I have a present: it is the present.
You have to learn to find it within you.
If you can learn to love it,
You just might like it.
You can't live without it.
There's a million open windows.
I'm passing these open windows.
There is plenty to criticize.
It gets so easy to narrow these eyes.
But these eyes will stay wide.
I will stay young.
Young and dumb inside.
I have just begun to forget my lines.
If you could save yourself,
you could save us all.
Go on living, prove us wrong.
Your leap of faith could be a well-timed smile.
Survival never goes out of style.
I have a message: save your generation.
We're killing each other by sleeping in.
Finnegan, begin again.
This one can be won.
One can become two.
Two can pick and choose.
You could be the first.
You have to learn to learn from your mistakes.
You can afford to lose a little face.
The things you break,
Some can't be replaced.
A simple rule: every day be sure you wake.

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    I really like this song. I wish we'd all stop bashing Fall Out boy. Their cover was pretty good too.
    RosesAtSunseton March 17, 2007   Link
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    Okay, I know this is coming in way late, but I had to put in my two cents. This song IS NOT about finding yourself or being true to yourself or anything like that, except maybe in a very distant way. People want to think that because they think it's cool or whatever, but obviously they're being very selective when they read or listen to the lyrics. The song IS about suicide- or, rather, not committing suicide. He's saying if you learn to love being alive then you might eventually just learn to enjoy your life. Passing open windows refers to NOT jumping out of them. The leap of faith bit is another allusion to this. Instead of your "leap" being from an open window, it can be an effort at finding happiness. The bridge- "you have to learn... be sure you wake"- is telling people not to get hung up on failure. Don't let it drive you to want to kill yourself, just realize that everyone makes mistakes and it's not the end of the world. The reast really speaks for itself. Eve 6 did a great little tribute to this song in their song "Friend of MIne," which is also about suicide. Of course, Max Collins was obsessed with the Dear You album. Anyway, that's all I have to say.
    soundwaveson April 09, 2013   Link
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    at first i was listening to it and thought it was about not polluting and keeping the earth clean and blah blah blah. but the more i listened to it i realized it was more about staying true to yourself and not letting yourself become the cliche of your generation. and then i started thinking, maybe it's about suicide. "survival never goes out of style" "your leap of faith could be a well timed smile" as in you just have to be a little nicer to eachother.
    sheslikeohsoemoon April 16, 2006   Link
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    I hate everything.... Fall Out Boy.... the epitome of conformity and trendy for our generation... singing a cover of this awesome song? Its just wrong... so ironic that its actually killing me inside.... Not to mention that these lyrics being sung by any vocalist that didn't have a raspy, smoker-esk voice (good ol' Blake) just ruins it.... Anyways... awesome song.... bad cover... I hate Fall Out Boy... and I hate the people who think the cover is good...
    killa_concepton August 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
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    I love that line, "survival never goes out of style."
    angelgarbageon April 30, 2002   Link
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    I think this song is about growing up and being young. Its about fiding yourself and what you want, and not worrying about making mistakes cause thats what happens. It's also too about finishing, and not giving up.
    brianta69on March 08, 2003   Link
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    so i was looking for some jawbreaker stuff on ares.. and all i found was a shitty cover of this by.. fall out boy. *sigh*
    redandbluejeanson December 28, 2005   Link
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    It has always struck me as a song by someone older to a kid who is sad. It seems to all be about not getting depressed and not giving up and the fact that just by doing this you can save a whole generation. Gosh i love this song! Gosh i love Jawbreaker!
    woodwellon May 08, 2006   Link
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    Fall Out Boy should have never even touched this song. I think it's beautiful. I think it's about being yourself, as opposed to copying your generation, because the trends today won't matter in a few years.
    forked_on July 02, 2006   Link
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    i think its about taking chances [million open windows] and not to dwell on ur misery [There is plenty to criticize], even when u took setbacks. and how u could be a good example for ur generation -- thus save it --
    rtkdon April 13, 2007   Link

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