all those stupid things
left in my own way
just can't let the past
go stop the get away
like I knew so much
couldn't wait to leave
now I laugh it off
just to get wrong
the onceler

I won't stop you now
and you can't break my fall

all those stupid tricks
why'd I turn on me
was it not enough
or too much to take
indifference lives
sleep walks alone
next to you a phone call
you never made
once hurt

I won't stop you now
and you can't break my fall

I said it before
and I'll say it again
it's blame that feeds you
and shame that kills me
I said it before
and I'll bleed it again
not forevermore
once you know the score

I won't stop you now
and you can't break my fall

I said it before
and I'll bleed it again
not forevermore
once you know the score

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    I think that the title of this song refers to the character the Once-ler in the Dr. Suess children's book "The Lorax". In this book, the Once-ler spent all of his life doing one thing (killing trees) only to ultimately end up regretting it. Therefore, the Once-ler is a character who ends up regretting the actions of his past. I believe the narrator in this song uses this character as a description of himself, more likely than not a relationship situation. In the first verse, the narrator looks back upon his previous actions and ends with an acceptance that he was wrong. I believe that the main story behind this song involves a person in a relationship that has ended or is in bad times who realized in the end that he or she is (partially) at fault. I think this is a great song especially from a band who isn't known for having the deepest lyrics or most well-thought out songs. This song is a great effort and has been on my playlist since I first heard it 6 months ago.

    professor_1bon July 07, 2002   Link

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