forgotten stories of excess
both real and fiction
too many hollow lives spent chasing benediction
we plummet to the earth like scores of fallen angels
play out our tragedies on empty weathered stages
but before we lose it all
the final curtain call
conflicted and dejected
beware the opulence inherent in confusion
when reality's obscured by clouds of disillusion
held under far too long by the weight of our existence
we labor fruitlessly against both time and distance
but before we lose it all
the final curtain call
conflicted and dejected
what's in the past can't be undone
you've got to separate to become one
your indecision hides the guilt
just underneath your clouded eyes
so sick you'd sell your soul
for another fifteen minute lie


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    i cant make out what the first part of the song means and i have the cd. but after line 15, i think that it is about someone you know that would do or give anything to put themselves above others or be more successful at something.

    hovergunon March 02, 2002   Link
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    "we plummet to the earth like scores of fallen angels play out our tragedies on empty weathered stages" Wow who really thinks of lines like these. I wish that I could think of amazing things like that to say. "but before we lose it all the final curtain call conflicted and dejected beware the opulence inherent in confusion"

    saves_the_day_girlon May 29, 2002   Link
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    i like the last two lines. like even though my old girlfriend did nothing but lie to me there are jsut sometimes i just wish i could hear her say "i love you" again and hopefully i could get that old feeling again

    crappydrummeron June 06, 2002   Link
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    dammit i love the drums on this song!

    tommyhaychon April 08, 2004   Link
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    I think the song is about people ,who tell lies to bring themself up higher other people, crashing back to reality and realising there not as great as they portrayed themselves as, that they are " conflicted and dejected " But yeah those lyrical writing is so mad, like so much better. Like davey havok dude writes lyrics whihc people find hard to understand, but these lyrics fuckin kick aFI's ass all across Southern California.

    xxJESSExxon August 31, 2005   Link
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    and i still not sure where the name Fire Engine Red comes from

    xxJESSExxon August 31, 2005   Link

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