"Fall Line" as written by Ernesto Manozzi and Vincenzo Petti....
And by the way, you know that hope
Will make you strange
Make you blink, make you blink
Make you sink
It will make you afraid of change
Enough to blame the box with the view of the world

And the walls that fill the frame
I turn it up
But then I turn it off
Because I can't stand
When they start to talk about
The hurting and killing
Whose shoes are we feeling
The damage and ruin
And the things that we're doing
We gotta stop
We gotta turn it all off
We gotta rewind
Start it up again
Because we fell across the fall line
Ain't nothing sacred anymore

Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah

Somebody saw him jump
Yeah, but nobody saw him slip
I guess he lost a lot a hope
And then he lost a grip
And now he's lying in the freeway
In the middle of this mess
Guess we lost another one, just like the other one
Optimistic, hypocrite that didn't have the nerve to quit
The things that kept him wanted more
Until he finally reached the core
He fell across the fall line
Ain't nothing sacred anymore

Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah

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"Fall Line" as written by Jack Hody Johnson


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    General Commentjust guessing:

    i think this is talking about how our world, and society, is falling, across what jack johnson calls the fall line. what is this fall line? where is this line that we are crossing? nothing is good, wholesome, or "sacred" anmore, now that we have crossed this line. Our hope is all we have at this point, as destroyers of ourselves.

    it mentions "the box with the veiw of the world"... he is refering to television i believe. we see what we think is the world through television, however you usually don't receive the full picture. We are beginning to blame the television, and the people we see, however the damage is done within ourselves. rather than blame the world and people around us, we must change the world with ourselves first (no matter how cliche this may sound).

    We need to stop, take a "minute" and look around to see what we are doing to ourselves. we need to "turn it off" and "rewind". go back to the good, rather than push forwards toward destruction.

    we see the things happening around us, but do we see why they are occuring? take global warming for instance.. we know it is happening, but are we reducing the use of oil, and lowering pollution because of it? some may be, but most are just waiting until it is too late. im not saying jack johnson is talking about global warming, im saying that he is talking about our procrastination towards making this world a better place. we need to pay more attention to the people losing hope, and those beggining to slip rather than the stories of those who have jumped. we should shift our attention to matters that greatly improve the world around us rather than what makes a good story.

    people always reach for more, for that next thing available, until we lose ourselves to materialism.

    this song is brilliant.
    gracek51891on May 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've been trying to figure out what the fall line is symbolizing. I think it might be what's dividing earth with hell, but I'm probably wrong.
    oxstinaon May 05, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationJJ has some killer lyrics - a modern day Bob Dylan - 40 years ago Dylan sung 'Its alright Ma I'm only Bleeding' which says just what JJ is saying now. Maybe we all go through a life stage of shiftng values & losing faith in the process ..

    "Disillusioned words like bullets bark
    As human gods aim for their mark
    Made everything from toy guns that spark
    To flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark
    It's easy to see without looking too far
    That not much is really sacred."

    - Dylan, 'Its alright Ma I'm only Bleeding'
    kiwiBruceon June 08, 2009   Link
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    General Commentno it is called fall line, it's on his new album, but the lyrics are not all completely there.. i'll post corrections later
    quietsuperstitionson May 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThere is actually a second verse to this song:

    Somebody saw him jump, ya, but nobody say him slip
    I guess he lost a lot of hope, and then he lost his grip
    And now he's lying on the freeway in the middle of this mess
    Guess we lost another one just like the otherone
    Optimistic Hypocrite who didn't have the nerve to quit
    The things that kept him wanting more until he finally reached the core
    And feel across the fall line
    Ain't there nothing sacred anymore
    Na, na, na, na, na, na, na
    Champagne Dreamon September 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commentneato! interested is finding that second verse in an MP3....

    and yes it is fall line...all u gotta do is listen.
    dub12on January 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentooooh silly me...its on the CD! ahhh neat.
    dub12on January 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThere was originally was a verse before hand that isn't on the CD, that you can get on Jack Johnson's website for his liveshows- p.s. if anyone wants to trade liveshows email me @ ahutch@gmail.com
    the lyrics:

    I don't care if it rains or freezes,
    as long as I got my plastic Jesus,
    sitting on the dashboard of my car.
    It comes in colors pink and pleasant,
    it glows in the dark because is iradescent,
    I will take it with me whenever I go far.

    So give me my lady madonna,
    dressed in rhinestones and sitting onna,
    pedastal of babylony shelves,
    Driving 90 but I'm not scary,
    cuz I got my virgin Mary,
    assuring me I can never go to hell.

    (pick up rest of song)
    cc1tcc1ton April 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentp.s. claims this song was based on Coolhand Luke which if you know the movie I can see it and I can't. But still a great movie.
    cc1tcc1ton April 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthat verse about the plastic jesus wasnt from just fall line. he kinda randomly chooses which song its gonna be in from show to show.
    ska manifestoon April 08, 2005   Link

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