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Song Released: 2006

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I never knew
I never knew that everything was falling through.
That everyone I knew was waiting on a cue
To turn and run when all I needed was the truth
But that's how it's got to be
It's coming down to nothing more than apathy
I'd rather...


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    Jan 23rd, 2007 1:34am report

    ive read on a few sites, and officially, that this song is about issac and his brother. (read above)
    but to me, and this is where people might disagree, music has it's own interpretations for everyone.
    to me, this song is about a guy, or a girl, who can't let go of their past relationship. They shared something really meaningful, exchanged many mutual feelings and in the end, it broke. one is left standing there, dazed out and sorrowful, while the other doesn't look back. doesn't acknowledge them anymore. She finds new people, see's new people and he's tried. He really has. but he can't let go, he can't get her out of his head.
    he feels as if she is his world, and he's just another guy in the huge crowd out there. He doesn't know what to do, and is sick of the pain. The pain of being forgotton, and led astray. Then every now and again, she wants his attention. builds him up, and gives him hope. but she's just doing it for herself, and doesn't care for him.
    ...i love this song.


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    Jul 23rd, 2006 7:50pm report

    Isaac slade [the lead vocalist/pianist] wrote the song about a huge fight he had with his brother caleb (who's nickname is 'cable car'). Isaac has mentioned on occasion that this fight had something to do with isaac asking caleb [the first bassist] to leave the band for its best interests. The fight was so harsh that either they had to agree to disagree or stop talking to each other forever. Because the two brothers are so close they opted to agree to disagree. Isaac has said that sometimes while singing "over my head (cable car)" it feels like the old wounds are being opened and the fight is still fresh


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    Feb 19th, 2007 2:44pm report

    For Me it totally sounds like a fight between two people who are naturaly close to each other (Faamily) Or forced (Like A Step Brother) This is clearly demonstrated in the second verse:
    Let's Rearange=Let's look at The fight differently
    I wish you where a stranger I could disengage= I wish I didn't know you so I could stop having to deal with you
    Just say that we agree= Just pretend to get along
    And I'll never change= So I don't have to try hard
    Soffen A bit until we all just get along= I'll be nicer so we can just get along
    That's disregard= But that's not the way to get rid of you
    You found another freind and you discard= I wish you would find someone else and leave me alone
    As I lose the argument in a cable car Haning Above= I I lose a fight that was hanging around for ever
    As the canyon comes between= As the anger and fightaing deepens.
    But that's just me.



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    Sep 28th, 9:51am report

    This song hits close to home for me because when i get involved in something I get in way over my head and people who know me hate that part of me and sometimes that part of me gets me in truoble and I hate that I have such a kind heart because people can use me easily.


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    May 23rd, 2018 5:52pm report

    I've always thought this song was about a guy who was in a relationship with a girl and they broke up, but he can't stop thinking about her or about a guy who's always fantasizing about his crush on a girl. People are saying the singer said this is about him and his brother, but the lyrics doesn't match up with that. What does "She's on your mind." mean, then?


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    Feb 12th, 2013 2:28am report

    To me, this song is about a group of friends slipping away from the singer. They are all drifting farther from him and won't tell him what they think of him. The "in over my head" part is because his friends think he is going through life making reckless decisions and not thinking through them, therefore choosing to desert him.


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    Nov 15th, 2012 11:04am report

    I can relate to this song because it has a sense of longing to it. It reminds me of my ex boyfriend who i still love dearly(we both loved this song). But he doesn't acknowledge the fact that i do. To me this song means that there is an empty feeling left and he is sad and kind of mournful. He feels like everything is moving fast around him and he can't catch up. He feels discarded and abandoned " find another friend and you discard.." he feels like he is losing her and can not do anything about it. While she is off doing her own thing he is too busy thinking about her. I feel for him in a way. ( hope this helps)


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    Jun 21st, 2012 6:11pm report

    I think the first few verses are saying he wish he would of had the advice hes about to give, given to him. and then its saying he wish he didnt have to put up with people having their hearts broken.

    I think the main part is saying everyone knows Im bad with love, but trust me, you have like eight second to confess your love to that girl, I know she's on your mind.

    I think the next few verses are saying he wishes he didnt have to help the friend or relative, and then it talks about how he should because thats what friens or relatives are for. And then it talks more about the main topic.

    Then in the next few verses its saying how his relationship ended and how he wish he could of saved it. And how he wont forget about it until they talk about it because he still wonders why someone broke up with him.

    I think this is the meaning.


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    Jun 21st, 2012 6:00pm report

    I think It is about a fight with siblings who are the same gender. I think their getting in a disagreement about what one of them should to about a girl or boy they like. I think hes saying: " I know every one thinks Im bad at love, but trust me, you have like eight seconds to go to her/him and say your love." And he doesnt want to have to help, but he knows he should, so hes saying he wish he didnt have to put up with his problems.


