And I'm gonna get to the bottom of this
gonna peel back my skin
and look at myself shaking and shivering
And I'll get the rope
from in the house
survey the scene
Find two of the tallest trees
And I'd tie myself up
Above the cool air
to dangle in the twilight

And I'm gonna get to the bottom of this
gonna peel back my skin
and look at myself shaking and shivering
As my skin collects in a pile on the ground
I'll radiate heat and turn off my head
And just pretend that I don't exist
Then I'll see clearly to the end
Of the ropes that I've been hanging from
As they loosen from the trees
and plummet to the ground
Be impailed and turned around
I'm finally free from the ups and downs

And I'm gonna get to the bottom of this
gonna peel back my skin
and look at myself shaking and shivering

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Ups And Downs song meanings
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    General Commenti highly disagree about this song being about suicide, even though it can be interpreted a hundred different ways. i believe that this song is about getting to the center of a problem in your life and working it until you have sheld yourself of your old self 'old skin'. and you are a new person. but that is just my $.02
    elroythepunkon March 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG!chris's lyrics just keep getting better.right after you think,how can he write anything better than he already has,he brings us a song like this of my all time fav. std songs...i get depressed alot and this song just kinda helps me get through it cause i can picturing doing what he describes in the song.ok well that's it.great song,great lyrics.
    EmoPunK13on February 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis it just me or is this song about suicide?
    sydon February 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think its obvious (yes) although it dosnt just come out and say it, if you really listen to the song/ read the lyrics you can easily tell. Good song, although not many std songs are bad latly, so keep it up std
    Matt11pton February 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdave soloway is the raddest guitarist in the world
    kalion February 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmm...very philosical.
    God, i love this song. elpmis os ton.
    imnotshawnon April 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is fucking incredible. i remember when i first heard it. i think i creamed my pants. and thats pretty hard for a girl to do. but oh man, this song is sooooo amazing.
    ScreamingInfidelityon April 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat cd is this from? Where can i get my hands on it and others from std? To bad im not going to Kfmaday3 -they're playing there.
    Kyrieon April 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a beautiful voice. such beautiful lyrics. saves the day just continues to amaze me...
    emoprincess1on April 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah i really like the guitar intro \to this song, and then when the lyrics kick in... damn. This song came from teh Vagrant Records Another Year on the Streets 2 comliation. The first Another year on the streets had A Drag in D Flat and Sell my Old Clothes im off to Heaven; 2 of STD's best works if yiou ask me.
    Action and Actionon April 23, 2002   Link

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