Well there's something that I really
Need to say
Have you ever wondered why the
Truth is hard to say
Why must it be this way

A broken deal
And now it's time to pay
Trying hard to understand
What happened yesterday
But it's the game we play

I see the red light signal
Calling me home the red lights are
See the red light and they're
Calling me home

The powers above us
Show that you love us
Don't take me away

In the end it's just another day
And there's no explanation
Or a plan that you can make
And you can't hide away

Well you can try and plan
Tomorrow's news today
But everything that you want
Is not gonna go your way
The end isn't far away

Lyrics submitted by OmegaTLE

"In the End" as written by Christopher John Cheney

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Commentdammit, no comments, this song rocks.
    yes, anyway. i think its about how you can't plan things that are going to happen and you can't change the past so you just have to live day by day and take things as they come and take responsibility for what you do...
    or not..i dunno
    ninjamonkeyson April 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTHANK YOU NINJAMONKEYS! i was thinking the same thing, 'where's all the comments?' I expected TLE to get thousands of them! One of my favourite all time bands, as soon as i got the the 'TLE' page, i went to find this song coz to put it simply, like all their work, it fucking rocks, but i just love it so much! Well, i agree with you, that's what i've always thought the song to be about. I thought along the lines of the same thing, you can't plan your actions and what each day will bring, so you have to suck it in. 'In the end, you can't hide away' kind of means, at the end of the day, you have to fess up to your actions, and that you can't hide from the 'bad days' in our lives, forever coz their still gonna be their anyway: "in the end it's just another day" that's what i thought, i don't know if i'm right/wrong, but thats my two cents.
    CoinXOperatedXGirlon March 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song rocks
    SyroVisionon March 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the lack of comments on here, is that not alot of Aussies know about this site... spread the word!
    SyroVisionon March 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthaha, I'm an American and proud to say one of my favourite bands are The Living End...Austrailia doesn't have TLE alllllllll to themselves :)

    This song,lately, has been on repeat on my stereo...I think the meaning has already been said well by ninjamonkeys and CoinXOperatedXGirl .
    Androidkerplunkon July 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah agreed with Andro. Love the song and the harmonics especially the intro:) Well guys im an aussie and just found this site!ill pass the word around...I love living end - there one of the best bands in the world...and im proud that they came from aus! Rock on
    sickosampsonon August 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentim aussie too, and i love this site! and the living end!!
    pbc_girlon November 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all i would like to say that I am from Canada and I like this band a lot. A friend of mine recommended them to me a few years ago after she found them on myspace. I don't know anyone else who has heard of this band though. I doubt they get played on the radio here at all. I don't think the problem is Australians not knowing about this site, what we should focus on is letting the world know about The Living End.

    Now, I think that the other comments here have a pretty good general idea of what the song is about. If i were to sum up this song i'd say that it is about dealing with life and how confusing ("trying hard to understand what happened yesterday")and frustrating ("have you ever wondered why the truth is hard to say? why must it be this way?")it can be sometimes and how sometimes there is just no avoiding the crap that comes at you ("there's no explanation or a plan that you can make and you can't hide away") and you aren't always going to get what you want ("but everything that you want is not gonna go your way")but in the end that's just life and you need to deal with it.

    that is what the general concept of the song is but as a songwriter i know that many songs are often about something specific and then generalized to make them more relatable to the audience. If i had to take a stab at what this song is really about i'd have to say it's about job layoffs or getting fired from a job over some sort of misunderstanding or something that wasn't your fault in a "shit happens" sort of way. I say this because the part that says "powers above us show that you love us don't take me away" would probably be viewed by many as some sort of religious appeal to god to not make you die for your sins or something. but judging by songs like "how do we know" and "raise the alarm" this doesn't seem to be the type of band who would write about something like that. other possible "powers" that the song writer could be referring to is the government or the higher ups in a company and since this band has a lot of songs about work ("long live the weekend", "roll on", "i want a day") i'm guessing it could be about working in a place and knowing that you won't be working there much longer and it's not going to be your choice or just finding out that you lost your job. it could all fit if you look at each verse:

    verse 1 - about how companies will often lie about layoffs coming and then suddenly roll out the guillotine and cut 50 people at a time and how sometimes the reasons for the layoffs can be corrupt. for instance, they say they are losing money when really the people in charge are pocketing it all.

    verse 2 - the part about broken deals could be referring to the contract signed at the beginning of employment and now they're breaking the deal and giving you a package to compensate.

    verse 3 and 4 - about how you couldn't really do anything to avoid it and it's not what you wanted but that's just how it is sometimes.

    anyways. i'm not saying that's what the song is about it's just a possibility. it could just be about the general meaning described earlier or it could have a deeper meaning. there are a lot of songs out there that are about death or breaking up that are based on events where no one died and no one broke up.

    crowmisfitson January 04, 2010   Link
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    My Opinionto me, this song means that you should never think that a certain thing should never make you regret things. no matter how big the problem is or how long it will take, in the end everything will always work out. words to live by :P
    Spronkson December 17, 2009   Link

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