"A Therapy For Pain" as written by Burton C. Bell, Dino A.m. Cazares, Raymond Herrera and Christian Olde Wolbers....
I welcome death with open arms
Her soft breath and simple charm
Wandering through memories
Takes my hand for me to see

Tried so hard
Tried so hard

Echoes of innocence
All my thoughts into descent

Tried so hard
Tried so hard
Tried so hard
Tried so hard

When we finally reach the end
She lets go of my hand
Walking into realms of light
There will be no death tonight

Tried so hard
Tried so hard
Tried so hard
Tried so hard


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"A Therapy For Pain" as written by Christian Olde Wolbers Burton C. Bell

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    General CommentA lady being a metaphor for death. When you think of Death as a character, its the grim reaper with the hood and scythe. We can see death as the calm and beautifully simple way to end pain under the light of this song. I get the essence that he is romanticized to ending his pain by being taken away by "Lady death" : My main belief is that the narrator is contemplating suicide, and is finding comfort in death by the traits she is showing as opposed to that fucking frightning grim reaper. The metaphor that death is a lady attributes a maternal meaning also. A feeling that your gonna be looked after no matter what, maybe.

    I think of Lady death here as a character that visits us when were thinking, or unconscious.

    At the end, Lady death has either 1: bought the narrator to his senses by showing that finding comfort in death is the same as finding it in life, except that you get to live. Making the narrator think it over, death has taken him on a trip through memories to help talk him out of it... or 2: left the narrator as he is having his pain relieved ie by way of surgery perhaps. He is thinking about the life he has lived, and how he has to overcome the pain to live another day. (I saw he cause Burton C Bell does have quite the dude voice.) By letting go of his hand, perhaps he hasnt sustained enough injury to be dead, or the mental capacity hes exhibited in handling pain has helped him pull through.


    Love this song though. I think of it as the coming round from thoughts of suicide. I feel the song is very uplifting.
    steveybon July 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's about dying, or at least wanting to die and welcoming the figure of death in. Not knowing that it was not death at all, but an angel come to pull him from his place of woe, and save him from his misery.
    Kaydinon May 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentConsidering Demanufacture is a concept album about a struggle between man and machine (along with "Obsolete" and "Digimortal"), I really doubt this song anything to do with a failed relationship.

    This whole album tells a story, this song being the final chapter.
    Kinda reminds me of A Christmas Carol... but less friendly...
    ZeroSignalon August 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a near death experience/dying and moving on.

    You're about to die, this song is about your thoughts when faced with dying. "Tried so hard" could refer to trying to keep clinging onto life, or trying to live a good life or a life that you enjoyed (which I think). The end verse can be interpreted two ways in my opinion. The bright light could refer to someone guiding you to the other end, finally passing on and moving onto another life, or waking up from your near death experience, but having a close brush with death.

    The lyrics fit both IMO, I don't think it fits suicide, its embracing the act of dying naturally, not trying to commit suicide to die.
    Shemmyon July 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentman... this song truly brings a tear to my eye. i have no idea what its about and i dont really wanna know, i think that if i did know it would spoil something pure about it.
    Halcyonon July 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti'm not religious whatsoever. but, i really believe this songs about a guardian - intervening on someones suicidal plight. another idea is that it is about someone else doing what the guardian is to do in this case: intervention. i dont know where you get its a break-up song. The "she" portion is likely the guardian. otherwise how can a girlfriend attribute the realms of light and other metaphysical hints in the song.
    Necronicon August 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti take back what i posted before. fuck guardians and angels and shits. its about your concious and the dilemma of appeal of going through you while contemplating self-destruction. but, then realizing its the world thats fucked up and not you so why suffer anymore.
    Necronicon September 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's about dying, or at least wanting to die and welcoming the figure of death in. Not knowing that it was not death at all, but an angel come to pull him from his place of woe, and save him from his misery.
    Kaydinon May 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commentperhaps its about a man who killed his wife and now himself due to thier relationship as other have said?
    "Echoes of innocence" and "She lets go of my hand" a woman has died but not by choice.
    BrassThroneon January 21, 2011   Link
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    General CommentMy interpretation of this is the same as Stevevb's. I don't think the "she"/"her" references have to do with an ex-girlfriend that he's in despair over. I think that the "woman" is a metaphor for death itself. Just as a beautiful woman can lead a man to feel tempted, death itself is leading this narrator into similar temptation. His life has been so difficult ("tried so hard") that death is tempting and comforting just as a beautiful woman can be. But then he finally reaches the "end" of his decision and she "lets go of his hand." This reflects his decision to not commit suicide after all. Hence, "there will be no death tonight." This is easily one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard in my life. Essentially, it's providing a sliver of hope within the context of a much greater despair. But this sliver of hope is just enough to persevere. Life IS worth living out no matter how rough it gets. The music itself is also very powerful. The sound is big, loud and dramatic which conveys the idea that this is a monumental decision that the narrator is about to make. Furthermore, the big/epic sound lets us know that one human life IS important. Even amongst all of the billions of people who have lived on this planet for a million years, one life is NOT insignificant. Each of one us influences people in all kinds of ways with our mere presence on this earth. We influence others in ways we are not even aware of. Your mere presence on a city street could create one too many cars for the guy behind you to make it through the traffic light before it turns red. Because of this, he's late for his first date and the girl dismisses him. But from there, he lands a date with someone else who he ends up liking better anyway and he marries her. One just never knows the profound impact one can have on others, even on a total stranger who one has never nor will ever meet or know of. Therefore, this decision on the part of the narrator has a profound/epic impact on all of humanity not just himself. I believe this is the reason for the big, dramatic "important" sound that backs the deep lyrical message. Just a gorgeous song; I often fall asleep to it. Burt generated a work here that is so incredibly profound.
    ScreenNameNeededon June 19, 2012   Link

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