"Borders & Shading" as written by and Jesper Claes Haakan/gelotte Stroemblad....
Take a knife and carve it in,
Want to see your faults,
As a part, of your pretty skin,
Everyone has a tragedy,
I want you to wear yours in pain

Oblivion, can no longer shade you,
Reminded by the tattered tissue

(blend in)

Bleak silence
Errors stigmatized in you,
A weak worn out friend
There's nothing left for me,
Again and again
Your face reminds me of a bleak future,
Despite, the absence of hope,
I give you this sacrifice

You're so far, behind
Be my hero,
Drift away,
Save yourself,
Don't end up zero,

I will crawl,
Into your vault,
Past snakes, and all of your thoughts,
Living, fearless,
Your world inside slowly redesigned

I deny any reminisce of us
I'm on a new mission
I find myself in the future
A trace of the past cannot be found


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"Borders and Shading" as written by Bjoern Ingvar Gelotte Anders Par Friden

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  • +2
    General CommentHmm, what kind of annoys me is that he actually says...
    "You take a knife and carve it in"

    Yet the lyrics say...
    "Take a knife and carve it in"

    If you include the "you" it's more of a positive song. If you read it the way it is written in the lyrics, it seems as if he's telling him to take a knife and carve it in. But he certainly says "you". So I think he's actually saying the guy he's talking about takes a knife and carves it into his skin, rather than him telling this person to do so. Just listen, he definitely says "you".
    tdgcon October 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyea, i love the "Bleak silence, errors stigmatized in you..." part too. It's so powerful. The whole "be my hero..dont be zero" crap disappoints me though...:(
    hrvster of sorrwon December 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song, the lyrics are awsome! Ok their not very "happy", but ok, if you want that go listen LP and over crapp.

    Well, not dificult to guesse, this song is about a friend cutting him self open, and the singer can't stand the fact that the friend does that kind of nonsens.
    But the singer had sympathy for that person (Behinh be my hero). But finaly the cutting of that friend took him to far and he died...

    That's how I picture the song, maybe very wrong :p
    Kaioon March 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Linkin Park is more emo than this"...

    "You're so far
    Behind be my hero"

    hmmm...are you trying to make sense of the song through riddles?
    RagingLunatixon February 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe does say you but he improvised that on the day of recording
    Claywhoracleon April 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt sounds to me that the narrator/singer is not a person but the feeling that makes people become desperate, cut themselves or even let them commit suicide. (I will simply call it "the feeling" ;)

    In the first paragraph it sais that the person made mistakes and he/she should cut their skin that eyerybody can see it. (Altought it might not be their own faults, but the people think they are.)
    "The feeling" in a way forces them to do that.

    The chorus sais that the person is burned out and has no hope left. For "the feeling" is nothing left to destroy ("A weak worn out friend There's nothing left for me") and it offers the person the only way out...suicide ("Despite the absence of hope I give you this sacrifice")

    In the next Paragraph again "the feeling" tries to persuade the person to cut her/himself to sleep
    ("drift away") Better be dead than burned out ("dont end up zero") And "the feeling" sais that it will not help ("cause i'll look the other way").
    But I don't know exactly what to do with "You're so far Behind be my hero"

    Last Paragraph describes how the person turned into such a desperate person. "The feeling" sneakes into the thoughts of someone and leaves there a "hotbed of virulence" so that every bad feeling or tragedy the person suffered once in life becomes an insuperable problem. So the psyche changes completly and the person only sees one way out of this.


    My personal interpretation of this song. Sounds logical to me altought I cant figure out "You're so far Behind be my hero". Maybe to encourage the person in its plan...
    Chreezon July 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song has horrible lyrics, the only exception being that first paragraph. in flames, you really let me down this time. instrumentals are decent IMO
    pakistanimanon November 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont know..."leaving a hotbed of virulence" is pretty awesome..

    you havnt heard this album till you play on a good car stereo with the bass up..the drums and low tone just kick ass..i love the way
    "Bleak silence
    Errors stigmatized in you
    A weak worn out friend
    There's nothing left for me"

    is sung..

    the only part i dont like is the gap between far and behind..how behind is part of the next line...
    Dreadnaughton December 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Again and again
    Your face reminds me of a bleak future
    Despite the absence of hope
    I give you this sacrifice.." IMO, it's lines like this that turn me on to a song. Esp. since this excerpt can apply to most anything, whether it's about a relationship with a family member or significant other. Plus the song is powerful, whether you study the lyrics or not!
    Juggernaughton January 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMY GOD I LOVE THIS SONG!!! I think its one of their best the singing was good the music was good but there was only 1 thing about the song i didn't like... I HATE THE LYRICS!! THEY ARE TERRIBLE LYRICS!! they are depressing...but the "Song" it self and vocals are very good!!
    Timerevolver0109on July 06, 2005   Link

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