To A Friend
Alexisonfire Lyrics


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I'm thinking that its time to get out
My patients are fading fast
The mind bruises just a little bit easier
In dark times and shadows cast

What are you suffering for?
Your pride or some kind of personal war?
And will you throw it all away?
For nothing more than a simple taste?

I'll stay in time and watch you pass by
(Paranoia woven deep beneath my skin)
I draw this line and hope you'll take my side (breathe slow, breathe slow)
You shouldn't have to fight alone
(You shouldn't have to fight at all)
It's nobody's battle but your own

Panic holds me like a gun
Firm and steadfast bleak and cold
I think it's time to kill the drama
This lifestyle's getting old

Whispers behind closed doors
Eyes spy from dark windows
Plotting minds seek to harm me
Or maybe not, I don't really know

There is
Something
Waiting
For me
In the
Darkest
Part of
My imagination

I'll stay in time and watch you pass by
(Paranoia woven deep beneath my skin)
I draw this line and hope you'll take my side (breathe slow, breathe slow)
You shouldn't have to fight alone
(You shouldn't have to fight at all)
It's nobody's battle but your own

This is just self-induced terror
There's more to come
This is just a glimpse
I tell myself it's all in my head
But I'm pretty hard to convince

Oh, there's no relief
Oh, this world can offer
Oh, there's no relief
Oh, this world can offer me

I stay in time and watch you pass by
I draw this line and hope you'll take my side




You shouldn't have to fight alone
It's nobody's battle but your own

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Alexisonfire's song To A Friend, are about feeling stuck in a negative mindset that's affecting the person's mental health. In the first verse, the singer discusses how they're feeling exhausted from dealing with their thoughts and emotions, and how it's starting to take a toll on them. They are realizing that they need to get out of this state of being because it's becoming too much for them to handle. In the second verse, the question is being asked if the person is suffering for their pride or some personal battle they are going through. The singer believes that only they can fight their battle because nobody else truly understands what they're going through. Panic grips them, and they're feeling like they're under attack from unseen forces, which causes them to lose sight of what's important.


The chorus emphasizes the message that the only person who can truly fight our battles is ourselves. We shouldn't have to fight alone, but it's nobody's battle but our own. The verse that follows highlights the paranoia that can come with mental illness, making the person feel like someone is out to harm them. The bridge of the song is a realization that the struggle is self-induced and this realization might lead to positive change. The final chorus repeats the idea that the world can offer no respite, and the singer is watching their friend pass by, hoping that they'll take their side and get the help they need.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm thinking that its time to get out
The singer is considering leaving a situation they are in.


My patients are fading fast
The singer is becoming less patient and more agitated with their situation.


The mind bruises just a little bit easier
The singer is feeling more emotionally vulnerable and sensitive.


In dark times and shadows cast
The artist is experiencing difficult times and feels surrounded by negativity and darkness.


What are you suffering for?
The artist is asking someone about the reasons for their suffering.


Your pride or some kind of personal war?
The singer is questioning if the person's suffering is due to their pride or some internal conflict.


And will you throw it all away?
The singer is questioning if the person's suffering is leading them to make destructive decisions.


For nothing more than a simple taste?
The artist is questioning if the person's desire for something is worth the consequences they may face.


I stay in time and watch you pass by
The artist is watching someone go through a difficult time, but not intervening.


Paranoia woven deep beneath my skin
The artist feels paranoid and anxious about their situation.


And I draw this line
The singer is drawing a boundary for themselves and their own mental health.


Breath slow
The artist is advising themselves or someone else to take deep breaths to calm down.


You shouldn't have to fight alone
The singer is offering support to someone who may be struggling.


You shouldn't have to fight at all
The singer is suggesting that conflict and struggle is unnecessary.


It's nobody's battle but your own
The singer believes that only the person experiencing the struggle has control over the outcome.


Panic holds me like a gun
The artist feels like their panic is controlling them like a weapon.


Firm and steadfast bleak and cold
The artist's panic feels rigid and unrelenting, making them feel hopeless.


I think it's time to kill the drama
The singer wants to eliminate unnecessary conflict and negative energy in their life.


This lifestyle is getting old
The singer is tired of their current lifestyle and wants to make a change.


Faces threaten from behind closed doors
The artist feels like they are being threatened or watched from behind closed doors.


Eyes spy from dark windows
The artist feels like they are being watched from a distance.


Plotting minds that seek to harm me, or maybe not
The artist senses danger or ill-intent from someone or something, but isn't entirely sure.


There is something waiting for me in the darkest part of my imagination
The singer is afraid of what is in their own thoughts and fears.


This is just self-induced terror
The artist recognizes that their own thoughts and fears are causing them to feel terrified.


There's more to come
The singer expects to experience more fear and anxiety.


This is just a glimpse
The singer acknowledges that their current suffering is only a small portion of their life.


I tell myself its all in my head
The singer is trying to convince themselves that their fears and worries are not real.


But I'm pretty hard to convince
The artist has a hard time believing their own reassurances.


Oh, there's no relief
The artist feels like there is no way to escape their current situation.


Oh, this wold can offer
The singer doesn't believe that the world can offer any help or support.


Oh, there's no relief
The singer repeats their belief that there is no escape.


Oh, this world can offer me
The artist believes that the world can't offer anything to help them.


And hope you'll take my side
The artist is looking for support from someone else.




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:

Eric Drisgula

Man do I miss this band and this whole era of time and music, I feel so blessed that I was of an age that allowed me to live this era of music out in real time when all these bands just exploded outta the woodwork, so much good music , so many awesome shows at venues big and small. Makes me kinda sad to know I can't ever go back to that time, the world has changed so much since then too , so have it's people and neither for the better, sucks. The closest band I can think to Alexis on fire would prob be chiodos.

Ybor Steve Esquire III

I know exactly what you mean friend... I know exactly what you mean...

Killswitch Uncaged

Well, hopefully with their new album that they decide to go back to their roots. I’m sure it’ll be good either way. But everything just felt different. Ever since 2012 it just never felt the same. Sometimes I feel like the world really did end. With most creativity and passion going out the window.

mrmatthews27

Late teens not a care in the world. Having fun with friends. Before it all became too serious.

Gh0stp3wp3w

my greatest regret of my childhood is: not having itunes, and losing my computer.


there were so many good bands that i will never remember the name of, or never uploaded their content to youtube.

it was truly the golden era, the mid 2000's

Andrew C

@Killswitch Uncaged Old Crows. We're all not the kids we used to be.

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Natalie S

when i was younger,this song got me through the days i thought i couldnt get through.Its 2020 & though its not as it was, on my worst days i can still knock this and feel.

Chad-like Hulk

Seeing people I love battling addiction and mental illness makes this song hit so much harder nowadays than when I first heard it not knowing anyone suffering from significant mental illness and addictive personalities.

Derek Pokphan

The riff that starts on 1:04 carried me through a couple of years, i feel its emotion.

Tyler A

Derek Pokphan I know I’m late! Ha, but that riff is soo badass!!

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