January, 1979 saw a terrible crash and it couldn't help but laugh.
My ear pressed against the pass like a glass on a wall of a hospital photograph.
My forehead no longer sweet with holy kisses worthy of your fiery lips.
I was floating in a peaceful sea rescued by a sinking ship.

If I could become the servant of all, no lower place to fall. (I could be your servant)
If I could become the servant of all, no lower place to fall. (If I could be your servant)
If I could become the servant of all, no lower place to fall. (I could be your servant)
If I could become the servant of all, no lower place to fall. (If I could be your servant)

You watch me like a ten car highway wreck with a tact, bold or curiosity?
Us looking down on the tops of the hats of us passersby from your seventh floor balcony and grew such a height we missed creatures too small for sight.
Carry on over conversation as the misguided insects crown me their grasshopper king with a dance of celebration.

After years with their crown on my head, I'm rolling over in bed unconcerned and comfortably numb kept busy indulging in the pleasures of the wealthy.
Oh, someone make me afraid of what I've become.
At the first sign of possible sorrow I'll turn my heel and run.
Oh, I'll never learn.
My life's become the sugar I've borrowed before, time and again and forgot to return.

It was a matter of time, I always said I could see but now I'm going blind. (I could be your servant)
It was a matter of time, I always said I could see but now I'm going blind. (If I could be your servant)
It was a matter of time, I always said I could see but now I'm going blind. (I could be your servant)
It was a matter of miserable time but I heard somewhere, there was a cure for useless eyes. (If I could be your servant)


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    General Comment"January 1979" is a song themed around Aaron Weiss's failure as a human in life. He and former bassist, Daniel Pishock, were both born in January 1979. The "crash" Aaron explains refers to his birth. Aaron wrote this song discussing his frustration surrounding his "overfed, unconcerned, and comfortably numb" existence. Realizing his failure, he sings of becoming a servant of all, a reference to Matthew 23:11. Becoming the lowest would imply that there would no longer be any possibility of failing more. While he remarks that his eyes have become useless, the song ends with hope of a cure. His concept about grasshoppers may reference to Numbers 13:33, or Isaiah 40:22.

    - Wikipedia
    yams02on January 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFirst off...mewithoutYou=Amazing...music and lyrics.. Second..i think this song does have a lot to do with humility.
    "January 1979, saw a terrible crash
    And it couldn’t help but laugh" - I believe he is talking about his birth and how he was born with sin...but all he did was laugh it off...
    "My forehead no longer sweet
    With holy kisses worthy of your fiery lips
    I was floating in a peaceful sea
    Rescued by a sinking ship" - He had fallen away from God...he was living a peaceful sea...thought he was being rescued because life away from God looks good at first...but he was climbing aboard a sinking ship.
    Second verse is about him starting to think he can do things on his own and thinking too highly of himself that he missed the small things happening that were not good..
    proven_guitariston January 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt seems the first part is about being born:

    "My forehead no longer sweet
    With holy kisses worthy of your fiery lips
    I was floating in a peaceful sea
    Rescued by a sinking ship" - like how a child is born in a sinful world. i love that part 'i was floating in a peaceful sea' (in the womb you're still a child of God) 'rescued by a sinking ship' (being born in a sinful world.. from the moment we're born we start dying. sinking ship=evanescence?

    My 2 cents :)

    Also check out this interview with Aaron:


    L: Alright, first of all... I read in other interviews you’re 26 years old and you’re an aquarius; is January 1979 the month of your birth?

    A: Yeah, me and our old bass player Daniel, who just left the band.


    L: Yeah, I heard about that.

    A: Yeah, we were both born the same day, the same year, so I thought ‘I’ve got to write a song about it.’

    L: Alright, so that’s what the song’s about?

    A: Yeah, well, not just that. It starts out... the first verse is about being born but then it goes on from there. I don’t remember much about that day.

    Source:
    godcore.com/music/bands/…
    julykniveon January 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI was reading the first verse again and I remembered that in the bible, when Peter walks out to Jesus on water in the middle of the storm, hence "I was floating in a peaceful sea / Rescued by a sinking ship".
    Also, I think of the description of Jesus in the bible, and how awesome and fearsome He is, and that maybe Aaron feels guilty : "My forehead no longer sweet / With holy kisses worthy of your fiery lips". Maybe he feels guilty about something that happened in the past, that maybe he did something or something happened for him to feel guilty: "January 1979, saw a terrible crash / And it couldn�t help but laugh / My ear pressed against the past / Like a glass on a wall of a hospital photograph"

    But that's just my interpretation of only the first verse. I could be far from right. Lol =)
    sadXgreenXeyeson May 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentPeople of all 'religions' can enjoy this music, Hindus, Hare Krishnas, Buddhists, Mulims, Christians, Jews.
    Because God's truth isn't biased to any 'religion'.
    Religions are our material designations, similarly all religions act for the same thing: attaining love of God.
    sandihumeon October 25, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"I was floating in a peaceful sea
    Rescued by a sinking ship"

    This reminds me of a quote by Shane Claiborned from his book Irrisistable Revolution where he says something along the lines of.. 'I was comfortable until I found God.' and how God 'comforts the disturbed and disturbs the comfortable.'

    It's true though.. He comes in and completely turns everything in your life upside-down, but it's always ALWAYS for the better.
    PlaysPrettyforMeon April 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentStraight from Wikipedia: "January 1979" is a song themed around Aaron Weiss's failure as a human in life. He and former bassist, Daniel Pishock, were both born in January 1979. The "crash" Aaron explains refers to his birth. Aaron wrote this song discussing his frustration surrounding his "overfed, unconcerned, and comfortably numb" existence. Realizing his failure, he sings of becoming a servant of all, a reference to Matthew 23:11. Becoming the lowest would imply that there would no longer be any possibility of failing more. While he remarks that his eyes have become useless, the song ends with hope of a cure. His concept about grasshoppers may reference to Numbers 13:33, or Isaiah 40:22. The line "My ear pressed against the past / like a glass on the wall of a house in a photograph" closely resembles a line in Richard Brautigan's novel So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away.
    mroldan1993on April 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentOh, someone make me afraid of what I've become!

    this song is the rock.
    reviewon September 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commentmewithoutyou never ceases to amaze me.
    the lyrics represent an insect (or someone of a lower standard) turning into a king (or someone of a higher standard)..and he's afriad of this higher being that he's become...and he looks past what he used to be and the people that represent his past also. or at least thats what ive gathered.
    thegreatcreatoron September 26, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis is truly ana amazing song
    it combines everything you need in a song
    oh the whole album lives up to the amazement of this song as well
    the whole album is amazing
    go goet it october 5th
    and if your reading this and its past october 5th
    the go to best buy and buy it
    you will not regret
    chadeouson October 04, 2004   Link

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