Lyrics Database

Hundredth - "Let Go"

(Adapted from Vocals word for word) - (incl. Track-by-Track Commentary by vocalist Chadwick Johnson)

September 18th, 2011, by Tobe



 
 
 
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01. Let Go

(Instrumental)


Song commentary by vocalist Chadwick Johnson (via HailsAndHorns.com):

"On the flight over to L.A. to record the record, Alex [Alex Blackwell (guitar, clean vocals)] showed me a voice note on his phone of something he played the night before. Koontz [Matt Koontz (drums)] and I liked it a lot and we ended up making a part of it the intro to the CD."
 
 
02. Weathered Town

Looking in the rear-view mirror at everything that I’m leaving behind.
I know this is right, I know it’s my time.
Now is my time to escape this weathered town and what this place is all about.

I’ve gotta get out of here, but the memories I’ll take with me.
Everywhere I go, to everyone I know. These memories will stay with me.
To escape this weathered town and what this place is all about.
These memories will stay with me... will stay... will stay with me.

And I don’t know... I don’t know if you’ll ever understand. You can say that it’s not worth it.
And you can say... you can say it’s a wasted life.
But the memories, I’ll take with me. These memories, they’ll stay with me.
The memories, I’ll take with me. These memories, they’ll stay with me.

Holding onto the past each day leaves me empty, wanting everything to be the way it was.
There are better days to come, I just have to... I have to let go... (let go, let go)
of the things that I have done and the ones who have moved on.

I’ve gotta get out of here, but the memories I’ll take with me.
Everywhere I go, to everyone I know. These memories will stay with me.
I’ll escape this weathered town and what this place is all about.
The memories, they’ll stay with me... they’ll stay... they’ll stay... they’ll stay... with me.


Song commentary by vocalist Chadwick Johnson (via HailsAndHorns.com):

"This is one of the earliest songs written for the record, but I could never really find vocals to fit the mood I got from the song until a couple weeks before we left for the studio. Lyrically, it’s pretty personal. It deals with escaping things at home that bring me down, all while trying to salvage relationships that have some time and memories attached to them. The break in the middle of the song deals with living an alternative lifestyle that not a lot of people can understand. Giving up on formal education and career choices, jumping in a van and driving around the country, living on what money we can scramble together. The title of the track came to me in the van, thinking about the loss and heartache our hometown group of friends has dealt with the past couple of years."
 
 
03. Live Today - [Audio Stream]

I’m gonna live today, live to make a change.
There comes a time in every life when it’s time to move on.
And well hey, that’s what it is today. That’s what it is today. It’s time to make a change.

I was never awake, just dreaming of the days when things were said and never done. 
But now this is the life I lead, only to breathe hope into humanity.

But I made... I made a promise... I made... I made a promise to myself.
I promised I’d never go back to thinking of this place as my wishing well.
It’s the same ol’ take, take, take. I gave up on the world and that’s all I could give.

And I said I’ll never go back to putting myself above the rest.
I held my chin up high, but that’s all I could lift.

Inside of me (inside of me) was a void (was a void)
as empty... as empty as the sky without the sun...
empty as the sky without the sun... sky without the sun...

I was never awake, just dreaming of the days when things were said and never done. 
But now this is the life I lead, living only to breathe hope into humanity. I’m gonna live today.


Song commentary by vocalist Chadwick Johnson (via HailsAndHorns.com):

"This track is one of the most dynamic songs on the record musically. We wanted to focus on melody in this song, letting it fall-out into melody in certain parts. We wanted to keep it our vibe at the same time so we threw a riff at the end. Overall, we are all really stoked on this song. There are a lot of days where I wake up and and run on auto-pilot. Just going through the motions of the day, almost emotionless. This song is a reminder to make every day mean something and to follow through with that you say you are going to do. The mindset of waking up and “living” is something we should all strive for I think. When we live on auto-pilot, we are just living to keep ourselves happy. When we wake up to the fact that there are other people on this planet we can influence in a positive way, we begin to see the power we all have inside of us. It starts with choosing to actively live and breathe hope and life into the things around us."
 
