I was looking at the leaves climbing to the tops of the trees but you were nowhere to be found.
Just beneath all the green you were buried like a little seed among the roots and underground.
I was licking at the leaves, but I was in short sleeves and you, you were like some sickness that I caught.
My sweetheart moved away, swept off like garbage in the ally way and I need more grace than I thought.

Cus brother I'm far
Brother I'm far away
Brother, I'm far away from everything
Oh brother I'm far
Brother, I'm far away
Brother, I'm far away from everything good!

She's like a hot cloth on a fevered head and like a needle she leads me.
Well, I follow like thread.

Tie me up! Untie me! All this wishing I was dead is getting old.It's getting old.. it goes on but it's old.

I was swimming through the waves for must have been days but I could find no relief.
When I started sinking down I thought for certain I would drown until I saw you in the ocean underneath all the bright colored fish
Tell of a treasure in a dull shell.
"Such subtlety, so easily missed!"
You, my hidden pearl of pure and perfect love and I'm living example of 100% the opposite of this.
If I ask the same questions,
Well you say I ask the same questions
well maybe I repeat myself from time to time.
If I ask the same questions
And then I know I ask the same questions

But it's because everyone who answers me is a liar.

She's like a hot cloth on a fevered head and like a needle she leads me
(Well, I follow like a thread)
But you untie me - didn't you untie me, lord?
And now I haven't even thought about killing myself in almost five months.



Lyrics submitted by bullets2binary, edited by nazabene

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    General CommentI agree with the majority of what q.zus has to say, except for the fact that he feels the song is entirely about a girl. I see it more as him having this "addiction" to the girl that is bad for him, and finding a solution, hope, or answer in God.

    The bright colored fish are actually the girl that he can't take his eyes off of and wants so badly, and God is not as overtly attractive on the surface. To him, God and his faith are almost hidden in a dull, boring shell next to all the other sins and attractions of the world. Yet if he takes the time to open the shell and pursue religion, he finds a wonderful suprise, "You, my hidden pearl of pure and perfect love and I'm living example of 100% the opposite of this."

    And the line towards the end, "But you untie me - didn't you untie me, lord?" is basically him saying that God is what saved him from this woman, and other distractions in life. God untied him from all his misery and the thread that this woman lead him by and tied him up with.
    SickandTiredon January 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe "Tie me up! Untie me!" part reminds me of Odysseus and the Sirens: he told his crew to tie him up, so he may listen to their song, but not give into their beauty and drown himself. So does the song talks about being tempted and, though you have yourself tied up, you wish they would untie you.
    Edboyon December 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentUh, you put "licking at the leaves." Isn't it looking?
    Just making sure.
    knocloo27on June 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the religious side to people's views
    However, I also think this is a reference to the film "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!", check it out
    neonghostson September 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love the way he says "Tie me up! Untie me! All this wishing I was dead is getting old... it goes on but it's old."
    Darth_Squirrelon October 12, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about him having to overcome something and strugging with that...it's beautiful
    punkrockchick217on October 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful indeed.
    michrenbouon October 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHes strugglin with something in life. The emphasis is not that he overcame but that God pulled him out becuz he was unable to do it himself. "But you untie me - didn't you untie me, lord? And now I haven't even thought about killing myself in "almost five months."
    Heldupbygraceon October 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so rich in imagery. The images of trees and the leaves, the oceans and the waves and pearls and fish..you can tell those boys know thier poetry.
    amestheamazingon November 07, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti agree, i think it's great how he talks about faith so openly and yet can connect with atheists on such a great level at the same time. what i mean is despite being blatantly open about faith and having songs with this kind of meaning, it doesn't exclude anyone because the lyrics are quite open and based around imagery and landscape. amazing song, amazing band.
    Maggoton November 15, 2004   Link

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