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Song Released: 2012


Broken Jaw Lyrics

Yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah

I've broken it a lot
All the words come out my broken jaw
I don't know anything
But then I act like I know everything

Don't wanna talk about it
What do you see when you dream about it
Well I had them...

  1. anonymous
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    Mar 16th 2016 report

    Its about dissociating. When your costantly dissociating it is your down and your high is reality thus "coming back down" it also messes with your idea of self like "quick tell me whats my name im the same ive just been rearranged". And you dont want to talk about because no one can really do anything to fix it. Also sometimes when you dissociating emitions are hard like being happy "smile through a choke inside"

  2. anonymous
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    Apr 1st 2013 report

    I think it's about a guy who feels like things can't get any worst and on top of that he's lonely and insecure and he's losing everything that he use to be, the accurate lyrics are.
    Yeah yeah
    Yeah yeah
    Yeah yeah
    Yeah yeah

    I've broken every law
    All the words come out my broken jaw
    I don't know anything
    But then I act like I know everything

    Don't want to talk about it
    What do you see when you dream about it?
    I had been broke down from my enemies
    I'm drifting farther from my memories

    And then you take it away

    Everyday I'm fighting 'cause I can't read you
    Lost in the moment, then I come back down
    Lost in the sight I try to reach out
    Just a little bit closer, then I come back down

    You tell me, "What's my name?"
    I'm the same I've just been rearranged
    Smile through a joke inside
    Yeah, I've been hiding with nothing to hide

    Don't want to talk about it
    What do you see when you dream about it?
    I had been broke down from my enemies
    Just holding a piece of what's been left of me

    And then you take it away

    Everyday I'm fighting 'cause I can't read you
    Lost in the moment, then I come back down
    Lost in the sight I try to reach out
    Just a little bit closer, then I come back down

    Pushing me, pushing me, I can feel it, yeah
    Just a little bit higher, then I come back down
    Climbing over people 'cause I've nothing
    I'm waiting, I'm waiting around

    Sometimes you find yourself waiting,
    Waiting for someone to come around
    And it's hopeless, hoping to be found
    Then it arrives and says, "You're perfect, my love"
    And I,
    I know why
    I know why
    I know why

    But you said, "I don't know"

    You said, "I don't know"
    You said, "I don't know"
    You said, "I don't know, you don't know" [x3]

    You said, "I don't know"
    You said, "I don't know"
    You said, "I don't know"

    So take it away, yeah
    When you find and heal my broken jaw, yeah
    Lyin' near where I slayed my hero, yeah
    What you need is hiding in yourself, yeah

    And then he finds somebody he loves and understands that life doesn't always go your way and that you have to keep trying but she doesn't understand yet that why he says "You said I don't know.

  3. anonymous
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    Apr 1st 2013 report

    I think it's about a guy who feels like things can't get any worst and on top of that he's lonely and insecure and he's losing everything that he use to be, the accurate lyrics are.
    Yeah yeah
    Yeah yeah
    Yeah yeah
    Yeah yeah

    I've broken every law
    All the words come out my broken jaw
    I don't know anything
    But then I act like I know everything

    Don't want to talk about it
    What do you see when you dream about it?
    I had been broke down from my enemies
    I'm drifting farther from my memories

    And then you take it away

    Everyday I'm fighting 'cause I can't read you
    Lost in the moment, then I come back down
    Lost in the sight I try to reach out
    Just a little bit closer, then I come back down

    You tell me, "What's my name?"
    I'm the same I've just been rearranged
    Smile through a joke inside
    Yeah, I've been hiding with nothing to hide

    Don't want to talk about it
    What do you see when you dream about it?
    I had been broke down from my enemies
    Just holding a piece of what's been left of me

    And then you take it away

    Everyday I'm fighting 'cause I can't read you
    Lost in the moment, then I come back down
    Lost in the sight I try to reach out
    Just a little bit closer, then I come back down

    Pushing me, pushing me, I can feel it, yeah
    Just a little bit higher, then I come back down
    Climbing over people 'cause I've nothing
    I'm waiting, I'm waiting around

    Sometimes you find yourself waiting,
    Waiting for someone to come around
    And it's hopeless, hoping to be found
    Then it arrives and says, "You're perfect, my love"
    And I,
    I know why
    I know why
    I know why

    But you said, "I don't know"

    You said, "I don't know"
    You said, "I don't know"
    You said, "I don't know, you don't know" [x3]

    You said, "I don't know"
    You said, "I don't know"
    You said, "I don't know"

    So take it away, yeah
    When you find and heal my broken jaw, yeah
    Lyin' near where I slayed my hero, yeah
    What you need is hiding in yourself, yeah

    And then he finds somebody he loves and understands that life doesn't always go your way and that you have to keep trying but she doesn't understand yet that why he says "You said I don't know.

  4. anonymous
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    Feb 13th 2013 report

    It's about self doubt and feeling hopeless, Mark has said this himself

  5. anonymous
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    Jan 15th 2013 report

    Broken Jaw is about someone who can't stop doing coke, and he is feeling bad about it and asks someone (probably a lover) to 'fix him'.
    It is well known that coked up people's jaw tremble uncontrollably and they tend to tell the truth in an agressive way.

  6. anonymous
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    Sep 21st 2012 report

    It's about someone who can't control themself when they speak because of their insecurities, who only desires to have someone understand and change them.

  7. anonymous
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    Mar 19th 2012 report

    It is about breaking your jaw and getting it repaired at the dentist.

  8. anonymous
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    Dec 30th 2011 report

    I think this song is about someone who can't retain themselves from acting out of the ordinary to hide all their insecurities and sometimes being annoying and showing off in front of people masking what they're feeling on the inside.

  9. anonymous
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    Dec 25th 2011 report

    Ludovicus
    At first I thought this song was about a break up, but then I thought it might have to do with a son's relationship to his father, and maybe with an experience of child abuse? I dont know, lol.

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  10. anonymous
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    Oct 12th 2011 report

    The hardest part to hear is the chorus, but here's what I've got, (not perfect, but close and the best I could hear):

    First chorus:
    everything else i thought would just remain*
    but i still don't know anything
    i turn back down
    watch on my sides when i try to reach out
    just a little bit faster
    then i come back down

    Second chorus:
    everything else i thought would just remain*
    but i still don't know anything
    i turn back down
    watch on my sides when i try to reach out
    just a little bit faster
    then i come back down

    you're pushing me pushing me and i can feel it
    just a little bit harder
    then i turn back down
    climbing my people cause i know my name **
    waiting and waiting around, yea



    *I know "everything else" and "remain" are correct*

    **I'm pretty sure about the "climbing my people" part, not the rest of that line**

    Again, my apologies for anything wrong, just had to put out what i know was right and hopefully someone can pick up the pieces...

  11. anonymous
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    Sep 14th 2011 report

    Broken Jaw is about a person who's jaw is completely unhinged, and they spit words out, not even caring who they hurt. However, this may be incorrect, because it says "...and heal my broken jaw..." at one point. So it may be about a person with a turret, and they want it fixed so that they don't have to deal with it anymore.

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  12. anonymous
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    Sep 10th 2011 report

    maybe he's talking about a lack of self control in the way that he or someone he know can't control that fact that they behave erratically and almost obnoxiously to cover up their insecurities and self doubt, like having a large ego because you're unsure of yourself

  13. anonymous
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    Aug 9th 2011 report

    Quiet self doubt.


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