 
04. We Can Take Them All

Is this the end of everything? It’s all falling down, it’s all crashing down.
Everyone’s telling me to focus on my dreams, but I can’t lift my head from the suffering below.
Sometimes I feel like there’s no hope for mankind.
Strapped down to tradition, chained to the lies we’ve been fed.
Has this gone too far? Can we sever the hand of power hanging over our heads?

We can take them all. Let them line up against our generation that says no.
We’re not standing for this. We’re bringing you to your knees. Turn your back on everything.
To expose the lies and greed that you beg us to buy into.

I know they’re all... I know they’re all... I know they’re all... I know they’re all... LIES.

Question everything, ’cause nothing’s what it seems.
And they gave fake a face, force-fed the American dream.
Shipped us overseas to be all we can be. We can’t justify murder with freedom isn’t free.

I challenge this generation to expand our minds and seek truth for ourselves.
I challenge this generation to not buy into the dreams set forth by man.
I challenge this generation to suffer without luxury and lend our greedy hands.
I challenge this generation to not... to not forsake the unseen.


Song commentary by vocalist Chadwick Johnson (via HailsAndHorns.com):

"This song is intense in all directions. Musically, it’s sporadic and creative. Lyrically, I feel like it’s the most powerful song on the record. This is exactly how I feel about the things that are going on this world right now and what I truly believe could be the cure. Our generation is a powerful group of thinkers and testers and this song is a challenge to question what you have been taught or have blindly accepted as truth. Obviously I know this song will offend some people and I am completely fine with that. No revolution ever happened without people getting pissed off or resisting change."
 
 
05. Carry On

Carry on. Overcome.

The lies that floods our compromise. The day is getting darker.
Your past that fuels the pain inside. You can rise above it.
If you’ve fallen to your knees, don’t give up just yet.

We will overcome anything and everything standing in our way.
Let go of all the things that keep us from pressing on.

Lift your head from the soil, lift your head from the toil. Breathe in life and move forward.
Breathe in life and move forward. Breathe in life and move forward.

Set apart to succeed beyond what we can dream.
Watch us rise. Watch us rise! We will shatter negativity.
Watch us rise. Watch us rise! We will shatter negativity.

’Cause we were made for more.
I know that we were made to overcome anything and everything standing in our way.
Let go of all the things that keep us from pressing on.

Lift your head from the soil, lift your head from the toil.
Breathe in life and move forward. Breathe in life and move forward.

In the wake of the one’s we lost, we’ll let their legacy live through us.
We’ll carry on, while we watch everything go wrong (go wrong).

Carry on, I will overcome the world. Carry on, I will overcome the world. I will overcome...


Song commentary by vocalist Chadwick Johnson (via HailsAndHorns.com):

"Carry On is one of my favorite tracks off the record, just because of it’s diversity. For a while we referred to this song as “Desolate 2.0″ (Haha). It’s a song that takes you on a little journey. We went into the studio for this one with just rhythms and no leads. It wasn’t really a stand-out track. Once Alex put some leads on it and sang over the bridge, this song really came to life. I had most of the lyrics written for this song beforehand and was kinda iffy about them. Once the leads were in, it really made me feel the lyrics even more. It’s a super uplifting song, that has some baggage attached to it. We lost 7 friends one after another in 2009/2010 to various things. (Car wrecks, overdose, murder, suicide.) The bridge is a reminder to keep pressing forward regardless of what happens and to use negative tension as a means for positive growth and motivation to carry on."
 
 
06. Humane

We will bring fire to the empires. The imperial, they won’t prevail.
We will raise. Raise that banner above it all. While they weep and wail.
And we turn our heads and look away.

Redemptive violence, take a seat right where you stand.
Humanity, we are destroying ourselves again. (ourselves again)
Humanity, we are destroying ourselves. Humanity, we are destroying ourselves.
And I am no longer possessed by my possessions, that have costs behind my eyes.
Exploitation of innocence.

