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Audioslave – Like a Stone Lyrics 5 years ago
On a cobweb afternoon
In a room full of emptiness
By a freeway I confess
I was lost in the pages
Of a book full of death
Reading how we'll die alone
And if we're good we'll lay to rest
Anywhere we want to go

The first lyrics introduce us to the character. Here "a cobweb afternoon" tells us about how he is spinning a cobweb of thoughts on an afternoon. The next line emphasizes the emptiness of his room, (later on about how "we'll" die alone). The freeway represents the separation of ways between him and this person, and also his location in a motel etc. He then goes about the bible "a book full of death" and reflects on how it shows he and (I'm going to assume a she) will die alone or apart but if they are good "we'll lay to rest anywhere we want to go." This is a complex line that introduces the next part about afterlife between him and her.

In your house I long to be
Room by room patiently
I'll wait for you there
Like a stone
I'll wait for you there

He longs to be in her house in a room across from her (later on we'll learn he's recalling this from nostalgic pov). He's going to wait for her in heaven, like a stone (something of little interest) and he will be alone (without her).

On my deathbed I will pray
To the gods and the angels
Like a pagan to anyone
Who will take me to heaven
To a place I recall
I was there so long ago
The sky was bruised
The wine was bled
And there you led me on

When he's dying he'll pray and wish for, to anyone or anything that will take him to her house to be with her (his heaven). The sky was bruised is a metaphor about how his mind hit the sky. The wine was bled refers to him having wine there, and he was led on by her there.

And on I read
Until the day was gone
And I sat in regret
Of all the things I've done
For all that I've blessed
And all that I've wronged
In dreams until my death
I will wander on

He continues reading until the day is over. He sits in regret of his wasted day (and maybe something that happened between them?). The next part is a little unclear, but the For all I've blessed and all that I've wronged starts the sentence on "in dreams until my death I will wander on" describes about she was his destiny, and how without her he is simply wandering despite all his good attributes and bad etc.

I disagree full-heartedly that it is about enlightenment or any religion since it only mentions them out of hand and really doesn't match the candor of the song (which seems to be some epic ache). It seems much more likely that he is simply being nostalgic about a girl he parted ways with.

VAST – Dirty Hole Lyrics 7 years ago
I skimmed through the responses and I think most everyone is beating down the wrong path. It's obvious that it has something to do with necrophilia with the phrase "sleep without a dream." Dirty Hole is an innuendo for a grave, "as cold as it seems", "soothing, disturbing." Most genius musicians actually develop some fetish, consider Mozart. However in this case I believe he is referring to an ex that has died, and he is contemplating how many others want to join.

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