"All Our Lives" as written by Andrew Mcmahon, Brian Lee and Andrew Goldstein....
I saw this old friend at the Eveleigh bar
Life hadn’t treated him so well
A heart so gold, and words so blue
In a body home from hell

He said, “If I could tell you one thing, I would tell you this:
There’s only one mistake that I have made
It’s giving up the music in my fingertips
By trying to get to heaven through my veins.”

All our lives
I watched you search beneath the fallen skies
This was no path to glory
You always walked before me
But you came back to warn me
All our lives

I saw this woman with tears in her eyes
Driving beside me yesterday
She turned her head, then I turned mine
And I watched her drive away

I thought, if I could tell her something, I would tell her this
There’s only two mistakes that I have made
It’s running from the people who could love me best
And trying to fix a world that I can’t change

All our lives
I watched you search beneath the fallen skies
This was no path to glory
You always walked before me
But you came back to warn me
All our lives

I remember being young and staring at my hands
In the middle of the night, the first light of the morning
My room like a church, voices down the hall
I barely made 'em out, but sometimes you don’t want to know
Now that I’m older, I can tell you this
The mornings I miss, but I don’t really miss the voices
You’ve got a choice, I’ve got the hands
Skeletons and plans, you’ve got to let 'em go

All our lives
I watched you search beneath the fallen skies

All our lives
I watched you search beneath the fallen skies
This was no path to glory
You always walked before me
But you came back to warn me
All our lives

All our lives
I watched you search beneath the fallen skies
This was no path to glory
You always walked before me
But you came back to warn me
All our lives


Lyrics submitted by brian, edited by dustonthedash, rosemary13

"All Our Lives" as written by Andrew Ross Mcmahon Brian Dong Ho Lee

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    General CommentThe first verse is a pretty blunt reference to heroin. Probably a musician that Andrew met in a bar who put music aside to fuel his addiction.

    Overall I think this song is really about self-reflection, both in the way people view their own mistakes and the way the perceive others'. Like when he sees the woman driving in the car and crying, he feels connected to her knowing that they've both made mistakes. But as you get older, you learn from your experiences, and let the old ones go.
    dustonthedashon October 11, 2014   Link
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    General CommentSaw Andrew at coachella, he briefly said this was about reuniting with an old friend. I agree with thisdesert about the reference to heroin abuse, and I think it's primarily about reuniting with a friend who went down that path.
    ilustrisimo08on April 20, 2015   Link

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