Matthew Good: Beta NF
"I miss my head, I miss my heart, I miss my lungs / Be what you want to be / Watch what you want to see/Killed for fun / Down a hole, up a rope / Down some pills, up some hope / This karma machine only takes quarters / New age soldier, new age soldier / Everybody's all right / Everything is automatic . . . . Say 'hey,' say 'hey,' say 'how ya doin'?'/I miss my lazy boy/I miss my TV/I miss myself/Do you miss your lazy boy?/You miss your TV?/Do you miss yourself? . . . . Killed for fun / It's fucking funny, don't you think? / One day you decompose / And you wake up [in the Jehovah’s Witness new world] and those/Those birds are singing . . . It's always what I wanted . . . .”
"I'm tired of blood/And over-priced bubble gum, mom / Nobody wake up / There's nothing we could have done wrong . . . . Well I have a psychic, and she says I'm lonely / She says my destiny is turning out all wrong / Now I just sit here and think of meaningful things to say / Symbolistic white walls surround me and you / Every single day I am cheap and see-through . . . . Well I have a psychic, and she says I'm lonely / She says inside of me is turning out all wrong / So now I just sit here and think of meaningless things to say . . . . Symbolistic white walls surround me and you / Every single day we are cheap and see-through . . . . And it's all right now / Take the world and make it yours again . . . ."
- lornesd: 'This song could be about the trials of life that surround everyone. Problems with the world in general. "i'm tired of blood" could refer to war, "overpriced bubble gum" could refer to the capitalistic nature of the north american society. We tend to go through life with a "grin" on our face ignoring all the troubles of society that surrounds us. We also tend to "believe everything we read" or see in the news, when alot of the time it is propoganda brainwashing us into thinking a certain way. On top of that there are the personal problems that affect an individual, like the lonelyness matt speaks of in the song..... all this can eventually lead to a slight form of mental insanity and anguish. These troubles that surround us are the symbolistic white walls of the insane world/asylum we live in. The nice part about the song is that in the end we can come out of the temporary insanity, figure out whats going on, and "take the world and make it ours again".'
“ . . . . Here by my side you are destruction / Here by my side—a new colour to paint the world / Never turn your back on it / Never turn your back on it again / Here by my side it's heaven // Careful, you be careful . . . This is where the world drops off . . . . And you breathe in, and you breath out for it / Ain't it so weird how it makes you a weapon? / And you give in and you give out for it / Ain't it so weird how it makes you a weapon? / Never turn your back on it / Never turn your back on it again . . . Here by my side, it's Heaven”
- redoctober: ‘I think that Matt doesn't just mean we can be a weapon. You can see it especially in lines such as "Here by my side a new colour to paint the world"or "here by my side an angel". We can be anything we want to be. We have the power to change things. We have the power to make a difference. We have the power to paint the world a new colour. Matt is a very outspoken activist and I think he isn't just talking about our potential to be weapons but also about our potential to make a difference and change the world. Also, I think the lines "never turn your back on it" and "Be careful, be careful" are in reference to the danger of NOT doing anything. If you turn your back on the world then human rights violations will simply keep occurring and if we're not careful then, eventually, we will lose everything.
I think that we are not the true "weapon". Instead, it is our indifference to the suffering of others that is the true weapon
"You breathe in and you breathe out
For it ain't so weird
How it makes you a weapon"
Here I believe Matt is saying that if you sit idly by, simply breathing in and breathing out you become a weapon not by doing something bad, but by doing something much, much worse; you become a weapon by doing nothing.’
- braille16: ‘To me, this song is about love. Plain and simple. Love is confusing and contradictory and way too intoxicating, and you should never turn your back on it or anyone who is in it. Love is the ultimate motivation for everything we do (we breathe in and out for it, we give in and out for it), and we would do anything in the name of it - kill, maim, betray, abandon. It makes us a weapon.
And Matthew's only advice is: "Be careful. You be careful."’
- redcoral: ‘Matt said that he wrote this about how we all can become a weapon. When we hear someone doing something abominable, we always think that we could never do that. So he's saying "never turn your back" on the possibility that we are all capable of evil.’
“Ain't got a job, but the future's bright / Flip off the world / You know they say it's all right / You never get what you want . . . And modern love you just can't stand / That candy coating is just a scam / You never get what you want . . . Oh yeah, all right / North American for life . . . Yeah, motherfucker, we're number one . . . . And we'll take what we wanna . . . . The price of freedom is getting steep / For every one we kill three/Just to take what we wanna . . . . Oh yeah, we’re all right / North American for life . . . .”