You are the smell before rain.

So I’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane. In my freshman/sophomore year of high school I was obsessed with the song “The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot” by Brand New. Recently, in conversation- this song came up and I remembered just how great it is. So I thought why not post a live video of it, the lyrics, and all the reasons I love this song.

First of all, the video.

Now the lyrics:

If it makes you less sad, I will die by your hand.

I hope you find out what you want, I already know what I am.

And if it makes you less sad, we’ll start talking again.

You can tell me how vile, I already know that I am.


I’ll grow old, and start acting my age,

I’ll be a brand new day, in a life that you hate.

A crown of gold, a heart that’s harder than stone,

and it hurts a whole lot, but it’s missed when it’s gone.


Call me a safe bet, I’m betting I’m not.

I’m glad that you can forgive, only hoping as time goes you can forget.


If it makes you less sad, I’ll move out of the state.

You can keep to yourself, I’ll keep out of your way.

And if it makes you less sad, i’ll take your pictures all down.

Every picture you paint, I will paint myself out.

It’s as cold as a tomb, and it’s dark in your room.

When I sneak to your room to pour salt in your wounds.

So call it quits, or get a grip.

Say you wanted a solution, you just wanted to be missed.


[chorus yet again]


You are calm and reposed, let your beauty unfold.

Pale white like the skin stretched over your bones,

Spring keeps you ever close,

You are second-hand smoke,

You are so fragile and thin,

Standing trial for your sins,

Holding on to yourself the best you can,

You are the smell before rain,

You are the blood in my veins.


Overall, I love this song because it’s about a boy who will do anything for the girl he loves (and lets get real- what girl doesn’t love the idea of that?). Just the mere statement if “if it makes you less sad” is adorable in my eyes. He’s trying everything he can to make this person he adores, despite various factors, happy.

I was always drawn to the part of the song that says, “A crown of gold, a heart that’s harder than stone, and it hurts a whole lot, but it’s missed when it’s gone”. I think I was so intrigued by this line because I thought of myself in this light, someone that was hard to love. I don’t know exactly why I thought I was this way, or where this originated from, but I always hoped that I was missed by someone.

The next part I love is, “Say you wanted a solution, you just wanted to be missed”. I think that’s an interesting statement. Someone trying to fix things, but really is just around to be missed.

Of course the best part of the song is yet to come… the whole section that starts out with “you are calm and reposed”. This part of the song is not only amazing because of the vocals… but the lyrics! “You are the smell before rain… you are the blood in my veins”. Does it get any more romantic than that? I very seriously doubt it…

Anyway- I hope you all enjoy the song and appreciate the lyrics just as much as I do. 🙂


8 thoughts on “You are the smell before rain.

  1. peacebetween says:

    I’m going through a breakup right now and have been killing the hell out of this song lately. I googled my favorite part of the song “It hurts a whole lot but it’s missed when it’s gone” and stumbled upon your blog. Great post. Great song.

    • Kimberly says:

      I’m sorry to hear you’re going through a rough breakup! Something I would definitely never wish upon anyone. I’m really glad you found my blog though 🙂 and glad you agree with me on music selections.

  2. Joe says:

    Beautiful song… I saw a lyric from the song, and stumbled upon here. This song is so sad, and so emotional. I can relate exactly, but at the same time, I feel that I can’t. I dunno.

    PS. I’m a guy

    • Kimberly says:

      it is such a beautiful song! I get what you’re saying about relating, I think I just want to relate. To know that feeling. Thanks for the comment by the way.

      ps. I’m a girl. haha 🙂

  3. alifeloved says:

    I came across your blog while I was googling lyrics in my boredom this morning.

    This song is one of my favorites — it’s so tragically beautiful. Seeing it performed live is just fabulous.

    And it’s always nice finding someone else who knows and loves Brand New (other than my Mr. and my sister). 🙂

  4. Sebastian says:

    I stumbled across this when i was looking up the lyrics to this song. im glad someone loves this song as much as i do. i actually got “you are the smell before rain, you are the blood in my veins” tattooed down my ribs. I actually got this for an ex i had about 2 years ago. i’ve had the tattoo for two years. it was prob a bad idea in hindsight but back in the day she promised me that she wont forget me and i promised that i wont forget her. so i had this tattooed so i will never forget her. Its been 2 years since we’ve dated and 6 months since we’ve talked…

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