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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
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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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    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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    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.
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    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.
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    I think the whole meaning of this song is this thing: Emptiness. Caused of a psychological problem, of a depression, of a broken love or of the loss of a beloved person.
    Our whole society suffers from this loony: The emptiness. There is nothing to reach anymore. Everything, what we're doing, is destroying the nature. Everything what we're doing has somebody already done. Everything what we're doing is useless, cause what is the benefit of one good thing in a world, destroyed like ours? What is the benefit of saving one soul when every second are dying hundreds from war? What is the benefit of our life? This is our problem. Our brains have become ill. We have become empty, ill machines.
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    My thoughts on this lyrics are simple:.
    He left her (stop loving her) and both were surprise because they actually don't understand how they get to this point (their relationship is empty for quite sometime now and they didn't notice until now). Trying to justify. To say who's to blame (destroy the middle) is a waste of time. Just accept they had a good relationship and it's over now.

    Anyone that still believes in love is lucky because most of us don't believe anymore and we are suffering (heaving through.) because of that. She puts her self in a state of numbness (Setting fire.) to have fun. Partying, neglecting herself, meeting people. Incapable to love once more she sleeps around (collecting names).

    She goes to the start the relationship (to the start of all our first love relationships). Young, genuine love. Living fully the love they have. Full of plans and dreams that they made together. A naive love and one day reality strikes: true love and fairy tales don't exist - one love will die and destroys their future.

    The rest is easy to understand if you follow this line of thought.

    Really good song. Full of feeling (pain).
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    This song is a different meaning to everyone. My mom died unexpectedly when I was only but ten years old. When your young you don't expect it. Death. Its such a cold word. It sparks a different past image or moment or a personal death or non-personal death in everyone, or at least those who have experienced death. I'm a "youth". I've made mistakes. Young love in hard, tragic, and cruel. Everyone who listens to this song, in my opinion, will have a different memory, or past "wreckless-youth-lovers" experience. I just wanted you people who view these lyrics. You. Are. Not. Alone. Imagine a 10 year old little girl walking into a classroom after experiencing the worst personal loss yet in her life. Her mother. Dead. Gone. I remember walking into the classroom looking at each one of my classmates faces and thinking to myself when they look back into my eyes, "you have a mom". Each one of them, when we looked at each other, I thought it to myself in my head. I hate death, and the odds were certainly not in my favor that day, but, honestly, whem were the ever? Just remember that you are loved. To keep you head up high. And dust off your shoulders. Its alright. No, its not over :) god bless.
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    Its basically about the mixed emotions you feel when you're young, you know? The pain, the adrenaline, the urge to fall in love and at the same time the pain of being alone. It literally kills you, when you're alone. The idea of facing the world with nothing but the rags on yours back, the fear of failure and then the failure itself. Its an agonizing self-wrecking journey that demeans you, hurts you and put you down so much, you forget to feel. You become numb (like johnny cash said? 'i hurt myself again, to see if I still feel'). We try and aspire and try so hard to be something we are not, tht we end up hurting our own selfs. The 'you caused it' part is again such an interesting take cause we spend our whole lifes blaming others for our failures cause we just don't want to accept that its our own messed up mind that breaks us. Its a self-realizing song, how shes accepting whats shes done and what has happenned. We ruin our own selfs. We are the victims and we are the culprits. Youth is a viscous age. Its an absolutely beautiful song. Her skill to potray the pain of so many in words so beautiful, is just amazing.
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    Everyone in the world, no matter what they are going through can pick out at least one sentence in this song to relate to, that's what is so amazing about it to me. It will touch everyone differently. My personal take from it is everyone has had their heart broken, but the ones in love have forgotten what it feels like. That its not the outside world that hurts you as much as your mind and body do. Makes you sick, mentally and physically. Everyone gets over lost love, but the journey to find yourself again and to learn from it is long and so very painful. Losing a piece of yourself every time, but ometimes in return gaining knowledge you never had before.
