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How does everything start and end?
Come gather now, and lay this beast to rest
I kept hearing trumpets, got my hearing checked

My father spoke of prophecy
To think that I believed is self-centered of me.
There was something I was trying to say,
but then I choked on it and now it's gettin' kinda late

We walked to the edge but we never leapt
What sings to you when you disconnect?

Written on the wall, letters plain and tall
This is my own fault, we don't feel anything
We don't feel anything, we don't feel anything
We don't feel anything

I still cower in eternal wrath, though
Don't want my fear to become my shadow
I want to invade my thoughts, I wanna die in Kyoto.

The ocean never sleeps or dreams,
and never stops to ponder what it sees
Committed to it's satellite,
no one can move you, man, and no one's ever going to try.

All the tides are married to the moon.
All I want is for my heart to be as true.

Written on the wall, letters plain and tall
And this is my own fault, we don't feel anything
Not gone but fading fast so let me put to rest
The only question that you'll ask: We don't feel anything

We don't feel anything, we don't feel anything
We don't feel anything, we don't feel anything
We don't feel anything, we don't feel anything
We don't feel anything, we don't feel anything


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  • +4
    My InterpretationWhat a shock. Brand New hittin' hard with Biblical refereneces already. This time, most obviously, regarding the title. So I'll address that. I think the meaning of the song bears there.

    As Zelane1043 has correctly said, "Mene Mene" is "an indiot implying that a (usually) negative event is easily predictable based on the current situation. Often, the event is seen as hard to avert. A direness similar to an 'impending doom' can be implied." "Mene Mene" can also be used as the phrase "the writing on the wall". It means the same thing.

    But it "Mene Mene" has Biblical roots. It comes from an event from the book of Daniel in the Old Testament. I haven't read this book in a while, so forgive me if I get stuff wrong, for I'll be explaining through my memory.

    Daniel was one of seven kids taken captive by the Babylonians, but he never let himself be influenced by the Chaldean / Neo-Babylonian ways. Since, you know, he was a believer of the Hebrew God and whatnot. Eventually, he became an important figure God used to His will and partly by obtaining the gift of dream / vision interpretation. He worked as such for kings and thus became an important player in the Babylonian court system.

    So, anyway, King Belshazzar was throwin' a good ol' fashioned Babylonian party one day, right? Lots of booze, lots of hoes. Lots of gold and silver goblets. Everyone was praising all sorts of gods. Then suddenly, King Belshazzar becomes terrified. He turns pale and immediately grows weak. Because he sees a human hand writing on the wall. It left a message that he could not understand.

    Rightfully freaked out, King Belshazzar spreads the word. "I'ma reward anybody who can tell me wtf this means! I'll give you some bling and some swag! I'll even give you power!" But no matter who he called in, no one could make out what the message said or what it meant. This only made him more anxious and scared.

    Then Daniel showed up.

    He basically does the gig for free, and lets the king know he's not interested in the reward. Good man. But the message, however, isn't so good. The message meant that he (King Belshazzar) was going to die very soon, and that his kingdom will be divided. Later that night, King Belshazzar was killed and another man was made king.

    Brand New's new song "Mene" seems to be implying that our time is coming to an end. An inevitable end. An inevitable end we're responsible for. But we can delay it if we behave better and be the people we were meant to be. This will probably become a major theme in the new record.
    papabigsauceon April 15, 2015   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFirst of all, great song. These were the initial thoughts I had on the song after listening to it more than a few times. It's probably hilariously incorrect but it's just my interpretation.

    The lyrics seem to be Jesse commenting on the current state of society, specifically the ennui felt by the youth of today. There's also some religious iconography in there.

