A quote from Chevelle Drummer Sam Loeffler during an interview with radio station KNAC on February 21, 2005:...
Gave in again
The bastard
Can't keep refusing rights
So he'll loan the cash
But the sin
Is on the hands of you

So to care or
Plead silence, weak hands are calling

There's close enough
And there's too far
It won't change an empty stare
But I can't seem to end
These images
Hauntingly looks like hell

So to care or
Plead silence, weak hands are calling

Come, enter the foreign.
Face, all that's shameful.
Cheat, may the past find
Out, separating

So to care or
Plead silence, weak hands are calling


Lyrics submitted by pearljam79, edited by Tearadon

"Panic Prone" as written by Peter Loeffler Joseph Loeffler

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  • +4
    General CommentI feel this song is about being an enabler. It can be to an addiction, and abusive relationship, to your own personal demons, what have you. In any case, you are faced with the decision to care, which requires strength and entails a lot of emotional pain as you head down the path of rightousness. Your other choice is to plead silence, the weaker choice of accepting the status quo and doing nothing at the cost of happiness.

    Some corrections. Trust me on these:

    Can keep refusing right -----> Can't keep refusing rights.
    Weekends are calling --------> Weak hands are calling.
    (Fate)-----------------------> (Face)

    Great song, and sentimentally powerful. One of my favs to sing at karaoke.
    KingDon March 01, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about some who has a friend who's on drugs and he's in trouble but he doesn't realize it. "gave in again, the bastard" he gave in to drugs again "can't keep refusing rights" he will never stop uding drugs "so he'll loan the cash" he'll say sorry and he'll promise not to do it again "but the sin is on the hands of you" you can do something about it "so to care or plead silence weak hands are calling" are you gonna do something or try to ignore it "i can't seem end these images, hauntingly looks like hell" you can't stop thinking about how your friend is on drugs "to end this catastrophic scene" to end the sad scene of how your friend is on drugs "awake and breathe in" this is all real its not just some dream that you hope to wake from. This is my opinion of the song it could mean anything. i just wanted to give my opinion
    Themuse97on March 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSorry guys.......the line should say

    He'll LOAN the cash

    and

    To care or
    Plead silence
    WEAK HANDS are calling
    pearljam79on September 22, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsure....not a problem.
    read this paragraph from an interview with Chevelle during their first cd.
    Criticized by conservatives, embraced by many Christians, and supported by rock enthusiasts in all walks of life, there probably isn't a band more entrenched in the "are they/aren't they?" debate than Chevelle. Given the "Christian band" label the moment their Squint Entertainment debut Point #1 hit store shelves, the band of brothers acquired the title by default, not necessarily because they wanted to. "It's something that's probably going to follow us around forever and that's fine," drummer Sam Loeffler once told Entertainment Insiders. "It's pretty simple. We originally signed with a record company that was backed by Word [Records], so the record was in Christian bookstores. It was really an accidental thing."
    heres the interview if you want a better look:
    christianitytoday.com/music/glimpses/2004/…
    ;)
    whiteouton November 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow.. reading about all the religious meaning this song might have sort of sucked the greatness out of it. Damnit.
    Fa11enGrace14on July 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song Is about those children we see on T.V. all the time and people are trying to get us to send In money to help them out. This could explain the "bastard". This Is part of an interview with Sam that explains It.

    "KNAC.COM: I wanted to ask you about “Panic Prone.”
    LOEFFLER: “Panic Prone” is an interesting song because I’ve just recently learned what it’s about. Pete was watching television and one of those commercials came on, ‘Save the Children’ commercials. That song is about making a decision whether you’re going to sit on your couch and watch this happen or you’re going to stand up and do something about it. That song isn’t about if you should or shouldn’t do it, its’ just about – Are you going to do it? Is this my problem? I was really surprised that it was about that. I think one of the lines is actually about one of our friend’s falling off the wagon, too. I think the first line might be about that."
    QBlue_12on August 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentChevelle was NEVER a CHristian band. They were labled as that...and tried to distance themselvesfrom it from the start. Because someones songs refer to spirituality and a higher power doesnt mean they are Christian. But you CHristians would love if a band as bad ass as Chevelle backed you. ;-) SO I can see what you said this. And Kruzen you dumb shit I can explain why they are signed to the label. Because when youre nobody as a band and ANYONE asks to sign you you dont say no. Can YOU tell while this quote was posted in 2004 it is irrelevant because they had already signed to Epic. Fuck...think before speaking...but since youre a busted fucking condom read a book.
    bluboy31on October 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song means this as many may disagree but this is actual fact:

    When we sit in front of a TV and one of those "help the children" commercials come on. We all do it...we sit there thinking should we call in and help? To end the catastrophic Scene that is unfolding in front of our eyes? The song is not about whether or not you should or should not do it, it is about the deliberation of sitting there taking no action or to actually say f'it Im going to do somethin this time no more waiting for the next opportunity. "These images hauntingly look like hell" and should we "loan the cash" but the sin's on the hands of you. Its all there, read it with this in mind as being the meaning. It makes perfect sense.
    rjbella11on October 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionThere's close enough
    And there's too far
    It won't change an empty stair

    Correction: There's close enough
    And there's too far
    It won't change an empty stare
    Killerhhr1on March 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationHeck, I'm about 13 years late. But whatevs.

    This song is about the redundancy of saying you're going to do something.

    I think Pete even said that the song wasn't about a should or shouldn't, it was about a would or wouldn't. Like, if you want to change something, are you going to? Or are you NOT going to?

    No one ever thinks much on this, at least, I haven't.

    I think the lyrics shed a much brighter light on a darker issue. The fact that most of us complain about changes that should be made. We just don't end up DOING anything about it. That's the deeper chasm of reality we haven't quite explored, yet.

    #NewYearNewMe

    Nah, jk, don't do hashtags. Too mainstream. XD
    Paydson January 09, 2018   Link

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