"Burning Bright" as written by Anthony C. Battaglia and Brent Smith....
I feel like there is no need for conversation
Some questions are better left without a reason
And I would rather reveal myself than my situation
Now and then I consider my hesitation

The more the light shines through me
I pretend to close my eyes
The more the dark consumes me
I pretend I'm burning, burning bright

I wonder if the things I did were just to be different
To spare myself of the constant shame of my existence
And I would surely redeem myself in my desperation
Here and now I'll express my situation

The more the light shines through me
I pretend to close my eyes
The more the dark consumes me
I pretend I'm burning bright
The more the light shines through me
I pretend to close my eyes
The more the dark consumes me
I pretend I'm burning

There's nothing ever wrong, but nothing's ever right
Such a cruel contradiction
I know I crossed the line, it's not easy to define
I'm born to indecision
There's always something new, some path I'm supposed to choose
With no particular rhyme or reason

The more the light shines through me
I pretend to close my eyes
The more the dark consumes me
I pretend I'm burning bright
The more the light shines through me
I pretend to close my eyes
The more the dark consumes me
I pretend I'm burning

I feel like there is no need for conversation


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"Burning Bright" as written by Brent Smith, Tony Battaglia

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    General Commentthis song makes me think of that game with the little ball barings and you both shoot at the little disk trying to get it into the goal. he is getting tossed around by people. pretending to be the opposite.. prolly for attention.
    chickenpotpieon June 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSeems to me hes just having some hard times and is sort of depressed. "Theres nothing ever wrong, but nothings ever right" Thats a sign to me that screams depression. Nothing is going good for him, but nothing really is going bad, its just gives a general feeling of absolute hopelessness. It kinda seems to with "Theres always something new some new paht I'm supposed to choose" that says to me that he feels like hes being tossed around, and really isnt in control of his life, and that hes just going through the motions.
    outlaw4life27on October 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI feel like there is no need for conversation
    (he doesnt want to talk about it, no need)

    Some questions are better left without a reason
    (because there some things that cant be explained)

    And I would rather reveal myself than my situation
    (he would rather talk about hismelf, then the state of confusion he is in)

    Now and then I consider, my hesitation
    (he thinks about why he doesnt act, make a choice, a path)

    The more the light shines through me
    I pretend to close my eyes
    (The more he feels God, the more he looks away)

    The more the dark consumes me
    I pretend I'm burning, burning bright
    (likewise, when the enemy comes, and tests him, he acts if he is of the light)

    I wonder if the things I did were just to be different
    To spare myself of the constant shame of my existence
    (did he sin, solely because he wanted to look away from the real reason he was born, to pick a path)


    And I would surely redeem myself in my desperation
    Here and now I'll express, my situation
    (he would save himself if he could.)



    There's nothing ever wrong but nothing's ever right
    Such a cruel contradiction.
    (the paths are not clear to him, is evil good and good evil?)


    I know I cross the lines its not easy to define
    I'm born to indecision
    (he cant grasp just what each path leads to, the light leads to? and the dark leads to? In a state of confusion, one might think the dark path is the fun and therefore best pick)


    There's always something new some path I'm supposed to choose
    With no particular rhyme or reason
    (he see's the paths, new each day, and not sure why he should pick either. . . therefore his situation which he did not want show us, is that he knows he has to pick, but hasnt as of yet.)


    Put the bong down and PICK ONE DAMN IT!
    KingJehuon April 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBrent Smith ,the guy who wrote it, described it like this, "I wrote it as like a manual on life, that you write as you go, and realizing that you might be different than everyone else and things might be hard but you have to find your inner strength and your own ways to overcome your demons; it's about being honest with yourself and staying true and not changing yourself for anyone, because in you darkest hour you're the only one that can find the light."
    zionboyz4lifeon May 29, 2008   Link
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    Translationthis is my take on burning bright

    there is no need for conversation and why do you think that is?

    he sounds very terrified of a choice of his in place and as either pushes forward in his life he denies the conformaty of both good and evil outcast by both planning too redeem himself on his own terms a self riechious act that is the only thing that can set him free from a existence of hell where you can't answer anything because everything is right or wrong but its always wrong because there is no real easy answer too life and stumbling along his broken path with post mortem depression of some kind maybe because from what i have researched his brother killed himself, sure you would need too outcast everything too find what is real too you if you were also in his shoes... this song reminds me of my brother and i don't think there is a second of life i don't wish that son of a bitch was still here...

    R.I.P. Nathan, also a thanks too this song i don't know where i would be without it and i would probably be regretting a life time decision
    bloodygoblinon February 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about feeling numb, but hopeless -- that feeling you get where everything's gray area, nothing matters, and you're just sick of living. Or maybe it's just me who feels that way =/.

    And then there's always the bit about pretending you're alright, even though you aren't... Same old mask of happiness that no one ever bothers to look through...
    LaDiabloon November 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song reminds me of those kids dressed in black clothes and marilyn manson t-shirts, glaring at the world behind dyed black hair and from black-lined eyes. the kids that hide from the world, that resent ever being bored...yet there's always large groups of them. so while alternately hating the world and their existence, they still feel a need to belong and be accepted. but then, who doesnt? anyway, i hope i didnt' offend anyone of the goth persuasion, that's just the mental image i had. everyone at some point or another despises living but then still wants to belong somewhere...
    Desaparecidaon December 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyea, the whole album is dedicated to those people (including me) who feel like nobody understands them..everyone condemns them for being different, not following the "in-crowd", and for having an opinion..like Otep Shamaya said, "Everyone's like a conformist, in which people all follow a blind shepard"...this album is awesome, and this song kicks major ass! Shinedown rules & the people who are being condemned for needless reasons rock too! Love you guys!
    xmenocidalgenocidexon December 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commentto me this song is explaining his struggle with chioce, he is not sure to go to the light or the dark, and when nothing is wrong or nothing is right he feels lost on his choice like nohting leads him to one side, so he runs back and forth on every end.
    musikman04on January 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAhaha Desaparecida I feel like that was aimed at me ^_^. Noooo, I'm not goth. Not enough fashion sense to have any type o' label =P.

    Right, so to translate it again (my many moods are disagreeing again o.O)...

    Oooh, nevermind, too angsty. That was sad. Maybe sometime when I'm not so pathetic.
    LaDiabloon January 10, 2005   Link

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