Millstone
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I used to be such a burning example
I used to be so original
I used to care, I was being careful
Made sure I showed it to those that I love

I used to sleep without a single stir
'Cause I was about my father's work
Well Take me out tonight,
The ship of fools I'm on will sink
My own stone around my neck,
Be my breath, there's nothing I wouldn't give

I used to pray a God was listening
I used to make my parents proud
I was the glue that kept my friends together
Now they don't talk and we don't go out

I used to know the name of every person I kissed
Now I made this bed and I can't fall asleep in it

Take me out tonight,
The ship of fools I'm on will sink
My own stone around my neck,
Be my breath, there's nothing I wouldn't give

Throw me that lifeline,
The ship of fools I'm on will sink
My own stone around my neck
Be my breath, there's nothing I wouldn't give

Never hit the brakes
There's no time to save him
He's run out in the street
Anybody know his name?
I think I recognize him
Sure it's him?
Running from that mistake

Whoa

So take me out tonight
The ship of fools I'm on will sink
My own stone around my neck
Be my breath, there's nothing I wouldn't give

To save my life tonight
The ship of fools I'm on will sink




My own stone around my neck
Be my breath, there's nothing I wouldn't give

Overall Meaning

The song "Millstone" by Brand New reflects on how life changes as we grow up and how we may lose ourselves in the process. The first stanza depicts the singer's past self - someone who was original and cared deeply for others. He was once the perfect glue for his friends and family. However, as time passed, the singer's priorities changed, and his relationships fell apart. Friends walked away from him, and he couldn't recognize the people he used to know. He is now sinking on the ship of fools he created for himself.


The singer's sense of hopelessness and regret are highlighted in the chorus. He underscores the struggle to find someone to save him from his failures. Death is no longer a scary thought; instead, it's comforting. The singer just wants to be thrown a lifeline, breathing out his last breath, and no longer shackled by the millstone around his neck. The last verse is ambiguous as to whether the singer is watching someone else face a similar fate or experiencing a flashback of himself before he hits rock bottom, but the overall message is clear – redemption is in sight, but the price is high.


Line by Line Meaning

I used to be such a burning example
I used to inspire people and set a good standard for them to follow.


I used to be so original
I used to be unique and different from everyone else.


I used to care, I was being careful
I used to be careful with my actions and their impact on other people's lives. I truly cared about their well-being.


Made sure I showed it to those that I love
I made sure to express my love and care to those who matter to me.


I used to sleep without a single stir
I used to sleep peacefully without any worries or regrets.


'Cause I was about my father's work
Because I was focused on carrying out my father's legacy or work.


Well Take me out tonight,
Please take me out tonight.


The ship of fools I'm on will sink
I am on a path of destruction and need help to get out of it.


My own stone around my neck,
I am bogged down by my own choices and their consequences.


Be my breath, there's nothing I wouldn't give
Please be my everything, I will do anything in return.


I used to pray a God was listening
I used to believe in a higher power that would answer my prayers.


I used to make my parents proud
I used to do things that made my parents happy and proud of me.


I was the glue that kept my friends together
I used to be the one who brought my friends together and kept them close.


Now they don't talk and we don't go out
My friends are no longer close and we don't hang out like we used to.


I used to know the name of every person I kissed
I used to be in love and remember every intimate detail about my partner.


Now I made this bed and I can't fall asleep in it
Now I am living with the consequences of my choices and cannot find peace with them.


Throw me that lifeline,
Please give me a chance to save myself.


Never hit the brakes
Don't slow down or stop, keep moving forward.


There's no time to save him
Time is running out and there is no saving me.


He's run out in the street
I am vulnerable and exposed, open to danger.


Anybody know his name?
Does anyone know who I am and what I am going through?


I think I recognize him
I am aware of my struggles and the path I am on.


Sure it's him?
Am I really the person I have become, struggling to find a way out?


To save my life tonight
I need help and a way out of this situation.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: JESSE LACEY

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