Straight Lines (4:17)

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“Straight Lines” is a song by Silverchair. It was released in Australia on 20 March 2007, and debuted at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart. The single was shortly followed by the release of the band’s fifth studio album Young Modern on 31 March 2007.
Unlike the songs written during Diorama where Daniel Johns wrote all the tracks himself, “Straight Lines” was co-written by The Presets’ Julian Hamilton.

On 19 February 2007, it became the band’s first Australian number one single since 1997’s “Freak”.
On 2 September 2007, “Straight Lines” was accredited Double Platinum by ARIA, representing combined digital sales and physical shipment of 140,000 singles in Australia, equalling “Tomorrow” as their best selling single. On 28 October 2007, “Straight Lines” won “Best Selling Australian Single” at the ARIA Music Awards of 2007, as well as “Single of the Year”. The song was the most played song on Australian radio in 2007. It charted at #2 on the Triple J Hottest 100 for 2007 and missed out on the Number 1 spot by only 13 votes. As of January 2008 the single has remained in the top 50 for over 40 weeks.


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Breathing from a hole in my lung
I had no one but faces in front of me
Racing through the void in my head
To find traces of a good luck academy

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  • aurelieavalonia

    this album just never spoke to me

    11 Mar 10:45am Reply
  • rockandrolljoe


    17 Jan 2:06pm Reply
  • vidalog32


    7 Jan 4:30am Reply
  • iamvee

    7 years later and it still hits with the same power. Classic song. [2]

    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • DdroL

    good band

    5 May 2014 Reply
  • borgy

    7 years later and it still hits with the same power. Classic song.

    25 Mar 2014 Reply
  • beablossom

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • elf-culture

    the music video for this is hilarious. but the lyrics, good lyrics.

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • SayonaraKansas

    Favorite Silverchair song ever. Makes me want to cry it's too good.

    15 Dec 2012 Reply
  • NeoOneNil

    [1 of 2] posted 03-04-2007, "‘….SPARKS ignite in training for thought about no-one & nothing in particular / there's good will inside of me…’ This is the core of the song. Sparks are what you see when you reach an ephemeral & momentary state of Nirvana, when you have the most inspirational thought, or conversely think about something banal…but either way you transcend higher plains/realms/dimensions & you are in union with them for a brief moment in time: as sparks don’t last more than a second. For the truly enlightened ones, you see SPARKS every now & then in moments of solitude & privacy, OR they could just appear out of nowhere, much like a network of spies/angels/aliens or a combination these three: this agnostic’s new found pseudo HOLY TRINITY. The other message of the song is about expressing how Daniel wants to live The Right Life, the fair life, the ethical life. He's forsaking drugs, booze, sex with groupies...& he wants to be faithful to his wife Natalie Imbruglia.

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • NeoOneNil

    [2 of 2] He wants to be a believer, desperate to find in life all that is good & righteous. He's obviously looking very fit & toned in the video, so he is now healthy, gotten over his growing pains & past health problems that engulfed him prior ‘…wake me up strong in the morning…’. The line: '…set me on fire in the evening…' is Daniel reaffirming his love of being a superstar on stage & performing music. The first two lines to me suggest smoking cigarettes & drugs kills & leads to no-one. Overall an inspirational COLDPLAY-esque song..."

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • SourJellyBeans

    "Wake me up, lower the fever" <3

    13 Aug 2012 Reply
  • prizefyter

    I hope they return...I have hope...

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
  • eseteefe

    i love it.

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • awakenmys0ul


    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Its_bitch

    essa musica é legal, totalmente diferente do velho silverchair, cara...

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • fuckyouty1

    this is cool

    28 Mar 2012 Reply
  • MissNina84

    catchy tune

    7 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Jeffrock69

    When I first met them in Loft Berlin,on their first European tour,as their parents were setting up their instruments,it was the grunge music delivered from an australian young musicians with lots of respect.

    6 Mar 2012 Reply
  • fuckyouty1

    like the video.

    20 Feb 2012 Reply
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