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. 🙂