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Shadows settle on the place, that you left.
Our minds are troubled by the emptiness.
Destroy the middle, it's a waste of time.
From the perfect start to the finish line.

And if you're still breathing, you're the lucky ones.
'Cause most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs.
Setting fire to our insides for fun
Collecting names of the lovers that went wrong
The lovers that went wrong.

We are the reckless,
We are the wild youth
Chasing visions of our futures
One day we'll reveal the truth

That one will die before he gets there.

And if you're still bleeding, you're the lucky ones.
'Cause most of our feelings, they are dead and they are gone.
We're setting fire to our insides for fun.
Collecting pictures from the flood that wrecked our home,
It was a flood that wrecked this...

... and you caused it...
... and you caused it...
... and you caused it...

Well I've lost it all, I'm just a silouhette,
A lifeless face that you'll soon forget,
My eyes are damp from the words you left,
Ringing in my head, when you broke my chest.
Ringing in my head, when you broke my chest.

And if you're in love, then you are the lucky one,
'Cause most of us are bitter over someone.
Setting fire to our insides for fun,
To distract our hearts from ever missing them.
But I'm forever missing him.

And you caused it,
And you caused it,
And you caused it



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    UnregisteredOct 16, 2013 at 7:29 pm
    I believe the whole song is about the feeling people usually get when they are shortly pre-/post-30 and still have no direction where to go. Directionless in every way, in relationships, job- and life-wise. It makes me sad but it pretty much sums up this feeling that I get being around my friends. We're all pretty well educated, well catered for in every circumstance one could imagine. But still. Something seems to be missing all the time.
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    UnregisteredSep 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm
    I actually disagree just slightly. I don't think she means youth collectively - i think she's referring to her own, when talking about the heartbreak.

    Shadows settle on the place, that you left.
    Our minds are troubled by the emptiness.
    Destroy the middle, it's a waste of time.
    From the perfect start to the finish line.

    Here she refers to his leaving as having left a huge emptiness which she can't just brush over. And it;s the middle she wants destroyed - the middle would refer to the relationship itself. If it was never there, she would never have wasted her time. Nor would she be feeling heartbreak.

    And if you're still breathing, you're the lucky ones.
    'cause most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs.
    Setting fire to our insides for fun
    Collecting names of the lovers that went wrong
    The lovers that went wrong.

    It's actually a lot more common than those that do it think, but self-destructive tendencies flare when in the depths of depression. It helps to pain yourself than to focus on the pain our ex's cause. By that, no i don't mean wrist-cutting (though it's inclusive). I mean, drinking, which is what i think she is referring to by the line 'setting fire to our insides'

    We are the reckless,
    We are the wild youth
    Chasing visions of our futures
    One day we'll reveal the truth
    That one will die before he gets there.

    This last line makes me question the situation. I wonder if he died, at a young age? It would fit, still. She would be devastated through the loss and would be made bitter over someone's death, don't you think? It's also more plausible - it's easier to still love someone if you lose them to death than to a love rival. It can be hard to love again afterwards.

    The rest is self explanatory.
  • U
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    UnregisteredNov 27, 2013 at 4:23 am
    I think that the song is about the lie that is the "american dream". My generation "the reckless, wild youth" is starting to realize what our parents and grandparents generations so blindly followed is not truly achievable. We've grown up hearing and seeing that to be happy, you have to go to college (acquire enormous amounts of debt that will never be repaid), get a career (a job that we hate to help repay said debt), get married to our "one true love" (disney movie brainwash), and have lots of kids that we can't truly take care of, because we're too busy working our lives away to really be there for them which will cause lots of personality issues, and create damaged humans like ourselves, and our parents before us. We're just starting to see the pattern.
  • U
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    UnregisteredAug 19, 2012 at 7:02 am
    I believe it has to do with loving and losing someone. You make these connections with people, fall in love, then lose it all. In the end you feel like the lucky one's are those who still feel the goodness that comes from a good relationship. Those of us who have lost that love feel like we are burning up inside because it's all over!
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    UnregisteredJul 15, 2014 at 10:49 pm
    I think the song is about the youth of today reaching out for help whether it be through self harmor drug use setting fire to our insides for fun or giving up on lost hope'cause most of our feelings, they are dead and they are gone which in the future will leave a shadow from our past to haunt us shadows settle on the place that you left making us all believe our teenage years were good for nothing but haunting us in the future destroy the middle, it's a waste of time and in turn this leaves a challenge for us in meeting our goals in life from the perfect start to the finish line and in this decade we no longer see America as a perfect place to live because generations before us collapsed on them selves when they realized they can blame their pain and misery on others it was a flood that wrecked this. And you caused it.

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