Don't waste your touch, you won't feel anything
Or were you sent to save me?
I've thought too much, you won't find anything...
Worthy of redeeming

Yo he estado aquí muchas veces antes y regreso

To... break down, and cease all feeling
Burn now, what once was breathing
Reach out, and you may take my heart away

Imperfect cry, and scream in ecstasy
So what befalls the flawless?
Look what I've built, it shines so beautifully
Now watch as it destroys me

Y regreso aquí otra vez y comienzo

To... break down, and cease all feeling
Burn now, what once was breathing
Reach out, and you may take my heart away

Break down, and cease all feeling
Burn now, what once was breathing
Reach out, and you may take my heart away

I left it all behind, and never said goodbye
I left it all behind, and never said goodbye
I left it all behind, and never said goodbye
I left it all to die

I saw its birth, I watched it grow
I felt it change me
I took the life, I ate it slow
Now it consumes me

I... break down, and cease all feeling
Burn now, what once was breathing
Reach out, and you may take my heart away

Break down, and cease all feeling
Burn now, what once was breathing
Reach out, and you may take my heart away
... Heart away


Lyrics submitted by afirewithin, edited by kingofamarillo

The Leaving Song Pt. 2 song meanings
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  • +4
    General Commentthinking about the song i figured out what it means to me. its about being broken in ways that make you think that nothing can save you from yourself and all the emotions youve found and hid inside yourself from everyone. its an explanation of the thoughts that may go through ones head while reflecting on life.

    Don't waste your touch, you won't feel anything
    Or were you sent to save me?
    -trying to keep people at a distance because of thoughts that you already dying or dead but asking yourself if they can really help make you feel alive and whole once again
    I've thought too much, you won't find anything...
    Worthy of redeeming
    -being stuck inside ones own head and emotions so long has made you believe that there isnt anything good left of yourself and its just a waste of time to get help now cause its to late

    Yo he esta-do agui muchas veces antes y regreso
    (translation-I have been here many times before and I return)

    To... break down, and cease all feeling
    Burn now, what once was breathing
    Reach out, and you may take my heart away
    -put with the spanish it means that you've come to this feeling of hopelessness before and justcame back to it once again. came back to just breaking down and numbing yourself from all the emotions and pain/anger/sadness/fear you've been feeling and just basically kill off all emotion though there is still a hope that someone can reach out to you and help ease the pain by taking what you have become inside away
    Imperfect cry, and scream in ecstasy
    So what befalls the flawless?
    -hating and loving what is happening to yourself. questioning what happen to the ones who are perfect.
    Look what I've built, it shines so beautifully
    Now watch as it destroys me
    -you've made a mask of perfection around yourself now. it makes others believe that nothing is wrong and they envy the way it makes them looking. all this time it's killing you inside to not show what you really feel and it hurts lying to everyone and not letting them see you for the imperfection you really are.

    Y regreso agui otra vez y comienzo
    (translation-i return here again and begin)

    To... break down, and cease all feeling
    Burn now, what once was breathing
    Reach out, and you may take my heart away
    -now coming back to this place of instability again and doing it all over again. repeating the cycle of breaking down from the emotions pooling up inside then shutting yourself off again and killing them once more while hoping that someone will free you from it.

    Break down, and cease all feeling
    Burn now, what once was breathing
    Reach out, and you may take my heart away
    -the repetition just goes to show that all of this is an endless cycle that keeps happening and never seems to stop

    I left it all behind, and never said goodbye
    I left it all behind, and never said goodbye
    I left it all behind, and never said goodbye
    I left it all to die
    -completely killing off everything you felt and becoming like an empty shell. leaving all the memories of everything behind and not looking back though by not saying goodbye it means that you aren't over them all yet you just dont want to face them.

