song) that an afterlife exists; it's a white lie that could assuage his son's fear of death, or help comfort him if someone like a grandparent were to pass away ("it's okay, grandpa's in a better place now"). I think what he's saying though is that this is just a temporary belief he'll instill in his kid while he's young.


    Then he continues,

    "I hope that I'm not there when you realize
    That those with their nose in the air will never look you in the eye"

    Some of the deeply-religious types out there (though certainly not all) have a bit of an arrogance to them. They're sort of pretentious, and exude the holier-than-thou mindset. I think he's struggling with the thought of his son encountering people like this and having to deal with their intolerance. The thought upsets him.


    When we get to the chorus, we hear:

    "And you will go toe to toe,
    Like David and Goliath,
    They will be Goliath,
    And you will throw the stone"

    He's using the David and Goliath analogy ironically; in the Bible, David is the mythical Christian and Goliath is the opressor; but now, the roles are reversed. David is small, in the same way that atheists/agnostics represent only a small chunk the western world's population; Goliath is huge, much like Christianity is in western society (i.e. ~75% of people are Christians). For the former group, they're going to have to deal with holding minority opinions and maybe being "outcasts" for lacking the faith that those around them possess.

    I'm reminded of "Down, Down, Down to Mephisto's Cafe", when he says, "They're coming after all of us with everything they've got /
    With the fury of a soldier who will answer to his God / So how will we fight? / All we have is logic and love on our side..." It's the same premise here. The stone being thrown here is metaphorical -- we'll defend ourselves by "attacking" them with logic and love.


    Finally, we get to this...

    "And I don’t care
    What you do with the little time everyone gets
    As long as you do the math, choose a path that will never hurt anyone else"

    Ultimately, he's giving his son a message: use your judgement, form an educated decision, and follow whatever you truly believe. But whatever you decide to do, make sure you're tolerant and respectful to everyone you come across.

    This again reminds me a lot of his lyrics from Mephisto's Cafe, when he says: "He said you'll never have to choose a side / It's rewarding but oh, the road is hard ... You can play the role of rebel / Just be sure to know your wrong from right".

    In both sets of lyrics, he's saying the same thing: regardless of what you believe, you still need to have strong morals and hold yourself accountable for the way you act and the things you do.
    slm49on May 01, 2013   Link

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