Airborne Toxic Event, The - The Graveyard Near The House Lyrics

The other day when we were walking by the graveyard near the house you asked me if I thought, we would ever die. And if life and love both fade so predictably, we've made ourselves a kind of predictable lie. So I pictured us like corpses lying side by side in pieces in some dark and lonely plot under a bough. We looked so silly there all decomposed, half turned to dust in tattered clothes, though we probably look just as silly now.

Bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye all this dog-eared innocence. I can't pretend that I can tell you what is going to happen next or how to be.
But you have no idea about me. Do you?

And it left me to wonder if people ever know each other or just stumble around like strangers in the dark. Cause sometimes you seem so strange to me, I must seem strange to you. We're like two actors playing our parts. Did you memorize your lines? 'Cause I did. Here's the part where I get so mad. I tell you that I can't forget the past. You get so quiet now and you seem somehow like a lost and lonely child and you just hope that the moment won't last.

Bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye all this dog-eared innocence I can't pretend that I can tell you what is going to happen next or how to be.
But you have no idea about me.
You have no idea about me.
Do you?

Still, there's always a way around. There's something tying our feet to the ground. A moment passed, we hear how it sounds. And it seems a little less profound, like we're all going the same way down. Yeah we're all going the same way down.

I'm just trying to write it all down.

Cause I write songs, and you write letters. We are tied like two in tethers, and we talk and read and laugh and sleep at night in bed together. And you wake in tears sometimes, I can see the thoughts flash across your eyes. They say, "Darling will you be kind? Will you be a good man and stay behind if I get old?"

Then the letters all pass through my head, with the words that I was told about the fading flesh of life and love, the failures of the bold. I can list each crippling fear like I'm reading from a will.

And I'll defy every one and love you still. I will carry you with me up every hill. And if you die before I die, I'll carve your name out of the sky. I'll fall asleep with your memory and dream of where you lie.

It may be better to move on and to let life just carry on and I may be wrong. Still I'll try.

Cause it's better to love whether you win or lose or die.
It's better to love whether you win or lose or die.
It's better to love and I will love you until I die.

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  1. Kariuki Ngugi

    Its 2019 and this is my favorite band,
    "We looked so silly there all decomposed
    Half turned to dust in tattered clothes
    Though we probably look just as silly now"
    Are you crying?? No you are crying

  2. Lillian Archibald

    The man I have loved ever since we were in 6th grade has played this for me on his acoustic guitar, singing this song to me. And he sent me this song, and it brought back memories that made me cry. Could never stop loving that boy I knew so long ago and the man I know now. No matter what happens.

  3. Sylas84

    My bro. Beardy showed me this song and i love it:)

  4. Ashley Lloyd

    7 years later and this is still one of my favorite songs. Truly beautiful and otherworldly.

  5. GravitySloth

    F U C K I N G
    W E E P I N G

  6. Sapere Aude

    Where did this duo get their name from? United States history? Err future? Err current times?

  7. Joshua Klimoski

    I look up to Mikel Jollett as a songwriter so much.

  8. Zanzibar

    Felt in love from the 1-st listening all your songs!

  9. Will W

    I always feel this song is about those moments before we commit to someone else. Those thoughts of the good and bad that may come and if you can take it all on together. It's like life walking with death lurking on the side. We know there is an end but are we willing to keep moving through despite it....Every line of this song just holds so much meaning. Definitely one of their best.

  10. savanana

    Yep, I'm only in junior high and this song is relevent. Maybe I'm an old soul. There's still so much time to learn. That eye twitch at 1:07 still gets me.

  11. Emilee Eaton


  12. Meow motherfawka

    its such a mindfuck when you stop listening to a certain song you love because the memories you've attached. 👥

    took me years to listen to this song again.

  13. Mr. Swirly

    A wordsmith

  14. shane

    5 years later and its still the best

  15. Erin Fenton

    "And it left me to wonder if people ever know each other or just stumble around like strangers in the dark"..... truest words and so beautiful. This is easily one of their best songs and so underrated.

    AH Hofer

    Erin Fenton I agree!


    It is my favorite...I guess

  16. Roy Crowley

    it's sad I feel this way about someone who wants nothing to do with me, he really knows his stuff.

  17. Julie TRAVERS

    Can the violinist look more bored???????????? Watta yutz! Got it. You're better than me

  18. Julie TRAVERS

    "...this dogged innocence...pictured us like have NO idea about me..." I'm trying to suffocate my cries with three thick pillows, yet I type thi

  19. Alpha Centauri

    she actually has a beautiful voice, need to hear more of it!

  20. Shahida Faiz

    I am in love with this song

  21. Darin Andersen

    Really? This young , and lyrics so mature and deep, it's fantastic poetry .