    I saw its birth, I watched it grow
    I felt it change me
    I took the life, I ate it slow
    Now it consumes me
    -you know that it started and just let the feelings build up until it made you a different person than what you were before. it turned your life into something completely diffeent than what it was, what you wanted it to be. you then completely got rid of all emotions and bit back anything that you might've felt. now by holding it all in and not letting anything come out you let it all take over your life. it haunts you and you can't get rid of it no matter what. its all now part of you, it is you now.

    I... break down, and cease all feeling
    Burn now, what once was breathing
    Reach out, and you may take my heart away

    Break down, and cease all feeling
    Burn now, what once was breathing
    Reach out, and you may take my heart away
    ... Heart away
    -trying to be a completely emotionless shell of a person hasnt worked because the feelings come back again and the cycle starts over again. heart away being repeated at the end just shows how much you want to get rid of all the negativity and your hoping more than ever that someone will save you from yourself so the endless cycle of pain and hurt will finally stop and you can try to go back to a better life once again. go back to feeling something good.


    i love this song...i relate to it in the way i stated above...the pain and hurt and anger never stop coming as long as you let yourself feel this way and dont try to let anyone close enough to take the pain away and no amount of hoping will get someone to help you with what they dont even know exists...its sad but enlightening. this is a beautiful song and i am happy for the sense of hope it brings. thanks to any who took the time to read my interpretation. i know its long but i cant make short explanations. sorry ;)
    Mercurytwilighton October 31, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI have to say something about the part of the song that Let it Be Broke wrote down...I use to think that it was just him whispering something in the background, but I listened to it harder and it actually sounds more like a woman, and here's what she actually says..

    Davey: Look what I've built!

    Woman: Please don't do this

    Davey: It shines so beautifully!

    Woman: Why won't you look at me?

    Yea well I just thought I'd ought to point that out
    AngelGracedLines26on November 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSome songs arent what you'd expect of afi, but some like this one, are pretty good.

    I think he is talking about that suffocating feeling you get when someone puts you so far down, you dont want to get up. "I... break down, and cease all feeling" means to me, that he just gave up, he doesnt have the strength to go on, yet he puts his feelings to the back of his mind, gets up, and lives his life.

    Davey Havok is the most brilliant poet I have ever heard, although this isnt what id usually expect from afi ( very different from shut your mouth and very proud )
    KryHavockon March 14, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment1 - AFI is awesome album to album. What people don't like is something that isn't the same as the last album. Called progression. If you listen to any kind of music you know there's progression and change. I use them synonomously.
    2 - AFI on the radio? So what? Is that not punk? Who cares get a life. Don't listen if you wanna keep listening to bands knowone has ever heard of.
    3 - It's cool if people interpret songs differently cause everyone lives different lives. So while it's cool to agree with a literal meaning someone posts on here why not try and let the song do something for you.
    Bamargeraon May 08, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhen he says "look what ive built" right after that theres a voice that says "please dont do this" and then when he says "it shines so beautifuly" another voice says something like "i want to" im not to sure on the second one....listen to it and tell me what u guys think
    iheartafi04on June 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song, and this entire damn cd are awesome.... although a lot of fellow fans believe otherwise...
    americanJesuson March 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno kidding its different than shut your mouth... and very proud of ya. its very different from AOD!

    But Davey seriously has some issues with relationships because this cd really shows it.
    Fallchildrnon March 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI definately prefer the newer AFI. I have Sing the Sorrow and the four albums before that, and if you ask me, they get bette each time.

    What I want to know about this song is: Why is the Leaving Song part II on the album before the Leaving Song?
    darkmongooseon March 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell darkmongoose, AFI put Leaving Song part II Before The Leaving Song because the can....

    What i wanna know is what does

    Yo he esta-do agui muchas veces antes y regreso

    and

    Y regreso agui otra vez y comienzo

    mean?
    System_of_afi_ Downon March 16, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThose lines mean: I am been agui often before, and return and And return agui again and beginning.

    I looked it up on AltaVista.com. It doesn't make sense, but that's what the translator said.
    TheGreatHoudinion March 16, 2003   Link

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