I was hanging on by a little thread.
Just minutes before I was on a mountain.
I screamed "I can see all."
The ground broke from the sound.
It was all built on nothing.
And the pretty lights down below
Begged me to just let go;
To let myself be condemned;
To start again

I opened up my aching hands.
I went down like an avalanche.
I took with me the things I found.
I used them to help slow me down,
And start again.

Caution: The solid ground that you
Are on will slide from under you.

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I Was on a Mountain Lyrics as written by Christopher James Wollard Charles Allen Ragan


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    I think this song pretty obviously describes how quickly one can go from being "on top of the world" to "rock bottom". The chorus explains it perfectly. They're saying "Be careful, one twist of fate could destroy your comfortable stability". Definitely a warning to be heeded.

    chuckhogeon December 20, 2005   Link
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    the way teh guitars are played, swirling and whining, really gives u the impression (if u close ure eyes) that u r indeed on a mountain, so high, so cold, so alone...the wind whistling round your head. amazing

    rieveon May 01, 2003   Link
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    Not everything is what it seems. If you depend too much on something, the next thing you know it slips from underneath your feet and leaves you with nothing. I would love to know what it was that influenced them to write this song.

    skacore_dudeon September 10, 2005   Link
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    rieve makes an excellant point. This song does an excellant job putting you right on the mountain. very good song

    Blue_Carolinaon September 29, 2005   Link
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    I was sure i heard this on an all covers punk radio show, but i cant seem to find any original version. hmm.

    Mattermanon April 06, 2007   Link
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    Just when you think everything is fine, something gets fucked up and you're back to sqaure one again.

    chicklet1203on August 31, 2007   Link
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    I feel stupid for saying that before. XD

    Mattermanon September 28, 2007   Link
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    I think its about a person who thought they knew everything (I can see all), only to find out that they were all lies (It was all built on nothing). I dont know what it is that was all a lie that the band is singing of, perhaps a person or Girlfriend that betrayed them, or maybe a deeper connotation like theyre meaning of life.

    willstrife9fjgon May 26, 2009   Link
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    oh yeah, kudos chuckhoge ,think u got the main interpretation down

    willstrife9fjgon May 26, 2009   Link

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