Open my eyes as I submerge
and I won't deny what I've been since birth.
I'll die drowned by your standards.
Breathe in the life of the summmer's death as the orange
and red breathe their first breath,
so welcome as they're burning through.
We all begin to burn.
Autumn's flame dance's in my eyes
Set alight for all we've learned.
My ashes falling.
My skin is singed but it heals my heart
and with glowing pride I'll wear my scars.
I'm honored by your hatred.
Leaves fall we arise again,
and the end impending,
it will begin.
So welcome as it's burning through.
Ashes fall and I'm rising up again. Ashes fall.
Ashes fall. Ashes fall as we all arise.


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Malleus Maleficarum song meanings
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    General Commentthe Malleus Maleficarum was actually a book written way back i can't remember on how to determine whether someone was a witch or not...i.e. the salem witch trials, they said a witch could take a form of a bird...this was written in the Malleus Maleficarum. i think that this song is about in modern day society people who are different and treated differently than everyone else, i don't know how to describe it. it sounds like davey isn't ashamed of who is or will ever be.

    this is one of my favorite afi songs, its incredible. davey havok is master poet.
    ruby sohoon May 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentBest AFI song
    Emo.In.Flameson May 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti trhink this song is about being "picked on" for being different but still remaining who you are no matter how hard others try to break you down. Or standing for your beliefs, which are probably different from others, till death
    xconcealedxon May 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about being different and taking pride in your own individuality. also i think it says that u shouldn't live your life by what other people think.....live life according to what you think by your own morale code
    havokon May 19, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"..and with growing pride i'll wear my scars.." i love that line.
    oofuson May 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYup...indeed it is a book on witch hunting. I own it, it's a very intersting piece of reading as well.
    XxFallChildxXon June 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is probably one of my favourite AFI tracks. Davey's lyrics are exceptionally good here, well I think they are anyway, and the melodies are just fantastic.
    As for meaning, it's about accepting who you are, and seeing how pathetic it is that others don't accept you for the way you are.
    "I'm honoured by your hatred" < Pretty much says it all.

    AFI, I truly thank you for this one.
    BeyondAndToAllTimeon June 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is based upon the book and the witch trials because many thousands of Wiccans were killed by the Catholics. Well done for noticing that, Ruby but it is naive to say 'ie Salem' as that was just the end of years and years of it. Of course there is more to the song than historical reference but that`s the base. Magz - proud member of the Despair Faction
    TheAlmightyMagzon June 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI HIGHLY suggest checking out malleusmaleficarum.org if you care to learn about the actual book.
    xakitoxon July 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commentmalleus malificarum means "hammer of the witches" i think this song is a definate "fuck you" song. a good anthem for individualists. i am what i am with all my scars and i wont pretend to be you, and if you dont like it, go fuck a cow.has specific meaning for mebecause i have scars al over my body from a bout with cutting a while ago.
    antisoapon July 11, 2002   Link

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