"Spirit Crusher" as written by and Chuck Schuldiner....
It comes from the depths
of a place unknown to the
keeper of dreams
if it could then it would steal
the sun and the moon from the sky
beware

Human at sight, monster at heart
don't let it inside it could
tear you right apart

No guilt, it feeds in plain sight
Spirit Crusher
Stay strong and hold on tight
Spirit Crusher

Speaking in killing words

The vicious kind that crush and kill
no mercy, its pleasure to taste
The blood that it bled.

When it's time to feed to fulfill
the need to consume a breath
some will rise standing tall
breathing out all the breath from
the voice of a soul.


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"Spirit Crusher" as written by Chuck Schuldiner

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    General CommentThis is one of my fave songs of all time, the riffs and guitar solos are quite amazing and i can't even begin to say how good the lyrics are, i think it could be about someone who constantly tries to crush other people hopes and dreams, therefor this person is be a ''Spirit Crusher''
    Buckethead_ruleson May 23, 2005   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think Chuck here talks about the feeling of anger.
    The first line says, "It comes from the depths of a place unknown to the keeper of dreams', which is true because they don't get angry much. And if even they start getting angry, than no one else will be left who is not patient/calm, which will begin an apocalypse, which is written by Chuck in the next line which says,"if it could then it would steal the sun and the moon from the sky beware'.
    Whenever you are completely angry, you forget the feeling of love towards the person whom you are angry on. You turn into an animal when you are completely angry. Murderers, criminals have a hot head. Thus, anger makes you an animal which is shown by Chuck in next line,'Human at sight, monster at heart'. And yes, a lot of anger have been tearing apart relations, lives, of others and ours, money, happiness, satisfaction and many such things, which is shown in line,'don't let it inside it could tear you right apart'
    Angry people are more of egoistic. And when ego comes in between, they will be having no guilt of being angry. Which indirectly means that the anger resides in egoistic people without a guilt. Anger has been symbolized as Spirit Crusher because it might not kill someone physically, but it will for sure kill someone mentally, the spirit will be crushed to death and no emotions would be playing part. Repetitive throwing of anger at someone will either take them away from you. or if their love towards you is strong enough, they will stay with you without emotions. Will anyone like such a life where people are without you, or if with you, then without emotions? So hold on tight and stay strong enough to have control over your anger.
    People with great anger but less physical strength have a developed habit of speaking sarcastically or being very mean while talking to others. Thats why it is written "Speaking in killing words".
    Now after this long explanation you might automatically understand the meaning of "The vicious kind that crush and kill no mercy, its pleasure to taste The blood that it bled."
    Now, my interpretation of the last part "When it's time to feed to fulfill the need to consume a breath some will rise standing tall breathing out all the breath from the voice of a soul." is that, whenever you are angry, you feel you are the greatest, you feel you are the strongest and no one can put you down, but that's not the case every time. Because sometimes there will be someone mightier and stronger than you who will make you repent for all the anger of yours which people have suffered.
    Or maybe
    Another interpretation is that Chuck makes us angry but warns us that it could tear you apart, and also there is always someone stronger than you.
    But this is just my interpretation and it might be wrong.
    jigneshshah95on November 30, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJSorel: I'm thinking the same thing. They both sound like a "bully". I use quotations because most people would think like a jock in high school, but this is just some who finds joy in making people sad (Scavenger Of Human Sorrow)

    Floating_eye: nothing pisses me off more than someone who critisizes without at least bringing something to the table. People who don't make music have the right to voice their opinion, but seriously, they can't do any better, so get out, right?

    mrclouds: Yeah, he was horribly wrong, but chill I have no problem with some fuckin foul language, but you are exactly what the song is describing, and for that, we thank you.
    musicmarkMETALLICAon August 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think I pretty much know what it's about,or at least my interpretation is legit enough to make sense.Here it goes.

    It comes from the depths
    Of a place unknown to the
    Keeper of dreams

    It's so bad(or good but we know later on its a bad thing),that not even the keeper of dreams,the one who has all possible "imagination",can "imagine" such thing's existence.

    If it could then it would steal
    The sun and the moon from the sky
    Beware

    Here we know that it's an evil thing.If it could,it would take everything away.Very greedy.Beware from this creature.

