"In Remission" as written by and Tom May Eric Keen....
I've got a winning lotto ticket from the state of Massachusetts
Tucked in the back of my wallet
I'll cash it when I'm back in Boston
With a blank eye from the cashier
for why it's torn and busted up

I remember that moment of silence
I was at a mall in Norwich
Shoppers stared at the ground
The escalators went on smoke breaks
Oh 1918, you've yet to see the worst of humans acting

Maybe the future's just a little bit weird
Maybe the God you love is all I've got to fear
Life's a terminal illness in remission
Tucked under the weight of it all out for a drink
And then we drove back drunk through the busy city streets

I hate how I always get nervous every time I try to speak
In front of a big crowd, a pretty girl, or the police
And I hate the things that I know about you
And all the horrible things that you do
I don't want to be late for work today
I want to chew up my dinner and spit in your face
Light fire to your home and tap your cell phone

Oh yeah!

If everyone needs a crutch, then I need a wheelchair
I need a reason to reason with you
If everyone needs a crutch, then I need a wheelchair
I need a reason to reason with you
If everyone needs a crutch, then I need a wheelchair
I need a reason to reason with you
If everyone needs a crutch, then I need a wheelchair
I need a reason to reason with you

Oh yeah!

If everyone needs a crutch then I need a wheelchair
I need a reason to reason with you
If everyone needs a crutch then I need a wheelchair
I need a reason to reason with you


Lyrics submitted by TreblinkAlive, edited by missingfingers, jefferson104

"In Remission" as written by Greg Barnett Eric Keen

Lyrics © MOTHERSHIP MUSIC PUBLISHING

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

In Remission song meanings
Add your thoughts

2 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis may be a stretch, but could this be about the boston marathon bombings?

    The first verse tells us his mind is on Boston. The entire second verse is about a sudden moment of silence for something, probably at the same time of day the original event happened. The marathon bombings were in the afternoon (1;49 Norridge, IL time), prime shopping hour, unlike the morning events of 9/11 and Newtown.

    "19, 18" could refer to the April 18th and 19th when the bombers were on the loose and still killing people ("you've yet to see the worst") and "The worst human tactic" is terrorism. Alternatively 19: 18 is a verse from Leviticus:
    "Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord", appropriate considering they were domestic terrorists (neighbors) and all of Boston was calling for revenge during the manhunt.

    In any case, "Maybe the god you love is all I've gotta fear" could allude to Islamic extremism. "I don't wanna be late for a war today" meanwhile "Light fire to your home/And tap your cellphone" sound like the war on terror.

    The last repeated lines are much darker with the Boston marathon bombings in mind, considering how many people lost legs. As a result, everyone [near the blasts] needs a crutch and those who lost two legs need wheelchairs. Also we don't "reason" (understand, or negotiate) with terrorists.

    I understand that you can find meanings in anything, so this could be completely off, but the Menzingers have been plenty political before. (see "No Ticket").

    If this was the intended meaning, then this song is poetic genius.
    jefferson104on March 04, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's a very good chance that instead of "indoors" he says the city name of the mall he was in. I couldn't fully make it out. Any corrections are welcome.
    TreblinkAliveon February 22, 2014   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain