"Let the Reigns Go Loose" as written by and Ryan Pope James Suptic....
Can you take the bullet back?
Change it to a heart attack
my wish, I wonder could it be true?
Sick fits form a former home
Misfits under mistletoe
One year spent waiting, waiting for you

[Chorus:]
This isn't what i wished for
This isn't what i knew
What can waiting do?

Date: Fall 1989
Daydream of a valentine
I couldn't wait to be added alone
jump forward to twelve years time
those dreams and a sad decline
I'd just thought leaving
Would leave it alone

[Chorus]
This isn't what i wished for
This isn't what i knew
What can waiting do?

What did we prove?
Didn't we make this all come true?
(I just keep hanging on for more)
Didn't we choose?
(I just keep on waiting at the door)

How did we lose?
Where did we let the reigns go loose?
(I just keep hanging on for more)
Didn't we choose?
(I just keep on waiting at the door)

How did we lose?
Didn't we let the reigns go loose?
(I just keep hanging on for more)
What if we knew?
(I just keep on waiting at the door)

How did we lose?
Didn't we let the reigns go loose?

Can you take the bullet back


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"Let the Reigns Go Loose" as written by James Suptic James Dewees

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    General CommentI'm surprised there's not a lot of actual discussion about the lyrics themselves. This song is essentially the sequel to "Close to Home" from Something to Write Home About, in that it's a song about the fact that despite being one of the most respected and popular second-wave emo bands, they never got any recognition in their hometown.

    They actually remarked at their farewell show in 2005 that the song was about "our fair city," and that the "Valentine" in the song is actually a reference to Valentine Road, the street they grew up on and played their "last" show on. (Not so "last" now, anyway.) Having lived in Kansas City, it's a truly strange phenomenon. Not even many of the hipster kids there know of this band, even though they've influenced so much popular music today, and if you ask any fan of the genre in most any city in the country if they've heard of The Get Up Kids they would say yes.
    rwiggumon September 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song really sounds like tjt's last album during the opening. i like it, despite that.
    grrrlskouton May 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcan you take the bullet back?
    change it to a heart attack
    awesome... I don't like very much of On A Wire... this is one of the better songs though, and the meaning's pretty obvious
    emo sunshineon May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think on a wire is GUK's greatest album to date.. incredible.
    freeefallnon June 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOn a Wire is the Get Ups 2nd best album (Something to Write Home About is obviously the best album ever made) All the songs on On a Wire are all layed back and calm, not like their other albums, which is good. Every song is good!
    Cokeson June 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI also think that "On A Wire" ist their best album yet because the songs are much more complex and you can listen to them all the time...
    Let The Reigns Go Loose is my favorite song on the CD...
    el_STORMon July 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commenton a wire is something i'll listen to when i'm happy...something to write home about is something i'll listen to everyday 40 years from now
    jeatw405on July 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentok im pretty sure this is how this part goes...no big deal
    date fall 1989
    daydream of a valentine
    i couldnt wait to be at it alone
    what do you guys think? i think that makes more sense.
    SomeYoungPhenomon July 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSomeYoungPhenom, yer right about the lyrics. ...by the way, i love this song. its so chill and laidback.
    Dickward1on July 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think it is added alone but your right about the restn there SomeYoungPhenom
    i'd just stop leaving
    leave it alone
    Its actually "I just thought leaving would leave it alone"
    Not to be picky or whatever.. just an observation
    coalesce_rockson August 04, 2002   Link

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