    Human at sight, monster at heart
    Don't let it inside it could
    Tear you right apart

    And this is where my interpretation kicks in well,contrast to most peoples' one.He is literally saying it's humans.When you hear it,you would thing something loving,and other positive things.However,he is saying that although its an animal,it behaves like a monster.Don't let it near you or else it will tear you apart,do bad to you basically.

    No guilt, it feeds in plain sight
    Spirit Crusher
    Stay strong and hold on tight
    Spirit Crusher

    We see how evil and greedy it is.It takes everything,feeds in plain sight pretty much.Now is where I believe it's not about a specific human.He is talking about humanity in general.They eat animals,cut down trees and pretty much take everything from nature away.They crush nature and all the spirit/life of it.Hence spirit crusher.

    Speaking in killing words

    The vicious kind that crush and kill
    No mercy, its pleasure to taste
    The blood that it bled.

    Going on about how evil it is.Basically humans.Being mean and hurting everyone in words as well.When he says the last bit,I think "taste the blood that it bled" is everything it ruins,makes "bleed" both literally and figuratively.It enjoys it just as humans eat animals.

    When it's time to feed to fulfill
    The need to consume a breath

    He will take away from nature more life and consume it.

    Some will rise standing tall
    Breathing out all the breath from
    The voice of a soul.

    Here is where I am kind of lost.I think it means about him and all others that stand up to this cruelty of humans.With the "voice of the soul" they sing about it trying to go against the greed of humans.

    Please tell me what you think :)
    KeeperOfDreamson February 11, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs a "spirit crusher" somebody like a "scavenger of human sorrow"?
    JSorelon February 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song reminds me of annoying critics who viciously enjoy lambasting and trashing almost everything without creating anything of their own.

    and those damn people who create spyware
    floating_eyeon June 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it goes about his (fatal) brain tumor

    "Don’t let it inside it could
    Tear you right apart"
    &
    "The vicious kind that crush and kill"

    R.I.P chuck \m/
    nickos_6669on November 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnickos 6669, that's a good idea, but Chuck wasn't diagnosed with cancer until midway through 1999, a year after this song was realeased.
    ed981on November 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionDo you not think the lyrics may actually just be fictional, and he is singing about a fictional creature?
    kevorkianon March 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think Chuck here talks about the feeling of anger.
    The first line says, "It comes from the depths of a place unknown to the keeper of dreams', which is true because they don't get angry much. And if even they start getting angry, than no one else will be left who is not patient/calm, which will begin an apocalypse, which is written by Chuck in the next line which says,"if it could then it would steal the sun and the moon from the sky beware'.
    Whenever you are completely angry, you forget the feeling of love towards the person whom you are angry on. You turn into an animal when you are completely angry. Murderers, criminals have a hot head. Thus, anger makes you an animal which is shown by Chuck in next line,'Human at sight, monster at heart'. And yes, a lot of anger have been tearing apart relations, lives, of others and ours, money, happiness, satisfaction and many such things, which is shown in line,'don't let it inside it could tear you right apart'
    Angry people are more of egoistic. And when ego comes in between, they will be having no guilt of being angry. Which indirectly means that the anger resides in egoistic people without a guilt. Anger has been symbolized as Spirit Crusher because it might not kill someone physically, but it will for sure kill someone mentally, the spirit will be crushed to death and no emotions would be playing part. Repetitive throwing of anger at someone will either take them away from you. or if their love towards you is strong enough, they will stay with you without emotions. Will anyone like such a life where people are without you, or if with you, then without emotions? So hold on tight and stay strong enough to have control over your anger.
    People with great anger but less physical strength have a developed habit of speaking sarcastically or being very mean while talking to others. Thats why it is written "Speaking in killing words".
    Now after this long explanation you might automatically understand the meaning of "The vicious kind that crush and kill no mercy, its pleasure to taste The blood that it bled."
    Now, my interpretation of the last part "When it's time to feed to fulfill the need to consume a breath some will rise standing tall breathing out all the breath from the voice of a soul." is that, whenever you are angry, you feel you are the greatest, you feel you are the strongest and no one can put you down, but that's not the case every time. Because sometimes there will be someone mightier and stronger than you who will make you repent for all the anger of yours which people have suffered.
    Or maybe
    Another interpretation is that Chuck makes us angry but warns us that it could tear you apart, and also there is always someone stronger than you.
    But this is just my interpretation and it might be wrong.
    jigneshshah95on November 30, 2013   Link

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