It's Going To Get Worse Before It Gets Better
I'm coughing up a lung or two just so you know I'm breathing well in front of you.
I'm holding out a knife or two just so you know I'm standing next to you.
You can't always be down or out. But if you try you won't be found.
You can't always get what you want. That's for sure.
I'm sending out a note or two that says we're all going to the same place,
so it doesn't matter where you are in line.
I'm holding one hand or two depending if we're walking or dancing.
Either way I'm feeling fine.

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    General Commentthis song is me its saying dont give up....u have to try, always. and yea sometimes it wont work out the way u want it to or the way its suppose to, but at least u tried. and everything will turn'll be fine :)
    colls720on May 02, 2002   Link
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    General Commentsee i draw from personal experience on this song... the first two lines reminded me of trying to get this guys attention... and then he always used to tell me "you cant get what you want" and would go into deep depression type things....
    the walking or dancing thing i always took as one hand meaning friendship and two meaning something else...
    i know probally no one else sees it that way, but this song is one of those that just fits events in my life so perfectly its scary.
    alk3girlon May 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commentim in like with this song a lot.
    BigSWBpitfanon March 28, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMan, this song is just absolutely wonderful. Heh... I can really relate to this song. I think he's saying that you can't always get what you want.. and god we know that's so true. And I agree with alk3girl about how he's holdin one hand or two... but either way.. no matter what the relationship is, he feels fine about it. :-) But as you can see, it got worse, before it got better.
    BrightEyedNightmareon April 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about someone who is always depressed or suicidal. The person doesn't seem to even try to feel better, and uses their depression as an attention or pity magnet. I think the writer is basically saying that you can't always be depressed, because sooner or later everyone will get sick of your constant whining.

    I'm sending out a note or two that says we're all going to the same place,
    so it doesn't matter where you are in line.
    ---This makes me think it's either them saying not to commit suicide, which makes sense with how I've interpreted the rest, but it sounds to me more likely he's saying it's okay to kill yourself, because you're going to die either way, just sooner rather than later.

    That's what I think, at least.
    VullNoidon June 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love piebald, i saw them in concert and they were amazing!!! I remeber the first time i heard about them I went to a wedding in indiana 3 years ago and i listened to their "we are the only friends we have' cd over and over again.....they rock!

    P.s... I would have to say that their "If It Weren't For Venetian Blinds It Would Be Curtians For Everyone" cd is the my top favorite and this one is a close second!
    Curlequ02on December 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commentawesome
    polythenepamon March 01, 2005   Link
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    My Interpretationthis song kind of embodies the way i deal with whatever problems i might have as i am not one to talk about it but i will try really hard to fix them on my own and the fact that others see signs that i have a problem ("coughing up a lung" or "holding a knife") i will never admit it until things get worse.

    when things get worse, i come to the realization that i am not as alone in this as i think i am as people have asked me what is wrong but i have chosen instead to not "be found."

    then, a little more, i try to communicate in a way that lets others have more details of what is going on because whether i feel embarrassed or alone that i am in a situation no one else could help with, i realize that no one is probably completely happy but we are all just trying to get there ("going to the same place") or if people are happy they can still probably help as they can remember what it was like when they where further back "in line."

    finally, whether others end up giving a little help ("one hand") or a lot of help ("two hands") it will definitely better than trying to do it all by myself.
    stillifeon October 21, 2014   Link

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