Down And Out
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Out of the box, out of the kitchen.
Out of the world she's grown so fearful of.
I don't ever want to see you again.
I don't ever want to see you again, my friend.
This is the end.
Out of the house, she grabs the keys, runs for the hills and doesn't leave a letter.
That way the impact will be much better.
Away from the man that she's grown so fearful of.
I don't ever want to see you again.

Why, oh why do you wear sunglasses in the home when the sun went out about an hour ago?
Life should not be that way.

Always up or down, never down and out.
You dream of demons while you sleep that make you stutter when you speak.
Speak now or forever hold your peace in pieces.

Now that I'm grown I've seen marriages fall to pieces.
Now that I'm grown I've seen friendships fall to pieces.
Weekend warriors, and our best friends.
The writers weren't kidding about how all good things must end.
Then again some things are far too good to go ahead and let go.

Always up or down, never down and out.
You dream of demons while you sleep that make you stutter when you speak.
Speak now or forever hold your peace.

We won't forget Tony or Johnny.
No matter how they miss us they still wish us the best on the road.
Garrett took a plane to Paris, France.
Now he's cooking up entrees for the pretty, pretty French girls.
Bookends, Blue and Clarity, to The Wall and Grace.
Darkside, Wish and a toast to the late Figure 8.

Weekend warriors and our best friends.
The writers weren't kidding about the good things will live in our hearts.

Always up or down, never down and out.




You dream of demons while you sleep that make you stutter when you speak.
Speak now or forever hold your peace in pieces.

Overall Meaning

The Academy Is...'s song "Down And Out" explores the themes of leaving toxic relationships/marriages/friendships and moving on to a better future. The lyrics highlight the singer's determination to leave behind what is holding her back, as she runs away without leaving a letter. The chorus emphasizes the idea of always staying strong and not giving in to the negative forces that try to keep one down. The line, "You dream of demons while you sleep that make you stutter when you speak," exemplifies the idea that one's fears and doubts can often manifest themselves in their dreams and affect their confidence in their daily life. The song ends on a positive note, celebrating the good memories associated with past relationships/friendships, recognizing that some things may be too good to let go of completely.


Line by Line Meaning

Out of the box, out of the kitchen.
She has left her comfort zone.


Out of the world she's grown so fearful of.
She has left a place she can no longer bear to be.


I don't ever want to see you again.
I can't deal with your drama anymore.


I don't ever want to see you again, my friend.
You have betrayed me, and I can never trust you again.


This is the end.
Our relationship is over.


Out of the house, she grabs the keys, runs for the hills and doesn't leave a letter.
She has left suddenly without explanation.


That way the impact will be much better.
She wants to make a statement with her departure.


Away from the man that she's grown so fearful of.
She has left someone who caused her fear and anxiety.


Why, oh why do you wear sunglasses in the home when the sun went out about an hour ago?
You're hiding behind a facade and avoiding reality.


Life should not be that way.
You should face your problems instead of running away from them.


Always up or down, never down and out.
Life is full of extremes and challenges.


You dream of demons while you sleep that make you stutter when you speak.
Your worries and fears are affecting your ability to function.


Speak now or forever hold your peace in pieces.
Say what you need to say, or you'll regret it later.


Now that I'm grown I've seen marriages fall to pieces.
I have witnessed marriages fail, despite their best efforts.


Now that I'm grown I've seen friendships fall to pieces.
I have seen close friendships dissolve for various reasons.


Weekend warriors, and our best friends.
Our closest companions in life.


The writers weren't kidding about how all good things must end.
All good things come to an end at some point.


Then again some things are far too good to go ahead and let go.
Some things are too valuable to throw away and must be fought for.


We won't forget Tony or Johnny.
We remember our past and the people who have impacted us.


No matter how they miss us they still wish us the best on the road.
People who care for us still want us to succeed, even when we're apart.


Garrett took a plane to Paris, France.
One of us has traveled far from home to pursue their dreams.


Now he's cooking up entrees for the pretty, pretty French girls.
He's living the dream and enjoying the fruits of his labor.


Bookends, Blue and Clarity, to The Wall and Grace.
Memories of albums and songs we love.


Darkside, Wish and a toast to the late Figure 8.
Tributes to musicians we admire, some of whom have passed away.


The writers weren't kidding about the good things will live in our hearts.
The memories of the good times we've had will always stay with us.


Speak now or forever hold your peace in pieces.
Don't keep silent about what's important to you or risk losing it forever.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: MICHAEL CARDEN, WILLIAM BECKETT

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