Why you go on talking?
You know how it'll end
No one's really listening
But we can all pretend

There's movement in the water
And we're all getting out
You've been there while you're dreaming
Haven't you?

Don't you know it's inevitable
But if you call it too soon you've got to both show, both show
Where you go when you're closing your eyes on your birthday?
It only comes true when you don't say, don't say

It's not about you, it's gonna happen without you

So careful when you smile
A perfect little bend
It's just a flexing of a muscle
But we can all pretend

Don't you know it's inevitable
But if you call it too soon you've got to both show, both show
Where you go when you're closing your eyes on your birthday?
It only comes true when you don't say, don't say

It's not about you, it's gonna happen without you


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    Song MeaningIn an interview on Red Mag Matt Peters explains it as so: “That’s kind of a cryptic one. That was actually written a while before the rest of the song, and as we were working on ‘Birthday’, it kind of just seemed too perfect not to use… The pronoun ‘you’ is more a sneaky way to say ‘me'; the ‘you’ is a royal ‘you’ more than anything. It’s that feeling of, if you don’t act — if you don’t change your mind — at some point, everything’s going to change around you, and you can’t control it, and you’re just going to be left standing there. That’s a really bad description of it, but I think it kind of speaks for itself.”
    This song's been bugging me for a while and when they released the track by track video I pretty much went crazy when the one song they didn't explain was this one. Here's the link to the interview: redefinemag.com/2013/royal-canoe-band-interview-today-were-believers-lyrics/
    tinaltairon April 26, 2015   Link

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