Take the Fall
Bastards Of Fine Arts Lyrics


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Take The Fall (keating/mayone)

I still can't remember which side I was on
Tried to defend ya that just made me wrong
And I still got your number but I can't make that call
You can have the summer and I'll just take the fall

You made me your messiah 'cause you were feeling weak
And went and found a liar to kiss your dirty cheek
Now I'm the one who's kneeling but you won't see me crawl
You can keep the feeling and I'll just take the fall

Every time you wandered every time you strayed
Every time you cheated I looked the other way
Now I'm standing in the doorway my bags are in the hall
You can have it your way and I'll just take the fall

Every time I linger every time I stay
You just point the finger 'til I go away
You can change the story it's always been your call
You can have the glory and I'll just take the fall

I still can't remember which side I was on
Now it's mid September and I just found you gone
And I still got your number but I can't make that call
You can keep the summer and I'll just take the fall
I'll just take the fall




I'll just take the fall
I'll just take the fall

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Take The Fall" by Bastards Of Fine Arts focus on themes of betrayal, disillusionment, and sacrifice within a relationship. The singer is grappling with the aftermath of a tumultuous connection where they tried to defend their partner but ended up being wronged themselves. Despite still having their partner's contact information, they acknowledge the futility of reaching out and opt to bear the burden of the situation alone by choosing to "take the fall."


The singer reflects on how they were elevated to a position of importance in their partner's life when they were feeling vulnerable, only to be replaced by someone deceitful who ultimately betrayed them. Despite feeling humbled and kneeling figuratively, they refuse to grovel for forgiveness. Instead, they accept the consequences of the situation and resign themselves to enduring the pain while their partner revels in their newfound sense of security and satisfaction.


The lyrics also delve into a pattern of forgiveness and overlooking transgressions within the relationship. The singer recounts instances where they turned a blind eye to their partner's wandering ways and acts of infidelity, highlighting a dynamic of imbalance and injustice. As they find themselves at a metaphorical crossroads with their belongings packed in anticipation of departure, they relinquish control to their partner and accept being the scapegoat in the relationship.


The song encapsulates a sense of resignation and acceptance of a one-sided dynamic where the singer consistently plays a subservient role. Despite their efforts to linger and stay in the relationship, they are met with accusations and blame-shifting, leading to a sense of powerlessness and defeat. The repeated refrain of "I'll just take the fall" underscores the singer's willingness to bear the consequences and burdens of the relationship, even as they struggle to reconcile their role in the unraveling of the connection. Ultimately, the lyrics convey a poignant narrative of sacrifice and self-sacrifice in the face of betrayal and emotional turmoil.


Line by Line Meaning

I still can't remember which side I was on
I am unsure of where I stood in our relationship


Tried to defend ya that just made me wrong
My efforts to protect you only led to my own downfall


And I still got your number but I can't make that call
I have the means to reach out to you, but I choose not to


You can have the summer and I'll just take the fall
You can enjoy the good times while I face the consequences


Every time you wandered every time you strayed
Each time you drifted away from our relationship


Every time you cheated I looked the other way
I ignored your betrayals and chose to overlook them


Now I'm standing in the doorway my bags are in the hall
I am ready to leave, with my belongings packed


You can have it your way and I'll just take the fall
You can control the situation while I bear the consequences


Every time I linger every time I stay
Each moment I stayed longer than I should have


You just point the finger 'til I go away
You blame me until I am forced to leave


You can change the story it's always been your call
You have the power to manipulate the narrative


You can have the glory and I'll just take the fall
You can take credit for the success while I accept the blame


Now it's mid September and I just found you gone
It is now September and you have left without a trace


You can keep the summer and I'll just take the fall
You can hold onto the good times as I face the consequences


I'll just take the fall
I will bear the burden of our relationship's failures


I'll just take the fall
I will accept responsibility for the downfall


I'll just take the fall
I will take on the blame and consequences alone




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: Matthew Keating, Steve Mayone

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