"Off the Rails" as written by and Michael-anton Acher Markus Acher....
Off the rails
We're off the rails
Now we are trains ourselves
No, wait and see
We're off this place
Doesn't mean we're somewhere else
This is all I know
Keeping still to watch the engines come and go


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"Off the Rails" as written by Michael-anton Acher Markus Acher

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    General CommentI see this song as being about society and how he is 'off the rails' or not on the same one-way path as most of society, but at the same time they are trains themselves, because they are not stagnant and others will follow. 'We're off this place, doesn't mean we're somewhere else' could mean that just because they aren't following the rest of the masses doesn't mean they don't know what is going on. I think the last part is about how he can't follow the 'rails' of society and he just sits and watches as it goes by because he doesn't know how/ want to rejoin the other 'trains'.
    Zilvbrynon September 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commentglorious
    msephtonon March 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentEven though the cd sleeve even says "keeping still"...it's actually sitting still...tho Im sure everyone worked that out themselves!!...so don't ask me why I felt the need to correct that..but still...
    Sontyon September 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentBeing abandoned somewhere so all you can do is spectate?
    IdiotequeDanceon June 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite song by them. Amazing, it's so happy, so calm.
    error_inion June 21, 2003   Link
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    General Commentalmost esoteric..i am suprised the subject is trains,cars, engines..all of which are reoccuring themes on Neon Golden. I love this song but laugh at the trite subject matter its like an oxymoron
    a deep song about inmaterial things..
    Sparkle7on March 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt doesn't seem trite to me at all. It makes me think of lying in the grass drinking cheap whiskey and watching the trains pass, wondering where they came from and where they are going. Wishing we could just jump in an empty boxcar and go, not knowing where we will end up.
    classydameon April 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentclassydame, you're on point. I like your interpretation.

    I originally thought this song was about ending a drug addiction. Rails being rails of cocaine. But now I think I was wrong. Maybe they like to hang out at the trainyards. Maybe the train is a metaphor for something, maybe not. Regardless, it's a great song.
    hipster_detrituson February 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always thought of this song as being about growing up or entering a new phase of your life. Like someone is leaving the safe and structured environment ("off the rails") and now they have to make it on their own ("we are trains ourselves").
    LostThreadon June 09, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's about losing track of your life and needing to just take a minute to sit back and watch the world go by.
    RandomArton August 05, 2010   Link

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