"Flesh And The Power It Holds" as written by and Chuck Schuldiner....
I told you once
But I'll say it again
When you live the flesh
It's the beginning of the end

It will take you in
It will spit you out
Behold the flesh
And the power it holds!

Passion is a poison laced with pleasure bitter sweet
One of many faces that hide deep beneath
It will take you in
It will spit you out

Behold the flesh
And the power it holds!
Touch
Taste

Breathe
Consumed
Deja-vu
Already knew

From the first encounter
But now I know
To let go
Of words to speak no more

Like a wind
Upon your face
You can't see it but you know it's there
When beauty shows

It's ugly face
Just be prepared!
Passion burns
Like fire carried by the wind

The end of a time
A time to begin
It will take you in
It will spit you out

Behold the flesh
And the power it holds!
It builds you up
One way and tears you right back down

A time to begin
The end of a time
It will take you in
It will spit you out

Behold the flesh
And the power it
Holds!
Touch

Taste
Breathe
Consumed


Lyrics submitted by MDMaster

"Flesh and the Power It Holds" as written by Chuck Schuldiner

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Flesh And The Power It Holds song meanings
Add your thoughts

11 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    General CommentAwesome song!!! I think the lyrics are about lust and it's negative consequences. I am currently doing a project for my creative writing class... I have to write 10 poems... they are due tomorrow, I wish i could write this well.
    Disposition_987on April 07, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about the frailty of flesh, but also about its perceivable power. Flesh fools us into thinking ourselves physically immortal, but may also betray us.
    LaughingSkullon April 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe this song to mean that, as always in our frail form of flash and blood, we are dying as soon as we are born -
    "I told you once
    But I'll say it again
    When you live the flesh
    It's the beginning of the end"
    -This lyric also alludes to this theory
    "It builds you up
    One way and tears you right back down
    A time to begin
    The end of all time"

    Basically, we walk this earth for a short period of time, then we die. We get sucked in to the fact that our lives mean something, then it becomes clear enough that the end is all that's in store for us. That's one way of seeing it I guess, and I think that's the way Chuck was portraying life.

    I don't particularly believe in God myself, so I have no idea whether or not there is an afterlife - but I believe we may go on to somewhere else, all that energy in us can't be there just to evaporate.

    LmS.
    Landmine_Springeron May 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song.
    I think Disposition_987 has covered the meaning pretty well.
    quiffpornon June 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwho cares, it's i cool song with the coolest interlude ever
    Josueon January 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEven though I'm sure the song IS about human desires and the dangers that come with it, I've always felt that could also be interpreted as AIDS or another disease.

    Especially when you look at lines like:

    "Passion is a poison laced with pleasure bitter sweet
    One of many faces that hide deep beneath"

    and

    "Like a wind
    Upon your face
    You can't see it but you know it's there
    When beauty shows
    It's ugly face
    Just be prepared"
    SASRon April 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat solo is absolutely amazing.
    Lateralus518on July 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere are some great interpretations of this song in the above users' posts. Like SASR, I believe it has to do with the flesh, as in sex! People wanna "live the flesh", as in get it on with so-n-so. Once you start messing with someone sexually, a can of worms can open up. You can get a disease, for example. We are drawn in by such a great, euphoric feeling, and then we are spit out, when we get a disease, or we all of a sudden have to take care of a kid for 18 years that we're not ready for. This is one of the greatest songs Chuck has ever written. The solo in the midsection of the song is pure genius, as only Chuck Schuldiner could pull that off. He got a loud cheer for that solo in the live version of this song from the Eindhoven concert he did soon before he passed on, as seen on Youtube. Check it out!




    snafuoneon May 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is basically about how as soon as we're born, we're condemned to die. so when we "live the flesh, its the beginning of the end." life takes you in, you experience all the good things it has to offer, then when you die the flesh spits you out. this explains the "itll take you in and itll spit you out. behold the flesh and the power it holds." and the power hes talking about is the flesh's ability to bring you lifes joys. you get touch, taste, sight, etc.
    mrcloudson December 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is a warning against passion, or better, to life lead by your passion.
    This becomes especially clear in this passage

    Like a wind
    upon your face
    You can't see it but you know it's there
    When beauty shows

    It's ugly face
    Just be prepared!
    Passion burns
    Like fire carried by the wind

    but it is said from the beginning (I think it's easy to read out of the first verse a warning against "lust" ), but already in the third one he becomes concrete.
    Therefore it becomes clear that the flesh is always a metaphor for the passion and not just for lust or something like this.
    Destructed3on January 11, 2012   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain