Oh how easily they forget no anchor to the past
Cut the blood supply and hope the heart beats itself to death
My ribcage is now my own, still feels like your arms net clothed in salt
How'd I let it go this far?
It happens faster than you could ever think
From always and forever to never again in less than a blink
The river runs until it's dry
But I die spittin' my last drip into it's mouth to keep it alive
Long drives, wide eyes, and your smilin' face
You dance I drink, let's waste the night away
They say you always know right away
But you can't foresee the sand being pulled into the sea under a tidal wave
Secrets sneak out when you're asleep
Comin' from a queen's mouth, talk isn't all that cheap
I'm now a lone flame searching for a purpose
Setting fires everywhere I go, can't avoid the burns
We share pain
You took me by the throat and made me understand the world as if I were you and I couldn't breathe
And you can lead a horse to fresh water but you can't teach it how to be okay when you decide to leave
I'm lost, there's no one to protect
I got so used to bein' sheltered from the rain that always followed you
It's not my first time, actually it's nothin' new
But that doesn't make it any easier to get through
The snow won't melt, smoke won't clear
Turned hope inside out a thousand times tryin' to see if it was ever anything more than dressed up fear,
But the two go hand in hand you can't have one without the other bein' there
I'm barely breathin' waitin for these screams to end
Beggin' a god I don't believe in to let me sleep so I can dream again
We went through thick and thin
Came out separate on the other end
But please know no matter what you'll always have me as a friend

And I finally know
Your crime is your pride and your past is my only dose
I'm goin' crazy outa my control
But there's nothin' I can do, I have no choice but to let it go
Each day gets a little less intense
No longer feel like the skins standin' on my chest
You made me more me, and I won't forget the times you helped my find my feet
When I was buried in my head
Thank you, for givin' what you had to give
Takin' what you had to take,
And makin' me believe in you.
Even though I might be gone forever there will always be a place in my brain that'll think of you.
You look so graceful when you're flyin'
Keep goin', there's a lot of world that you haven't seen,
You have my best wishes, even if only in silence, you deserve everything that you've ever dreamed.
The snow melted right when the smoke cleared,
I turned love inside out a thousand times tryin' to see if it was ever anything more than the will to persevere,
but the two go hand in hand, the clouds surrounding you eventually will clear.
I can breathe I found contentment in the end,
Tellin' a god I don't believe in to go to sleep so I can think again.
We went through thick and thin,
Came out separate on the other end,
But please know no matter what you'll always have me as a friend.

Lyrics submitted by conoroberst123

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    General CommentIt's a shame I didn't find these guys earlier, but I found this song exactly when I needed it.
    YouJustLostTheGameon April 15, 2011   Link
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    My Opinioncan't even begin to say or describe how this song just made me feel! but the only thing I can say is it definitely opened my eyes in a way, and made me realize that i'm not alone with my bizzare thoughts and feelings. I've been asked once, why don't I ever hate the people that have hurt me the most and I never answer because I can't describe it I just keep it all in me, and in truth the only reason I feel like I could never describe what i've felt is because I myself didn't even know. Until I heard this song, it helped me have more understanding to what I think and feel! that.. even though someone has hurt me so much, I swallow all my pride and secretly thank them for teaching me a lesson, that I would never think the way I do today if I never have met them! I am a person that THINKS too much and appreciates my mind and experiences, and anyone that enters my life will always have value, because they helped me learn and grow..even if they've hurt me, I still find it in myself to say to myself, "no matter how much you've hurt me, I still can be your friend"..I love eyedea and abilities! RIP eyedea, he really was a fucking genius!
    BriGetteizmeon February 27, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIts about losing somebody that you were/are infatuated with. At first your sad/angry/pissed off but then you realize how grateful you were that this person entered your life, even if they tore your heart out of your chest. Its about swallowing you pride/taking the higher road and wishing that person well. Even though she really fu**** him up, he still loves her and just wants her to be happy.

    I really like this album. Wish someone would post lyrics to the rest. E&A fans should check out the group Face Candy. It has one of the guys from E&A

    knocoutnedon August 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpersonal favorite on the new CD, really powerful song I love it
    conoroberst123on July 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcorrection: "I'm barely breathin' waitin for this ???? to end,"
    should be:
    "I'm barely breathin' waiting for these screams to end."

    I agree with conoroberst123.. this song is the most powerful song on the album and it showcases that eyedea still has it lyrically. The way he compares hope to fear and love to the will to persevere is sick.
    kaushil11on July 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentline correction

    "My ribcage is now my own, still feels like your arms net clothed in salt"
    DaxFlowLyfeon August 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is honestly one of the most intense songs i've ever heard in my life for some reason.
    dustingardenhireon January 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's "My ribcage is now my own, still feels like your arms, NECK clothed in salt"
    not net.
    cris__on October 21, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionMan, this song is amazing. It's so passionate and slowly devolves into something frantic.

    "You can lead a horse to fresh water, but you can't teach it how to be okay when you decide to leave."

    I'm sure this song applies to hip-hop fans and how they feel about Eyedea now that he's gone. Rest in peace.
    jkphilosopheon January 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI actually think this song is what most of the album is about. Firstly just the crappyness of social and internal life. And secondly i think this song and the first song on the album are about the same person. I.E. Eyedea was romantically involved with this girl and she ended up dead.
    Incessanton July 10, 2011   Link

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