Do Go On
Chisel Lyrics


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If I called you killer would you stab me in my heart?
The way is open and while you're choking
We're all waiting for the start.
And once it's spoken, the way is open
To conjoin what was apart.
And not just token, the way is open
To put the balm on where it smarts.
Pretty words are colorless but pleasing to my mind.
And if I'm joking, once it's spoken,
Pretty words seem pretty dry.
And here's a token of what was broken,
And if it makes you want to cry,
Once it's spoken, the way is open
To wash the plank out of your eye.

The iron pen,
A plastic smile,
And a conceit that defeats it all.
The higher ground
Is all the while
Outside these city walls.
But you go on and on and on...

Silly words are colorless but twisting to my tongue.
The way is open to not die choking
On a liturgy of crumbs.
And once it's spoken, the way is open
To put ice on hammered thumbs




And not just spoken, and not a token,
And you won't see it when it comes.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Chisel's song "Do Go On" contain several themes, such as the power of language and the need for communication. The first verse includes the imagery of someone being called a killer and the fear of being stabbed in the heart in response. The repetition of "the way is open" throughout the song emphasizes the importance of communication, indicating that once words are spoken, there is an opportunity to connect what was once separated.


The second verse highlights the idea that pretty words may be pleasing to the mind, but they lack depth and meaning. The phrase "wash the plank out of your eye" refers to removing the barriers that prevent someone from truly seeing and understanding the truth. The third verse discusses the use of language in religion and the need for authenticity in faith. Ultimately, Chisel seems to be calling for genuine communication and a willingness to be vulnerable and understanding in our interactions with one another.


Line by Line Meaning

If I called you killer would you stab me in my heart?
Do you have the capacity to inflict harm if provoked or insulted?


The way is open and while you're choking We're all waiting for the start.
There are opportunities to progress and grow even during times of difficulty and challenge.


And once it's spoken, the way is open To conjoin what was apart.
When words are spoken, they can bring together what was previously separated.


And not just token, the way is open To put the balm on where it smarts.
Words can act as a soothing agent to heal the hurt and pain that one may feel.


Pretty words are colorless but pleasing to my mind.
The aesthetic appeal of something does not guarantee its substance or worth.


And if I'm joking, once it's spoken, Pretty words seem pretty dry.
If something is not meant or said sincerely, it loses its appeal and charm.


And here's a token of what was broken, And if it makes you want to cry, Once it's spoken, the way is open To wash the plank out of your eye.
Acknowledging past mistakes or conflicts can help in gaining clarity and making amends.


The iron pen, A plastic smile, And a conceit that defeats it all.
A facade of false confidence can shatter at the slightest hint of reality.


The higher ground Is all the while Outside these city walls.
Growth and progress often require breaking out from one's comfort zone and venturing into new territory.


But you go on and on and on...
Persisting in one's pursuit, despite challenges or setbacks.


Silly words are colorless but twisting to my tongue.
Words may sound amusing but lack meaningful substance.


The way is open to not die choking On a liturgy of crumbs.
There are opportunities to avoid being stuck in a monotonous or unfulfilling situation.


And once it's spoken, the way is open To put ice on hammered thumbs And not just spoken, and not a token, And you won't see it when it comes.
Speaking up against oppression or injustice can help in providing relief from suffering.




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