You told me that you want to die
I said I've been there myself more than a few times
And I go back every once in a while
You called me lucky, you.. you called me lucky

You said tonight is a wonderful night to die
I asked you how you could tell
You told me to look at the sky
Look at all those stars
Look at how goddamn ugly the stars are

It's one or another
Between a rope and a bottle
I can tell you're having trouble breathing

'Cause you'll never be okay
You'll never be okay
(You'll always be in pain)
You'll always feel this way
'Cause things they never work out right
(the wrong way the lonely way)
You'll always be in pain

You told me that the daylight burned you
And that the sunrise was enough to kill you
I said maybe you're a vampire
You said it's quite possible I feel truly dead inside

'Cause you'll never be okay
You'll never be okay
(You'll always be in pain)
You'll always feel this way
'Cause things they never work out right
(the wrong way the lonely way)
You'll always be in pain

Don't forget to let your life rot you inside out
Don't forget to let your life rot you inside out
Don't forget to let your life rot you inside out


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    While the obvious connections with suicide or alcoholism could be drawn easily, more subtly this song could be about someone who views the world through a negative lens constantly and how as much as the writer tries to show the beauty in the world, this person refuses to see it. It's one or another between the rope and the bottle. There is no good option for this person. They can't see it. Skiba sings it in a kind of exasperated way like He's tired of hearing this negative view constantly and just allowing that person to continue feeling the way they feel knowing he can't do anything about it. You can hear it when he says maybe you're a vampire.

    MikeHypeon October 01, 2023   Link
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    yeh its is about suicide but i think it might be almost an anti-suicide song, like in the first verse he sounds really disbelieving that his friend would consider him lucky to still be alive (you... you called me...). also, i dont know about you but the verse about the stars sounds really pitiful, if someone said that to me, id imagine that they were really feeling sorry for themselves and a bit self centered prehaps. skiba also ends with 'dont let your life rot you inside out', wanring you to make the most of your life maybe, but i dont think hes sympathising much

    NihilisticFerreton April 17, 2002   Link
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    "Cuz things they never work out right "- that part is so freakin true. I mean, I think most people can relate to it, cause when we feel like crap, we don't think that things can work out. Once again, Alk3 rocks

    emofanon May 02, 2002   Link
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    ^ Yes. Yes, it is. Very good.

    I love this song. It's amazing. I can relate to. The daylight burns me and the sunrise was enough to kill me. Maybe I'm a vampire.

    MissNeuroticon June 07, 2008   Link
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    i love alkaline trio...this song is almost exactly how i feel right now...can u tell ive had a bad day?? haha or year

    punkassprincesson February 23, 2002   Link
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    i hear ya, punkassprincess... I feel this song so much. I just love the line "Look at how goddamn ugly the stars are..." and so many others... this is definitely my fav alkaline trio song

    suzannej27on March 07, 2002   Link
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    It's about suicide.

    "It's one or another Between a rope and a bottle I can tell you're having trouble breathing"

    Rope=Hanging yourself Bottle=Alcohol (everyone in the Alkaline Trio is an alcoholic coke-head)

    FacebookLoginIsBrokenon March 08, 2002   Link
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    It's pretty sad that you both want to kill yourselves, I hope both of you are still alive and have found happiness.

    Rope=Hanging yourself Bottle=Alcohol (everyone in the Alkaline Trio is an alcoholic coke-head)

    FacebookLoginIsBrokenon March 08, 2002   Link
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    this song contains my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE alk3 lyric which i quote like a fiend... "look at all those stars... look at how god damn ugly the stars are." genius.

    alk3girlon April 26, 2002   Link
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    this song is just......its amazing....it is just the way it feels when some poser tells you they're depressed....and the way it says "you'll never be ok" its right once it hurts you never really are ok again completely it just really speaks to me....one of the best alkaline trio songs in my opinion.

    sKeMo_kidon May 01, 2002   Link

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