Album: Appeal to Reason (2008)
  • It kills me not to know this, but I've all but just forgotten
    What the color of her eyes were, and her scars or how she got them
    As the telling signs of age rain down, a single tear is dropping
    Through the valleys of an aging face, that this world has forgotten
    There is no reconciliation that will put me in my place
    And there is no time like the present, to drink these draining seconds
    But seldom do these words ring true, when I'm constantly failing you
    Like walls that we just can't break through, until we disappear

    So tell me now
    If this ain't love then how do we get out?
    Because I don't know
    That's when she said I don't hate you boy
    I just want to save you while there's still something left to save
    That's when I told her I love you girl
    But I'm not the answer for the questions that you still have, whoa, whoa

    And the day pressed on like crushing weights
    For no man does it ever wait
    Like memories of dying days
    That deafen us like hurricanes
    Bathed in flames we held the brand
    Uncurled the fingers in your hand
    Pressed into the flesh like sand
    Now do you understand?


    One thousand miles away
    There's nothing left to say
    But so much left that I don't know
    We never had a choice
    This world is too much noise
    It takes me under
    It takes me under once again

    I don't hate you
    I don't hate you no


    I don't hate you
    I don't hate you, whoa, whoa
    I don't hate you
    I don't hate you, no, whoa, whoa

Comments: 16

  • Bee from JhbMy ex told me me listen to this. He is an addict. It's been over 5 years. I'm married now. And I have a little boy. He still goes round to my mom to tell her he misses me... Too late now.
  • Jazz from HollandI feel like this song is about a relationship where the guy has problems (mentally or addiction does not matter) and the girl loves him, but is having a hard time dealing with his problems: "I don't hate you but I just want to safe you". The guy KNOWS he is not good for her "I love you, girl, but I'm not the answer for the questions that you still have". So they break up. Every time I hear this song it reminds me of the relationship I was in, a relationship like described above.
  • Bdon from ColoradoI feel like it could be about him being on tour all the time and the relationship isn't gonna make it? Like he can't remember her face because he's always gone? 1000 miles away nothing left to say.
  • Joe from OakdaleI thought this was of his dead mother and him recalling how she saved him - similar to the scenario in Hate Me.
  • JdcI always interpret this song from the perspective of losing a love one to suicide (in this case a former girlfriend). "Through the valleys of an aging face
    That this world has forgotten."
  • Tommy from Elmhurst, IlI think its about the guys depression over a mutual break up with a girl he loved very much. He cant remember her but still loves her and cant get over it. Though he loves her and she loves him, but has a lot of work to do to find out who she is in the world but the guy doesnt think he has an answer. the animals represent the emotions the guy has over the break up
  • Cjwyseman from Concord, Ncno no no no no, its about politics. if you watch the video closely you can see a polar bear (an extinct species) getting picked on in a mosh pit by abunch of other animals, one being an elephant (republican party, whom is left wing) and he decides its enough and leaves. on the city transit bus, he sees the elephant limping. he pulls the stop wire and the bus stops. then the elephant comes on board and sits with him. its all about we the people of this "oh so great" nation forgiving our government too much.
  • Claire from Forsyth, GaI noticed that if you have headphones in, at the very beginning of the song, one head phone has the music and singer but the other side only has the singing with no music. It's so cool.
  • Moneer from Sherman Oaks, Ca@Cluster,Alpharetta
    if u were a rise against fan u would know they are straight edge... meaning they dont do drugs, so i guess it could be about an addiction, but not about since they dont really know what addiction to drugs feels like...
  • Col from Augusta, Methis is an awesome song! To me it seems to me that this has to do with a failing LDR (maybe a personal conflict relating to traveling with the band), and the two breaking up. It appears that neither want to.
  • Cluster from Alpharetta, GaTo me it's a song about addiction. He can't remember her due to his substance abuse. The line "There is no reconciliation that will put me in my place" Sounds like part of a 12 step program (making amends).
    Then it becomes his addiction talking to him. A person's addiction always tries to convence them they are loved and ok.
    It becomes a battle between his addiction talking to him and his own mind saying it's wrong.
  • Roxy from Oc, CaI see this song is a completely different point of view. I am probably wrong but these are my thoughts when i listen to it. The man is talking about a women he loved who is dead because of a fatal accident. He is still alive on earth living the seconds away and hating himself and hating everything. "His Mom" or a close person to him who is still alive is telling him they want to help him but his hate is to deep.
  • Ian from Ragama, Sri Lanka (ceylon)It still surprise me how these rock artists put such complex things in to three or four minute songs....

    Still an awesome song..
  • Wiebrecht from Bruges, Belgiumi think he says he loves her but he's not the answer for the questions that she still has because he thinks he is not good enough for her and can't "complete" her requirements
  • Ashley from Port Rowan, Oni totally agree, this song is anamzing and has so much depth and emotion. just wondering though, why he after he tells her that he loves her that he's not the answer for the questions that she still has?
  • Snuckles from San Francisco, Cai couldnt agree more with the site on the meaning. amazing song. SO MAD I MISSED THE CONCERT IN OAKLAND!
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