"The President" as written by and Gary Lightbody Garret Jacknife Lee....
I've run to ground
I've run from everyone that I have ever known
I'm aching cold
I'm aching from the bones the very blood of me

And it's broke before you know it
Before you knew what it was for
All you know is you can't fix it
And you wish you'd listened more
To your instincts to your family
To the wisdom you'd ignored
Are you finally gonna ask us for help?

I've crashed to earth
But I'd fallen for so long that it was just relief
I saw your face
In everyone that looked me in my drunken eyes

And it's broke before you know it
Before you knew what it was for
All you know is you can't fix it
And you wish you'd listened more
To your instincts to your family
To the wisdom you'd ignored
When you finally gonna ask us for help?

I can see you at the front gate
As you wait on my return
The years have blurred to eons
But the tears have never dried
But I'm not coming to you like this
So battered down and sad
I will take the road forgotten, again


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"The President" as written by Gary Lightbody Garret Jacknife Lee

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    General Commenti think this is song writing genius from gary again one of the finest song writers of our generation also a great song
    Craigb87on November 19, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI've run to ground
    I've run from everyone that I have ever known
    I'm aching cold
    I'm aching from the bones the very blood of me


    [the drum beat picks up through the first chorus like a heartbeat, it would make sense that "it" refers to a heart...]
    "And it's broke before you know it
    Before you knew what it was for
    All you know is you can't fix it"

    And you wish you'd listened more
    To your instincts to your family
    To the wisdom you'd ignored
    Are you finally gonna ask us for help?
    [It seems almost as if the song is narrated from a split perspective, verses being one person
    and the chorus being the person or people reaching out to them]

    I've crashed to earth
    But I'd fallen for so long that it was just relief
    I saw your face
    In everyone that looked me in my drunken eyes
    [what a wonderful few lines...]


    I feel like it's about someone who has gone astray or down the right path and is trying to find a way to get back to their old life. In the verses you have them narrating, and in the chorus their friends and family calling them back home.
    Anyways I have had this song on repeat constantly... beautiful songwriting and lyrics.
    :B
    rowanbearon December 31, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI've run to ground
    I've run from everyone that I have ever known
    I'm aching cold
    I'm aching from the bones the very blood of me


    [the drum beat picks up through the first chorus like a heartbeat, it would make sense that "it" refers to a heart...]
    "And it's broke before you know it
    Before you knew what it was for
    All you know is you can't fix it"

    And you wish you'd listened more
    To your instincts to your family
    To the wisdom you'd ignored
    Are you finally gonna ask us for help?
    [It seems almost as if the song is narrated from a split perspective, verses being one person
    and the chorus being the person or people reaching out to them]

    I've crashed to earth
    But I'd fallen for so long that it was just relief
    I saw your face
    In everyone that looked me in my drunken eyes
    [what a wonderful few lines...]


    I feel like it's about someone who has gone astray or down the right path and is trying to find a way to get back to their old life. In the verses you have them narrating, and in the chorus their friends and family calling them back home.
    Anyways I have had this song on repeat constantly... beautiful songwriting and lyrics.
    :B
    rowanbearon December 31, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThis sounds like somebody battling alcoholism.
    monkeymadnesson April 19, 2012   Link

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