The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot
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If it makes you less sad
I will die by your hand
Hope you find out what you want
Already know what I am

And if it makes you less sad
We'll start talking again
You can tell me how vile I already know that I am
I'll grow old, start acting my age
Be a brand new day in a life that you hate

A crown of gold
A heart that's harder than stone
And it hurts a whole lot
But it's missed when it's gone

Call me a safe bet
I'm bettin' I'm not
I'm glad that you can forgive
Only hoping as time goes, you can forget

If it makes you less sad
I'll move out of the state
You can keep to yourself
I'll keep out of your way

And if it makes you less sad
I'll take your pictures all down
Every picture you paint
I will paint myself out
It's cold as a tomb
And it's dark in your room
When I sneak to your bed
To pour salt in your wounds
So call it quits or get a grip
Say you wanted a solution
You just wanted to be missed

Call me a safe bet
I'm betting I'm not
I'm glad that you can forgive
Only hoping as time goes, you can forget
So you can forget
You can forget

You are calm and reposed
Let your beauty unfold
Pale white, like the skin stretched over your bones
Spring keeps you ever close
You are second hand smoke
You are so fragile and thin
Standing trial for your sins
Holding onto yourself the best you can
You are the smell before rain
You are the blood in my veins

Call me a safe bet
I'm bettin' I'm not




I'm glad that you can forgive
Only hoping as time goes, you can forget

Overall Meaning

Brand New's The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot was released in 2003 as part of the album Deja Entendu. The song’s lyrics are an emotionally complex narrative about a broken romantic relationship. The opening lyric, “If it makes you less sad, I will die by your hand,” illustrates the deep vulnerability felt by the singer who would do anything to make their partner happy, even if it means sacrificing themself. The lyric “A crown of gold, a heart that’s harder than stone” represents the degree of emotional toughness that the singer has developed as a coping mechanism, but also acknowledges the anguish this hardness has inflicted on his partner.


The song represents a plea for the aspiring poignant pathos typically found in song lyrics. The phrase “Call me a safe bet, I’m betting I’m not” is a clear indication of the singer's insecurities and a manifestation of his self-doubt. The song also shows the singer's willingness to make physical sacrifices for the other party through lines like “If it makes you less sad, I’ll move out of the state.” The song’s conclusion – “Call me a safe bet, I'm bettin' I'm not, I'm glad that you can forgive, only hoping as time goes you can forget” – speaks to the singer's resignation to the loss of the relationship and the hope that time will heal all wounds.


Line by Line Meaning

If it makes you less sad
I'm willing to make sacrifices if it helps ease your pain.


I will die by your hand
I will do whatever it takes for you to feel better, even if that means I have to face the consequences.


Hope you find out what you want
I hope you find what you're looking for and are happy with it.


Already know what I am
I know who I am and what I have done, and I'm not proud of it.


We'll start talking again
We can try to be friends again and maybe move past all the pain we caused each other.


You can tell me how vile I already know that I am
I know I've caused you pain and I don't need you to remind me, but I'm willing to listen if it helps you move on.


I'll grow old, start acting my age
I'll try to move on and mature, leaving behind the person I was when I hurt you.


Be a brand new day in a life that you hate
I want to be a new beginning for you, a refreshing change from everything else that brings you down.


A crown of gold
You hold a place of high importance in my life.


A heart that's harder than stone
Despite everything I've done, I still care about you, even if it's difficult for me to show it.


And it hurts a whole lot
This situation causes us both pain.


But it's missed when it's gone
When it's all over and you're gone, I know I'll miss you terribly.


Call me a safe bet
I might not be anything special, but I am reliable.


I'm bettin' I'm not
But at the same time, I might not be as dependable as I think I am.


I'm glad that you can forgive
I'm grateful that you're willing to forgive me for everything I've done.


Only hoping as time goes, you can forget
I hope that as time passes, you can forget the pain I've caused and move on with your life.


I'll move out of the state
If you need me to leave your life to make things easier for you, I will.


You can keep to yourself
I don't want to cause you any more pain, so I'll leave you alone if that's what you want.


I'll keep out of your way
I'll do my best to make sure I don't cause any problems or make things harder for you.


I'll take your pictures all down
I'll remove all reminders of myself from your life if that's what you need to move on.


Every picture you paint
Everything you associate with me is negative, and I don't want to cause you any more pain by making you think of me.


I will paint myself out
I'll do what it takes to remove myself from your life and help you move forward.


It's cold as a tomb
Our current situation is lifeless and empty.


And it's dark in your room
You're struggling right now, and it shows in the way you live your life.


When I sneak to your bed
Even though things are bad between us, I still care about you and want to help you.


To pour salt in your wounds
But my attempts to help are often misguided and only make things worse for you.


So call it quits or get a grip
Either we need to put an end to this painful situation or overcome our problems and move past them.


Say you wanted a solution
We both want to fix things between us, but we don't know how to do it.


You just wanted to be missed
You want me to care about you and miss you, even though I caused you so much pain.


You are calm and reposed
Despite everything you're going through, you remain calm and composed.


Let your beauty unfold
I see beauty in you and I hope you can see it in yourself too.


Pale white, like the skin stretched over your bones
You're frail and vulnerable right now, but that doesn't diminish your worth or beauty.