We spit in their faces, to keep ours looking prime.
We starve them of their freedom (freedom), to feed our lavish lives.
We put a price on their worth, to finance our greed.
And blindly pledge to a flag, when justice lies in a King.

We will bring fire to the empires. The imperial, they won’t prevail.
We will raise. Raise that banner above it all. While they weep and wail.
We will not... we will not be deceived (deceived).

We will raise the banner of love above all flags. Over any nation that vies our allegiance.
We will raise the banner of love above all flags. Over any nation that vies our allegiance.


Song commentary by vocalist Chadwick Johnson (via HailsAndHorns.com):

"This is one of the first tracks I put vocals on during pre-production. Fed up with a lot of things swept under the door (sweatshop labor, hidden political agendas, etc.), I wrote this song to outline what we are really doing to the world when supporting companies that exploit the innocent and thrive upon the weak. One of the definitions of “Humane” is “inflicting the minimum of pain”, which is exactly what this song is about. It’s about fighting with your mind, rather than a clenched fist. It’s about living as humanely as you possibly can, whether it be choosing a plant-based diet over supporting factory farming, buying recycled clothing, or freeing your mind from the “eye for and eye” mindset that has been embedded into our minds by society. The American Flag means a lot of different things to a lot of people. A lot of violence is hidden beneath our stars and stripes and I really want our generation to rise up put an end to it. Half of the battle is in our minds. If we chose love over blind allegiance, we could see a big change."
 
 
07. Remain & Sustain

I can’t put back together all these pieces, if everything around me stays the same.
Why do I compromise the convictions that I have.
I am the only one to blame... to blame. I am the one to blame.

My life still gets lost behind these eyes of complacency.
Torn to shreds by monotony, but not today.
I need a change. I need a change. Let my pride come crashing down.

My dreams they will remain, my purpose it must sustain.
My dreams they will remain, my purpose it must sustain... sustain.

I’m putting back together all these pieces and everything around me’s not the same.
No longer do I compromise convictions that I have.
Everything now has changed... has changed. It’s all changed.

No longer am I lost behind these eyes of complacency.
I have control of everything... everything.
It had to change. It had to change. My pride came crashing down.
 
I was only holding myself back, from being all that I can.
I was only holding myself back, from being all that I can.

I was only holding myself back, from being all that I can.
I was only holding myself back, from being all that I can. (all that I can)

I was holding myself back... holding myself back... from being all I can... all I can.


Song commentary by vocalist Chadwick Johnson (via HailsAndHorns.com):

"We did something a little different with this one. The music was written and pre-production was recorded and we were playing it in Alex’s room. A melody just popped in my head and I said “what if we did clean singing over the verses?” We tried it out and ended up liking it. We had a heavy part in the middle of the song originally, but we nixed it to keep the vibe of the song upbeat. This is definitely the most poppy song we have ever written. Lyrically, it’s about letting go of pride without losing the confidence to dream and believe that we were made to have high purpose if that is what we strive for. When we think the world revolves around us, we haven’t yet reached our mind’s potential to be a catalyst for change. I really like how this song turned out. It’s something different for the record and a change of pace."
 
 

08. Monumental Part I

(includes an original audio sample of C.S. Lewis giving a broadcasted sermon)

"Give up yourself and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it."

"Give up yourself and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it."


"Even in literature or art no man who cares about originality will ever be original. It’s the man who’s only thinking about doing a good job or telling the truth who becomes really original, but doesn’t notice it. Even in social life, you never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking what sort of impression you make. That principle runs all through life from the top to the bottom. Give up yourself and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, submit with every fibre of your being and you will find eternal life." - C.S. Lewis

It’s monumental for us to rise to the surface, just to breathe in some reality.
We’ve been drowning in uncertainty.

"Give up yourself and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it."


Song commentary by vocalist Chadwick Johnson (via HailsAndHorns.com):

"To follow the vibes of the first record, we wanted to include an interlude. It’s much more upbeat than the interludes on the first record, which were mostly clean guitar. Originally the song was going to be an instrumental introduction for the next song, but in the studio we decided to give it some flavor and identity as a song rather than an interlude. It has an audio clip of C.S. Lewis talking throughout it, and some group vocals prefacing the next song."

