Bend The Bracket Lyrics - Chevelle

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So the water's thickening, his collar's pulled
Begin to be aware...
~It's on~
That he needs to focus, beyond that man
He brings a world of pain...
Cause,

The war is on, too weak to move
Call it off, sorry... refused

So we bend the bracket, shove it down
Anything to make it fit...
~It's on~
And being foolish, won't cover up
Exposing them as fakes...
But,

The war is on, too weak to move
Call it off, sorry... must refuse

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So boredom captured another fool
Shredding him to bits
~It's on~
And the more we tense up, avoiding pain
You'll never learn a thing
Cause,

The war is on, too weak to move
Call it off, sorry refused
But,
The war is on, too weak to move
Call it off, sorry... must refuse






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self awarwness continued | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/10/12

And people see that,.
So Pete interjects here, implying that a lack of personal experience creates a lack of personal identity, and so your now perceived identity are bits and pieces of what you really are and what you've become.

Because the more you constrict your true nature, avoiding social ostracism, you won't learn who or what you are.
You'll become refused by the world, then having done so for so long, yourself.
That's why it's repeated.
In summary, a shell of a man is no man, no matter how you vend the bracketed definition.

Self awareness | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/10/12

This song is seemingly about self identity and confronting, conforming, and combatting the social norm.
It's a bit of a soliloquy, the subject is either facing a growing crowd, or realizing how his nature contrasts to those around him (how blood is thicker than water).
By his collar being pulled he feels constricted, that if he doesn't look beyond himself that he won't belong, and so he destroys his own identity (brings a world of pain) or starts to.
And so inner conflict begins ; his autonomy is replaced by the mechanical movements a group makes, as he begins to blend with the crowd.
But his conscious is telling him to stop, but is either refusing, or still being refused by those he tries to act like.
So he goes further, breaking down whatever they do and making it a part of him, shoving it to be a part of himself, but "being foolish" won't cover his true identity, he can't make himself something .he's not, and people see that.
Again refused
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Here Pete interjected, observing that lack of experience defines lack of identity,

This song is amazing | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/5/12

I really enjoy the way this song can be interpreted so many different ways. No matter what mood you're in, it always seems to fit. Plus, it has a very heavy, substantial feel to it without being over complicated. Great if you like to zone out into the music.

My take. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/29/11

I agree that is about the internal battles we all wage; Between what we believe to be right, and what is easy. I think it's coming from someone who let his darker side win a little. But that's just me and what I think.

Assumptions | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/29/11

This song is really beautiful,
I love Chevelle Pete Loeffler IS aN extremely talented lyricist, I love this site because people often have very interesting interpretations of what the songs mean, though it is however dissapointiong to read comments that are stated as if to be fact.
I hope people remember when they write these thst they are in fact not all knowing gods nor are they the writer of the song and therefore their statements are strictly just assumptions of what they perceive to be the writers meaning. For those of you who would like factual information about the writer Pete does post a lot of his own thoughts on the albums and also on the band on their official website so if your truelly curious google it he blogs A LOT as do many other artists.

The first post is clearly written by an idiot | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/30/10

The song is about the realization that we are human beings and that we are all fucked up. The more he thinks about that the harder it is to function, so he pushes those thoughts down.

The war is between good "The Ego" and the "ID".

I would go into detail about "The Dark Night" or "Spiritual Enlightenment", but if whoever reads this is half as retarded as the person who wrote the first post it would be a waste of time. I think dude should either get off of or try drugs, because the current isn't working.

drug addiction? | Reviewer: Noah | 12/22/09

Im thinking this song may be based on someone he knows who's either passed away, or is in bad shape from a drug addiction.

So the water's thickening, his collar's pulled - maybe saying, he's beginning to sweat heavily, and he's pulling on the collar of his shirt, stretching it out and gasping for air.

Begin to be aware...
~It's on~
That he needs to focus, beyond that man
He brings a world of pain... -
Probably referring to maybe a college student who's stressed out and gets high, and at a point realizes he needs to focus, which only causes him more pain.

The war is on, too weak to move
Call it off, sorry... refused -
This is pretty clear, most likely meaning lack of motivation to do anything, or overdosing. It could mean lack of motivation because he says, call it off, sorry... refused, or it could mean overdosed, because he says, too weak to move.

So we bend the bracket, shove it down
Anything to make it fit -
possibly meaning, taking any kind of drug, to try to relieve the pain, even though it only makes it worse.

And being foolish, won't cover up
Exposing them as fakes... -
I'm thinking this means, getting high won't give them an excuse to not get something done, or that people won't give them a break because they're high.

So boredom captured another fool
Shredding him to bits -
Obviously, this is referring to someone who out of boredom decided to get high, without realizing that it would harm him as much as it does (Shredding him to bits).

And the more we tense up, avoiding pain
You'll never learn a thing -
Probably meaning when they tense up, they take more drugs, doing them more harm, and indefinately preventing them from living a productive life.


This whole song may also be referring to a soldier of war, who uses drugs as a pain reliever, possibly an american soldier, or maybe singing about the teenagers of the somalia area of africa, who do drugs, or are rewarded drugs to fight.

yttywy | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/2/09

This is definitely one of Chevelle's best songs, and it seems like not too many people know about it. Look if you're reading the lyrics but you've never heard the song you need to download it or something and listen to it.



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