  22. jesus Vargas

    I dislike the video, but when he comes back in excited in 3:10 or something it always gives me goosebumps, honestly the video sucks except for those few seconds

  23. Hope Hallett

    So lovely to hear this in the encore, one of my favorite songs of all time.

  24. lula14230

    This is my favourite song but I really dislike this version.

  25. Spencer Savage

    oh my god this band sucks so bad

    motorpartsguru Restoration Channel

    +Spencer Savage i was a big fan of this band for a long time, but revisiting them, yeah, you're right actually. they do suck

    Diane Baumgartner

    +Spencer Savage you have no taste at all

    Maggie Marconi

    +Spencer Savage These guys are like crack to my eardrums. Can't get enough.


    +Spencer Savage
    "We're like two actors playing our parts.
    Did you memorize your lines?
    'Cause I did."

    How is that not brilliant? It's redpilled too

    Jazmin Taylor

    If you hate them so much, don't listen to their music. Don't come here just to dis something other people appreciate

  26. Gilberto Zaragoza

    This os my favorite song

  27. Raymond Solis

    they put so much emotion into their music is beautiful to watch

  28. Mateo Molina

    Hope to sing this song to a girl one day 😐

  29. Jake Pope

    im a twenty one year old adult male and this song makes me bawl like a little school girl, what the hell!

  30. mike

    It may be better to move on and to let life just carry on and I may be wrong. Still I'll try.
    Because it's better to love whether you win or lose or die. It's better to love and I will love you until I die.

  31. Zeth Hillman-Johnson

    Holy crap, I just realized this song was posted on me and my girlfriend's anniversary. That's the greatest thing.

  32. ImJustATurtle

    A very simple M/V, but elegant and honest. The mood of the song was captured perfectly and it had a crisp quality to it. 10/10

  33. MattCT777

    this songs lyrics could easily be some of the greatest most thought provoking lyrics in todays modern music world

  34. XxTAB18xX

    This is one of those rare songs that make all the repressed feelings not only surface, but also real, so very very real.

  35. Chris Pr

    Beautiful and moving song. Can't wait to see you guys live again in Toronto :)

  36. Melissa Ruíz

    fuck!! this is so beatifu!! this why they are my favorite band!!

  37. AgentP4801

    Best YouTube string of comments that I have ever found, hands down. Simply awesome. Congrats to you both. :)

  38. rob warden

    i cringe when i think about how the airborne toxic event isnt coming to philadelphia

  39. Christian Serrano

    You must thank the band who made this song. If they did not wrote a beautiful song like this destiny will be so selfish for you to find a girl that you are needing for. By the way I am happy for you!

  40. TheCoolCadaver

    This song is kind of giving me goosebumps, but at the same time, I am reminded of Stewie's Song on Family Guy, and I just lose it

  41. Braeden Thompson

    They hav mor then two people in their band and I have known this for a while and it just never gets old

  42. rachelklinemusic

    omg this is best thing i've ever heard. best of luck to you too!!:)

  43. forestdoll1

    I love graveyards, sometimes I visit dead people I didn't even know.

  44. Bert John Norcross

    That is the coolest story ever. Rock on man. Hope the best for you guys!

  45. K. Todd Ramer

    What a beautiful song. I wish I had a fraction of the talent this band has. They have the soul pretty much nailed.

  46. homstar

    That is simply the best story ever witnessed.

  47. NEVERace77

    now forget about all this and go listen to airborne!

  48. NEVERace77

    so to you and all who are wondering, i did find her. Or she found me..
    she messaged me last January, and we started talking. We have been dating since april. :) This has been the best year of my life, I swear i was blind before i meet her :)
    I do everly so love her (:
    she is all sorts of wonderful! Things have been going very well! No big deal. :) thanks everyone who liked the status and got it up on the page so she could see it. i would give you all a hug if i could! :)

  49. lionhrt38

    This is 1st time ever hearing this song and i found myself thinking of my 1st crush back in 7th grade. could see her face so clearly..thank you t.a.t.e. u guys are amazing and ur music never fails to move me.

  50. Brianna Dumont

    Only 1,214 likes? I swear, this is the only band ever in my life that I would genuinely love to know. I can't even express it, but I truly and genuinely love listening to them and I wish I knew them personally. I love them, not like stalker love, but kind of a looking up to way.

  51. Ian Davidson

    Are you suggesting that girl buy that fat guy? How much do you reckon that might cost?

  52. Hailey Michelle

    I play viola, and the thicker strings and less whiny sound are the only really obvious differences. That and her arm is stretched out just a *little* further to hold the neck than it would be for a violin (due to slight size difference). Little differences, but yeah, it's a viola.

  53. Cyberdyne Systems: Skynet

    That would probably explain it, but I don't get how you know it's a viola, as a violin player, all I notice is that it doesn't sound as whiny--probably why I was saying it sounded flat?--and the strings look thicker...

