The second great depression
Lasted longer than I figured
It stuck around and lingered
Surrounded me and conquered

The second great depression
Left me cold and withered
In your eyes I see it mirrored
I can't believe I let it happen

I thought about it a million times
When you maintained nothing but smile
Remember all those days
I thought about it a million times
When you maintained nothing but smile
When forgiveness was the best
Just forget about the rest

The second great depression
I've tried so hard to shake it
Collapse or come together
What happened to forever?

The second great depression (The second great depression)
Lasted longer than I figured (Lasted longer than I figured)
It stuck around and lingered (It stuck around and lingered)
Divided me and conquered

[Chorus x2]

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    General Comment

    It's "When you and me did nothing but smile", actually.

    To me, this is about Richey; about the depression that he and all of them went through, and the fact that they thought it would blow over - but it didn't - "I can't believe I let it happen". It's about thinking of when they were young and happy, and how it all changed.

    boredombredbrickson May 28, 2008   Link
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    General Comment

    To me, it's when you have split up with someone who really mattered, which is the first depression, and then, on reflection, you could see the futility in her eyes long before you parted, and it taints the memory you did have...makes a lot of sense right now...

    redduke748on August 30, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    When you maintained nothing but smile

    adiaeon January 24, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretation

    I feel this song is about the second great economic depression i.e. the one we're about to go through (or possibly already are).

    The song was obviously written before the start of the recession in 2008 but maybe the manics had forseen that something pretty big was going to happen.

    "Lasted longer than I figured" - People don't realise that the economy is far from recovering and there is worse to come.

    "Left me cold and withered" - Not enough money to keep warm and fed.

    "I can't believe I let it happen" - We can do something about it; NOT Government, NOT Politicians, NOT Banks, but people/us.

    "I thought about it a million times" - Million, big number, reference to money.

    "When you maintained nothing but smile" - I think possibly a reference to government, media, banks where I think they're smiling and saying everything is fine nothing to worry about but behind the scenes it's all going tits and they're happy for this as they are making a killing out of it.

    "Collapse or come together" - If we pull together, support local businesses, reject the corrupt government and large international fraudulent banks/banksters then we will come through the other side, otherwise we are headed for major collapse.

    Well that's just my take on it! ;)

    ScuttleMonkeyon November 23, 2010   Link

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