"All At Once (Bombastic Version)" as written by and Mikel Jollett....
We were born without time
Nameless in the arms of a mother, a father and a God
When the world waits for us a thousand years in the crush
Of our eyes fearless in awe
Quietly we'd fade in to sleep
With nothing on our minds

Then we love to be loved
In the rush we become
Some things we thought we'd never be
We were surprised by our how hard
Left weary and scared
By the nights, spent feeling incomplete
And all those evenings swearing at the sky
Wishing for one more time
All the promises we broke when we tried
Just wasting all our time

We get old all at once
And it comes like a punch
In the gut, in the back, in the face
When it seems someones lied
And our parents have died
Then we hold to each other in their place
And I feel the water rising around us
Maybe that's okay
Yeah I feel the world changing, all at once
I guess it will be okay

When we all had one hope
There was someone looking down
To return our bodies to each other
And the ground

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"All At Once" as written by Mikel Frans Jollett

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    My InterpretationAbout growing older and the fear and powerlessness of not being young and unstoppable anymore.
    Smokleron April 28, 2011   Link
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    General Commentinnocence, pt. 2?
    tinto1123on May 10, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningIt's about how when something bad happen's in your life, more bad stuff follows after.
    chibikoion June 25, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is an excerpt from an interview with Mikel Jollett to Spinner UK:

    Mortality and sudden changes in life inform much of Los Angeles indie rock group The Airborne Toxic Event's second album and the title track finds frontman Mikel Jollett singing about how "our parents have died, and we hold on to each other in their place." He explained to Spinner UK why he titled the album after this track: "A lot of the songs seem to be centering around the theme of how quickly life turns on these events that happen. There's this idea of evolution and incremental change, but for the most part, we really have this punctuated equilibrium. You have your life and then some event happens to you and it changes you in some important way.

    I had a lot of family members pass away in the past couple years, since the last record came about: three grandparents, plus my uncle. You start to see your life from a long view and some of the things that maybe seemed really important before don't seem quite as important, and some of the things that you didn't think were as important seem way more important. The birth of a child, the death of a parent, the financial meltdown - it changes things very, very quickly. Suddenly everything is different. A lot of the songs are dealing with that theme in different ways. So, we figured it made sense to call the record that."
    FloridaGuyon October 10, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningI actually had a conversation with Mikel about the meaning of this song. It means an unspeakable amount to me and I needed to know the story behind it. He said that their last tour (debut album) had a huge impact on the band and him specifically. As they traveled and met so many different people with so many different stories, it soon became apparent to them that although we're all different and face different stuggles in our lives, we're all together and connected. We're all human and we're all one.
    megg802on December 29, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningA truely complete piece of art. Can't get enough of this band and this song! I wrote a thought out explination of some of the lyrics on my blog. Check it out and tell me what you think! stagedivereviews.blogspot.com thanks!
    joewill426on May 29, 2012   Link

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