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Hold on slow down again from the top now and tell me everything
I know I've been gone for what seems like forever
But I'm here now waiting
To convince you that I'm not a ghost or a stranger
But closer than you think
She said just go on as you want to
Pretend it's your life but
Please don't die on me

Wings wont take me
Heights don't phase me
So take a step
But don't look down take a step

Now I'm standing on a rooftop ready to fall
I think I'm at the edge now but I could be wrong
I'm standing on a rooftop ready to fall

Perpetual motion the image wont focus
A blur is all that's seen
But here in this moment like the eye of the storm
It all came clear to me
I found a shoulder to lean on
An infallible reason to live all by itself
I took one last look from the heights that I once loved
And then I ran like hell

Wings won't take me
Heights don't phase me
So take a step
But don't look down take a step

Now I'm standing on a rooftop ready to fall
I think I'm at the edge now but I could be wrong
I'm standing on a rooftop ready to fall

I count the times that I've been sorry
(I know, I know)
While my compassion slowly drowns
(I know, I know)
If there's a time these walls could guard you
(I know, I know)
Then let that time be right now

Now I'm standing on a rooftop
Now I'm standing on a rooftop ready to fall (ready to fall)
I'm standing on a rooftop ready to fall
I think I'm at the edge now but I could be wrong
I'm standing on a rooftop ready to fall
Now I'm standing on a rooftop (ready to fall) [3x]
Now I'm standing on a rooftop ready to fall



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    kiraiscomingDec 14, 2008 at 5:52 am
    this song is about suicide
    he left someone for sometime, and when he came back he wasn't accepted
    'I know I've been gone for what seems like forever
    But I'm here now waiting
    To convince you that I'm not a ghost or a stranger
    But closer than you think
    She said just go on as you want to
    Pretend it's your life but
    Please don't die on me'
    i agree with kaylee about the 'wings wont take me' bit
    'so take a step' is his daring himself to jump of the rooftop
    then he clearly say 'im standing on the rooftop ready to fall'
    the 'i think im at the edge now but I could be wrong' is taken a little too metaphorically but it just means that he's near the edge of the rooftop but he's not so sure
    'perpetual motion' blah blah all points to that fear and the unsureness and last minute 'is this the right thing' he is dealing with
    'But here in this moment like the eye of the storm
    It all came clear to me'
    the eye of a storm is the clearest part of a raging storm, which shows that midst all that pressure he finds , at the very centre, the truth behind what he's doing
    'I found a shoulder to lean on
    An infallible reason to live all by itself
    I took one last look from the heights that I once loved
    And then I ran like hell'
    this shows that reality gushes over him and all at once he realizes what he's doing and turns away from it
    'I count the times that I've been sorry
    (I know, I know)
    While my compassion slowly drowns
    (I know, I know)
    If there's a time these walls could guard you
    (I know, I know)
    Then let that time be right now'
    this shows that he is going over how he has acted and feels as though he entirely deserved a second chance
    his love for the person who rejected him is diminishing, and he wants, instead of punishing himself, to take revenge on this person
    it has nothing whatsoever to do with humans at the top, the lyrics are far too personal and story-like
    cos they say 'she said just go on to what you ...'
    so it's not about humans in general or taking a step to make a better place
    poems are usually metaphorical
    but modern ones and songs usually aren't
    it's about this one guy's story
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    tramp189Mar 20, 2009 at 8:50 pm
    This song is about suicide, but on a global scale. Based on lyrics and the video it depicts that the world and its global economy are slowly destroying themselves by destroying the earth.
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    ownyou23Nov 13, 2008 at 3:42 am
    this sogn is abotu how the humans think everything is all good when clearly the earth is a terrible place atm and that we shouldnt be afraid to take a step and make the earth a betetr place
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    The_KazeOct 1, 2008 at 6:24 pm
    i think it's partially about suicide, in the song he's on the rooftop ready to fall ("Now I'm standing on the rooftop ready to fall" note that he hasn't killed himself yet) and he can't put up with life anymore ("I think I'm at the edge now but I could be wrong") but found a reason to keep on living ("But here in this moment like the eye of the storm It all came clear to me I found a shoulder to lean on An infallible reason to live all by itself")

    awesome song!
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    tight-wad-hillSep 1, 2008 at 7:31 pm
    SUICIDE?!?!?!? nahhh

    This song is about human beings thinking that they are rising to the top, when really they are about to fall straight down

    The woman is mentioned is in a way Mother Nature, and the song says "Please Don't Die on Me" because the writer wants to save her and keep her

    In the video there are many clips and images of animal torture, disposal and slaughter, and it closes with him saying "Every action has a reaction" which also re-enforces the idea of saving the planet and helping keep our world that is dissapearing and crashing so fast

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