    "How does everything start and end?
    Come gather now, and lay this beast to rest
    I kept hearing the trumpets, got my hearing checked

    My father spoke a prophecy
    To think that I believed is self-centered of me.
    There was something I was trying to say,
    but then I choked on it and now it's gettin' kinda late"

    Lines like "How does everything start and end?" (evolution vs creationism, whether there's an afterlife), "My father spoke a prophecy" (god , ten commandments, etc) suggest that the subject in the song is debating his stance on religion and whether he's spiritual or not. However the first verse ends with -

    "There was something I was trying to say,
    but then I choked on it and now it's gettin' kinda late"

    Which seems to imply that the subject is questioning the whole aspect of organized religion, and was ready to proclaim his adversity to it but didn't, perhaps chickened out and now feels the time has gone. The line "Come gather now, and lay this beast to rest" earlier also sounds like he's sick of religious fanatics, and wants to finally put the whole debate to rest. What this then leads into is -

    "We walked to the edge but we never leapt
    What sings to you when you disconnect?"

    which moves towards discussing the numbness and disillusionment haunting the youth of today. Blame it on the internet, or cell phones, whatever, but the song implies that the youth today are smarter than ever due to the ability to access more information easier, but have never capitalized on their opportunities. They have the knowledge to pick apart religion ("we walked to the edge") but through laziness, listlessness, they haven't acted on it ("we never leapt") and are now just brainless zombies staring at screens instead of making real connections ("What sings to you when you disconnect?") This is driven home less subtly during the chorus -

    "Written on the wall, letters plain and tall
    And this is my own fault, we don't feel anything
    We don't feel anything, we don't feel anything
    We don't feel anything"

    Due at least in part to technology, everyone's been numbed. We don't feel anything, and thus we lose any chance to truly change the state of society.

    The second verse gets a little more ambiguous:

    "I still cower in eternal wrath, though
    Don't want my fear to become my shadow
    I wanna evade my thoughts, I wanna down a Kyoto."

    The first line again comes back to the religious discussion, perhaps the subject (who is pretty much a representation of society today) still once in a while thinks that there is a god, and is worried about it, but doesn't "want my fear to become my shadow" and thus shuts himself away from confrontation ("I wanna evade my thoughts"). I'm not sure what the kyoto reference is, if anyone has any knowledge feel free to share it.

    The ocean never sleeps or dreams,
    and never stops to ponder what it sees
    Committed to it's satellite,
    no one can move you, man, and no one's ever going to try.

    All the tides are married to the moon.
    All I want is for my heart to be as true.

    The first portion of this verse seems to be comparing the ocean to society. An ocean has no conscience, it "never sleeps or dreams and never stops to ponder what it sees", which is pretty much where the song implies society is heading, to a state of nothingness, without consciousness and to a point where people won't stop and admire the world for what it is. The "all I want is for my heart to be as true" line seems to add a little hope that the subject is lamenting the state of society today, and wants to get back to actually living lives to the full and having a "true" heart.

    The chorus then repeats, but includes the line "Not gone but fading fast", which is almost a warning - don't forget that we are in fact humans, with a brain, a conscience and emotions. Don't become a mindless zombie, don't get to a point where "we don't feel anything."

    Very interesting song, very intrigued to hear what the rest of the album sounds like.
    Kurdtton April 14, 2015   Link
  • +1
    Song Facten.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    "Mene Mene", is an idiom implying that a (usually) negative event is easily predictable based on the current situation. Often, the event is seen as hard to avert. A direness similar to an "impending doom" can be implied.
    zelane1043on April 13, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThis is the best input I've seen on a SongMeanings lyric. Combo breaker.
    CarbineerKennyon June 01, 2015   Link
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    Song MeaningOkay, here is what I think the song means to Jesse, the lead singer. It has religious metaphor as usual with metaphor being the key word for most of it(meaning it largely has nothing to do with religion). Notice how much of the time he references religion it is to get an entirely unrelated point across(seen in the songs 'jesus christ', all throughout the albums 'devil and god are raging inside of me' and 'daisy')

    Anyways, on to the song. I firmly believe it is about how the band itself is coming to an end, with small bits relating where Jesse now stands with the whole religion thing. He has been quoted as saying he wont be doing this(Brand New) when he is 40, and he is 37, he's married now and wanting to focus on that. He has also stated that he has a hard time playing their first album, and parts of the second one because he wrote them back when he was a college student and simply doesnt feel/relate to them as he once did, but since it is what he wrote and what fans want to hear he must play them to an extent(which he see's as his own fault). I'll put this into context with the lyrics now.

