"What It Is To Burn" as written by Alejandro M. Linares, Randy Strohmeyer, Alexander Pappas, Nathan Barcalow and Derek Doherty....
Today's on fire
The sky is bleeding above me, and I am blistered
I walk these lines of blasphemy, every day
And still

Like a bad star, I'm falling faster down to her
She's the only one who knows, what it is to burn

I feel diseased
Is there no sympathy, from the sun
The sky's still fire
But I am safe in here, from the world outside

So tell me
What's the price to pay for glory

Like a bad star, I'm falling faster down to her
She's the only one who knows, what it is to burn

Today is fine, and she burns
Today is fine, and she burns
She burns

Like a bad star, I'm falling faster down to her
She's the only one who knows, what it is to burn


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"What it is to Burn" as written by Alejandro Martinez Linares Alejandro M. Linares

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  • +1
    General Commentwhat is it to burn is finch's most basic song because they started out as a deftones rip off band. they are by far the best band on the drive thru label and that comment about them not selling more than 10000 copies is bullshit cause they are getting bigger now that they are filming a video
    stellarstag25on April 24, 2002   Link
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    My InterpretationWell, I finally did it!

    I've been coming here for years searching for the meanings to the songs that make up the sound track of my life. But it wasn't until 6 years (God I feel old) after hearing this song for the first time that it popped back into my head. Entering a new chapter, or burnt disk if you will, in my life I saw many parallels between my life currently and this masterpiece. If you've read any of the comments before mine you'll see how the song is pretty straight forward in what it means. But this is what it means to me. The only song that knows what it is to burn...

    Today is on fire.
    The sky is bleeding above me,
    and I am blistered.
    (the hardships of life and love are burning away my soul)

    I walk these lines of blasphemy everyday,
    and still...
    (I'm a girl in love with a girl and am reminded everyday that it's "wrong")

    Like a bad star,
    I'm falling faster down to her.
    (Being told that God hates me I feel like I have to fall from grace. So I make my way to my lover...)

    She's the only
    one who knows what it is to burn.
    (...because she seems to be all I have now. The only one that understands how it feels for life to burn you in this way.)


    I feel diseased.
    (I feel like my oppressors could be right and that the love I feel is really some sort of illness)

    Is there no sympathy
    from the sun?
    (Thinking that the word "sun" could be a pun for "son" makes the interpretation that of loosing the faith I once had since it feels like Jesus isn't going to save me from this)

    The sky is still fire,
    but I am safe in here
    from the world outside.
    (The world still torments me, but now I've found refuge in the arms of the one I love. Where in those arms, nothing can hurt me)

    So tell me,
    what's the price to pay for glory?
    (What exactly do I have to do to be happy with my soul mate and have others approve of me being gay?)

    Today is fire,
    and she burns.
    Today is fire,
    and she burns...
    (My lover burns for me because she knows what I'm going through and can feel the pain I feel.. But even though we're burning today, there's always hope for tomorrow. And this "fire" in our lives will only add to the fire inside we have for each other.)
    GodzStr8edgeon August 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNate said many many years ago when they were on AOL Sessions, that this song is about being in hell & finding his muse.
    mmmslurpeeson March 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is amazing live, and the band just gets better and better. the new cd is going to be incredible, and to get a signed copy go to drivethrurecords.com now!!!
    SoyFarraon February 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe new cd is entitled "What It Is To Burn", but I've heard rumors saying this actual song won't be on it.
    Alucardon February 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis has got to be the greatest song by finch that i've heard yet! i can't wait until the new album comes out!
    shibby1669on February 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is the first osng i ever heard by finch and i immediately fell in love with them.. and yes to answer that the song "what it is to burn" will only be on the first 10,000 copies or something like that. dont worry, its not like they'll sell anymore than that anyway.
    if_you_c_jordanon March 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is on the cd.
    Anne Arbouron April 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is definitely my favourite song by Finch. It's so powerful. I actually bought Drive-Thru Record's "Welcome To The Family" just because this song was on it! I'm pretty upset that it's not on their cd though, I checked the track listing on their website and it wasn't listed... I don't know if it's going to be a bonus track or something, but I'm hoping it is.
    abbazabbaon April 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwhat is it to burn is finch's most basic song because they started out as a deftones rip off band. they are by far the best band on the drive thru label and that comment about them not selling more than 10000 copies is bullshit cause they are getting bigger now that they are filming a video
    stellarstag25on April 24, 2002   Link

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