Interpretations:I Broke My Own Rule

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A descent into madness[edit]

I feel like this song represents someones descent into madness after breaking a rule, maybe a family rule or a law. The repeating vocals represent the reverb your own head feels when you're stuck in your own head.

Jimmyzenshins311 (talk) 20:00, 2 June 2021 (EDT)

Locrian mode[edit]

My guess is that Linnell is hyperbolically "lamenting" that he broke a rule he had about not writing a melody in Locrian mode.

About the narrator's suicide[edit]

Cw: discussion of suicide as a thing people do

The song seems to be about a suicide attempt. Where dying is the "cost" you pay for absolute freedom. The narrator "lost the high ground" when they "jumped from the top of the statue of freedom from gravity", e.g a Tmbg-type name for the statue of liberty. A jump which is something a few different people have actually made.[1]

And now they will "float into the emptiness". "I lost the high ground" is about jumping from a high place.

The attempt was successful, and the character died ("I'm condemned to hell", "float into the emptiness"). The line "I don't have a leg to stand on" is about literally not having legs because you have no body.

His own rule was one against suicide. Similar to in "Hopeless Bleak Despair", suicide is being depicted as an absolute freedom from what crushes you in life, but the afterlife is depicted as literally hell "I'm condemned to hell") or at least (in this song) pretty lonely in the last verse:

"I'll lay me down down in the dark The dark and sad sad empty room room At the end the end of the hallway the hallway At the end way at the end of time"

A fun little tmbg rabbit hole for this song: As someone on this page already mentioned, this song is written in a musical mode called the Locrian mode. And it turns out the first written laws in ancient Greece were called the Locrian Code, (appropriate for a song about rules). The Locrian Code was written by a guy named Zaleucus. Unfortunately, Zaleucus broke one of his own rules and made the decision to kill himself. Here's the relevant passage from Wikipedia:

"Another law that he established forbade anyone from entering the Senate House armed. Faced with an emergency, he did so anyway, but when he was reminded of the law, he immediately fell upon his sword as a sacrifice to the sovereignty of the claims of social order."[2]

Rest in peace, Zaleucus, who broke his own rule. --Never (talk) 13:22, 3 June 2021 (EDT)

Never is a fucking genius. --You&Me!! (talk) 14:34, 3 June 2021 (EDT)
I love these long interps --Jimmyzenshins311 (talk) 19:25, 3 June 2021 (EDT)
Was contemplating making an interpretation, but you summed up my complete thoughts. --Lukehennisch (talk) 17:45, 2 November 2021 (EDT)

anti-masker actually wearing a mask for the first time[edit]

obviously tmbg are no stranger to writing from the viewpoint of an unreliable narrator, and i personally think this track is no different. at first, i almost thought this was from the point of view of a responsible masked person forgetting their mask in public and panicking, but all the hyperbole, tmbg's responsible stance on covid safety, and mentions of "freedom" lead me to believe the opposite. it sounds as if a devoted anti-masker wound up being "forced" to wear a mask in some public setting, or had a brush with contracting covid, and as a result, berates themselves for succumbing to wearing a mask.


What happens when, happens when the, when the freedom / Freedom you want, you want to have / To have comes at, comes at a cost, a cost you can't / You can't afford to pay /

this verse seems pretty black-and-white to me under this interpretation, and seems to bolster the idea of an anti-masker actually contracting covid at some point and realizing the danger of their dumbass anti-masker antics, like going to bars and parties.


Climb to the top of the statue of freedom from gravity / And you're at liberty to / Jump from the top of the absence of responsibility / And float into the emptiness /

this seems like the ideal life for an anti-masker, exercising their "freedom" to abandon all safety responsibilities and live life as selfishly as they please. however, all that awaits them when they do so is emptiness, which could represent the empty sense of morality anti-maskers have, and how their meaningless "rebellion" does nothing but hold the country back.

Anakin Skywalker[edit]

This makes almost too much sense. This song is about Anakin Skywalker turning into Darth Vader. “I lost the high ground, lost the high ground” In revenge of the sith, Obi-Wan Kenobi states the iconic line “It’s over Anakin. I have the high ground.” “All is lost, all is lost, all is lost” Anakin turned to the dark side after losing the love of his life, Padme. “Now I’m condemned to hell” Anakin burned on the planet of mustafar before being rescued by Palpatine. “Abandoned by every, every friend” Anakin left the Jedi order after killing young trainees and telling his best friend, obi-wan, he hates him. “No leg on which to stand” Anakin lost both his legs in his fight with Obi Wan. In conclusion, it all adds up. SorryForHittingYourEye (talk)

I wanted to make a meme with Anakin saying "I lost the high ground" and then Obi Wan saying "All is lost all is lost"

So i think we had the same idea --⇂⇂↋ suᴉɥsuǝZ ʎɯɯᴉᒋ (talk) 07:51, 26 October 2021 (EDT)

Messy counters[edit]

This song is about leaving a mess on your kitchen counter tops. Oh no! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.197.232.134 (talk) 23:41 (EST), Nov 23, 2021