"I Won't Lie Down" as written by Scott Shiflett and Trever M Keith....
does anybody see him?
another set up for the fall
does anybody hear him?
he's screaming at the same blank wall

everyone can't be right
but everyone will decide

i'm not afraid of the price i pay
i won't lie down as you walk away

i know you must have seen him
i'm sure you must have heard it all
i know you used to be him
did anybody care at all?


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"I Won't Lie Down" as written by Trever M Keith Scott Shiflett

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    General CommentIncredible song.
    i_forgot_to_breatheon June 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI'd have to say that this is one of Face to Face's best songs. I first heard it on the Mortal Kombat Annhihilation soundtrack, though it was remixed. Then I bought the CD, heard the original, and loved this song even more. I'm pretty sure this song is about never giving up, even when you're the underdog and people think that you're finished. Whenever I hear this song, I get the image of a kid being picked on at school. The verses, "Everyone can't be right, but everyone will decide" make me think of the kid's peers judging him, even though what they think isn't true. The verses "I'm not afraid of the price I pay, I won't lie down as you walk away" make me think of a kid beaten up by a bunch of bullies, but he still stands up. That's just my own interpretation... I'd love to see a video for this song.
    HatedEnemyon July 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI dont think i have the words to say how beautiful this song is. Not beautiful in a conventional way, but beautiful to someone who knows what its like to be the person the song is about. I love this song.
    magicdirton March 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think exactly the same as hated enemy...think the same when I hear this song...kid being bullied
    coolstuff25on April 24, 2003   Link
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    General CommentTo me, it's not so much about a kid being bullied but a kid who needs help and everyone just abandons him. It's saying everyone around him can see what's going on but nobody cares enough to help. They're wrong in doing so, but because of that they decide what happens to him and how his life turns out. I think the song is saying everyone else gave up on him but he [the singer] won't no matter what the consequences are. And I like the line "I know you used to be him." It makes me think of someone who was exactly like the kid but has grown up and changed and doesn't want to go through it again by tyring to help him.

    I love this song.
    pandaliciouson June 15, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think that this song is about someone that used to be a looser, but changed, and sees someone like him in the past but doesnt want to stick up for him. maybe because of the fact that he might get sucked back into it, or labebled agn??
    Raine Cassoon June 24, 2003   Link
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    General Comment2 years later, and I still absolutely love this song. Great comments from everyone!! I'm especially digging what magicdirt said...If you have been in the position of the person this song is about, it releases so many feelings within you and it becomes truly beautiful.
    HatedEnemyon May 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentA little more about this song and me.

    It is my all-time favorite song.

    Back when I was in middle-school, I was a shy, chubby kid and I got bullied just about everyday.

    Being into videogames, I saw the movie, Mortal Kombat Annihilation. My best friend bought the soundtrack and let me borrow it.

    I still remember sitting on my bed and listening to this song on repeat over and over on lazy afternoons. I couldn't believe that I identified with a song SO MUCH.

    It really lifted my spirits and vindicated me. I felt like someone truly understood me and what I was going through. Without this song, my life may have been turned out totally different. Because of it, I turned my life around. I worked out, I became more social, I left past grudges behind, I made new friends and people from middle-school always tell me I've changed.

    I still play this song anytime I set off to meet a new challenge... a job interview... trying to break records in the gym...going on a date with an attractive girl-- to me this song is the embodiment of courage, and it always fills me with it, because it reminds me of the scared little boy I used to be and how I just wouldn't lie down as everyone walked away... I knew that everyone couldn't be right. And even though everyone decided that I was inferior, I didn't let them determine my destiny.

    I owe a huge thanks to Face to Face and Trever Keith for writing this song. This song influenced me for the better at the most pivotal time of my adolescent life.
    HatedEnemyon July 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhenever I find myself falling too deeply into some self-pity, I like to play this song and try to pull myself out of the tailspin.
    Major Valoron October 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA bit of insight into this song came via former blink 182 drummer Scott on a tv interview, at time band was still together and on the tv show they were playing their favorite music videos. Scott picked this video and said the song was about face to face singer (scott as well?) and the relationshp with his family....

    Not much, but its something...
    deftoneon April 07, 2009   Link

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