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    This song seems to me to be about how you get older and you dry up and die inside. We start out innocent, and life comes as a gift that we take with grace. At a certain point we become aware and self-conscious and start thinking about the end, so we start trying to control it all. We become the thieves of life. We try to force life, which only pushes life away. Only pushes love away. But as william blake once said, a fool who persists in his/her folly will become wise.
    Once we learn the true art of life, life comes back to us, like when we were children. I hope you all arrive at the place where you are at and find the true meaning of happiness. We're all in this together.
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    Youth to me is expression. Its like one person is speaking for many and just simply writing down in a song a story shared by many. Its about love lost. Its a song that is understood by many, but it also brings confusion to one who has not experienced something so deep. I think the words and tone of this song are absolutely beautiful and if I could describe this song in one word it would be 'unique'. Because the title 'youth' means teens. And sometimes are lucky enough to experience a great love at young age. Xx.
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    How we have ruined our own life and that riots and heart brokenness is because of us but we will blame it on someone that caused us pain and raised us like we are and that we can change to be as emo as we like and to be as empty as we can be because were hurting over someone that ruined us but truly its because were mad at them to make us different and making us take responsibility and that we were the one so blame.
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    I think it's about a girl who has lost everyone in life through some way or another, someone else has just left and she feels totally broken. Maybe a her partner has just broken up with her to be with someone else, maybe they have died and she feels she needs to blame someone. I don't know, I don't want to over analyse it because I don't want to ruin it's mysterious beauty.
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    When I listen to this song, I picture a group of teenagers, all going through their own things; whether it's a break up, family issues, or just not knowing who you are, or anything bothering them. And the line where daughter says "destroy the middle, it's a waste of time. From the perfect start to the finish line," makes me picture the youths as they leave a party and walk through the suburbs, some begin to shatter into dust. I think this is the 'destroying the middle'. So they're all running through the town, a little frightened but realising they are 'chasing visions of their futures'. I really think this song is about kids finding themselves, even though they need a distraction.
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    This song is about life. "from the perfect start to the finish line" it means from the beauty of a new life to the beauty of a long life come to end. The middle is corruptness of the world. "if you're still bleeding, you're the lucky ones. " it means if you still have hope, then you still have life. But the rest of us are only waiting to die. That's why we set our insides on fire for fun, to get away from the overwhelming blatancy of the fact that from the moment we are born the only thing that's certain is that we will die.
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    It reminds me of when my boyfriend and best friend moved away to south america for a year and left me behind, we were basically still children and were in love for the first time. We always kept talking about our futures and how we'd stay together. When he came back we were both grown up and not the same. The middle is the year we spent apart, never seeing or speaking to each other, but only remembering and writing letters that took months to get there. The song is about how youth dies.
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    This song is about me, you and many others; how we feel when we lose somebody when we were still in-love with them, but how we blame them for it. When we are young we are reckless and do things without really thinking about them. The playing over in our heads of the words spoken, both good and bad. Sometimes we just can't let go and forget! I blame myself for the person this song reminds me of, I'm quite young, my actions we reckless, and our conversations still play over and over in my head!
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    I think many teenagers can relate to this song easily, in my opinion its talking about all the young loves that we leave behind in our youth, so we 'set fire to our insides for fun, to distract our hearts from ever missing them'. I think this refers to destroying our insides with drugs and alcohol as a form of escapism and for fun because when your young your 'reckless'. 'setting fire to our insides' could also refer to killing our inisdes, its almost as if our emotions are dead, like we've lost ourselves and left behind is just our 'silhouette' and a 'lifeless face'. We want to feel emotions as strongly as we did in our youth to feel alive again. Those who haven't been heartbroken are still 'bleeding' with wonderfull emotions and are alive. This song highlights the beuaty of what it is to be young, naive and wild and have dreams but then the sad realisation that as we grow older we'll die before we've ever acheived our dreams and all the broken hearts we've been through have hardened and changed us.