Spring keeps you ever close
Despite all the hardship, hope remains close by.


You are second hand smoke
You're not the root of the problem, but the second hand effects of everything that has happened.


You are so fragile and thin
You feel small and vulnerable, but you're still important and valid.


Standing trial for your sins
You're facing the consequences of your actions, but hopefully you can also find redemption.


Holding onto yourself the best you can
You're doing your best to hold yourself together, even in the face of adversity.


You are the smell before rain
You represent a sign of hope and new beginnings, even in the midst of darkness.


You are the blood in my veins
You're an integral part of my life, even though our relationship is troubled.


So you can forget
I want you to forget all the pain I've caused you and move on with your life.


You can forget
I can't change the past, but I hope you can find a way to let go of the pain and find peace.




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Written by: Jesse Lacey

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@stiefjac5082

@@J_e_s_s_e Gotta love the internet because my experience is slightly similar. I was super into this type of music in high school (06-10) but somehow Brand New slipped under my radar and I sort of gravitated towards the more hardcore scene but when i was 19 and finished high school i dated a girl froma different school i met through a good friend of mine (also a girl). i remember plain as day when my friend said "omg you've never heard of brand new?!" this was the first song she showed me

fast forward about half a year, girl my friend introduced me to was going off to a 4 year university, i was through my first year of community college and had already lost faith in knowing what i really wanted to do with my life. she let me know that she wanted to go to college completely free of any chains, and i was caught up in the ones i'd created for myself.

i still remember i was between jobs and barely going to my classes, and my dad felt for me and offered to pay me to repaint his office building (it didn't need to be painted, but my dad's a good guy) and I'll never forget feeling heartbroken and lost in life and listening to this song, then deciding to listen to the whole album.. the whole album feels like it has the same theme of this song. people like to say that music that falls under the "emo" umbrella was depressing, but i found it so cathartic. like you could work through the most primal basic feelings of isolation, disillusionment, fear, pain, sacrificial love, selflessness and understanding with a song that represented how you felt inside

I'll grow old
And start acting my age
I'll be a brand new day
In a life that you hate

You want to have all the answers and be the shoulder to lean on, but in the end you sacrifice the free unhinged part of yourself that drew her to you in the first place, and all of a sudden you become the object to be chained to in your effort to provide stability



@creativeamerican8811

Melody

You see, Petrichor is the official name for the smell before rain, or the smell of rain.

And this word is made up of Petra ( stone) and Ichor, which is a kinda the blood of gods..so it flows in their veins.

Which is in the next line of the song sorta...

Little Easter egg



@raulgillette3669

"You are calm and reposed
Let your beauty unfold
Pale white like the skin
Stretched over your bones
Spring keeps you ever close
You are second hand smoke
You are so fragile and thin
Standing trial for your sins
Holding onto yourself the best you can
You are the smell before the rain
You are the blood in my veins"

THIS PART KILLS ME EVERYTIME!!!



@golamraufu

Lyrics :
If it makes you less sad
I will die by your hand
I hope you find out what you want
I already know what I am

And if it makes you less sad
We'll start talking again
You can tell me how vile
I already know that I am

I'll grow old
Start acting my age
Be a brand new day
In a life that you hate

A crown of gold
A heart that's harder than stone
And it hurts a whole lot
But it's missed when it's gone

[Chorus]
Call me a safe bet
I'm betting I'm not
I'm glad that you can forgive
Only hoping as time goes, you can forget

[Verse 2]
And if it makes you less sad
I'll move out of the state
You can keep to yourself
I'll keep out of your way

And if it makes you less sad
I'll take your pictures all down
Every picture you paint
I will paint myself out

It's cold as a tomb
And it's dark in your room
When I sneak to your bed
To pour salt in your wounds

So call it quits
Or get a grip
Say you wanted a solution
You just wanted to be missed

[Chorus]
Call me a safe bet
I'm betting I'm not
I'm glad that you can forgive
Only hoping as time goes, you can forget

So you can forget
You can forget

[Bridge]
You are calm and reposed
Let your beauty unfold
Pale white, like the skin stretched over your bones
Spring keeps you ever close
You are second-hand smoke
You are so fragile and thin
Standing trial for your sins
Holding onto yourself the best you can
You are the smell before rain
You are the blood in my veins

[Chorus]
Call me a safe bet
I'm betting I'm not
I'm glad that you can forgive
Only hoping as time goes, you can forget



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@xSouthernDiscomfortx

My interpretation of this song is someone who is trying to keep,in contact with someone they once loved before and still does to a degree knowing that they should never be together and that it won't work out due to painful memories and due to the hurt that they share via past expierences. I may be projecting, but I view this as a bittersweet ode to a forgotten dream. A dream of something you wished woulda worked out, but now have come to terms with and are able to see that it isn't even what you want nor need. Still having that admiration for that individual no matter who they're with and hoping that they can forget the past and be content. I can relate to both sides of this coin. It's painful, but there's always that one person that is just unforgettable no matter how much you convince yourself you're over it.

@SadieMc81

I think you are right. This reminds me of my first love.

@nickrandles1102

My situation to a T. Wow, so well said.

@dr6gon_

simply incredible, thank you for this

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