"I Don't Need a Soul" as written by and Thiessen....
I listen to the sirens as they sing me back to sleep
I pray that no one's seriously hurt
It feels like everything is dying at the pivot point of me
I listen to the sirens tell me things could still be worse

'Cause if you close your eyes and listen close
You can hear the chapter close
And its all rebound in better clothes
And you like the way this story goes
'Cause the sun still burns the shadows out
And there's nothing to complain about now

'Cause if this was our destiny I'd treasure the fact
And I'd give you whats left of me if I'd held back

But I don't need a soul
No I don't need a soul to hold
Without you I'm still whole
You and life remain beautiful

Departing from the hospital
Ill news shows on your face too well
You're trying not to cough at all it hurts
All options are exhausted all your numbered days are numbered small
I miss you now
I loved you
And I know things could still be worse

Lyrics submitted by __edel__, edited by Skoobasteve24

"I Don't Need a Soul" as written by Matthew Thiessen

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    Song MeaningI was actually at a Relient K concert last night and Matt Thiessen said that this song was about how he always thought he needed a girlfriend and basically now he knows he doesn't need one to make him happy.
    smacherzon September 19, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song makes me think the whole album is not about your traditional break-up, but about separation and death. Here are the give-away lines:
    "Departing from the hospital / The news shows on your face too well /Trying not to cough at all, it hurts
    All options are exhausted all / The numbered days are numbered small"
    The sirens remind the writer that his loved one could have died already. He can't stand the thought of leaving her, so he tries to harden himself to the inevitable tragedy. He doesn't need a soul. He will have to be able to live without her. He will always remember her ("you and life remain beautiful").
    Jamnasticon October 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOkay, this song was from their West Coast tour. So the lyrics may not be completely accurate, but I will change them when I get more official ones if they're not.
    Anyway. This song is amazing, but I'm not good with trying to decipher the lyrics xD
    __edel__on June 04, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationOkay, so I updated the lyrics. :)
    This song is about his ex-fiance, as are most of the songs. Basically, he's saying that it's the end, as evidenced by the "you can hear the chapter close." The closing chapter means that it's the end of him and her. But he's also saying that he doesn't have anything to complain about, because each day is a new day ("the sun still burns the shadows out").
    He also says he can still live life without her, although he wishes she was still there ("You and life remain beautiful"). But he realizes things could be a lot worse, like he could be the ones the sirens are rushing for, etc.
    Just what I think.
    __edel__on October 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think of the death of his father, actually.. trying not to cough at all, it hurts.. he died of lung cancer (think of the song deathbed). I think that he was thinking of his ex and his father, and yeah, I agree with jamnastic, death and separation in general. Good song.
    rachellelaneaon October 12, 2009   Link
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    General Commentrachellelanea read this Comment by Matt about the song Deathbed "I started the song with the chorus, the very first part of the song, the "I could smell the death on the sheets" sorta thing. I don't know how that came about, I was just kinda goofing around on the piano one night. And so then I was like, "Where should I go with this? I kind of like it." And I was thinking about writing a song about myself - imagining myself dying. At that point, it wasn't cancer or anything, I was like, "Maybe I'll go through my life and imagine everything," but then I thought, "Y'know, that's kind of weird and it might not be good." So I started making up this fictitious character and that was really fun. I just started having a lot of fun with it. I thought "This'll be cool!" and I'll go through his life and whatnot. And certain parts of this guy's life, I based off family or friends that I knew. Like he ended up getting married on his twenty-first birthday, well my brother got married on his twentieth birthday. And he got divorced, and my brother got divorced. My brother-in-law, his previous marriage ended up getting divorced and he joined a bowling league and bowled seriously every day of the week and ended up bowling two to three hundred games. And that is how he dealt with his divorce and stuff. So it was just a lot of different little things like that. Actually, I had two or three people tell me already that the song is their grandfather to a "T." My old roommate, he's been on our third record and did our hidden track with me, I played him the song - see, I always play him our stuff and he doesn't really like our music, I just wanted to play him that song - and his grandpa died a week before and he was a preacher's son and there are all these coincidences with it, it was really weird. He was like, "Dude, that's crazy! I didn't tell you my grandpa died!" I had no idea.
    cheeseninjaon October 12, 2009   Link
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    General Commentso its not about his dad cuz his dad left him
    cheeseninjaon October 12, 2009   Link
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    General Commenthey, thanks.. i was secretly waiting on a reply to my post for some further leads on my thoughts :P
    rachellelaneaon October 12, 2009   Link
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    General Commentand thanks so much for not being rude and making me feel like an idiot haha :)
    rachellelaneaon October 12, 2009   Link
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    General Commentsorry if i did sound rude it just bugs me when people think deathbed was about him or his dad.i was wrong about his dad leaving him.his parents divorced when he was 6
    cheeseninjaon October 13, 2009   Link

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