Into Your Veins: Music Video & Explanation

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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”

Anthem Films
Director: Djay Brawner
Editor: Reese Roper

Video premiered online first at AbsolutePunk.net

Full album available for purchase at iTunes and at our online store.

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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.

79 Comments

  1. To Anon at 7.50pm – I sadly agree with you about the technicality of “lend” vesrus “transfer” – crooks at this level are sly and audacious beyond belief – maybe they could corner him with the negative ie – if you did not give an instruction to “lend”, then what sort of instruction can be inferred? eg “give” or “transfer”Bastard Mr Corzine that stole a load of money from me and thousands of others – jail is too good for him – in China they’s string him up by his neck.

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  2. FIF was really my first “Christian band” that I fell in love with all those years ago. I love this article and have nothing but respect for the fact that there are 2 atheists and it’s no big deal. FIF is about music and the fact that you place that at the forefront is great. I do get hat “church-camp high” but for me it doesn’t need a sermon.
    Live by your convictions. One of my favorite quotes is by St. Francis of Asissi “Preach the Gospel at all times and use words when necessary.”
    Besides, the last 3 songs on the end is here always bring me to tears!

    I love you guys so much.

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    • One of my favorite quotes is by Paul. In the Bible:

      So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31

      this includes singing. Can’t bring much Glory to God if your new message is so secretive in the words that people can’t find it. they are missing an opportunity here. its a sad change in direction.

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  3. Crazy how many people here have said they define their faith through music, yet we find reason to remove the moments of praise for our sets. It’s almost like we’re okay with culture and music and whatever else swaying our beliefs or the expression of our beliefs. Like it isn’t the God of the universe, almighty and sovereign we worship but some rad albums that defined our faith in our youth. IN EVERYTHING YOU DO, DO IT FOR THE GLORY OF GOD AS THOUGH WORKING FOR THE LORD AND NOT UNTO MEN. it’s not like an option that we can remove Christ from the stage or from our lyrics or from our shows. It’s what followers of Christ are Called to do. GO INTO TUE WORLD AND MAKE DICIPLES OF ALL NATIONS not go some places and say some things some times but the rest of the time just kick back and let loose. GOD is King. JESUS is king. This isn’t a message we convienently remove for the comfort of the disbelievers. Jesus didn’t remove this message when Pilot asked him who he was. We aren’t playing a game here. We’re playing on a stage that very likely could define someone’s destiny between heaven and hell FEEL THAT BURDEN. If there are times where you are standing on a stage with with a God given Mic and you don’t feel like worshipping the creator (in any form) get off the stage, repent, then go to God in worship. Every song we sing should be worship. Everything we do should be a form of worship. It’s not on Reece to bring you into a place of worship… That’s on us… But to remove the opportunity God presents due to DISCOMFORT OF THOSE BESIDE US? Jesus brings a message that will divide….. He brings a sword not peace. His message will cause people to hate YOU (Yep it’s a promise) But this doesn’t mean stop worshipping in our stage. Or stop preaching. Or stop loving unconditionally (love does not mean snuggles) it means speaking and testifying hard truths to save the lost. Man. We are one watered down group of’ believers’ today. Paul would be sickened by our lack of faith. We all should be sickened.

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    • couldn’t agree more. The more attention people get the more they back off of their faith. They see that people may get offended or hurt so they stop speaking truth.

      Reminds me of Matthew 10:32-33
      Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

      To assume that you won’t want to offend people around you by speaking the Gospel so you decide to stop? WHAT???

      Matthew 10:34
      Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW”

      The Gospel brings freedom, but with that enemies for speaking the truth and publically proclaiming it. For example this post, yours and mine will get heat and likely some hate, but we just posted scripture, unlike anyone else here. Just scripture, the words of Christ. People don’t want to hear it, they want what makes them comfortable. nothing more.

      Praying for the lost, both the band as an evangelical tool and for the people who need the message of Hope, and for the lost in the band.

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  4. Just so I got this clear. God has given you the chance to preach his message of Salvation, Grace, Forgiveness, eternal life with Him, to over what… 500,000 people throughout a year, epically struggling youth, but you won’t because you might offend your buddy. wow… how unbelievable.

    Instead you’ll go cryptic with your lyrics so an Atheist won’t be offended. Remove your worship so an Atheist won’t be offended. Remove your message so an Atheist won’t be offended. Any thought about if God will be offended or not that you’ve removed from your stage his Worship, Message, clear lyrics?

    Always loved your music, always… I have every album and I still love it. Always loved even more your open faith and Love for Jesus. music has remained but your openness of your faith has changed. Music without an expressed purpose to worship God isn’t for God.

    Jarma

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    • Not excited about this direction. Our youth group and many of my college friends grew up with this band and now were walking away. If they can’t continue to represent Christ to the fullest sense they why bother. there’s plenty of bands out there that display their faith to God on their sleeve not secretly. Like you I’ve’ owned every album, but I won’t buy another one. Odd choice for them even financially. Everyone that grew up with these guys were generally youth group kids going through though years of teen hood. now that they are adults and have money they leave behind what got them there. The people that supported them will leave. They’ll have to find a new luke warm following or hope Christians don’t bother reading these posts.

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  5. I have loved FiF for a very long time, and I don’t see anything easily swaying me from the course. But as with any worthwhile story.. There is a moment of potential loss.

    I appreciate your concern for doing right by your life long friends, and I wouldn’t ask you to change what you are doing for the world. But I would like to mention – the reason I love you guys as much as I do.. Is because I found you during my darkest hours in life, which was curtailed by bands like you – leading me to understand, I could trust Christ with my life.

    2 Timothy 2:44 No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.

    Keep fighting the good fight, of faith.

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    • Seems like there should be more concern for doing right for our long life Saviour than a long life friend. A saviour who put his life on the cross to suffer. Yet we are concerned about friendships, even worse catering to friends that know the gospel and choose not to follow it. I like your post, and agree. I’m just more harsh in my approach. we should LAY DOWN OUR LIVES to follow Christ, not tiptoe around friends so no one gets hurt.

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  6. I’d like to thank the last few commenters for reminding me why I can’t be a Christian (or at least not their brand of Christian): too much humility, too much awareness of my own flaws and ignorance, and too much damn respect for those who would join hands in friendship and make common cause with fellow truth-seekers whose path may differ from their own.

    If the music doesn’t speak to you, don’t listen to it. There’s plenty of material out that that caters to your specific tastes. If you don’t like the spiritual direction the band is taking, start your own. Christ didn’t give you license to sit in judgement over how your brothers and sisters practiced their faith. If Jesus were here, he’d tell you to shut the hell up and enjoy the music.

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    • So humility and self-awareness prompts you to guess what bands Jesus would endorse, @Christopher? *chortles*

      I get what you’re saying, though, some folks get REALLY judgey about what an artist should say, or how they should say it, which isn’t productive. I don’t care for FIF’s sound in their latest album, but I’ve got enough good friends that are atheists to know what it’s like to just be tired of arguing about Eternal Truth and just want to hang out and do what I love with my friends.

      Sometimes a big part of maturity in that situation is just avoiding the discussion and focusing on what one has in common, and there’s nothing evil in that.

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