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When the wind picked up - the fire spread
And the grapevines scene, left for dead
And the northern sky looked like the end of days
The end of days

A wake up call to a rented room
Sounded like an alarm of impending doom.
To warn us it's only a matter of time.
Before we all burn [4x]

We bought some wine and some paper cups
Near your daughter's school when we picked her up
And drove to the cemetery on a hill
On a hill

And we watched the plumes paint the sky gray
And she laughed and danced through the field of graves
There I knew it would be alright
That everything would be alright
Would be alright
Would be alright
Would be alright

And the news reports on the radio
Said it was getting worse
Cause the ocean air fanned the flame
But I couldn't think there was anywhere I would have rather been
To watch it all burn away
To burn away

[CHOIR SINGING MELODICALLY]

The firemen worked in double shifts
With prayers for rain on their lips
And they knew it was only a matter of time



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    chendrixAug 12, 2011 at 1:13 am
    I actually just saw these guys in concert last week and it was absolutely amazing. Ben talked a little about the song before singing, and how he was influenced heavily by the devastation cause by the 2007 wildfires in California (Grapevine happening to be one of the areas). He dedicated that song to the victims. It was touching. Hope that helps.
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    sammie729Sep 11, 2010 at 8:43 pm
    I think you can interuperate this song how ever you please. If it's to be a literal sense or metephorical... Either or amazing and touching
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    DRUMSMIKE1970Apr 21, 2009 at 4:19 am
    HOW ABOUT THIS SONG IS ABOUT THE FIRES IN GRAPEVINE CALIFORNIA,OR THE GRAPEVINE...IT BURNS HERE, THE FIRES START AND THERES NOT MUCH YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT. EXCEPT FOR WATCH AND HOPE...SO YOU SIT COMPLACENT,AND HOPE FOR THE BEST,AND AS THE SONG PROGRESSES,THERE IS HOPE. THIS IS NOT A TOOL SONG,DONT MAKE IT MORE COMPLEX THAN IT IS.
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    acutefan1May 26, 2008 at 12:12 am
    I think in a way the fires in this song metaphorically is referring to hard times in life, whether it be financially, emotionally, ect. The grapevine fires are the good things in life gone bad, but in the end, everything will be alright. New Good Things will result from the crash of what was.
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    UnregisteredAug 6, 2012 at 7:12 pm
    This song is about accepting the way the world works, we all find love but not all love works out, not everything is meant to last, we should enjoy the world for what it is while we have it

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