Sinking through dark black holes
It's never gonna end
Open gash in my rib cage
It's never gonna mend
Take another picture of the wall
Sinking deeper every time I fall

Each day ends quicker
And my mind gets slower too
As my life just fades away
I wouldn't have a clue

Take another draw out from the shelf
I'm too weak to do it by myself

Though you had the world at your feet
You could see it I was blind
Had the perfect job called life
You didn't like it you resigned

Brain's a square of grass
Growing on petrol and chlorine

On petrol and chlorine
You know just what I mean

Lyrics submitted by awake&dreaming, edited by UniQueLyEviL

"Petrol & Chlorine" as written by Daniel Johns

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    General CommentI think it's about suicide


    "had the perfect job called life
    you didn't like it you resigned"

    makes it sound like suicide. the person resigned from life, and perhaps chemicals were involved. or maybe the person didnt kill themselves, maybe they just messed up their life with chemicals, like drugs and stuff....

    and perhaps the lead singer, daniel, can't stand to see a picture in which the person who "resigned" is in, so takes it down, and is just feeling really low and depressed.
    E Bensonon November 15, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just noticed I said pretty much what "in red weather" said...sorry about that, i should read what other people have attributed before i say something.
    E Bensonon November 15, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think with the "take another picture off the wall" is about memories that keep him alive and slowly he is to sad and he keeps taking away reasons for him to live
    handmedownon April 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about someone close to Daniel killing themself. My father killed himself and this song really spoke to me and hit close to home. The Indian guitar is very melodic. This is one of the most underrated Silverchair songs.
    Grohlageon July 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree. its VERY underrated. its deffinatly a song about numbness and apathy. maybe the "resigned bit" isnt resigning from life itself. but more resigning from the emotion of life, the things that make it worth living. .. i dunnnooo..
    .sherry.on January 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commenttake another draw out from the shelf
    i'm too weak to do it by myself

    this line really relates to me as im too weak to take another draw out from the shelf myself
    punkpeteron April 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with most of you, but all I can say is that this is one of my fav ones, the hindu sounds and all that... just awesome!
    buzztardon February 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is another depressing one. I guess it's about how you're apathetic and numb, like; "why take another picture of the wall, while ur silently staring into it", sinking through deep black voids of depression, feeling that seconds, minutes, hours, days just melt together and fades away into a nothingness and your just sinking headlong down deeper and can't do nothing about it. And I like the indian instrument in the song....

    Anyone know what he means with Petrol and Chlorine? Is it that Chlorine and Petrolium produces dioxins that are dangerous for the environment and causes cancer, and that brain is a pure square of grass, and therefore growing on crap and such? Does anyone know? thank you...
    Greensainton July 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think in this song he's mourning the loss of a friend who killed themselves, possibly by inhaling petrol, or drowning in a pool (chlorine), somehow abusing his body in some way...and daniel can't seem to pick himself up after his friend's he sinks into depression.
    in red weatheron May 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentCombining two ideas that said Daniel referred to the song's meaning. I can see it being about someone who doesn't believe in them self and considers suicide as a way out.
    Cabrosaon July 31, 2008   Link

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