Am I correct to defend the fist that holds this pen?
It's ink that lies, the pen, the page, the paper
I live, I learn you will always take what I have earned
And so aid my end while I believe I'm winning

Our friends speak out in our defense
Pay ten deaf ears for two months rent
We burn the gallows they erect
And cut the nooses they tie for our necks

You constantly make it impossible to make conversation
We're comatose but audible
But I liked it the farther I get out
We passed it off, but it's all on us
Well common conversation, it took everything I got
And I liked it the farther I get out

Once said always said
I will hold the past over your head
I'll speak my mind whenever I feel slighted
I am hellbent on extracting all of my revenge
So take heart, sweetheart
Or I will take it from you

I slip concealed back to the keep
Concede to do the work for free
We prey as wolves among the sheep
And slit the necks of soldiers while they sleep

You constantly make it impossible to make conversation
We're comatose but audible
And I liked it the farther I get out
We passed it off, but it's all on us
Well common conversation, it took everything I got
And I like it the farther I get out

You constantly make it impossible to make conversation
We're comatose but audible
And I liked it the farther I get out
We passed it off, but it's all on us
Well common conversation, it took everything I got
And I like it the farther I get out


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    General Comment"Am I correct to defend the fist that holds this pen?
    It's ink that lies, the pen, the page, the paper
    I live, I learn you will always take what I have earned
    And so aid my end while I believe I'm winning"

    It's him second-guessing himself about the lyrics he has written and the music he has made. People are bringing him down and making him question himself. Maybe bad reviews or something? Taking what he has earned could mean fans or money maybe, and whoever is doing this to him is helping him prepare for the end of his career when he feels like he is just getting started.

    "Our friends speak out in our defense
    Pay ten deaf ears for two months rent
    We burn the gallows they erect
    And cut the nooses they tie for our necks"

    The people at his record company, perhaps, speak out to the people refered in the first stanza and try to defend the band. They are defending them and everything but they know nothing that they are about. They are paying them to play music that they don't understand but as long as they are profiting from them, they don't care. Now the band is rebelling and "cutting the nooses" from them because they know that if they don't start taking control themselves, things are not going to go the way they would want. Selling out, commercializing, aka: Suicide to them.

    "You constantly make it impossible to make conversation
    We're comatose but audible
    But I liked it the farther I get out
    We passed it off, but it's all on us
    Well common conversation, it took everything I got
    And I liked it the farther I get out"

    It is so hard to get through to these people and they feel like they are comotose (unconscious) and everything is happening and they can't do anything about it, but they are being heard. The more they get out, the more shows they play, the more they are being heard by the right kind of people and the more that they like it.

    The rest of the song is mostly how they want to get back at the people that wouldn't listen to them, or wouldn't give them the time of day. People who let other people make their decisions for them (the soldiers).

    "Take heart, sweetheart.
    Or I will take it from you."

    Take heart in things, care about things, listen to things and devour things for your own enjoyment, not what everyone else wants you to do, or someone will take that away from you too.



    This is such an amazing song. I take it as a "That's not the last you are going to hear from us" kind of song and I think it gets that point across.

    That's just my take on it, I could be completely off.
    insult_to_injuryon January 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favourite Brand New song.
    Daniel726on February 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me, this song is about maybe someone who used to have a lot of close friends, but those relationships started to get more difficult to maintain. By the title, is it right for me to assume that the person speaking tried to kill themselves? Maybe failed and then everybody suddenly wants to be his friend again. To be honest, I was in that position myself and after it happened to me, I got an influx of people just wanting "to talk" and they were people who I had some kind of relationship in the past with, who didn't care about talking when we were friends. This song kinda illustrates the feelings I had about those people, trying to make conversation, but really the whole time you're wondering "what happened to us?"
    That's just what the song means to me.
    lanersthelionon April 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbrilliant

    brand new is awesome. cant wait till i see them july12
    suckr4aswttalkeron June 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song, like all of them, but what does it mean...to you anyways

    small correction in the first paragraph.."Hoping fast that my arrow hits the mark"

    my arrow, not the aloe
    junky_whino_creepon June 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentNICE
    brandnewtbson June 12, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthe new cd is so awesome...much better the yfw..though yfw was awesome
    Atreyu8604on June 13, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song isn't 'good to know...' it's 'flying at tree level (version 1.0)'
    rbon June 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsomeone needs to fix these songs...i cant find the lyrics for the songs i'm actually looking for...
    luckyduck70x7on June 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentOk get it straight people, apparently Good To Know.. and Flying At Tree Level are the same song. Until the two albums ( Deja Entendu & Beer: The Movie ) come out, we wont know for sure. They are not to be confused with Play Crack The Sky
    X38thCalumetXon June 17, 2003   Link

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