 

 

09. Monumental Part II

The world is in pieces, it’s falling apart. Our lives are being shut down.
Years gone by. When will we try not living for ourselves, not living for man.

The world... the world I see in front of me is full of things that should not be. (that should not be)

When will we change? When will we see who we are living for?
Are you living for yourself or something greater? It’s in your hands, be the creator.

For the dead and the living we must all bear witness.
The lives we lead are filled with uncertainty, but no hope means no reality.
Get it, hope is a reality.
The lives we lead are filled with uncertainty. Open your eyes, see the dark, find the light.

I opened the black blinds, and when I look:
the world... the world I see in front of me is full of things that should not be.

When will we see... when will we see... see change?
Remember, hope is a reality. Hope is a reality. Hope is a reality. Remember, hope is a reality.


Song commentary by vocalist Chadwick Johnson (via HailsAndHorns.com):

"I was really stuck on this song for a while. Musically, the song was written and finalized, but I didn’t know where to start lyrically. J.P. [J.P. Gressman (bass)] and I sat in my room contemplating where to go with it. I left for a couple hours and when I came back, he was full of ideas about where the song could go. That night we finalized everything and tracked vocals over the pre-production. I’m really stoked about how it came out. The song has a chorus-type part, that I kept calling the “Jimmy Eat World chorus” in the studio. I really wanted to kind of take it back with the chorus. Lyrically, it’s pretty straightforward. It’s easy to look around at what you see in the world and hop on the bummer wave, but we have to remember that hope is a real thing. The build up part “For the dead and living, we must all bear witness” is a quote on one of the walls at the Holocaust Museum. It fits perfectly with the message of the song."

 

 

10. I Hold the Key

I’m fed up... I’m fed up with the constant flow. Getting lost in the rhythm.
Cadences of disdain, melodies without satisfaction.
But the only thing... the only thing I have is time.

Risk lays the foundation of my destiny... destiny.
Risk lays the foundation of my destiny.

And if it crumbles, at least I know I tried. I can stand on that. Instead of questioning why...
Instead of questioning why I never chased down the man I want to be.
Buried deep inside of me is the door to what I’m meant to be.
And I... I hold the key... I hold the key. I hold the key. I hold the key.

I met myself in a dream. Innocent, adamant, adolescent me.
Don’t turn your back on me. Don’t turn your back on me.
This regret won’t tear through me (tear through me).
I’d rather fail... I’d rather fail than fail to be... myself.
This regret won’t tear through me (tear through me).
I’d rather fail... I’d rather fail than fail to be... myself.


Song commentary by vocalist Chadwick Johnson (via HailsAndHorns.com):

"This was the first song Alex wrote musically for the record, but was one of the last ones written lyrically. The lyrics for this one were actually written in the van a couple weeks before we went into the studio. This is one of our favorite tracks on the record musically and lyrically. It’s about each of us holding the key to our own destiny. We can’t just sit around and be comfortable and expect our ideal lives to unfold in front of us. I bring up the concept of your adolescent self meeting your present self and what the conversation would be like. “Adolescent me” would want me to be striving towards something I hoped or dreamed for, rather than sitting around and waiting for it to find me. Overall, it’s about risking and struggling to achieve what you hope and dream for."

 

 

11. Restless - [Audio Stream]

(feat. guest vocals by
Cody Bonnette of As Cities Burn / Hawkboy)

I’m not okay. I can’t find stability. I’m not okay. I can’t find stability.

Threading through my faith with a needle named doubt.
Putting it all together and then tearing it apart.
Throwing away the scraps and trying to restart.
Go back to the days when it was sunny and clean.
My soul stormed until it stopped trying to shine.
It settled for hazy messages from a black sky.
I still don’t know why (know why).
No question I threw up, came back, and I don’t know why.

Is this what I wanted to be? A restless soul wrestling with what I believe.
Or just a selfish soul blind to problems that tower over me (over me)... that tower over me.