  54. Hailey Michelle

    What's even more off with her violin is that it's a viola.

  55. Tania Rojas

    That is EXACTLY how I feel...simply beautiful.

  56. Robin Arthur

    this is so beautiful.

  57. Jeesus Kristus

    have you ever had someone or someones who you love???
    no easy fly you have not
    period. where you stop there i will start. WTta shit

  58. Ella Tschebotarjew

    I get teary-eyed also when he sings "I'll defy every one and love you still"

  59. Ella Tschebotarjew

    Did she see it? You should post it on every video :)

  60. Tom Frank

    ok truly .. ya want to get into tuning on a pro band ... stuff it . You have no idea how many bows and strings break . Give it a break!

  61. Cyberdyne Systems: Skynet

    Is it just me or are all of her double-stops a, like her violin is in tune with the rest of the band but not itself? or her A string is a bit sharp...or...something...

  62. Jacob Fryland

    they're outside and it's raining

  63. CTRB TV

    I went for METRIC, but Airborne Toxic Event gave the best peformance..oh what a day!

  64. Dainy Lenix

    I love you so much :D

  65. TheWindInMyFace

    my favorite song. ever.

  66. yjohn34

    it's so real..the way these songs make you feel.

  67. DannieJo76

    I agree! It is a REAL song with strong meaning, like so many of their songs! I love them!

  68. Zeo

    I entered a state of apathy towards most things ever since a certain incident in my life that led to depression and from there apathy. This song was first thing in a some time to actually make me feel something and brought me close to tears. That's how emotion is behind it.

  69. 419friedtoast

    when i find the woman of my life, I'll play this for her

  70. Carlos Alberto Calderon Rios

    Aye, comrade!.

  71. Bert John Norcross

    Did you ever hear from her?

  72. Rogerdude899

    that's my favorite part too!!! I love that part when I'm covering the song!

  73. Al Poehlman

    she looks so uninterested throughout like the whole video

  74. Haley T

    Holy shit this man. He. Is. Perfect.
    This song is absolutely perfection.

  75. Bri young

    I really hope she reads that and contacts you. That's really sweet.

  76. Mark Stiles

    I really hope you hear from her. :)

  77. Tom Sinclair

    You've got yourself a damn good gal then! :)

  78. Tom Sinclair

    Just saw that they're playing Osheaga. Was thinking of going anyways, but now I AM going. So unbelievably stoked.

  79. Editise

    In a way he looks like Ed Helms

  80. Ace V

    I realized today the lead singer of this band sounds like the lead singer from alkaline trio, not so much in this song but in all the other ones

  81. vanessa welck

    like we're all going the same way down. I'm just trying to write it.all.down.

  82. Carlos Alberto Calderon Rios

    @LoveHavokk Haha!... what?. Ohhh.. lol.. no

  83. Benjamin Eff

    @lambovsatan225 I bet you're that fat toolbag eh? Haha

  84. MetraMan09

    @NEVERace77 Hi my name is Artie, and yes that fat guy WAS a douche, wasn't he. call me

  85. Robert Rutherford

    I love this Song c:

  86. Nelle Stocker

    I absolutely love this song. Brings me to tears every time I listen to it It's the best love song I've ever heard.

  87. Andrew Ruiz

    so sweet and real which makes it rare in this world

  88. Collybird8

    This is possibly the most beautiful song ever written. It moves me to tears every time I listen to it. The particular lines being "And I'll defy everyone and love you still, I'll carry you with me up every hill. And if you die before I die I'll carve your name out of the sky" Just... beautiful.

  89. Deborah Stewart

    Every time I hear this song, I fall in love a bit deeper with the lyrics. And with my boyfriend, who was the first person to tell me about ATE. There is no better feeling for me than listening to this living poetry.

  90. Krelus

    @NEVERace77 Liked. Fingers crossed, man!

  91. R Small

    My friend showed me this song and said it reminded her of me because of the beging of when he was talking about the corpses. XD But it kind of a cute thought...I hope that we would be holding hands when we were decomposing next to each other...

  92. Stephanie Robin

    This song is so achingly beautiful.

  93. casjxn

    @NEVERace77 best of luck to you!!!

  94. Tiffany Smith

    Her scarf = SWAG :)

  95. thekingoflalaland

    @NEVERace77 I wish I could like this 300 times.

  96. TheRotKing

    This song, no matter, what, can always make me cry. Reduced me to tears at the concert here in Philly.

    Best song ever written <3

  97. WeAreAirborne

    Is anyone else incapable of looking away from Mikel's eyes in this video?...

  98. Tiny Hippo

    I saw them just a few hours earlier.. they are so good, and live they were phenomenal. I love them so much3

  99. cesards1

    @hockeyyismylife jaja eliminaron tu comentario