You jump in front of the bullet The family put you to it You might survive the first thousand shots back to the end of the line You hold the will to survive them Answer to those you have failed Time to clean your room and show you are able to stop beating yourself down You've arrived A wealth of respect A world of regard You've always belonged You have to go on I just want you to feel the gun in your hand You used to hold aspiration You couldn't see the limitations Even in your youth you were unsurpassed but driven by grief and it couldn't last Sometimes promise sometimes goodbye Confessed to all through bloodshot eyes I just want you to feel the gun in your hand It only breaks you until you get off I'm not gonna watch you kill yourself to live It's all so average until you get off I'm not gonna wait here until the body's cold

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    General CommentSo he has this friend whose family has pushed him into this life that he doesn't really want. He has failed initially ("answer to those you have failed..."), but with a lot of effort he turns his life around ("time to clean your room and show you are able to stop beating yourself down"). Now he has this life that everyone has wanted for him ("you've arrived, a wealth of respect, a world of regard, you've always belonged...").

    But the message of the song is that it doesn't have to be this way. the next part is "you have to go on, i just want you to feel the gun in your hand". The next verse talks about the struggle this person went through to get all of his success etc.
    I think the most telling line is "... i'm not gonna watch you kill yourself to live". This guy is pleasing others by finding success ("living"), but killing himself in the process.

    The end of the quote fits the song the most. "Before you run out and change the world, ask yourself, what do you really want?" The point is do what you want. Take control of your life. Although when I listen to this song I kinda feel like he's advocating suicide, giving his friend a gun to kill himself with.
    freakishordeon July 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song could very well be about suicide, but to me it represents how you can put a gun to anything. And for me, these lyrics are like me asking my ex girlfriend not to put the gun to our friendship.
    sweetjesuson August 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think its just about destructive behavior, maybe drugs, maybe more. He is trying to show his friend how his actions are destroying him, and that he wont just watch and let him go.
    RomulusRomstaron August 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti really like the quote towards the end of this song, and since it wasn't posted, here it is: "I was young once too, I felt just like you. Hated authority, hated all my bosses, thought they were full of shit. It's like they say, if you aren't a rebel at the age of 20, you've got no heart, but if you haven't turned established by 30, you've got no brains. Because there are no stories of romance, no fairy tale endings. Before you run out and change the world, ask yourself, what do you really want?"
    matrixmouse7on August 20, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti know this is a terrible thing to say, but it seems more like the song fits the quote than the quote fits the song. the feeling you get as it ends is truly incredible regardless. great song.
    thecellistson March 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commentfor some odd reason i always seem to like songs the have a reference to guns in it (Cute without the E from taking back sunday, rifle by lagwagon, some clash songs and some Rage Against the Machine Songs", don't know why it just gets to me
    Alien8on June 18, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis isn't a suicide song to me. The gun in your hand is the power you have over your own life. Sometimes we feel like we're not in control, but this person can't see through all their sucess and potential, no one is shaping his life but him, he's at the wheel, the gun is in his hand. Only he can pull the trigger and make things happen.
    TonyBar3on November 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe quote in this song is from a movie called "Swimming With Sharks" starring Kevin Spacey.
    iceage366on July 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentEerily prophetic....
    Tricky1979on February 28, 2013   Link

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