Cody Bonnette:
Slow fade out. Sun burn and stay out. Clouds close like a mouth. ’Round last light and sound.
Don’t bother, save your breath. Could be the last you get.
Don’t bother, save your breath. Could be the last you get.


Am I jaded to the point where I can’t see
all of the beauty Your hands made, the world surrounding me.
I’m scared of what has come and what is to be. My heavy heart. The Earth will cover me.


Song commentary by vocalist Chadwick Johnson (via HailsAndHorns.com):

"This is my absolute favorite song on the record. This was one of the last songs written for the record. Musically, it was finished before we hit the studio. The vocals were almost a off-the-cuff type thing. I had a couple phrases I knew I wanted to use. The majority of the song’s lyrics and vocal patterns were recorded off the top of my head on the last day at the studio. This song is me being completely honest about the doubts I have with spirituality and connecting with God or a higher power at certain times in my life. It’s about me being spiritually jaded and sick of hearing the same go-to “Christian” sayings over and over to the point where they become absolutely monotonous and meaningless. The song features Cody Bonnette from As Cities Burn, collectively one of our favorite bands ever. We are absolutely honored to have him on this song."

 

 

12. Soul

If I had a fist for every time I’ve been trapped, I’d fight my way out and I’d never look back.
I’m lying down in the darkest places. I’m losing touch. I can’t see faces.
I feel like I’m alone, am I alone?

Dreams never come when I feel this way. I am a victim to everything around me.
They present deceit, packaged with lies, and try to unravel my demise.

I have to drive them out of my life. Pull the trigger on oppression. I’m ready to fight.
I’m rising up reminding myself: dark is the absence of light.

If you saw the depths of my soul, the sights they could never escape you.
My broken soul will try and haunt me, to the day that I die... to the day that I die.
My broken soul.

I’m cheatin’ on the sun... cheatin’ on the sun...
Cheatin’ on the sun... cheatin’ on the sun... cheatin’ on the sun with the moon.
Cheatin’ on the sun... cheatin’ on the sun... cheatin’ on the sun with the moon.
Soul... My broken soul.


Song commentary by vocalist Chadwick Johnson (via HailsAndHorns.com):

"This was the second song written musically and once again I slept on adding vocals to this song for a long time, for lack of knowing what vibe I got from the song. I had a weird spell of things happening to me at night. This will probably weird some people out, but every night for a long time as I was drifting off to sleep I would become motionless and unable to move. A cold presence came over me, and I felt like I was being held down. On one occasion, I felt myself slipping out of my body and sliding down the bed. Whether this be actual spiritual oppression, or just night terrors, it was pretty surreal and really scary. This got me thinking a lot about dark, light, and souls that roam. I was wondering why this was only happening to me at night. During the day, everything would be great but when night came around, things started getting weird. I came up with this concept of fighting my own soul and ended up writing this song about it. It’ll probably weird out all of our fans, but whatever. Hopefully they will dig the riff-age outro of the CD and what comes after the long silence [wink]."

 

 

Hidden Track:

Hurt
[cover of Johnny Cash’s legendary adaptation of the Nine Inch Nails song]

[Release Presentation: Johnny Cash - "Hurt" (Single) - (American Recordings - March 8, 2003]

I hurt myself today to see if I still feel. I focus on the pain, the only thing that’s real.
The needle tears a hole, the old familiar sting. Try to kill it all away, but I remember everything.

What have I become my sweetest friend? Everyone I know goes away in the end.
And you could have it all. My empire of dirt. I will let you down. I will make you hurt.

I wear this crown of thorns upon my liar’s chair. Full of broken thoughts that I cannot repair.
Beneath the stains of time the feelings disappear. You are someone else. I am still right here.

What have I become my sweetest friend? Everyone I know goes away in the end.
And you could have it all. My empire of dirt. I will let you down. I will make you hurt.

If I could start again, a million miles away, I would keep myself. I would find a way.

I will let you down. I will make you hurt. I will let you down. I will make you... I will make you hurt.

 

 


 

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