"Square Nothing" as written by and Jesper Claes Haakan/gelotte Stroemblad....
For all the times you left me bleeding
Clouded, weakened by the haze
Cut of my pride, enough to forgive
Reconcile, back to square nothing

It seems I lost my direction
Don't have the strength to let it slip
Have no desire for the shore
Just let me play here for some time

Is this how I want to spend my days?
Shadowed, it fears me, my utopia
Try to find some peace to destroy
These are my sins, I'm heading to fall
Never understood though I accepted
All the weakness that I discover
You gave me a place to hide and lost the key
Drowned my head just to see it sink (to the bottom)

Spent some quality time with the demon of mine
He said "I like the way you struggle but you know I'm gonna win"
Spent some quality time with my borrowed smile
The gleam is replaced, rip me open and erase me


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"Square Nothing" as written by Bjoern Ingvar Gelotte Anders Par Friden

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song to me is about being supressed and at first not knowing how to handle yourself.. You try talking but it all just ends with a cheap hug and everything goes back to where you left it... being treated like s-- well you get the point. and he is afraid of what he might push the other party to "Is this how I want to spend my days? Shadowed, it fears me, my utopia"

    The chorus is him lashing out.. But he realizes how futile it is... he fakes a smile as his last little attempt to stand up for himself is ripped clean.. I never got a hint suicide...
    Chrysis88on January 13, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo me it seems that this song is about someone having a dialog with his addiction (to a substance/person or to a mistake that he keeps repeating) and that he tr

    "For all the times you left me bleeding
    Clouded, weakened by the haze"

    He regrets repeating the mistake and decides to quit. (deciding to quit is first step or"square one" to quitting)

    But then he "reconcile"s with his mistake (referred to as "demon" later) and does it again and forgets about quitting and he's "back to square nothing"

    By "square nothing" he means that he's not even thinking about quitting anymore (zero steps towards quitting)


    "It seems I lost my direction" is him realizing that he slipped back into the "mistake/addiction" and "Don't have the strength to let it slip" he doesn't think he's strong enough to quit.

    "have no desire for the shore"
    "Just let me play here for some time" in other in flames' song they refer to tomorrow as "shore".

    He doesn't want to think of tomorrow "no desire for the shore", he just wants to enjoy this momentarily happiness and short lived joy "play for some time".



    "Is this how I want to spend my days?
    Shadowed, it fears me, my utopia
    Try to find some peace to destroy"


    "Is this how I want to spend my days?" asking himself to try to convince himself to quit and explaining to himself what the addiction is doing to his life in the following lines.

    I think by "my utopia" he means his life and that it fears from his addiction because it's ruining it and it wouldn't be a "utopia" anymore.

    "try to find some peace to destroy" is what this problem is doing to his life, destroying other parts that of his life that were in "peace"

    "These are my sins, I'm heading to fall" him confessing that he has a problem and it's going to ruin his life and make him "fall"



    "Never understood though I accepted
    All the weakness that I discover" he accepts that he has a weakness, by weakness he means one of two things, either the addiction itself OR more likely means that he's too weak to quit as he said before "don't have the strength to let it slip" and accepting the weakness (deciding to not quit) is "back to square nothing"


    "You gave me a place to hide and lost the key"
    that the addiction gives him happiness or an escape from real life "a place to hide" but in return there's no way out, and he cannot escape the addiction "lost the key"


    "Spent some quality time with the demon of mine"
    "He said "I like the way you struggle but you know I'm gonna win"

    By Spending quality time i think means that he "thought about it"


    This part of the chorus is a Dialog between him and the addiction, by "quality time" I think means that he started thinking about it and how it's a problem "a
    demon"

    The demon tells him "you know I'm here to win" by that he means that deep inside he knows he cannot quit and that he will lose as he said before "don't have the strength to let it slip"




    "Spent some quality time with my borrowed smile
    The gleam is replaced, rip me open and erase me"


    by "smile" he's talking about the short lived joy or momentarily happiness this addiction/mistake brings him And by "borrowed" he admits that it's just temporary and that it will fade soon.

    He thinks "spent quality time" about this "borrowed
    smile" and by doing so the "gleam" of the smile fades as he realizes that it's borrowed and that it came from a mistake.
    yalla_3adon February 04, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me it seems like the demon is drug addiction, and the song is about fighting that addiction.
    DeadEternityon April 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song this is... In Flames rules!
    Ic3gl0vEon May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the way this song changes as it goes...at first I thought it would be a softer song then before long it was really heavy.
    SilentAenimaon October 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt does seem to be about suicide, or at least the thought of it.
    I think that line is about finding a thought in your mind to dwell on that helps to ignore depressed feelings, yet it just makes things worse.
    Insipid2000on May 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about schizophrenia or a split personality... the calm part of the song seems to be trying to reason with feelings while the loud part is lashing against ones own demons with anger... thus letting the demon overcome and win the emotions
    necrocideon January 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is basically meaning after something happens(addictions, relationships, whatever) and u get out of it with nothing...He took the saying "Back to square one" which means back to the very beginning and turned it into "Square nothing" which he's probably saying back even further...negative...with nothing...
    hrvster of sorrwon April 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe overall theme of this song is being "erased" so to speak, and I believe that is the meaning of the song's name.
    You become square nothing, you are destroyed, annihilated.

    Square nothing could also mean square, as in a boardgame, and you're pulled back to square zero, and have to start all over.

    "the shore" is a term IF use in many songs, f.ex My Sweet Shadow, and living in scandinavia you're always close to at least 1 seashore, and there is always something in the horizon.
    He is using shore poetically here though, as in I can't escape home (sweden) so I'll just sit here and bide my time until I die cuz I'm going nowhere.

    Generally this song is about not finding your direction and feeling worthless and powerless because you keep failing to leave a mark on the Earth.
    Ddaduttaon September 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery good explanation.
    silentlon July 15, 2006   Link

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