Pressing on about our business
comfort is getting too expensive
hot shots for the pigeons with a death sentence
youre something like a pistol thats been polished bright
but if it never leaves the holster it can never save your life

[To be alone, to be alive]
i need a meaning i can get behind
a better message to subscribe to

set sun im an hour older
mile markers punctuate the shoulder
harboring delusions of grandeur
youre something like a canvas thats been stretched and primed
you could become something priceless or you could be a waste of time

i need a meaning i can get behind
a better message to subscribe to
this is the time to be alive
if you consider where complaining gets you
were living much too comfortably for me
keep drifting keep drifting aimless
stay with me and we'll stay busy on endless trips to anywhere to end up where we'll be


Lyrics submitted by SmallWorld

Delusions of Grandeur song meanings
Add your thoughts

10 Comments

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General Comment"To be alone to be alive."

    Nice song :)
    theTyranton April 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song just provokes emotion. the way it is sung clenches at your chest.
    circa_survive_greenon April 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThose lyrics are wrong.. It's "To be alone's to be alive." Jeez. This song is very well written. I especially like the line, "You're something like a canvas..." I enjoy the use of similes. :3
    SoldYourSoulon June 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes, these lyrics are awesome! I think it's obvious that this song is about the psychopathological condition called megalomania.. where you think you're really rich, powerful or even god.

    "i need a meaning i can get behind" reflects that, maybe that he is becoming or feeling obsessed and needs something good in his "real" life to not get completely taken away by this condition

    at least thats my feeling.. what do you think?
    anyway, fucking deep stuff!
    vikkoon June 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not understanding the reference to pigeons, but in general, this song is definatly deep. Full of emotion, its my favorite on the CD.
    I think its talking about the present situation in the world today, where there is a huge unfilled gap between comfortable living and poverty. Somone is either living at a fairly good quality of life and able to afford the extras they appreciate, or they are living in poverty and barely able to live day to day. "comfort is getting too expensive"
    Sometimes I wonder if the pigeons is referring to the general richer or more comfortable public, such as black suit workers and such. Or if it is the oppisite, someone who is living in the manner they choose which is often against society "hot shots for the pigeons with a death sentence". If anyone has any ideas on that, please add them.
    As for the chorus, it reminds me of feeling lost and alone and needing to find something that makes you feel every so slightly steady and alive again. But at the same time "To be alone is to be alive" reminds me of isolation and someone who's living in it appreciating their loneliness but unable to ever be comfortable or happy with it. It's like some peoples depression.
    "harbouring Delusions of Grandeur" I believe is someone who has bloated dreams, and is unable to make more realistic ones, possibly. They feel like all these huge things could happen, and when they don't they are so devasted and disapointed. Maybe due to this disapointment they live in isolation in hope that less of these exagerated dreams will become, and therefore less disapointment will result.
    Those are my guesses, some please do this song justice and explain it descriptively and well!
    - dancing_skies
    dancing_skieson November 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about a friend/love interest in someone that is not reaching their potential and it's driving them crazy. The writer wants to show them them a better world they deserve, but it's not working.
    gnome7997on January 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe doesn't feel alive around people, only when he is alone he feels alive, cuz he can divulge into his fantasies, and his expectations are so high that no one can satisfy him, so he never lets his guard down around people, never content. he's constantly disappointed in people around him so he's only alive when he's alone by himself.
    blc43519on March 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is about the difference between potential and what actually happens
    In this case probably emotional attachments to people
    "you could become something priceless or you could be a waste of time"
    He's pondering over whether it may be better to just be alone instead of risking it all in the hands of someone else
    "to be alone's to be alive"
    whatawaytogoouton October 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of their best.
    James Deanon November 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionPressing on about our business
    comfort is getting too expensive
    hot shots for the pigeons with a death sentence
    you're something like a pistol that's been polished bright
    but if it never leaves the holster, it can never save your life

    I need a meaning I can get behind
    [To be alone, to be alive]
    a better message to subscribe to

    set sun im an hour older
    mile markers punctuate the shoulder
    harboring delusions of grandeur
    you're something like a canvas that's been stretched and primed
    you could become something priceless or you could be a waste of time

    I need a meaning i can get behind
    [To be alone, to be alive]
    a better message to subscribe to

    this is the time to be alive
    [To be alone, to be alive]
    if you consider where complaining gets you
    [To be alone, to be alive]
    were living much too [were living much too] comfortably for me
    keep drifting keep drifting aimless
    stay with me [stay with me] and we'll stay busy [stay busy] on endless trips to anywhere to end up where we'll be

    I need a meaning i can get behind
    [To be alone, to be alive]
    a better message to subscribe to
    [To be alone, to be alive]
    This is the best time to be alive
    [To be alone, to be alive]
    If you consider where complaining gets you
    [To be alone, to be alive]
    Ligaron November 20, 2010   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain