"Steps Ascending" as written by and Geoffrey/keeley Rickly....
Steps ascend to a loaded gun.
The scent of matches hangs in the air
(A lit one flickers out in a heartbeat).
We don't want to see this:
A flash of light that's letting go
Of an empty bullet case,
By the time it hits the ground,
He's out of reach, (let go, let go)
Out of reach, (let go, let go)
Out of reach, (let go, let go)
Out of reach, (let go, let go)
Out of reach.

The wolves are closing in.
There's no room left to make amends but
Do you remember when we'd fly that kite so high?

All the time we've wasted,
Spent fighting
Will burn
In the fire our regrets
All the time we've wasted,
Spent fighting,
It's blood
And it's running down the stairs.

Freeze the frame
Between the gun shot and the hole it makes.
A spinning bullet hangs in the middle.
There's no way to stop it,
It will surely hit the mark.
You can try to understand
But I'm giving up,
Giving up,
Giving up.
The synapse fires,
It's right in time.
I'm giving up, (giving up)
Giving up, (giving up)
Giving up.
This should always stay out of reach,
Out of reach, (let go, let go)
Out of reach, (let go, let go)
Out of reach, (let go, let go)
Out of reach, (let go, let go).

The wolves are closing in.
There's no room left to make amends but
Do you remember when we'd fly that kite so high?

All the time we've wasted,
Spent fighting
Will burn
In the fire our regrets
All the time we've wasted,
Spent fighting,
It's blood,
It's running down the stairs.

I ran down the stairs and into the garden,
Put both my hands into the soil.
In the spring, you will bloom,
Like her heart, through the blouse, in the back of the ambulance,
As it turned and turned down the streets
(One more turn, won't you come back to me?)
As it turned its red lights,
You were turning into red roses,
Red roses,
Red roses,
Red roses,
I'm not giving up.


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    General CommentThis song is about when Geoff had a fist fight with one of his best friends, and he got so mad at him that he didn't speak to him, and a year later he was shot and killed, and Geoff never got to say goodbye. This was his way of doing it.
    poetictragedy5on April 11, 2004   Link
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    General Commentlife in general?how it can goe so quick if you let it just pass you by? well anyway THURSDAY are amazing, seeing them again in may, LONDON ASTORIA, its gonaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa RULE! Geoffs Voice is soooooo good, i got the thursday dove tattooed on my arm! check out my band, thelongtimepromise.8k.com

    Grehg
    Greg_mileson April 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHeh sorry to correct alot, but:
    A LIT ONE flickers out in a heartbeat.

    Theres no room left to make amends BUT

    Will burn in the fire OF our regrets. all the time we've wasted... (theres an extra all the time in there)

    A spinning bullet HANGS in the middle

    As it turned and it turned down the street, one more turn wont you come back to me?

    Anyways... definitely my favourite song from war all the time, and poetics right, but it can still have lots of other implications to different people. Fight with a lover, fleeting life to greg, etc.
    MCThursdayon April 15, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyep poetictragedy5...you are correct. Geoff said it at a show in texas awhile back. REALLY awesome song. a very talented bunch of guys and since drums, bass, and guitars are not my forte i'll have to say that Geoff has an amazing voice. Even in acousic Thurdsay stuff he still sounds really great. Melodic, passionate, powerful whether he's singing or screaming. This band is amazing...espcially live...go see them
    punkrockchick217on April 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIf it's the same show I'm thinking of, yeah, I "aquired" it from some legal internet download thing....
    yes...
    *runs*
    poetictragedy5on April 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentahhh I love thursday. & I love this song. I especially love the last part. Geoff has a very unique sense of writing style, and it's one of the reasons I love Thursday so much.
    Thursdayloveon April 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe part at the end that begins with I ran down the stair...... always gives me chills I am an avid Thursday fan and this is one of my favourites.
    x2stpsfrmnowhereon April 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentACTUALLY.. geoff made it all clear in an interview.. This song is when he got in a fist fight with one of his friends.. then he went on vacation before they made up.. while he was on vacation his friend and another kid were playing with a gun and it went off and killed the kid he got in the fist fight with. They used to play in the kid's attic and geoff said that for years he would have dreams of him running downstairs(steps ascending) from the attic and trying to save his friend.
    chihuahuaon July 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commentomg this song is so beautiful... my favorite part by far is towards the middle-end of the song where everything stops and it's a quiet little tune and then he sings really softly... it sounds something like this:

    "here i... go... to him
    here i... go... to him airily???" does anyone know what he says? it keeps repeating in the background when the chorus joins in almost all the way to the end of the song.
    iappreciatebrandnewon September 20, 2004   Link
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    General Comment'Theres no room left to make ammends by'.
    thats such a powerful line and i think this one line makes this song what it is.
    This song reminds me to never let the sun go down on my anger.
    If i get in any form of argument, i make ammends right away.
    straton September 24, 2004   Link

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