Wednesday, December 17, 2014
in these tired rounds I'll bow out, let inevitability be
posted by forrestrose @ 1:11 AM

and you slay me with this fallacy
o, drown me in your intensity
(you make this seem so easy)
will you kill me if I speak my piece
(I can no longer hold my peace)
will I lose this streak if I make this leap?
(do I presume to make an ass of me?)
(I'll assume the role of head asshole)

and your tongue is sharper than the pierce of your stare
and I've found myself here again in the middle of nowhere
and I'll take these red flags and I'll display them as flair
and I'll stow this in my pocket if I think it'll get me there

when you lay me in contented sleep
oh, I will pray you want my soul to keep
and if I die before wake tonight
oh, at least I can say I've found peace in your darkness

and your tongue is sharper than the pierce of your stare
and I've found myself here again in the middle of nowhere
and I'll take these red flags and I'll display them as flair
(oh no, oh no)
and I'll stow this in my pocket if I think it'll get me there

(I dream in music, I wake to silence
I sing the melody with no accompaniment
the songs are shallow and pale in comparison
to all the instruments that ring inside my head)

and you slay me with this contingency
and you reel me in just to throw me back to sea
and I'll die before I make this right
(hook, line, sinker, I'm out on the brink here)
but at least I can say I'm at peace with your lies
(I've swallowed your bait and I don't know if I'll make it)
(I can't even take it)

and your tone is harsher than the dissonance in your stare
I've placed myself here again, but I can't find you anywhere
I'll fly this red flag and you can commandeer my every hand
(come on dear and give a damn)
(oh no, oh no)
I'll follow your lead if you will follow through with your plans
(my only wish is your command)

you can tie me down and I am bound to let you slip away
and I will hang around your haunts and you will haunt me just the same
(surround myself in your aura now just to watch it dissipate)
and in these tired rounds I'll bow out, let inevitability be
and I won't fight for what I want if it means I'll never know peace

you can tie me down and I am bound to let you slip away
and I will hang around your haunts and you will haunt me just the same
and in these tired rounds I'll bow out, let inevitability be
and I won't fight for what I want if it means I'll never know, oh no
(immerse myself beneath each swell
have I found myself caught and felled)


the concept of "peace" in this song is a very complex and conflicted one.  in the line "I can no longer hold my peace" it is a state of fearful silence, a suppression of all I believe in and all the things I intend to say.  "peace in your darkness / with your lies" is a notion of acceptance and intrigue with another's flaws and idiosyncrasies, but too often at the expense of my own well-being.  "won't fight for what I want if it means I'll never know peace" is the cliché question of "are you able to fight for peace?"  if you have to "fight" not to lose someone, is that setting a precedent of conflict and non-cooperation?  I also tend to interpret it in the opposite way to mean that I won't fight for my ideals if it means losing the thing that is supposed to bring me "peace," the irony in this being that I can never experience true peace if I'm riddled with inner conflict and fear.


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