Boiled Frogs
Alexisonfire Lyrics


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A man sits at his desk
One year from retirement
And he's up for review
Not quite sure what to do
Each passing year
The workload grows

I'm always wishing
I'm always wishing too late
For things to go my way
It always ends up the same
(Count your blessings)
I must be missing
I must be missing the point
Your signal fades away
And all I'm left with is noise
(Count your blessings on one hand)

So wait up, I'm not sleeping alone again tonight
There's so much to dream about
There must be more to my life

Poor little tin man
Still swinging his axe
Even though his joints are clogged with rust

My youth is slipping
My youth is slipping away
Safe in monotony, (so safe)
Day after day
(Count your blessings)
My youth is slipping
My youth is slipping away
Cold wind blows off the lake
And I know for sure that it's too late
(Count your blessings on one hand)

So wait up, I'm not sleeping alone again tonight
There's so much to dream about
There must be more to my life

Can't help but feel betrayed
Punch the clock every single day
There's no loyalty and no remorse
Youth sold for a pension cheque
And it makes him fucking sick
He's heating up, he can't say no

(Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh)
(Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh)
(Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh)
(Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh)

So wait up, I'm not sleeping alone again tonight
There's so much to dream about
There must be more to my life
(So wait up)
So wait up I'm not sleeping alone again tonight
Between the light and shallow waves
Is where I'm going to die

Wait up for me




Wait up for me
Wait up for me

Overall Meaning

Boiled Frogs by Alexisonfire seemingly speaks about the monotony of everyday life and the slow and creeping despair that comes with it. The first verse describes a man sitting at his desk, one year away from retirement and up for review, not knowing what to do. The workload grows each year, and he can't seem to catch up. He's always wishing for things to go his way, but it always ends up the same. The lyrics "count your blessings" suggest that he should remember the good things he has in life despite everything else weighing him down.


The chorus focuses on the idea of missing something important: "I must be missing the point, your signal fades away and all I'm left with is noise." The line "so much to dream about, there must be more to my life," suggests a longing for something beyond the monotony of everyday life. The second verse describes a "Poor little tin man" still swinging his axe, despite his joints being clogged with rust. The lyrics speak to the loss of youth, and the desire for more out of life.


The bridge of the song takes a more somber turn as the singer talks about feeling betrayed by the system. He punches the clock every day, but there is no loyalty, no remorse. Youth is sold for a pension check, and it makes him sick. The repeating "whoa-oh-oh's" add to the frustration and anger. The final chorus hints at death, "between the light and shallow waves, is where I'm going to die" and the final plea "wait up for me" suggests a desire to be remembered.


Overall, the song speaks to the struggle of finding meaning and purpose in everyday life, and the frustration and despair that comes with feeling trapped in monotony.


Line by Line Meaning

A man sits at his desk
The opening line paints a picture of a man in his office, with files spread across his desk, a sign of his busy work life.


One year from retirement
The man has worked for a long time, and he is soon to be up for retirement.


And he's up for review
This line implies that his work is being examined to determine if he will receive rewards he deserves.


Not quite sure what to do
The man is confused and is not sure of what action to take concerning his review.


Each passing year
As time goes on, the man’s workload is increasing, making him more overwhelmed.


I'm always wishing
The persona begins to talk about himself, hoping for something magical to happen.


I'm always wishing too late
He confesses to his mediocrity, that he always wishes for great things after it's too late.


For things to go my way
The persona wishes that things in his life could go smoothly, without any hindrances or obstacles.


It always ends up the same
Despite his wishes, he says that his life is always the same, with no significant changes.


(Count your blessings)
It’s a reminder to focus on the positives and be grateful for the little blessings in life.


I must be missing
Here, the persona feels a sense of regret and realization that he must have lost sight of an essential aspect of his life.


I must be missing the point
He acknowledges that he could be missing the point regarding his life journey, and he needs to retrace his steps to find himself.


Your signal fades away
It applies to individuals close to the persona whose act of negligence or absence is causing him to lose interest or miss out on something important.


