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We used to be something surreal
Others looked to us for what we built
We were envied until the point
The point in which we fell
We fell by the wayside, and slowly watched ourselves die
A lonely death in which no one cared and no one came
When the walls cave in, we only have ourselves to blame

And even if it's dark at least we'll be together
Slowly sinking in the earth to lay forever

You better grab a hold and hold on for your life
Because you don't get lucky twice

Now even if it's perfect, I can't get carried away
And motivate my tongue in twisted ways
It felt like a good night, for dancing and the moonlight
In empty streets, well, everybody's got a reason why
If we could only just get it right

Maybe it will all work out like in the movies
But I know Romeo must die before the ending
With a final poison kiss delivered gently
Because you don't get lucky twice, and that's the truth

Sing to me sweet, just like my memory
If New York City still moves me
Then I found something real
I'll be okay, I could go on for days
But I just don't have the courage that it takes to be real

And even if it's dark at least we'll be together
Slowly sinking in the earth to lay forever
You better grab a hold and hold on for your life
Because you don't get lucky twice
No, you don't get lucky twice



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    Kayla RheinFeb 9, 2014 at 9:42 pm
    It's about suicide awareness. They said so at one of their shows. I believe they lost one of their friends to depression, so they wrote about how important it's to hold onto the good things in life. Always recognize how the bad parts of your life are still important, because without them we wouldn't be able to recognize the amazing parts of our lives.
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    UnregisteredFeb 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm
    I think it's about a pre-break up because he says he knows Romeo has to die before the ending and things are getting even worse and she breaks up with him as he "delivers the final poison kiss" and they'll go down together and sink down to the earth and he's saying hold on to this because you don't get lucky twice but he knows it's a futile effort.
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    UnregisteredJan 9, 2012 at 3:17 am
    I agree about jason, but i think you're looking too far into it with your point about 'lucky'.

    Without the bad moments with the peak being jason leaving the band, they wouldn't appreciate the good times that they had as a band.

    Jason is still good friends with the guys in mayday, so i doubt derek would say anything like "go radio won't be successful".

    He, like everyone else, can see how quickly go radio has risen to prominence.
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    UnregisteredDec 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm
    It's about jason. Boom.

    "we were envied until the point
    The point in which we fell"

    Jason was a huge part of mayday and was a part of their success, but they "fell" a bit with anywhere but here due to his departure.

    "because you don't get lucky twice
    And that's the truth"

    Using the word "lucky" refers to lucky street by go radio. He's warning jason that his leaving mayday parade was his one "lucky" shot at success, and go radio won't be as good or as successful as mayday parade was when he was a part of the band.

    This, all, is of course, a guess. I could be (and probably am) totally wrong. However, i read somewhere on absolutepunk that jason has once said "without the bitter the sweet isn't as sweet" was a line/phrase he really liked. Seems like a huge coincidence, possibly.
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    UnregisteredOct 21, 2011 at 10:18 am
    This song reminds me of the book 'the reluctant fundamentalist' by mohsin hamid. I'm studying it for english class. Changez is a pakistani in nyc who is in love with a woman plagued with nostalgia and depression from the loss of her boyfriend chris. The aftermath of 9/11 results in her being sent to a psychiatric ward where she soon takes her life. Changez is thrown into an identity crisis where everyone watches him with suspicious eyes. He walks around aimlessly in nyc with his memories of erica before he moves back to pakistan:

    Sing to me sweet, just like my memory
    If new york city still moves me
    Then i found something real
    I'll be okay, i could go on for days
    But i just don't have the courage that it takes to be real

    Those words seem to so beautifully convey how he must have felt. It is such a wonderful book

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