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Your Life Your Call
Junip Lyrics


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She's over you
Boy, you know it's true
But you can't stay here
You had it coming for years

Pull yourself together
Draw the line
Pull yourself together
Can't stand to see you cry

It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall
It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall

It's over now
You've been taking your time
But you can't stay here
Boy, dry up your tears

Pull yourself together
Draw the line

It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall
It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall

Pull yourself together
Draw the line
Pull yourself together
Can't stand to see you cry

No point in looking back
Over your shoulder
Leave your worries behind
For a while
You'll forget everything
As you get older

It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall
It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall

Stand up, stand up
Stand up or enjoy your fall
It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall

Pull yourself together
Draw the line
Pull yourself together
Can't stand to see you cry

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Junip's "Your Life Your Call" carry a strong message of optimism and self-empowerment, urging the listener to take control of their life and make the most of it. The song seems to address someone who has been stuck in a rut, nursing a broken heart and unable to move on. The opening lines suggest that the object of the singer's address (possibly a former romantic partner or friend) is now over the addressee and has moved on, leaving them behind. This reality check is followed by an ultimatum: "you can't stay here", implying that it's time to move on, too.


The rest of the song's lyrics sustain this theme, repeating the refrain "It's your life, it's your call" like a mantra. The song maintains a consistently upbeat tone, aimed at inspiring the listener to take charge of their life and make the most of their time. The reassuring refrain enforces the notion that the decisions are ultimately up to the individual listener, urging them to either "stand up" or "enjoy [their] fall". The repetition of section and its variants drives the message home and encourages persistence.


Overall, the song delivers an uplifting message that nurtures self-determination and the abilities to make choices and decisions. It's a call to embrace the present and the future and refuse to be held back by the past.


Line by Line Meaning

She's over you
She has moved on from you


Boy, you know it's true
It is a fact that she is over you


But you can't stay here
You cannot remain in this place of heartbreak


You had it coming for years
You were deserving of this because of your behavior


Pull yourself together
Get a grip on yourself


Draw the line
Set boundaries for yourself


Can't stand to see you cry
I hate to see you so upset


It's your life, it's your call
You are the one who is responsible for your life choices


Stand up or enjoy your fall
You must take action and stand up or suffer the consequences


It's over now
The relationship is finished


You've been taking your time
You have been slow to move on


Boy, dry up your tears
Stop crying


No point in looking back
There is no benefit to dwelling on the past


Over your shoulder
Looking behind you


Leave your worries behind
Stop worrying about the things that have happened


For a while
Temporarily


You'll forget everything
You will eventually move past your heartbreak


As you get older
With time


Stand up
Take action


Can't stand to see you cry
I hate to see you so upset




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: ARAYA ELIAS ASSEGAHEGN, JOSE GONZALEZ, TOBIAS INGVAR WINTERKORN

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Alex

Lyrics:
She's over you
Boy, you know it's true
But you can't stay here
You had it coming for years
Pull yourself together
Draw the line
Pull yourself together
Can't stand to see you cry
It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall
It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall
It's over now
You've been taking your time
But you can't stay here
Boy, dry up your tears
Pull yourself together
Draw the line
It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall
It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall
Pull yourself together
Draw the line
Pull yourself together
Can't stand to see you cry
No point in looking back
Over your shoulder
Leave your worries behind
For a while
You'll forget everything
As you get older
It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall
It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall
Stand up, stand up
Stand up or enjoy your fall
It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall
Pull yourself together
Draw the line
Pull yourself together
Can't stand to see you cry



Ben Proulx

There have been a lot of guesses in the comments below as to what the video means.  I think the fact that there are so many different interpretations of what the video could mean is what makes it a fantastic video.  

That being said, here are some quotes from the director and one from the band (Jose), followed by my own interpretation:

Quotes from the director that are listed online (It IS possible these are inaccurate):

1. “The video(s) tell the story of a tormented old man, stuck in a relationship that perhaps was not his choice, or preference to begin with. We see fragments from childhood, the first awkward kiss, the father watching over him. Making sure he follows the right path. The old man, like all of us, a person programmed by the convictions and beliefs of others. In the case of the old man, the unconscious suddenly manifest itself when a young, jeans wearing character appears in their home, forcing him to question who he really is.“

2. "The idea was to make a short film divided into two parts where each part is influenced by a separate song but still maintains to create a whole. The story is partly told on a subconscious level where fragments of memory, along with subjective fears and dreams, are manifested, and just as relevant as anything else in the 'real world' to comprehend the characters and their actions. It is the experience of life in all It´s dark and comical absurdity."

