Madelyn, I share your hate for this world we're in
But it makes me a better man; It's an excuse that you make.

And Madelyn, I know you want to let the bottles in.
I know you think that they're all your friends.
They're lying straight to your face.

I know about the devil in your bloodstream; I know that the ghosts still visit nightly.
I know it must get lonely by the Chesapeake.

Madelyn, are you really afraid of death or do you just say it if it's the right thing to say?
Madelyn, I know you're safe where you lay your head
But if you wanted to come back, I've got a place you could stay.

If I'm not doing right by my family, then what's the point of it anyway?
I don't think there's a god; I don't think that there's someone coming to save us
And I don't think that's the worst news of the day; I don't think there's a god.
I don't think that there's someone coming to save me
And I don't think that's the worst news of the day.

Madelyn, I know how your cold scars turn purple.
I know how the Irish goodbyes feel. I know where you've been
And Madelyn, you and I got this East Coast blood between us.
It's bitter and vitriolic; I know how it ends.
If I'm not doing right by my family... oh, I'm not doing right by family.



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    General Comment:This song is about somebody in the bands sister. Sounds like she has a addiction problem.

    I don't think there's a god; I don't think that there's someone coming to save us
    And I don't think that's the worst news of the day

    these lyrics are telling her a "GOD cant save her but maybe he can help.

    Madelyn, are you really afraid of death or do you just say it if it's the right thing to say? "

    He is scared she doesnt care if she dies, even if she says otherwise.

    Maybe it is about a family member that died way back when and he is trying to relate to her? IDK
    Cuthroatclarkon May 29, 2013   Link
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    General Comment:This song is about somebody in the bands sister. Sounds like she has a addiction problem.

    I don't think there's a god; I don't think that there's someone coming to save us
    And I don't think that's the worst news of the day

    these lyrics are telling her a "GOD cant save her but maybe he can help.

    Madelyn, are you really afraid of death or do you just say it if it's the right thing to say? "

    He is scared she doesnt care if she dies, even if she says otherwise.

    Maybe it is about a family member that died way back when and he is trying to relate to her? IDK
    Cuthroatclarkon May 29, 2013   Link
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    General Comment:I agree that this sounds like its about his,or one of the bands sisters having an addiction.
    The way he talks about the bottles being her friends and he devil in her bloodstream must be a reference to alcohol, and the line about purple scars could be a reference to scars caused by injecting heroin?
    It also sounds like he feels guilty for not being there for her? the line 'im not doing right by my family' being constantly repeated makes it seem as if they are annoyed at him for something, maybe being constantly on tour while 'Madelyn' is addicted to drugs.

    Anyway its a brilliant song, love the way his voice cracks in it, makes it that bit more emotional.
    jabxon June 28, 2013   Link

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