Accidents
Alexisonfire Lyrics


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I'm not sure what's worse
The waiting or the waiting room
"You're next, sir" becomes cruel taunt to you
Recycled air, the smell of sleep and disinfectant
Your God is a two door elevator

Do they even cure you?
(Cut me open, drug me) or it is just to humor us
(Repair all my defects) before we die
If only we could heal ourselves (whoa, whoa, whoa)
We wouldn't need to be hooked up to these machines (whoa, whoa, whoa)

Let's redefine
Let's redefine
Let's redefine
Let's redefine
Let's redefine
Let's redefine
(What it means to heal)

Do they even cure you?
(Cut me open drug me) or it is just to humor us
(Repair all my defects) before we die
If only we could heal ourselves
(Whoa, whoa, whoa)
We wouldn't need to be hooked up to these machines

Whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa, whoa




Whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa, whoa

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Alexisonfire's song Accidents explore the experience of being in a hospital waiting room, where the anticipation of the next step becomes unbearable. The waiting room, with its recycled air and sterile smell, is a place where time stands still. The idea of being "next" becomes a cruel taunt as the patients are left to wait for hours on end. The lyrics offer a critique of the medical system, questioning whether treatments truly cure patients or are just a way to keep them hooked up to machines before they die. The line "Your God is a two door elevator" suggests that the medical establishment has taken on a god-like status, yet is still limited and fallible.


The singer then offers an alternative, suggesting that if people could heal themselves, they wouldn't need to be hooked up to machines. They call for a redefinition of what it means to heal, indicating a desire for a more holistic approach to healthcare that goes beyond simply curing symptoms. The repeating refrain of "whoa, whoa, whoa" adds an emotional weight to this plea, emphasizing the frustration and despair of being stuck in a medical system that is failing to meet the needs of its patients.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm not sure what's worse
I cannot decide which is the more challenging situation


The waiting or the waiting room
Whether waiting or in the waiting room, both are equally distressing


"You're next, sir" becomes cruel taunt to you
The seemingly polite announcement of being next is perceived as a cruel taunt


Recycled air, the smell of sleep and disinfectant
The unpleasant smell of the hospital room filled with recycled air and disinfectant


Your God is a two door elevator
The two door elevator represents a physical representation of the waiting room as a small space controlled by fate


Do they even cure you?
Do the treatments really help to heal the person?


(Cut me open, drug me) or it is just to humor us
Are the treatments like opening up someone and drugging them just to make them feel better?


(Repair all my defects) before we die
The treatments should repair all our defects before we pass away


If only we could heal ourselves (whoa, whoa, whoa)
It would be better if we could heal ourselves instead of relying on these medical machines


We wouldn't need to be hooked up to these machines (whoa, whoa, whoa)
If we could heal ourselves, then we wouldn't have to rely on machines for healing


Let's redefine
Let us change the way we think about healing


(What it means to heal)
What it truly means to recover and heal from an illness or injury


Whoa, whoa, whoa
A cry or shout of emotion, emphasizing the importance of taking control of one's own health


Whoa, whoa, whoa
A repetition of the above meaning


Whoa, whoa, whoa
A repetition of the above meaning


Whoa, whoa, whoa
A repetition of the above meaning


Whoa, whoa, whoa
A repetition of the above meaning


Whoa, whoa, whoa
A repetition of the above meaning


Whoa, whoa, whoa
A repetition of the above meaning




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Chris Steele, Dallas Green, George Pettit, Jesse Ingelevics, Wade Macneil

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