And all I'm left with is noise
With the blurred signal or an absence of motivation, all that remains behind is chaos, uncertainty, and noise in the mind.


So wait up, I'm not sleeping alone again tonight
He’s promising not to be unproductive, as he intends to spend the night awake, probably finding himself or aligning his life's purpose.


There's so much to dream about
The persona realizes there is much more meaning to his life than just working tirelessly to achieve a pension, reminding himself to dream more.


There must be more to my life
He’s challenging himself to dig deep and figure out what else his life comprises, besides the mundane routine.


Poor little tin man
The use of the phrase 'poor little tin man' shows a sense of pity and sorrow for someone who appears to be struggling with the things that define their identity.


Still swinging his axe
Even with difficulties faced, the persona is still doing his best to keep fighting, no matter how challenging the situation appears to be.


Even though his joints are clogged with rust
The persona still uses his skills and knowledge despite age, experience, or other drawbacks, although he's not as sharp as before.


My youth is slipping
The line suggests that he is aging, and he is not the young man he was before.


Safe in monotony, (so safe)
The safety of sticking to what he knows and its reassurance sets an overall theme of embracing the monotony that life has to offer sometimes.


Day after day
Despite his youth, he finds life less exciting than it was, and the routine appears too predictable.


(Count your blessings)
The words remind him, once more, to always count and appreciate the valuable things he has, even in the midst of those tough times.


Cold wind blows off the lake
The environment he finds himself in the current phase of his life is not enjoyable and not how he would prefer.


And I know for sure that it's too late
It applies to the realization that he’s at a phase of his life where it feels too late to make changes, find a new routine, or switch up his life's direction.


Can't help but feel betrayed
He is disappointed in his life, especially the work life, and probably feels like he has wasted too much time on a career that doesn't appreciate him.


Punch the clock every single day
He’s developed a routine of punching the clock every day and an ingrained habit of working tirelessly to tackle his workloads.


There's no loyalty and no remorse
The organization lacks empathy or loyalty to the employees, making it feel like a dead-end job with no room for advancement and personal growth.


Youth sold for a pension cheque
Drawbacks of working tirelessly mean that a chunk of his life has been traded in for an eventual payout, which is disheartening.


And it makes him fucking sick
The realization that he has exchanged his youthful and productive years for money makes him feel upset and regretful.


He's heating up, he can't say no
The persona is frustrated at the situation, and his emotions are boiling up inside such that he can no longer keep quiet about the toxic work environment he finds himself in.


(Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh)
The phrase whoa-oh-oh-oh appears at the end of each verse and signifies the song's primary theme, which is to remind the listener to focus on the positives and be grateful.


Between the light and shallow waves
The persona uses this metaphor to describe the state of his uncertainty, fear, and not knowing where to begin figuring out his life's purpose.


Is where I'm going to die
Dead, aimless, with no sense of purpose. The line represents stagnation, resignation to the status quo.


Wait up for me
He needs someone to wait for him, sort of like a motivation to try and find happiness and inspiration.


Wait up for me
The use of these words at the end of the song signifies another cry from the persona for someone to wait, keep hoping, make changes in his life situation, and become better.


Wait up for me
It's a hopeful note in the song's closing moments that bring a sense of urgency to his request for someone to wait and not give up on him.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Chris Steele, Dallas Green, George Pettit, Jordan Hastings, Wade MacNeil

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@meetthe9yearold980

I was picked on, growing up,for listening to screamo...as a black girl🤷🏿‍♀️..I love NIN, alexisonfire, Foo Fighters, Our Lady Peace..listening to them during elementary school got me through rough stuff ! I wouldn't change a thing..27 now and still listening ❤

@pancakes4140

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@shannonfraley9637

27 years old now and this song hits way harder than it did 10 years ago damn

@torstenscholz6243

So true. The older you get, the better you understand what this song is about and how sad and depressing it actually is. Still an awesome song though, their self-titled debut and Crisis remain their best works.

@haveanotherpinacolada

Fucking yes

@Caniewaak

29 over here. I feel you, brother.

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