"Iris" as written by Edward Joel Kowalczyk, Chad David Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Alan Gracey....
I liked the way my hand looked
On your head
In the presence of my knuckles
But the beauty of this vision alone

Just like yesterday's sunset
Has been perverted by the sentimental
And mistaken for love
The felix of your truth will always break it

And the iris of your eye will always shake it
And the armies the armies I have created
Will always hate it
Will always bait you on

I liked the way my hand looked on your head
In the presence of my struggle
But the beauty of this vision alone
I can't shake from my tree just yet

It keeps invading all my private moments
Listen to me now


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"Iris" as written by Chad David Taylor Chad Alan Gracey

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    General Commentdid anyone think about the line "I liked the way my hand looked on your head, in the presence of my knuckles" as some sort of physical abuse? sounds like it to me. "mistaken for love" does anyone think its about a guy who beats his girlfriend/wife?
    caramelprisoneron November 06, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'Felix' is a Latin root for 'happy', 'luck', 'successful'. Think 'felicitious'.
    nysaloron March 16, 2013   Link
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    General Commentwhy are 95% of the interpretations posted here about sex? no wonder punk failed. y'all should've been listening to gun 'n' roses.

    the song is romanticizing revolt, and pointing out that nationalism is a significant barrier to revolution. to move forwards as one, we need to burn our flags.

    fwiw, i believe the singer was actually celibate at this point in time. get your heads out of the fucking gutter.
    dgkfhjlffjfjhlfhjaon October 23, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI feel like it is about someone who wants to be in a relationship, but is constantly scared of getting hurt. I think about the "armies" as a wall of protection that has been built not letting anyone in.
    Almost like this person is trying for love (bait you on) but will never get love because the wall is there and will "always hate it", being tied down. And even though he likes the idea of it, there is always something saying no.

    Perhaps it is just how I interpret the chorus line about the armies...
    ELS24on December 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about a guy who has had a bunch of one night stands instead of relationships, and then he meets a girl who he realizes he is falling for, but it is really tough for him to give up the lifestyle he is used to ("the beauty of this vision.... keeps invading all my private moments"). i agree with els24 about the "armies i have created" being his walls or defenses against finding a girl he loves, and they "will always hate it (the girl he's fallen in love with)" because they were invented to keep just that away. the iris of her eye "will always shake it" because without meaning to, he thinks of her when he is with another girl.
    lakini521on May 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song
    Rightbackon March 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat does "the felix of your truth" mean? Is "felix" even a word?
    MabeRuthon May 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe line " the iris of your eye will always shake it" is amazing. To me it means that no matter how you view a relationship with another person, you alone know deep in yourself (the iris of your eye)when you have hurt someone.
    liveeltoncooperon December 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMaybe it's about someone accusing the main character of abusing someone? (mistaken for love)...

    Until I take their price = Until I take their flags, no? In that case I don't know where the flags come from?
    sadiesadieon March 16, 2011   Link
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    General Commenthes created a single life within his walls. taking pleasure from girls that come n go. he knows its more with her when he looks in her eyes but he struggles with the walls hes built not to treat her the way he treated them. shes attracted to his bad boy life style which doesnt help him in treating her in a more worthy way. it is very sexual. he fantasises about her but he knows the truth that shes more to him that just one of those girls
    staceyminton December 30, 2014   Link

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