Pause by SafetySuit

PauseTrack: Pause
Artist: SafetySuit
Genre: indie, rock, pop
Music Rating: 8/10
Lyrics Rating: 9/10
Overall:
9/10
Sounds Like: Lifehouse, Parachute, The Script
Interesting Fact: Back in my day, it was not actually possible to pause the radio. #KidsTheseDays
Best thing About this Track: The pause right before the last chorus! I totally flipped the first time I heard it. Also, “instead of holding our tongues, we held on to the past.”
One thing I wish was different: As unendingly genius as it is, I really wish the song would hit even harder when it comes back in towards  the end. The first time, the shock factor is enough to knock you off of your feet, but it starts to lose its effect the more you hear it. I wish they hadn’t been so kind. I wish they really just punched you in the face with music, showing no mercy and holding nothing back. I’m pretty sure I would have had a heart attack on the spot the first time I heard it, but I would’ve died happy.
Website: SafetySuit

Okay kids, buckle up. I’m going to try very hard to exercise emotional self-control and not flip a table out of joy over this song. Have you ever felt so blown away that you’re just like, “I am done. I can’t even with this song. I have lost the ability to even.” It’s sort of like the listener’s equivalent to dropping the mic. That is how this song makes me feel. It makes me feel like emotionally flipping a table out of joy.

Okay, I have verbally gotten that urge out of my system. I think I’m okay now.

*Before proceeding, please note that the first time I ever heard this song, I literally flipped my laptop by standing up so fast to become more actively enthused. While I do recommend this song, I cannot be held responsible for any damages incurred due to your own vehemence.

Musically, this song is really very rhythmically driven with lots of accents drawing your attention to different moments in time by hitting specific beats and offbeats harder with different instrumentations. The unpredictable yet patterned nature of the beat gives you the emotional experience of feeling like you are being held hostage as the waters of time sweep you away down a river, always anticipating but never quite certain where you are going next or when you will arrive. Part of you strains slightly against the current, turning around, wishing to stop to admire the amazing views flashing by you on the shoreline, but you do not exert enough energy to constitute an actual attempt at resistance, instinctively knowing that to fight against the tide would be futility itself. So you just kind of hang on for dear life and go with it.

The song starts out speaking about the fear of what feels like an inevitable loss. Floating along watching it happen, but wholly unable to stop what has already been set in motion, the speaker laments in his helplessness. When we hit the chorus, it feels like we’ve gone around the bend and the melancholy river has hit rapids. Through the rising currents, we hear the repeated plea to at least stop were we are for a moment if we can’t turn around. But we are held firm in the grip of the current, so we have no choice but to ride it out until we splash down at the bottom of a waterfall and continue at a slower but ever persistent pace for the second verse.

Next come lamentations about what went wrong and what could have been. Perhaps even what should have been. Back and forth through the currents of time, but never ceasing. Never able to quite find rest. Constantly yearning for a breath of still air that doesn’t whip at your lungs.

Finally, the tide spits you up on the shore with the lament “I wish that we could rewind”, and the overwhelming calm which has suddenly replaced the roaring waters leaves you feeling empty and heartbroken. Through the whole journey, all you wanted was to stop, to take a reprieve on the shore, but now that it’s over you’ve realized what an amazing journey you were on, and yet you took the entire trip for granted. Now that you’ve finally had a chance to pause, you struggle to recall the sights that whipped past you through your oscillating panic and melancholy. Sitting alone in the sands of time, in the silence, you feel like the stillness might crush you. Thinking back on all that you’ve missed, you realize that all you can do is continue the journey and find new lands. New memories. New moments. This time, vowing to enjoy the journey, you dive back in headfirst into the waters of time and allow yourself to be fully swept away in the experience for the first time.

As the music fades in the distance, the last thing you hear is “Like a racehorse that needs to run, hit the pause.”

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Lyrics:
I don’t want to lose you, but no I can’t keep you here
It’s like I’m sitting and watching the ships go by just to disappear
I wanna hide out, lock myself away
And forget about the hard times and the things we didn’t say

So, save all your tears love, cause I just can’t handle it
I don’t know how to say goodbye, so this might just be the end of it
I’m on the way out, I’m gonna let you in
But if we never look in the mirror, we’ll never see where we’ve been

I wish that we could rewind

So every time you hear this song on the radio
Hit the pause and, hit the pause and
Every time you hear my voice in your bedroom
Hit the pause and, hit the pause and
Every time life throws a rock at your window
Hit the pause and, hit the pause cause
We can’t rewind, but maybe just pause for a while

Maybe we’re broken, maybe we started that way
And maybe everything in life is just how long you stay
I would’ve stayed here, I would’ve made it last
But instead of holding our tongues, we held on to the past

I wish that we could rewind

So every time you hear this song on the radio
Hit the pause and, hit the pause and
Every time you hear my voice in your bedroom
Hit the pause and, hit the pause and
Every time life throws a rock at your window
Hit the pause and, hit the pause cause
We can’t rewind, but maybe just pause for a while

Like a puzzle that doesn’t fit, like a program that needs to quit
Like an old rock that needs a miner’s hand to pull the diamond out of it
Like a bullet without a gun, like a racehorse that needs to run
Like a gameshow we’re out of time, but I wish that we could rewind

So every time you hear this song on the radio
Hit the pause and, hit the pause and
Every time you hear my voice in your bedroom
Hit the pause and, hit the pause and
Every time life throws a rock at your window
Hit the pause and, hit the pause cause
We can’t rewind, but maybe just pause for a while

Like a bullet without a gun
Hit the pause and, hit the pause and
Like a racehorse that needs to run
Hit the pause and, hit the pause

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