Quote from Jose, which I believe to be extremely accurate as it is from proper sources:

1. "We knew we had those two songs, "Line of Fire" and "Your Life, Your Call," and we knew we had a very limited budget and time. We asked him [the director] very last minute. He came up with the story for both of them. He has the ambition to stir up thoughts and to provoke. I felt like with our music it should be a bit more about the music so it didn't need to provoke.  He rented this huge house with a pool, and this double HD Plus Super-Wide camera, and he got actors that he knew from before. That's the Junip budget, out the window. But he could have fixed angles and still do panoramic shots. The actors he used, he knew them from before and he was holding them for a good opportunity. Also he used this looping technique, which is basically an animated GIF. There are some apps that do that--you film something and you decide which parts will move and which parts won't. He didn't know about the apps. He's been thinking about this for a really long time and was saving it for a good opportunity.  He took the relationship aspect of the songs and with that technique he was good at capturing these monotonous day-to-day routines. Of course, his underlying story is controversial. There are people that like it and people that don't. I actually enjoyed watching both videos without music. It feels like they can stand on their own."

A couple more bits are the titles of the cast in the end credits of the video:
The man, the woman, the young man, the young woman, the father, the mother, and the "savior".  Also, I find it interesting that two of the actors in the video share the same last name and are likely related: The father, and the savior.

Now my interpretation (which may not line up exactly with what was in the director's head, which is okay, which is why the video is great):

I think that based on the titles of the cast in the end credits and the words from the director, the children we see in "Line of Fire" are younger versions of the man and woman.  They are not siblings.  The father and mother we see in the flashback scenes are the boy's father and mother.  The boy clearly grew up in a religious family with religious parents and there are definite undertones in the expressions that tell us that the boy is very controlled by everyone around him.  There is an interesting scene in "Line of Fire" where the father is rubbing the boy's forehead as he is either sleeping of about to sleep.  I think the boy is awake during this moment.  This scene is emphasizing the father's control over the boy by way of religion, in a way driving his ideals into him.  The fireplace is shown as a foreshadowing tool.  I find it interesting that it is shown with a mirror effect, but at the very beginning of "Your Life You Call", it is shown without this effect, fading into a shot of the man with different ornaments on the table next to him then are on the table in the following sequence.  This opening shot is important because it seems to exist in a different place in time, perhaps in an alternate reality within the man's head.  The hair is emphasized, and so are the wedding rings.  I think that has to do with visual style choice and is there to tell us that the girl in the flashback and the woman are the same person, and of course, that they are now married.  The looping effect is used to show the endless cycles of their routines together, but is bypassed every now and then to symbolically show the man breaking free of his cycle and moving forward, for instance when he has his first kiss- that's progress.  In the final moments of the video the looping is abandoned completely.  Now, the woman is preparing to meet this visitor, which is odd, but shows that she is waiting for an escape, and he notices.  When the savior shows up, he is a grotesque looking character, which is done very much on purpose, I think to make a statement about how attractive Jesus is normally portrayed, but I think mainly just to give us a feeling of discomfort in general, so that we more fully understand how the man thinks of his wife and her desires.  He cannot comprehend them, just as we cannot looking at this creepy man she is lusting for.  The savior comes out of water, is washing his wrist in the sink mid-way through part II, and then the video ends with him pouring water over himself.  This is a direct reference also to the bible, I feel.  It is relating to baptism, perhaps.  To cleansing.  The director refers in his quote to the savior as a "jeans wearing character", which makes me believe that the jeans were significant to some degree for him.  I think the jeans are simply significant because they are a symbol of youth, and of casual vs. formal.  The man is so formal, his family was always so formal.  This savior is shirtless and wearing jeans (with rips)- a bit edgy.  All this said, I think that the man is struggling mainly with his own demons- his formal, boring and unhappy life.  This idea is emphasized by the song's lyrics.  The savior is there for him.  He is there to save him of his wife, by bringing him to his breaking point.  He is there to show him the truth and free him of his mundane life.  I don't think that this savior is meant to be a demon, or a figment of the man's imagination, or his younger self, or anything really- he is just what he is, an all knowing human metaphor who is there to serve a purpose, and nothing else.  If anything he is a kind of alien, but he's just simply in control, doing what he is there to do- to save the man.  When the man snaps, he goes to the extreme.  He takes the blanket off of the woman and brings it outside.  She goes to get it, and he sneaks up behind her.  He kills his wife, he burns her (with her hairspray), and he is freed of his suffering, which, was based in religion.  I think this whole thing is very routed in religious symbolism, and somewhat points to the boy's old religious customs as the antagonist.  The wife represents lust, and the savior represents the new world way of thinking.  Anyway, that's my long-winded train of thought.  Sorry for going on and on, and I know I'm a little late to the game, I just think this is AWESOME and it's making me think and I figured I'd add to the discussion because you guys in the comments all seem to be pretty intrigued and interested in the psychology behind everything as well.  As hard as I try, I can't read his lips and do not have any guesses as to what he is saying when he is burning her.  I feel that this was meant to be indistinguishable, to keep the controversy and ambiguity of the video intact.