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    The lyrics are really realistic and personal, and so is the instrumental. I think it's a very meaningful song, and I can relate a lot. I think it's about losing your innocence as a teenager, by all means. And the consequences of losing the first love, the scars it leaves there, and how you try to fix everything, but in wrong ways. I think "we're setting fire to our insides for fun" actually refers to the self-distruction by drugs, alcohol and all that.
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    To me, it's about the young generation of today (the wild and reckless) being de-sensitized by pain they are going through--be it a lost loved one or a broken family. So they resort to drugs, alcohol, heavy partying, promiscuous teenage s** (setting fire to our insides for fun; distract our hearts from ever missing them) just to forget the pain, the emptiness, the brokenness, the anger or whatever negative feelings they have brought about dysfunctional relationships. They have become insensitive, numb, unfeeling and bitter (most of our feelings are dead and gone; cause most of us are bitter over someone).
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    We are not just youth we are the youth of corige we stand for what we are. We are what makes the sun rise we are the youth that arnt afraid to be bold and say who we are even if are mom or dad yells at you or beats you. You no that when you wake up you will start a new day but most of ar4e feeling thay are dead and thay are gone but we allways have to get back up. That is my meaning of youth and bless hume is danmd.
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    I think it's about how she goes through a breakup obviously, and she's saying how young people are wreck less with love and it's crazy. And by 'setting fire to our insides for fun' is falling in love, setting your heart on fire. And the flood that wrecked their home would have possibly been a girl he cheated on her with. So she so worn out she just doesn't 'feel' anymore, and maybe found a rebound basically to get him off her mind but she still missed him.
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    Destroy the middle its a waste of time. Finish line:
    - I think here it means that she is going through this middle process of losing someone until you find another someone. And if you're still breathing. Corrupted lungs:
    - in these repeated starts to the chorus I think its showing how she has numbed herself to the pain of love to the point where she has lost all feeling. Also an admiration to those who still have feelings and get hurt by love.
    All in all, I think she shows a bit of anger to the boy who made her lose all feeling towards love, and also envious of those who are in love. Kind of communicating the "ringing" after effect of a love gone wrong and how it can drain feeling from a person.
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    The 'setting fire to our insides for fun' represents the drugs, and alcohol that young people consume. The corrupted lungs represent the government who steal from us, almost stealing our air. 'lovers who went wrong' represents the many people who spend their whole lives looking for someone to love them but they turned out to be using them. This causes people to become numb and users themselves and the feelings 'are dead. And gone'. Daughter then brings herself into the song saying how she misses one of her lost loves. Although this is just an interpretation I feel it is very apt.
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    This song I have had on repeat for days because I feel as though I can relate to and to me, this song is personal to the artist, because I feel as though this is about love and having an experience where love went wrong within their youth and they're still not over it. But from listening to this song over and then reading the lyrics, its as though they're singing from the heart of someone that was dumped and they don't quite know where it went wrong and never quite got over it and at one point let it consume them 'well I've lost it all, I'm just a silhouette' and they kind of envy people that are still 'breathing' as they feel as though they can't, or 'bleeding' as they feel as though they have completely bled out and more importantly 'in love' as they are still bitter over a relationship that broke down and they distract themselves to try and stop missing them but its something that'll never go away. And maybe its something that they can't let go of as they feel it is unresolved. But I think that this is person and you can't just write words like this about something you've never experienced.
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    It's all about one thing! It uses us, makes us do all this to keep it going, all the feelings we have, the pain we endure throughout our lives, the lovers we keep letting go of, our selfishness, our creativity, all to make sure the thing survives and gets transferred to the next stage, it's all about our dna, it just wants to be carried on to the next generation no matter what, the fit can do it, the norm will have to struggle, it just makes things worse, we developed these feelings that self destruct this creature, just like daughter says; we are the reckless, we are the wild youth.