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    Feb 23rd, 2012 2:03pm report

    I think this song is about a complicated relationship between a parent and a child. For my example, I'm going to use a mother and a daughter. The mother and the daughter are so alike, such perfectionists in their attitudes and approaches. They break off more than they can chew, they take up too many obligations, and struggle to fulfill them. Their relationship deteriorates and they seem to be drifting more and more apart. The daughter is progressing through adolescence and the mother is growing older. They take advantage of each other and never want to address the real problem. "Everyone knows I'm in over my head" Everyone knows that the daughter is taking on too much and it's slowing consuming her. At the same time, the mother's health is steadily decreasing. The daughter can't bear to look at her mother because she is a mirror-image to herself or what she will become. They push aside their problems and soon they come back to bite. The mother passes suddenly. The daughter is shocked and remains shocked for a long period of time. She takes on more tasks and starts taking up characteristics of her mother. She starts showing warning signs of deterioration. "She's on your mind" But her mother always remains on her mind, sometimes haunting her.


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    Aug 14th, 2011 8:34am report

    To me it's about 2 bestfriends who have a huge fight and they still want to be friends but it's too dificult with this thing hanging around.


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    Jun 13th, 2011 6:04pm report

    I don't know what its about, but its a great song. Its good for when your in any situation you don't believe you can get through. The friend who introduced it to me's mother just died and I think I know why this song. <3


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    Apr 1st, 2011 4:31pm report

    to me, this song is about someone trying to escape drama that they don't want to be involved in. however, they keep getting dragged into it and are ready to start discarding the friends who are causing it. no matter how hard they try to pull away, they keep getting caught up in argumets and are way in over their heads(:


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    Jan 23rd, 2011 1:30pm report

    How can this song be about former band members when in this song he sings she's on his mind.Now that one verse defies the logic behind what everyone is interpreting in this song.It cant possibly be about former members


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    Mar 31st, 2010 3:14pm report

    It sounds to me like middle-school drama. The part about the smoke clearing, and wanting to just duck out of it rather than watch the whole thing pan out. A lot of the other lyrics seem to point at bits of it, like love "She's on your mind" and like struggles with friends, "That everyone I knew was waiting on a cue to turn and run" and in middle school, what with hormones and--- well I'm sure everyone remembers what a mess it was, there's lines like "everything was falling through." and "It's coming down to nothing more than apathy"
    It also sounds like he talks about losing a friend. "And suddenly I become a part of your past", "You find another friend and you discard" Anyway, I'm sure mine isn't the interpretation the song was written for, but it's the way I find it most relatable.


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    Mar 10th, 2010 3:46am report

    I think that in my honest opinion that he is singing about a fight between two people close, though I take it as a girlfriend and boyfriend, and then that person is left wishing he could be with her but he wishes she would be a "Stranger he could disengage" so he doesn't have to feel such confusion.


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    Jan 28th, 2010 1:33am report

    What this song is about is a kid in high school who likes a girl but she doesn't know. Like others said his friends told him she don't like him, but his friends want him to tell her to see the reactions. This is what I think it means. But I think I'm wrong. I believes it has a more powerful meaning to it.


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    Dec 29th, 2009 12:57pm report

    I like to interpret it as a couple who has just broken up... Its what has just happenned to me and thins song has helped me to het over him.

    FIRST the couple has just broken up
    She is in mourning. She doesn’t mind telling she's sad to everyone and letting her emotions go out.
    He is making af he didn’t care and he makes things to avoid his feelings
    “Its coming down to nothing more that apathy”
    When they decide to break up, they still see each others a few times since they have friends in common but he adopted an apathic attitude, its his “shell” he wants her to think he's fine
    “I rather run the other way than stay and see” He doesn’t want to live the life he lived with her… he's looking for other friends, other places to go, trying to do the opposite to don’t see her

    NOW he wants to arrange things, he thinks after time passed, they can talk maturely
    “You find another friend and you discard”
    He realizes she has been going out with her and his friends and that he´s closer to her friends, and that she has a new someone
    “As we lose the argument in a cable car” He wants to talk to her about that happened after a long time avoiding the theme.
    She agrees to talk to but he realizes she's over him and they don’t have much to talk about

    AFTER knowing she's over him, at this point is when he finally feels debasted and START to feel all the things she has already felt with their breaking up(its too late!)
    HE:is starting to feel sorrow
    She: is now with someone else and over him
    “Suddenly…” Since he didn’t wanted to
    “Im becoming the part that don’t last” Shes over him but he can't get her out of her mind
    “Never thought you wanted to bring it down”
    He thought when they talked she was going to tell him that she wanted to get back together, but things were not as he imagined.
    “I won't let it go down till we torch it ourselves”

    AT LAST, he doesn’t mind letting everyone know how he feels and showing his emotions, its too late .
    “Everyone knows I'm in over my head”
    “Everyone knows she's on your mind”

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