Sour Milk
Rival Tides Lyrics


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You got us waiting for that call again
Where did you go? Where have you been?
A father's love can kill his common sense
And that demon behind you that hangs on your shoulders, I see it grin
And it won't let you go till it opens your throat
God, you let it in

Half my blood, you are the only knife we love
I think you punished him enough
You inspire such a liar

Where were you when the doctor gave the news?
I held her hand while you got wrecked as they cut into our mother's chest

It's in your hands
When will you see there's no line in the sand?
There never was

Half my blood, you are the only knife we love
I think you punished him enough
You inspire such a liar
Half my blood, you are the only knife we love
I think you tortured her enough
Milk turned sour
Such a coward

My will is broke and I'm afraid that it shows
I can't cry for you 'til I'm like you, at the bottom of a bottle
They still wait for you
We're still counting on you
They still wait for you
We'll keep this candle burning for you

Half my blood, you are the only knife we love
I think you punished him enough
You inspire such a liar
Half my blood, you are the only knife we love
I think you tortured her enough




Milk turned sour
Such a coward

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Rival Tides's song "Sour Milk" tell a story of a complicated and tumultuous family dynamic. The song seems to focus on the absent father figure, who is unreliable and neglectful. The first verse references waiting for a call from the father, questioning where he has been and expressing frustration at his lack of responsibility. The mention of a father's love killing his common sense suggests that the father's actions are driven by misguided affection rather than rational thinking. The mention of a demon hanging on his shoulders implies that he is haunted by his own demons, perhaps addiction or destructive behavior, which he cannot escape from. The chorus speaks to the father as a knife, suggesting that his actions have caused pain and hurt within the family. The lyrics also mention a mother's illness, with the singer expressing anger at the father for getting "wrecked" while their mother underwent surgery. The second verse continues to criticize the father's actions and implies that he has been absent during difficult times. The bridge reflects the singer's broken spirit and the fear of becoming like the father, trapped in a cycle of self-destruction. The final chorus echoes the sentiment of pain caused by the father's actions, referring to the milk turning sour as a metaphor for the family dynamic deteriorating, and calling him a coward.


Line by Line Meaning

You got us waiting for that call again
You consistently make us wait for your attention


Where did you go? Where have you been?
We are curious about your whereabouts and actions


A father's love can kill his common sense
A father's love can cloud his judgement


And that demon behind you that hangs on your shoulders, I see it grin
I can see the malevolent influence that follows you, and it delights in causing harm


And it won't let you go till it opens your throat
This demon won't release its hold on you until it causes significant harm


God, you let it in
You allowed this destructive force into your life


Half my blood, you are the only knife we love
You, despite being harmful, hold a significant place in our lives


I think you punished him enough
I believe you have inflicted sufficient pain upon him


You inspire such a liar
Your actions evoke deceit and dishonesty


Where were you when the doctor gave the news?
When the doctor delivered the news, you were absent


I held her hand while you got wrecked as they cut into our mother's chest
I provided support to our mother while you indulged in destructive behavior during her medical procedure


It's in your hands
The responsibility lies with you


When will you see there's no line in the sand?
When will you realize that there are no clear boundaries or limits?


There never was
There never existed


I think you punished him enough
I believe you have inflicted sufficient pain upon him


You inspire such a liar
Your actions evoke deceit and dishonesty


Half my blood, you are the only knife we love
You, despite being harmful, hold a significant place in our lives


I think you tortured her enough
I believe you have caused our mother sufficient suffering


Milk turned sour
The situation has become unpleasant and bitter


Such a coward
You are a person lacking bravery


My will is broke and I'm afraid that it shows
I feel defeated, and I fear my vulnerability is evident


I can't cry for you 'til I'm like you, at the bottom of a bottle
I cannot feel sympathy for you until I sink into a state of alcoholism like you


They still wait for you
People still have expectations of you


We're still counting on you
We still have hope and reliance on you


They still wait for you
People still have expectations of you


We'll keep this candle burning for you
We will maintain a symbol of hope and perseverance for your return


Half my blood, you are the only knife we love
You, despite being harmful, hold a significant place in our lives


I think you punished him enough
I believe you have inflicted sufficient pain upon him


You inspire such a liar
Your actions evoke deceit and dishonesty


Half my blood, you are the only knife we love
You, despite being harmful, hold a significant place in our lives


I think you tortured her enough
I believe you have caused our mother sufficient suffering


Milk turned sour
The situation has become unpleasant and bitter


Such a coward
You are a person lacking bravery




Lyrics © DistroKid
Written by: Alexander von Hollen, Gregory Fulleman, Jason Friday, Robyn Reinstadler, Spencer Kent

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James Wood

Not playing favorites... but I favor this track on "My God Is Fire"... #goosebumps erry damn time!

the100guy

My current favourite song in the world

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