lost myself when pain from your heart left it's trace
in written words held like a seam i have no hand to heal
i can't imagine your emotions wrapped around inferior
hold that iron.infereior my hand to heal your wounds won't
heal my longing for your warm embrace why can't it see
the thinking to me my sense of one is open time to run and
drink like astiocles so sideways inferior hold that
iron.late again my breathing is leaving after yours
stay one time holding things i know you're asking for you're
always there inferior my time to let it go to my brother
hold that iron time to collide your face is strong
your eyes want to unfold inside of me inferior.late again
my breating is leaving after yours stay one time holding
things i know you're asking for throw away for these things
can go no longer

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The Blankets Were the Stairs Lyrics as written by Jeremy Enigk Dan Hoerner

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    Ahhhhhhhh jesus. Hardly any song is as good as this one to me. This is sooooo powerful, I love it.

    Meanings? So confusing, especially with Sunny Day Real Estate, ESPECIALLY with Diary! I'd say, maybe a few things. #1: the Title. The Blankets Were The Stairs... perhaps a relationship where the bed is the only time they get along? the only place they can make progress?

    And I've been thinking about the rest. You can make a claim the song is about one lover killing another. "Late again, my breathing is leaving after yours"

    And other stuff. But I don't know if I'll ever know.

    TheEverythingFallson June 29, 2002   Link
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    This is an exerpt from a 1998 tour review, just a little factoid: I asked about astiocles. He said, "Astiocles is a secret Greek god... well we made him up. Actually when we were recording diary, I didn't have set lyrics a lot of the time. So when i was singing that song i didn't really know what i was singing. When we listened to it afterwards it sounded like i was saying 'astiocles so sideways'."
    ...oh yeah and when he (jeremy) was talking about astiocles he said, "yeah dan and i made up the story of him being a greek god that could drink up the sea. Eventually he was going to be a recurring character. Eventually the play would be out." He was joking about the play part, so don't ask him when it's coming out. ~brandon

    Taobethon March 03, 2005   Link
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    It's about a break up.

    He feels so inferior to her.

    He just wants to fix things and bring her back, but he knows he can't.

    Obviously she gets over the break-up quicker than he does. He does, in the end, want to get over it too though.

    I might be completely off, but that's what I think.

    luderetragicuson October 12, 2006   Link
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    I'm with you...this is a great song..very confusing to say what it is about for sure..but whatever it is about there...there is alot of deep emotions put into the lyrics of this song.

    MorningStar_1991on March 15, 2003   Link
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    This is the reason why SDRE is considered godfathers of "emo". This song is essentially the same kind of stuff TBS, Bright Eyes, etc. are singing about now. Personally I don't consider SDRE to be emo (if anything, I'd say melodic alt-rock), but you can see why so many newer emo groups cite them as influences.

    vincent h.on July 27, 2005   Link
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    vincent h, honestly i have no idea what you are talking about sir. but this song is amazing as much as its lyrics are confusing. i think everythingfalls brang up some good points. it might be about a relationship that just couldnt work any longer.

    BangYrHeadon July 22, 2006   Link
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    Vincent H. It was a decent idea, but emo was talking about this stuff way back with Julia and Embrace and such in the late 80s. Lifetime and Hot Water Music influenced more of the new emo ;) But yeah I'd consider SDRE alt-rock, although they prefered to be called emo.

    I have absolutely no idea what this song is about haha.

    Jadenon July 25, 2006   Link
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    Umm vincenth, while I respect your opinion, Taking Back Sunday is NOT emo. SDRE is. Just check out Real Emo (or something like that) on Wikipedia.org It all explains true emo there. Even Jeremy;s solo releases can somehow be linked to true emo, and the fire theft as well.

    SVTristanon September 23, 2007   Link
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    best song ever? it's very likely.

    lagwagon182on April 05, 2009   Link
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    Sounds like it's about a relationship where the girl needs support (stairs) from the narrator but the narrator is too weakened from his own problems to help her (blankets).

    ScreenNameNeededon May 19, 2014   Link

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