Brand New - Limousine
This song is about the death of 7-year old Katie Flynn. Hours before her death, Katie was the flower girl at her aunt’s wedding, spreading petals down the aisle. As they left the wedding, they all got into a limousine and headed home. Martin Heidgen, 25, had had at least 14 drinks that night and his blood alcohol content (0.28) was more than three times the legal limit in New York (0.08). He drove more than two miles north in the southbound lane containing the Flynn family. Both the driver of the limousine, Stanley Rabinowitz, and Katie were killed instantly. Katie was decapitated and her mother held her head as rescue workers helped the rest of the family out of the vehicle.
The first verse is the perspective of Katie’s mother Jennifer, which echoes the memories of Katie loving that day in July as if it were her own wedding and referring to Heidgen as the man who has volunteered to end Katie’s life:
K, it’s your ride.
Get your petals out and lay them in the aisle
Pretend your garden grows and it’s your day to wed
We found your man, he’s drinking up, he’s all-american
And he’ll drive
He’s volunteered with grace to end your life
He’ll tidy up
It’s sad to hold, but leave your shell to us
You explode
You firefly, you tiny boat with oars
Feather oars. the world tilts back and poison pours
And so, you satellite
You’re a tidal wave, you’re a big surprise
And I’ve one more night to be your mother
The signal interrupted
My baby’s frequency not strong enough
Remain in my hands and smile
We will miss you but in time you’ll get set up

And we will write
The second verse was written in the perspective of the  drunk driver as feeling guilty and useless. One of my favorite lines in this verse is when he says that he sees Jesus in the choir who tells him that he already died for his sins and refuses to do it again. Jesse Lacey (the songwriter/front man of the band) nails the feeling of guilt, forgiveness and regret perfectly in that verse. Jesus represents a betrayed forgiveness:  going out your way to defend someone or give them a second chance and they end up using that opportunity to let you down instead. You become too tired of the many chances given and you refuse to give anymore. The guilt in the verse is obvious, I mean what hurts more than realizing that you have no one left in your corner not even your own “God” would want to be bothered with you. Regret is on both sides, the driver for what he’s done and Jesus for whatever he forgave.
A beauty supreme, yeah you were right about me,But can I get myself out from underneath this guilt that will crush me,And in the choir I saw a sad messiah,He was bored and tired of my laments,Said, “I died for you one time but never again.”(never again)
The lyrics count up to seven, the age Katie was when she was killed. These lines, delivered from the point of view of Katie’s mother, are all about grief. If Katie could “reply”, it would only augment the pain of her mother’s loss. 
[2x]Well I love you so much, but do me a favor baby, don’t reply.Because I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.(never again)One’ll love you so much, but do me a favor baby, don’t reply.Because I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.(never again)Two’ll love you so much, but do me a favor baby, don’t reply.Because I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.(never again)Three’ll love you so much, but do me a favor, baby don’t reply.Because I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.(never again)Four’ll love you so much, but do me a favor, baby don’t reply.Because I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.(never again)Five’ll will love you so much, but do me a favor, baby don’t reply,Because I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.(never again)Six’ll love you so much, but do me a favor, baby don’t reply.Because I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.(never again)Seven loves you so much, but do me a favor, baby don’t reply.Because I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.(never again)I said loved you so much, but do me a favor, baby don’t reply.Because I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.
Towards the end of the song, is the voice of Katie, who Jesse portrayed as being the one who should be happy not having to deal with the loss of anyone she loves or having to actually get married and be with someone til death do them part:
[In background:]
We’ll never have to buy adjacent plots of earthWe’ll never have to rot together underneath dirtI’ll never have to lose my baby in the crowdI should be laughing right now
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Brand New - Limousine

This song is about the death of 7-year old Katie Flynn. Hours before her death, Katie was the flower girl at her aunt’s wedding, spreading petals down the aisle. As they left the wedding, they all got into a limousine and headed home. Martin Heidgen, 25, had had at least 14 drinks that night and his blood alcohol content (0.28) was more than three times the legal limit in New York (0.08). He drove more than two miles north in the southbound lane containing the Flynn family. Both the driver of the limousine, Stanley Rabinowitz, and Katie were killed instantly. Katie was decapitated and her mother held her head as rescue workers helped the rest of the family out of the vehicle.

The first verse is the perspective of Katie’s mother Jennifer, which echoes the memories of Katie loving that day in July as if it were her own wedding and referring to Heidgen as the man who has volunteered to end Katie’s life:

K, it’s your ride.

Get your petals out and lay them in the aisle

Pretend your garden grows and it’s your day to wed

We found your man, he’s drinking up, he’s all-american

And he’ll drive

He’s volunteered with grace to end your life

He’ll tidy up

It’s sad to hold, but leave your shell to us

You explode

You firefly, you tiny boat with oars

Feather oars. the world tilts back and poison pours

And so, you satellite

You’re a tidal wave, you’re a big surprise

And I’ve one more night to be your mother

The signal interrupted

My baby’s frequency not strong enough

Remain in my hands and smile

We will miss you but in time you’ll get set up

And we will write

The second verse was written in the perspective of the  drunk driver as feeling guilty and useless. One of my favorite lines in this verse is when he says that he sees Jesus in the choir who tells him that he already died for his sins and refuses to do it again. Jesse Lacey (the songwriter/front man of the band) nails the feeling of guilt, forgiveness and regret perfectly in that verse. Jesus represents a betrayed forgiveness:  going out your way to defend someone or give them a second chance and they end up using that opportunity to let you down instead. You become too tired of the many chances given and you refuse to give anymore. The guilt in the verse is obvious, I mean what hurts more than realizing that you have no one left in your corner not even your own “God” would want to be bothered with you. Regret is on both sides, the driver for what he’s done and Jesus for whatever he forgave.

A beauty supreme, yeah you were right about me,
But can I get myself out from underneath this guilt that will crush me,
And in the choir I saw a sad messiah,
He was bored and tired of my laments,
Said, “I died for you one time but never again.”

(never again)

The lyrics count up to seven, the age Katie was when she was killed. These lines, delivered from the point of view of Katie’s mother, are all about grief. If Katie could “reply”, it would only augment the pain of her mother’s loss. 


[2x]
Well I love you so much, but do me a favor baby, don’t reply.
Because I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.

(never again)
One’ll love you so much, but do me a favor baby, don’t reply.
Because I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.

(never again)
Two’ll love you so much, but do me a favor baby, don’t reply.
Because I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.

(never again)
Three’ll love you so much, but do me a favor, baby don’t reply.
Because I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.

(never again)
Four’ll love you so much, but do me a favor, baby don’t reply.
Because I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.

(never again)
Five’ll will love you so much, but do me a favor, baby don’t reply,
Because I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.

(never again)
Six’ll love you so much, but do me a favor, baby don’t reply.
Because I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.

(never again)
Seven loves you so much, but do me a favor, baby don’t reply.
Because I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.

(never again)
I said loved you so much, but do me a favor, baby don’t reply.
Because I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.

Towards the end of the song, is the voice of Katie, who Jesse portrayed as being the one who should be happy not having to deal with the loss of anyone she loves or having to actually get married and be with someone til death do them part:

[In background:]

We’ll never have to buy adjacent plots of earth
We’ll never have to rot together underneath dirt
I’ll never have to lose my baby in the crowd
I should be laughing right now

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    The accident happened July 2nd 2005. Nine years ago today. This story never fails to give me chills. Rest in peace, K.
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