We drank bottled water together and talked business,
I think I played the right moves. You were looking over
my shoulder , as I went through the motions of another
night. And it is was alright, because I thought I knew
who everybody was just by looking at them. My heart
is anywhere but here and how tired I was from the
past couple of weeks, from the past couple of years,
well it hit me all at once. On a balcony overlooking
nothing, with snow falling all around, I called just to
say good night. And you hadn't done anything wrong,
really, it's me not you. I Can't believe how naive I was
to think things could ever be so simple. And can you
live with what you know about yourself, when you're
all alone, behind closed doors, the things we never
said but we always knew were right there. It's got me
on my knees in a bathroom, praying to a god that I
don't even believe in, "Dear Jesus... are you listening?"
If this is the one chance that really matters, don't let
me fuck this up. If you had told me about all this when
I was fifteen, I never would have believed it.


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Tonight We're Gonna Give It 35% song meanings
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    General CommentI get the chills everytime the solo kicks in after Tom screams out "Don't let me fuck this up!" There's so much passion behind it. Something you don't get with any other band. Very unique.

    Anyway, I was a bit unclear about the song meaning, but all I had to do was take one look at the title to clarify my interpretation.

    "Tonight We're Gonna give it 35%"...This obviously refers to someone getting tired of the music and touring gig. Someone who's been emotionally ravaged by being separated from their family and friends for months straight. "My heart...is anywhere but here."

    "And how tired I was from the past couple of weeks,
    From the past couple of years,
    Well it hit me all at once. "

    I think this refers to the same thing, once again. Growing tired of the monotony of playing music to people who aren't necessarily getting what you're saying.

    "And can you live with what you know about yourself,
    When you're all alone, behind closed doors,
    The things we never said but we always knew were right there. "

    This was the only lyric that I didn't have a clear grip on before. But I think it refers in a way to the loneliness once again of being on the road. And the last line of it I think refers to not realizing how much you miss someone or something until you're separated from it. "The things we never said." Things like "I love you." perhaps? Who knows. It's Against Me! after all.

    "It's got me on my knees in a bathroom,
    Praying to a god that I don't even believe in,
    "Dear Jesus...are you listening?"
    If this is the one chance that really matters,
    Don't let me fuck this up!"

    Hrm. This connects back to the first lyric, oddly enough. The first lyric seems to mention talking 'business' and having 'water together'. Something possibly about Against Me!'s chance at something or other. It could be attention. It could be absolutely nothing. But apparently, they don't want to screw it up. It's kinda like unlike other bands out there, Against Me! throws everything they've got into every single show they play.
    Egalitarian.on March 12, 2005   Link

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