The Lost Souls


If you can't stand upon the water I will see you on the ocean floor. When you blink do you only find the misery between the lines? Then take my hand and walk with me. Come to me, your sanctuary, I'll gladly accept the gift that I've been granted. If you feel fine, then give it just a little time I'm sure you'll contract my disease. Look what you've done to me now, you've made me perfect. If you can't stand upon the earth then I will meet you on the other side. When you blink do you only find the misery weighs down your eyes? Then take my hand and sleep with me. Take my hand I'll be everything to you. Take my hand I'll take everything from you. I will seep under your skin. I will. I will hold onto your heart. I will.

I have two possible interpretations for this song. The first is fairly simple. The 'lost souls' are people like Davey who have not found comfort in a religion or a god.
The second is a little harder to grasp but bear with me. Davey is writing the song about the Devil, Satan, whatever. The 'lost souls' are again the people who are lost due to the fact that they cannot rely on beliefs that others would turn to. 'if you can't stand upon the water' reminds be of the story of Jesus walking on the water and this perhaps is an indication that the 'lost souls' feel lost because they aren't perfect and/or dont believe in Jesus. "Look what you've done to me now, you've made me perfect" - According to bible verse, Lucifer was the most beautiful angel. These souls are taken by the Devil and still do not find peace 'I will take everything from you'.
These lyrics suggest to me that Davey is not a Satanist which is a common rumour surrounding AFI.
Posted by: Steve

This is my personal favorite song because of how i interpret the lyrics. I think that this song is about him always being there for his loved ones, regardless of how detached from him they become, he will always be there. "if you can't stand upon the water i will see you on the ocean floor" "if you can't stand upon the earth then i will see you on the other side" those are saying that no matter what happens, if you are torn down from your high point in life, i'll be right here. "when you blink do you only find the misery between the lines? then take my hand and walk with me" that's saying that if things are getting worse and everytime you open your eyes something else is going wrong, come to me, i'll be here. "look what you've done to me now" that's about the feeling he gets when he is with the person, they make him feel perfect. "i will seep under your skin. i will hold onto your heart" He will do what he can to comfort the person, and to nurture them, to show them that they're not alone.
Posted by: Brion Cantrell

I feel TLS is about friendship davey extends to someone, or someone he loves dearly...bear with me:
If you can't stand upon the water I will see you on the ocean floor. When you blink do you only find the misery between the lines? Then take my hand and walk with me. Come to me, your sanctuary, I'll gladly accept the gift that I've been granted. If you feel fine, then give it just a little time. I'm sure you'll contract my disease.
this part is talking how about the person this song is directed to (or persons) knows they arent perfect and doesnt feel it. daveys saying its ok if your not like everyone else, hell be here, he wont stray. by contracting his disease, youre brought down to his level of despair and your not alone. he feels the same way but has come to terms with it.
Look what you've done to me now, You've made me perfect. Look what you've done to me now.
this person is such an incredible person that when hes around them he feels invincible and feels they in turn have made him a better person.
If you can't stand upon the earth then I see you on the other side. When you blink do you only find the misery weighs down your eyes? Then take my hand and sleep with me.
if you cant cut it with the norm on earth then when you both retire into your own worlds, youll feel complete and not so alone. when life gets too hard to bear, take my hand and well die together, in unison, in one.
Take my hand, I'll be everything to you. Take my hand, I'll take everything from you. I will seep under your skin. I will. I will hold onto your heart. I will.
hes saying dont be afraid, trust in him, love him cause he loves this person. i take this as a strong friendship song because i hold it to all my friends because as cliche as it sounds we are lost souls. i always try to provide an outlet for them. i try to be their saviour, lots of times to no avail.
Posted by: StPaulsBassgurl

This is one of my favourite afi songs, because the way I interpret the lyrics, I can relate to the song. Basically it is about someone/something making davey what he is not. Like, in the chorus, he is saying look what you've done to me now, you've made me perfect, whoever brought him up, made him not be who he really was (eg. image/religion ) That's what I have from the chorus. The two beginning versus before the chorus, I think mean, just because I may have different beliefs, or look different, doesn't mean I won't be there for you when you need me. You made me who I wasn't but I still care about you (If you can't stand upon the water I will see you on the ocean floor. /If you can't stand upon the earth then I see you on the other side.) the line after that, I think means, once again about how much he cares about ones he's close to, not depending on what he looks like, or believes in, (When you blink do you only find the misery between the lines? Then take my hand and walk with me.)
Posted by: melissadwyer