"Symbolic" as written by and Chuck Schuldiner....
I don't mean to dwell
But I can't help myself
When I feel the vibe
And taste a memory
Of a time in life
When years seemed to stand still

I close my eyes
And sink within myself
Relive the gift of precious memories
In need of a fix called innocence

When did it begin?
The change to come was undetectable
The open wounds expose the importance of
Our innocence
A high that can never be bought or sold

Symbolic acts, so vivid
Yet at the same time
Were invisible

Savor what you feel and what you see
Things that may not seem important now
But may be tomorrow

Do you remember when
Things seemed so eternal?
Heroes were so real...
Their magic frozen in time
The only way to learn
Is be aware and hold on tight

I close my eyes
And sink within myself
Relive the gift of precious memories
In need of a fix called innocence

When did it begin?
The change to come was undetectable
The open wounds expose the importance of
Our innocence
A high that can never be bought or sold

Symbolic acts, so vivid
Yet at the same time
Were invisible


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"Symbolic" as written by Chuck Schuldiner

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  • +8
    General CommentThe song's meaning is about the loss of childhood innocence, and how life progresses onward.
    YourDad131on March 04, 2009   Link
  • +7
    General CommentI don't mean to dwell
    But I can't help myself
    When I feel the vibe
    And taste a memory
    Of a time in a life
    When years seemed to stand still

    hes thinking back to when he was a kid, back when time seemed to stand still. when you get older, time flies by. hes saying hes in need of a fix called innocence, as we all are.

    When did it begin?
    The change to come was undetectable
    The open wounds expose the importance of
    Our innocence
    A high that can never be bought or sold

    youre unable to tell or remember exactly when you lost your innocence, its gradual as you get older. being innocent is like a high, "that can never be bought or sold." then he says to savor what you feel and see because what may not seem important today may seem important tomorrow. basically, we take things for granted every day, and if it were gone tomorrow, we would miss it.
    mrcloudson December 01, 2010   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI can't believe only two people have commented on this...kind of shows how bad mainstream taste can be ;) heheh

    Anyways, this song, from my perspective, means to go through life completely regretting having missed any times that have gone past, and all the while not doing anything to change the future. The character who's point of veiw this song is from constantly dwells on thoughts of a life that he/she once had ("I don't mean to dwell, but I can't help myself"), which was lost to some event in their life that stole their innocence ("In need of a fix called innocence").
    havana4saleon November 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhy did you comment on the song if you didn't have any important opinions to share besides that you don't like the lyrics? You could have at least left an enthusiastic flame or something...
    havana4saleon January 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about growing up.

    About how we are not as easily entertained and life isn't so simple and fun.

    Our experiences aren't as new so life can become dull. Some of us try to find that euphoria again but that feeling sometimes never comes back.
    cranck12192on July 12, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentChuck said on the live in L.A dvd that this song is about life
    Buckethead_ruleson May 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYep. It's pretty obvious too, anyway.

    Symbolic is definitely among my favourite albums. \m/
    Eliminationon January 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's nothing to dislike. If you're a decent human being you can relate to the lyrics. I get the chills every time I hear the riff to Symbolic.
    RighteousAngeron October 21, 2008   Link

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