    "How does everything start and end?
    Come gather now, and lay this beast to rest
    I kept hearing trumpets, got my hearing checked" He is setting up the song and bluntly putting it out there that everything does have a start and an end, whether its wanted or not. The last line refers to how after daisy they were thinking it may be the end only to make one more cd(hearing trumpets symbolize the end times)
    He is possibly alluding to old age in the last line,like if he tried to keep the band alive too long they would pass their prime and be one of those bands of now old men that are somewhat embarrassing in relation to their good days(like mick jagger, paul mccartney).

    "My father spoke of prophecy
    To think that I believed is self-centered of me.
    There was something I was trying to say,
    but then I choked on it and now it's gettin' kinda late"
    This would be the part that relates his stance on religion(as he does on most records), and his coming to terms/admittance that he believed because it served some selfish purpose for him(dead loved ones werent just dead, or that theres something after death, etc.) He doesnt feel relieved by not believing anymore because of others who still believe and would be bothered by it, so he doesnt mention it too them. He also perhaps doesnt want to be the cause for others disbelieving and realizing they were living a selfish lie most of your life(a huge blow to the ego at minimum).

    "We walked to the edge but we never leapt
    What sings to you when you disconnect?" Pretty forward, they almost ended it after daisy but didnt. Then he is using double meaning and saying with this massive disconnect from previous beliefs he finds inspiration hard(nothing sings to him), and he feels he cant relate to some of his previous songs and hence doesnt want to play them(so what sings to you then?)

    "Written on the wall, letters plain and tall
    This is my own fault, we don't feel anything"the first line is the title of the song in long form. He is referring to all of the signs about the coming end to brand new, but also to his own lyrics(written for the world to see on walls all over the internet) which he wrote in a way that was very acute to how he once felt rather than timeless lyrics(like those in later albums), hence making him disconnected and unable to feel them. He blames himself for having to play them night after night for years after they stopped being relevant to him since they were his creation

    "I still cower in eternal wrath, though
    Don't want my fear to become my shadow
    I want to invade my thoughts, I wanna die in Kyoto." He's thinking about what if he is wrong to not believe, but doesnt let the fear dictate his mind or choices anymore. He could be reffering to not letting his desire for immortality(by leaving a legacy) become his shadow, meaning that he wont be an old man in a band that is only remembered for that, and that he wants to off time to invade his thoughts, to live and die where he chooses, and to instead focus on what matters in life(wife, family)

    "The ocean never sleeps or dreams,
    and never stops to ponder what it sees
    Committed to it's satellite,
    no one can move you, man, and no one's ever going to try.
    All the tides are married to the moon.
    All I want is for my heart to be as true."
    My favorite part, he is pretty forward and easy to understand here. He doesnt want to want or dream for anything because he has his satellite(wife, life,) and doesnt want anyone to question his commitment which they would if he was always out touring and 'sleeping' on the job of being a husband. He is set in his decision.(good for him)

    "Not gone but fading fast so let me put to rest
    The only question that you'll ask: We don't feel anything"
    They arent dead yet, they still have a cd to drop(they have it already recorded, its just being decided n whats being released and whats not) but they are coming to an end relatively quickly as after they do a tour for the cd that'll propably be it for Brand New. People are surely going to ask why and Jesse Lacey doesnt like talking about his band or personal life, or answering asinine questions(much less repeatedly) so this song is him giving his interview and is the band answering why its the end. They dont feel anything.


    theres some obvious irony in making a song about no longer making songs, but it also takes a good amount of honesty. leave it to Brand New to be the ones to pull it off lol
    mgsgta3on August 11, 2015   Link

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