I can remember a place I used to go
Chrysanthemums of white, they seemed so beautiful
I can remember, I searched for the amaranth
I'd shut my eyes... to see

Oh, how I smiled then, so near the cherished ones
I knew they would appear... saw not a single one
Oh, how I smiled then, waiting so patiently
I'd make a wish... and bleed

While I waited I was wasting away
While I waited I was wasting away

I can remember... dreamt them so vividly
Soft creatures draped in white, light kisses gracing me
I can remember when I first realized
Dreams were the only place to see them

While I waited I was wasting away
While I waited I was wasting away
While I waited I was wasting away
Hope was wasting away
Faith was wasting away
I was wasting away

I never, never wanted this
I always wanted to believe
I never, never wanted this
How could I have become?
I never, never wanted this
But from the start I'd been deceived
I never, never wanted this
How could I have become?

I never, never wanted this
I always wanted to believe
I never, never wanted this
I never, never wanted this
But from the start I'd been deceived
I never, never wanted this

Inside a crumbling effigy
But you promised
So dies all innocence
But you promised me

While I waited I was wasting away
While I waited I was wasting away
While I waited I was wasting away
Hope was wasting away
Faith was wasting away
I was wasting away


Lyrics submitted by afirewithin, edited by yopichoi

The Great Disappointment song meanings
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    General CommentI think this song is about waiting around for something that is perfect and it (obviously) not ever coming around. Be it a person, a thing, a feeling, what have you. It's about finding perfection and not getting it. The speaker is waiting patiently and keeps thinking whatever he's seeking will come, but it never does, and he ends up wasting away while waiting for it. That's the begining anyway. Then he starts to realize he's been decieved, realizing all the promises were lies. "So dies all innocence"... he feels spoiled and jaded, no longer innocent and expectant of whatever the desired object was.
    Just my take on it.
    SexPistol85on March 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI understand how people think this is about religion, at first it seems like it, but I don't think it's the case. Davey seems to use Historical references and such as metaphors for something more recent, etc. The Great Disappointment was the time when people thought would be Christ's second coming. And of course, nothing happened. I think he uses the idea of waiting and losing faith, and The Great Disappointment to get the thought of waiting for something that will never come, blindly hoping something is going to happen, but you then realize it's not, and so losing faith in what you had believed in.

    Thats a simplified version of MY interpretation, it could be completely wrong, as could many of the interpretations of any or most of AFI's songs (according to Havok himself), but Davey doesn't care if people interpret the song the wrong way. He writes in that vague way and doesn't usually talk about his songs so people get what they need out of his songs. Also, it could be something more personal, because he has said, most (if not all) of the songs are actually his feelings.

    Anyways, that was my crappy interpretation.
    xXx~kelley~xXxon February 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think its Davey remembering when he was a kid, he would dream all kinds of creatures and places. (I'd shut my eyes to see) When he got older, he realized none of it was real. (I can remember when I first realized
    Dreams were the only place to see them)
    While he waited for these creatures and places to come back, he wasted away since none of it was coming back. The Great Disapointment is Daveys sadness about realizing this
    AresXon August 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell, here's what I always thought:

    Generally, as a kid, your parents dont tell you about death, and if someone you know dies, you're told that they went to "a better place". I imagine the speaker as a child who found about what death really meant before he was ready to know. He waited for his loved ones to reappear, or to catch one last glimpse of them, but it never came. He is feeling hurt and angry toward his deceivers, and devastated to finally know what it means when Grandma or anyone else "goes to a better place"...
    darthbaka1463on March 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti don't know what it means... but it's a great song
    studentslackeron March 15, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti don't know what it means... but it's a great song
    studentslackeron March 15, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe meaning of this song is fairly obvious to me.

    It uses the imagery of him waiting in a graveyard to try and see the angels as a metaphor for him searching for faith.

    "so near the cherised ones" is in reference to being with the buried bodies. The references to angels are very obvious.

    Once the angels dont come he realizes it was all a lie and that what he had been taught and what he wanted to believe (religion, God) was in fact not real.

    The end is then him dealing with this new revalation.

    I may be wrong but I dont think I am. I love the song, by the way.
    bdm56on March 20, 2003   Link
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    General CommentSounds good.
    Delphikion March 21, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is also the coolest song on the cd
    enjoi10687on March 22, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is awsome
    enjoi10687on March 22, 2003   Link

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