Keep It On Wax
Alexisonfire Lyrics


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I, I guess
The only thing cheap to you was your friends
You can always make new friends
(Oh well, oh well) But when you sell them out will they be worth as much?
I, I guess
The only thing cheap to you was your friends
You can always make new friends
(Oh well, oh well) But when you sell them out will they be worth as much?

Now this bridge is ashes
It might as well have never been built
It might as well have never been built
And the river that it crossed
Looks like an ocean now
Looks like an ocean now

Times change and people change with them
Some people love to play the victim
Love to play the victim
You threw caution to the wind
Washed away these few last years for nothing
Was it all for nothing?
Keep it on wax

You're not the only one
Who's had to make sacrifices
We all had to make sacrifices
And time won't heal shit
When you've got your hands in my pockets
When you've got your hands

Kick, Kick, Kick
Scream, Scream, Scream
It won't change a goddamn thing (It don't change)
Kick, Kick, Kick
Scream, Scream, Scream (a goddamn thing)
Kick, Kick, Kick
Scream, Scream, Scream
It won't change a goddamn thing (It don't change)
Kick, Kick, Kick
Scream, Scream, Scream (a goddamn thing)

I, I guess
The only thing cheap to you is your friends
I guess
The only thing cheap to you is your friends
I guess
The only thing cheap to you is your friends
I guess
The only thing cheap to you is your friends

Oh, what a fucking shame
Oh, that you had to mess things up this bad

Times change and people change with them
Some people love to play the victim
Love to play the victim
You threw caution to the wind
Washed away these few last years for nothing
Was it all for nothing?

It's gone
It's gone
There's nothing left
Keep it on wax
It's gone
It's gone




There's nothing left
Keep it on wax

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of Alexisonfire's song Keep It On Wax delve into a topic that is all too familiar - the betrayal of friendship. The singer recalls how the only thing their corrupt friend deemed cheap was their loyalty, for they could always find new friends. However, the question arises, whether their discarded friends will be worth as much when they choose to sell them out. This line could be interpreted as serving as a warning to those who put greed over their friendships because when they move onto newer, more lucrative ventures, their old friends and their loyalty slowly lose value in their eyes.


The following lyrics touch upon the idea of impermanence and speak to the idea of the destructibility of things that seem concrete, such as bridges. The imagery of ashes representing the once-standing bridge implies that even the most robust of things can be destroyed, leaving just a trace of what they once were. It's as if the singer understands this, lamenting that their relationship with their friend might as well have never existed, with the "river it crossed now looking like an ocean." The verse ends with the sentiments of how people, like times and things, change. Those who prefer to play the victim are called out for doing so, highlighting how they are willing to throw away years of friendship for nothing.


The repetition of the phrase "Keep it on wax" as a means of ending the song could be interpreted as a call to keep things real and authentic. The phrase itself is a reference to an age-old practice of preserving music through wax cylinders. In essence, the lyrics are telling the audience to keep their relationships and friendships real, even when things change around them. The overall sentiment is one of regret over how things turned out and a warning to those who put greed over loyalty.


Line by Line Meaning

I, I guess
I assume


The only thing cheap to you was your friends
You didn't value your friendships


You can always make new friends
It's possible to form new relationships


(Oh well, oh well) But when you sell them out will they be worth as much?
Betraying your friends will damage your relationship beyond repair


Now this bridge is ashes
The bridge between us is destroyed


It might as well have never been built
Our prior connection is nonexistent


And the river that it crossed
The relationship we had


Looks like an ocean now
It has become unfathomably broad


Times change and people change with them
Life moves on and people transform


Some people love to play the victim
Some people enjoy receiving pity


You threw caution to the wind
You chose to be reckless


Washed away these few last years for nothing
You ruined the progress we made over the past few years


Was it all for nothing?
Did anything positive come out of this?


You're not the only one
Other people understand too


Who's had to make sacrifices
Who have had to give up something valuable


And time won't heal shit
Time can't alleviate negative feelings


When you've got your hands in my pockets
When you're taking from me without permission


Kick, Kick, Kick
Violent outbursts


Scream, Scream, Scream
Loud, confrontational behavior


It won't change a goddamn thing (It don't change)
It's pointless to act this way


Oh, what a fucking shame
This is a terrible situation


Oh, that you had to mess things up this bad
It's unfortunate that you caused so much harm


It's gone
Our connection is broken


There's nothing left
No remnants of our relationship


Keep it on wax
Let's end this situation diplomatically




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

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Comments from YouTube:

@Bedrinonen

As with every song eventually on this album, about 2 decades later, yet another song makes unbelievably perfect sense to me.

@andreidarie4076

Holy damn Grade 9 nostalgia

@skramzfather

Some of the vocals honestly remind me of Guy from Fugazi in the beginning

@calmclam7638

Some people love to play the victim. Wow does that ever apply to now a days.

@patrickgrondines3608

KEEP IT ON WAX!!!

@IcarusSteez

I've worked in Swindon and met this wonderful lady in my uncle's shop using an Alexisonfire shirt
seeing that made me so happy, where Im from there's not alot of ppl with good music taste (PT,Lisbon)

if by miracle you see this I love you too
Alex, out

@rydz656

You can always make new friends.
But when you sell them out will they be worth as much?

@allisont3159

This song has summed up my life since the first time I heard it.
Eternal love.

@ognjantolmacevic711

3:25 KEEP IT ON WAX

@Seraph89_

2020. And still one of the best songs ever. Rock on mother Fuckers

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