"Perfect World" as written by and James Russell Mercer Brian Joseph Burton....
Oh London moon
Help me stumble home
Let me lose myself along the way

I've got nothing left
It's kind of wonderful
'Cause there's nothing they can take away
Away

The open doors
Left me wanting more
Never thought they'd close them all away

The ordinary life they want for you
Is it too much to have to bear?

But it's another way to win a useless fight
You've been lying so long from the way that you're faking
See the water run and rise
Just another day into a useless night
I've been pushing so hard that my hands are shaking
See the water run and rise

But I've been turned around
I was upside down
I thought love would always find a way
But I know better now
Got it figured out
It's a perfect world all the same
World

But I've been turned around
I was upside down
I thought love would always find a way
But I know better now
Got it figured out
It's a perfect world all the same

World, world, world, world
World, world, world, world

I was hoping for
An easy rambling life
'Till an ocean came to my mind
We look for exit signs
But we can't be changed
Into nothing overnight
Though we know it's over
It keeps exploding
Every morning when we rise


Lyrics submitted by Maenberlin, edited by TristanC

"Perfect World" as written by Brian Burton James Mercer

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    General CommentA person seems to be a walking home from a night out drinking and begins to think if the life being lead is too much to bear. But then the person leading this life realizes the world is still perfect, although it's not turned out the way they expected. In general it's just a reflection back on how the person sees the life they lead, and what they changed into over the years.
    Three50sevenon February 12, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe speaker of the song has realized love and life aren't as ideal as they once thought and that things don't always work out, but even after knowing this, wouldn't change the way the world works. They are at peace with the world and with the way their life has turned out at this point and feel a kind of wonderful relief.

    Like the song "Vaporize", the song ends with an intimate honest thought that seems to be spoken directly to the listeners, but I'm not sure how to interpret it:

    "We look for exit signs
    But we can't be changed
    Into nothing overnight
    Though we know it's over
    It keeps exploding
    Every morning when we rise"

    Maybe the "exit signs" we are looking for indicate exits from the "ordinary life" mentioned earlier in the song. However, since we're deeply entrenched in our ordinary lives, it's difficult to just leave that life and "be changed into nothing overnight", to become someone like the speaker with "nothing left" for anyone to take away. As for the "we know it's over", maybe this refers to a love or a dream we once had that is gone now, and we think about them every day ("It keeps exploding / Every morning when we rise").
    brhyme88on April 25, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationMy interpretation is based on my own experience. The true meaning could be completely different...

    As a person who has been struggling with depression, this song really, really stuck a chord with me from the first verse.

    I've got nothing left
    It's kind of wonderful
    'Cause there's nothing they can take away… away

    I lost everything, I couldn't regain my footing, any fear to initiate finding a way out or looking for help vanished. 'I've got nothing left to lose. It's great because I don't want to have to fight for anything anymore. I give up.'

    The rest rung true as well... The way my family saw me spin and want a better life for me but I pushed 'em away by saying whatever I needed to to get tehm to leave me alone and eventually, it stopped. They're always there, but when you're unwilling to help yourself -- while it's unintentional, it's hard to communicate and I spent less time around them.

    When I discovered there was more to lose, like treasured friendships... Who weren't going to put up with my behavior and threatened to walk away... I love my friends dearly but I didn't want to be honest with them and they were what I wasn't willing to lose. So I started talking about it and now I'm pulling myself out of it. I went from not caring whether or not I woke up some days to finding out what I really want out of life and pursuing it. When I listen to this song and reflect I'm blown away with emotion. It's a relief to listen to this song. If I had to choose how I feel now, this song pretty much captures it. It's a bittersweet, perfect world.

    IF I could speak to these guys, I would have to hug them both for this song.
    raptravenon June 14, 2014   Link

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