Into Your Veins: Music Video & Explanation
Here it is, as promised, a few days late. The first of several blog posts explaining the songs we wrote on Engine of A Million Plots. The first song up is “Into Your Veins.” We recently released a new music video for the song via AbsolutePunk.net along with an interview with Andy. You can see the new music video below, the words to the song and Reese’s explanation. Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments. And don’t forget the original disclaimer of this series. If one of these songs means something completely different to you than what Reese says, that’s probably the better explanation.
“Into Your Veins” by Five Iron Frenzy
From their album “Engine of a Million Plots”
Director: Djay Brawner
Editor: Reese Roper
Video premiered online first at AbsolutePunk.net
See Five Iron Frenzy play live at these upcoming shows.
into your veins
To steal the wind from your lungs
to take the breath from your lips.
I am trafficking bliss.
I sell wholesale with a kiss.
I am a dealer of words.
I’ll suck the buzz from your scene,
and sell it right back to you,
before I get away clean.
Before I get away clean.
This is your stereo
and your speakers are blown.
In this scenario
we are the Guns of Navarone.
This is a mutiny.
This is a masquerade.
This is the pin pulling from a ticking hand grenade.
Shoot each word into your veins.
Sing until you can’t feel pain.
(You’re going down hard,
you’re going down fast,
you’re going down like this might be your last.)
We are your own parasite,
a wind blown pilot light.
Sinking like a lead balloon,
something you cooked in a spoon.
This a firing line.
This is Sweet Caroline.
This is a slot machine.
This is a prison camp- minus any Steve McQueen.
To bind up the brokenhearted,
We came here to bleed.
To bind up the brokenhearted,
you know what you need.
Explanation of the song by Reese Roper:
This is probably the most cryptic song I have ever written for Five Iron. Also, it is probably the most recycled topic. I have broached this topic in All the Hype (Our worst song ever?), Eulogy, See the Flames Begin to Crawl, and also in Roper with the song Day of Pigs. It’s just the idea that I think people love to substitute the high they get from loving a band and their music, or their experience at a concert- for a meaningful relationship with God. Here at Five Iron Frenzy Inc. LLC, we used to jokingly refer to it as the “church-camp high”. There are an awful lot of people that are upset with us at shows now, because we haven’t been very preachy or ended any of our concerts with worship songs like we did sometimes in Five Iron’s first incarnation. I am quite disturbed by this, and here is why: as a band, our policy has always been to be honest with everyone. For me personally, this is an enormous burden, albeit very worthwhile. We have made no excuses about having two Atheists in our band in its present form. They are two of my best friends, and that friendship means the world to me. I have been very intentional about not speaking about Christ from the stage unless it is in reference to the song we are then performing- because I feel that it would be dishonest. It wouldn’t be right for me to just ramble off some mini-sermon because I have the loudest microphone, when it wasn’t something that everyone on stage felt was true.
The problem is that people keep coming to our shows for something that we are not giving them. Honestly, it is something that we never had. I can be loving, and I can worship God. I can share His love and mercy, even His truth- but I cannot be God. No matter what you felt at any Five Iron show, old or new, it wasn’t us. Unless it was a genuine sense of entertainment, or you just love mediocre music played by middle-aged people. We cannot give that feeling back to you, because it was never us giving it to you. It was the Lord. (Disclaimer: If you don’t believe in the Lord, it may still have been Him. Just leaving all the options out there. Or, it may have been alcohol, or catecholamines in your bloodstream. Those two things you can recreate with chemicals, and don’t need Five Iron Frenzy for, so please save your money for those things instead. Winking smiley face.)
My hope, is that if God is real, and He really loves us- He can speak to you without us hurting our friends by preaching or doing worship out of a sense of obligation. My attempt to keep our shows like this has everything to do with my love for my friends and my love of God, compelling me to be honest and truthful. I really do want to have worship from stage again, but to be honest about it, it would have to be led by the Holy Spirit, and not some fear that we would be letting down our fans or some absurd notion that God couldn’t speak without us. That is complete foolishness. If this bothers you, here is what I ask: please pray that the Holy Spirit does lead us into worship during a show- but that He does so through the Atheists, that they are compelled to stop what they are doing and just worship the Lord. I promise you, if that were that to happen, they would thank you for it.
TL:DR – People keep trying to use our music as something akin to a drug or to replace a genuine relationship with God, and that sucks. I throw out a bunch of cool sounding phrases as metaphors for whatever people want to get from our band that we are not giving them (Note: The original title of this song was Somehow There Is A Metaphor in All of This), then in the chorus, I tried to drive it home by saying “Shoot each word into your veins…”. You know, like heroin, or whatever the kids are doing these days instead of learning math and science. Lastly, I used my one good songwriting trick- and tried to resolve it in the bridge. Yes, that is a reference to Psalm 147:3, and Isaiah 61:1- both prophecies about the coming of Jesus Christ, and that He would heal the world. That’s what I believe you need, real love, and to be healed- not the mediocre ramblings of an over-the-hill ska band.