    Youth is the prime era for our genes to be carried on by somebody else, our offspring, this went haywire when we started feeling, when we started having and communicating our feelings, we get to a stage where we realize it's not about any of us, it's all about the thing, it either came from space in a meteor or just formed here from vapours of volcanoes and lightning then started spreading, in so many forms, starting from single cell organisms to more complicated creatures which is us, all for one reason, not us, it's all about it, we suffer either because we are not efficient enough to carry it abroad, or we refuse to be part of its game, the game of survival (not you or me, but that creature that happened to exist and be), we are slaves to our instincts, our desires, they all lead to the it, it's all pre programmed in our heads, stored in what we call a brain, that parasite that makes us do all these things for its own pleasure, wonder why many people commit suicide, to kill that creature that haunted us for all of our lives, the ones who win are the ones that just live and have fun, no matter how or when we die as long as we did something that we (not the it) enjoyed.
    Spread the word, let's actually live!
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    To me, this is all about the bitterness that starts to seep in after the pain of a relationship ending. And when you maybe lose faith, and feel a little older. Less naive.
    When you're younger, or in the early stages of the relationship, you're still breathing, you're happy, healthy, you can feel.
    When it ends, you're so numb you just want to feel something - so you set "fire to our insides for fun".
    After all the things you've learned since becoming a teenager, or from being in relationships, your innocence is kind of corrupted. You don't see things, or feel things, in the way you used to- it's like everything is tainted.
    It seems that the singer is addressing her previous lover, telling him of her pain and hurt and bitterness. And blaming him, because she'll always miss the love they shared.
    Beautiful song. : ')
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    This song is the reality of what the human world is. If you can still feel things you are the lucky one. If you don't beat yourself up and blame everything that goes wronh on yourself you are lucky. If you still have that childlike wonder while the world is falling apart you are lucky. I think.
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    Speaking on behalf of girls who have had their hearts broken hence the 'our' in the second line. 'destroy the middle' could refer to the meaningless parts of a relationship that are not as significant as the beginning or the end. 'if you're still breathing' then you are lucky because a broken heart means you are left 'corrupted' and have to live with the scars of that relationship. The 'reckless' and the 'wild youth' could refer to young love and falling in love too quickly. 'one day we'll reveal the truth' could signify the illusions of love the young strive for before learning what love is really like. The next verse starts virtually the same and means the same. 'setting fire to our insides for fun' could mean despite the hurt we have been put through, we are still willing to do it again for the thrill of the 'perfect start to the finish line'. Pictures are tangible and real - brings to life the memories of the 'flood that wrecked this'. The repetition of 'you caused it' signifies the bitter feeling towards the previous lover who has broken her heart. 'silouhette' and 'lifeless face' are weak images literally representing the broken person failed love leaves behind. The fact that 'missing him' and 'you caused it' are separate at the end makes me think that the person that 'caused it' is a woman coming between the voice and her lover. She signifies the flood that wrecked our home' and so it was not the man that broke her heart but the woman who stole him from her.
    That's my interpretation anyway :)
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    I think this song is about those girls who are. Promiscuous, and reckless, but its not because they want to be, its because theyve been hurt badly in the past and they are trying to avoid the pain that comes with heartbreak by avoiding becoming emotionally attached to anyone. This song is absolutely lovely and rather melancholy and a tad violent all at the same time, I think its beautiful.
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    This song is so powerful personally, I look around and think some people complain about theri lives, reveal what troubles them and all I can think is *you are the lucky ones" coz for some of us life is not so pretty, then I think again the reason I am where I am is coz of me, coz my feelings are dead and gone and the things I held dear to my life are either gone or drifting away and now I am setting fires in my inside just for fun and heaving through corrupted lungs. Now I realise that something needs to be done and I hold the key. Never lose hope people for without we shall be done!
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