Good to Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Have to Do Is Die
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Am I correct to defend the fist that holds this pen?
It's ink that lies,
the pen, the page, the paper.
I live, I learn.
You will always take what i have earned.
And so aid my end while I believe I'm winning.

Our friends speak out in our defense.
I pay ten deaf ears for two months rent.
We burn they gallows they erect,
and cut the nooses they tie for our necks.

You constantly make it impossible to make conversation.
Keep us comatose but audible.
And I like it the farther i get out.
We pass it off but it's all on us.
Only common conversation,
it took everything i got.
And I like it the farther i get out.

Once said, always said.
I will hold the past over your head.
I'll speak my mind whenever i feel slighted.
I am hellbent on extracting all of my revenge.
So take heart, sweetheart, or I will take it from you.

We slip concealed back to the keep.




Concede to do the work for free.
We prey as wolves among the sheep and slit the neck of soldiers while they sleep.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Brand New's song "Good to Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Have to Do Is Die" express feelings of frustration and helplessness in the face of deception and emotional manipulation. The singer questions whether defending one's own actions is worth it when lies corrupt even the ink used to write them down. Despite the singer's efforts to succeed in life, they feel as if their accomplishments are being taken away, leading them to contemplate the idea of suicide as a way to gain attention. However, the singer also feels a sense of liberation from these struggles when distancing themselves from the situation, accepting that it is up to them to break the cycle of manipulation.


The lyrics also touch upon themes of betrayal by friends, as the singer feels that their supposed allies are not making enough efforts to support them. The singer pays no heed to those who defend them while continuing to be manipulated and taken advantage of. In the final verse of the song, the singer speaks of their desire for revenge, implying that they will hold onto past grievances and inflict harm on those who have wronged them.


Overall, the song is a commentary on the toxicity of relationships and the struggles of maintaining one's own identity amid manipulation and lies.


Line by Line Meaning

Am I correct to defend the fist that holds this pen?
Is it right for me to stand up for what I write with this pen?


It's ink that lies, the pen, the page, the paper.
The words I write are not always truthful, but the pen, the page, and the paper hide the lies.


I live, I learn.
I grow and gain knowledge through my experiences.


You will always take what i have earned.
You will always try to take away what I have worked hard for.


And so aid my end while I believe I'm winning.
You will contribute to my downfall even when I think I am succeeding.


Our friends speak out in our defense.
Our allies support us when we are under attack.


I pay ten deaf ears for two months rent.
I ignore criticism and negativity in order to keep a roof over my head for two months.


We burn they gallows they erect, and cut the nooses they tie for our necks.
We destroy the structures meant to punish us and escape the danger they create for us.


You constantly make it impossible to make conversation.
You frequently prevent us from having open and honest discussions.


Keep us comatose but audible.
You want us to remain unresponsive but still present.


And I like it the farther i get out.
The more distance I have from the situation, the more I appreciate the silence.


We pass it off but it's all on us.
We try to brush it off, but we are ultimately responsible for what happens.


Only common conversation, it took everything i got.
Just talking about ordinary things drains me of all my energy.


Once said, always said.
Once something is spoken aloud, it cannot be taken back.


I will hold the past over your head.
I will use your past actions against you in the future.


I'll speak my mind whenever i feel slighted.
I will not hold back my thoughts and feelings when I am offended.


I am hellbent on extracting all of my revenge.
I am determined to get my revenge, no matter what.


So take heart, sweetheart, or I will take it from you.
Be brave and strong, or I will take advantage of you.


We slip concealed back to the keep.
We quietly and secretly return to our hiding place.


Concede to do the work for free.
We agree to do the work without payment.


We prey as wolves among the sheep and slit the neck of soldiers while they sleep.
We act as predators disguised as harmless creatures and attack our enemies when they are vulnerable.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: JESSE LACEY

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@erikmartin5344

This album is almost 20 years old, and it is still as good— and still as relevant— as it was in 2003. It got me through growing up, and now it’s getting me through adulthood. I sincerely hope that some day they will know how many people they saved (and continue to save) with their music.

@benjaminfoster6696

Sameeeee

@CasaDeZeta

Yes 14 years later and I’m like yesss I needed this , again

@alandemarest9952

This song got me through a bad breakup in 2013, and here I am again. Still as relevant, Still as good. Sucks that I'm in this place again but at least I have songs like this.

"Once said, always said. I will hold the past over your head. I speak my mind whenever I feel slighted." That line hits me every time.

@meganralston2911

Reading '20 years ago' and then '2003' is giving me an anyuerism... Naw... I'm still a 15 year old... Ffffffff

@tskyes2634

Same!

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@salukistyle

Deja Entendu is easily their best album. From start to finish, the lyrics are just unbelievably deep. Makes you think.

@jonbourgoin182

Yeah really makes you think that a kid lover wrote such deep lyrics

@elizaschaeffer34

My teenage soul was aching. Still, at 30, and with a license to practice therapy, I feel it SO DEEP.

@cherryceejay

this is real music. real music pulls emotion out of you. paints a picture, pulls you in to what the song is about.

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