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I can still remember
The words and what they meant
As we etched them with our fingers
In years of wet cement
Days blurred into each other
Though everything seemed clear
We cruised along at half speed
But then we shifted gears

We ran like vampires from a thousand burning suns
But even then we should have stayed
But we ran away
Now all my friends gone
Maybe we've outgrown all the things that we once loved
Runaway
But what are we running from
A show of hands from those in this audience of one
Where have they gone

Identities assume us
As nine and five add up
Synchronizing watches
To the seconds that we lost
And I looked up and saw you
I know that you saw me
We both froze but for a moment
In empathy

I brought down the sky for you but all you did was shrug
You gave my emptiness away

But you ranaway
Now all my friends are gone
Maybe we've outgrown all the things that we once loved
Runaway
But what are we running from
A show of hands from those in this audience of one
Where have they gone

We're all ok, until the day we're not
The surface shines, while the inside rots
We raced the sunset and we almost won
We slammed the brakes, but the wheels went on

We ran away
Now all my friends are gone
Maybe we've outgrown all the things that we once loved
Runaway
What are we running from
A show of hands from those in this audience of one
Where have they gone



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    84litreviperJun 15, 2009 at 4:16 am
    Pretty nice song. I like it. It seems to refer to the weird changes that disconnect from old friends. Or insecurities that makes us shell up from people who could empathize with us. Like going back home after being gone for a few years only to discover that the culture itself has changed and you no longer fit in with your old friends except to reminisce about old times. Everything is fine until a change happens without warning leaving you reeling. Everyone else changes in a direction. Overall describing a loss of friends that seemed so easily preventable.

    Unfortunately the video seems to have nothing to do with the song. Very political compared to what seems like introspective lyrics. I guess that's ok. I can kinda see the connection, but it is a stretch. Mind you they've always been political in one manner or an another so you could argue it's to be expected.
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    Funeral4Amerika08Nov 30, 2009 at 5:48 am
    i think this song is about how things r so simple and carefree wen ur a child but the world will tear u down wen u grow up. but the world hasnt changed. its you. you just dont think about the war and makin payments when ur young...i really doubt it was supposed 2b bout a relationship
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    UnregisteredJun 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm
    Its about how everybodys chanching and he has still stayed the same and none of hes old friends will listen anymore
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    UnregisteredJan 5, 2012 at 2:28 am
    It could be about fear. No matter how much you run, it'll eventually catch up. If you run too much, then you don't have any friends to help you through it. Just yourself, an "audience of one. "
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    Yaussy34Aug 13, 2009 at 6:05 am
    I thinks its about a dude whose woman left him and like hes trying to figure out why and hes like talking about how much they used to care about each other and stuff.

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