Antonio Yanez

Lyrics

She's over you
Boy, you know it's true
But you can't stay here
You had it coming for years
Pull yourself together
Draw the line
Pull yourself together
Can't stand to see you cry
It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall
It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall
It's over now
You've been taking your time
But you can't stay here
Boy, dry up your tears
Pull yourself together
Draw the line
It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall
It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall
Pull yourself together
Draw the line
Pull yourself together
Can't stand to see you cry
No point in looking back
Over your shoulder
Leave your worries behind
For a while
You'll forget everything
As you get older
It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall
It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall
Stand up, stand up
Stand up or enjoy your fall
It's your life, it's your call
Stand up or enjoy your fall
Pull yourself together
Draw the line
Pull yourself together
Can't stand to see you cry



All comments from YouTube:

JustADude

I forgot this song and lyrics and the bands name. Then I spent 20 mins in a silent room trying to remember. I ended up remember "what would you do if it all came back to you" and here I am.

Yuri Bistacchi

I just met a guy reminding me someone, and that was the young guy in this video! Long moments of focus, and here we are, 10yrs later!

Vanessa Scholle

You're thinking of Line of Fire--- Junip

Jana Landesse

Congratulations- very good focus

Aysun Güler

I feel you man oh that focusing to remember a song in your ear, so anyway you did it and you are here let’s listen again together! Cheers;)

Masterchris 101

Just spent 30 mins had to look up 2010’s indie music video looping and it worked for line of fire

Game Nation

creepy but excellent, astonishing clarity for original alternative music... well done junip.

angriercaneman

Here's my two cents on what's going on:

The man and woman have been together since their youth (in the first video, the memory is of one having dinner at the other's house and sharing their first kiss beforehand) and now, as they’ve gotten older, their life has fallen into mundane routine. The man reflects on this and the unhappiness he and his wife feel is a crisis. So he begins thinking back to when they were young and everything was new, passionate, etc. Inspired, he makes a conscious effort to try to bring passion back into his marriage and home life by trying to act more like he imagines himself acting when he was young. The creepy character (called “The Savior” in the credits) is this imagining of his young self. The young boy on the bed in the first video is the real him as a boy – excited about a first love and a first kiss, etc., but awkward as boys normally are. However, compared to the powerlessness he currently feels in his life, the way he pictures his young self is as this unhinged, very virile and sexual (if gawky looking) person (creepy Savior). He begins acting like that person in order to inspire passion in his wife. That’s why we see him watching what’s going on from afar (for instance, it’s actually the man having an impromptu dance with his wife in the living room, having crazy sex, etc.) -- he’s sort of observing this new way he’s acting and hoping it will work. It does work and the shooting fire at his wife towards the end of the second video is symbolic of her reawakening brought about by him – a fire of creation and the rebirth of their passion. At the end, we see the man relaxing in the sauna, satisfied with this positive change in his life – The Savior is there with him, but they don’t acknowledge each other because they’re two sides of the same person. Coupled with all of this, the repetitive, tick-tock actions going on in the video, in both the past and present time frames, symbolize that even though the present man and woman consider their lives to be full of mundane routines, every point in your life is like that – it’s just your attitude about life that makes them mundane. When the man was a young boy, there were still these mundane things, but they had excitement about life, so it wasn’t a problem.

Anyway, that's my spiel.

ZoeyMemester

Damn. Wicked excellent! I too wish I could add five hundred likes to this comment, this sounds pretty spot on. I only wish Junip, and other bands would do more stuff and music videos like this.

FleetwoodSoup

No, an old woman curses them both, so attractive gollum spawns into their universe, first stealing his wife then attracting the man to himself and then stealing him from his wife. So gollum ends up ruining their lives as the result of the curse.

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