"Act Of Contrition" as written by Matthew Bachand, Jason Bittner, Jonathan Donais, Brian Fair and Paul Romanko....
Feel the cold hands upon me
Recollection of my betrayal

My betrayal!

It is not the pain inside yourself
That tears the deepest wounds

I drift along suspended in shadows
Cold memories escape the haze
With sobriety comes recollection

It is not the pain inside yourself
That tears the deepest wounds

It is the pain that you create
That shreds your very soul

A specter of despair
Built on good intentions

It is not the pain inside yourself
That tears the deepest wounds

It is the pain that you create
That shreds your very soul


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"Act of Contrition" as written by Jason Bittner Brian Fair

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    General Commentcan someone help with meaning please?
    disturbedindividualon December 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentcan someone help with meaning please?
    disturbedindividualon December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHe feels remorse for 'his betrayal' which he probaly commited under the influence of alcohol:
    "cold memories escape the haze, with sobriety comes recollection"
    He also states that the pain that he has created is causing him more pain than what he would usually feel for pain that is only his.
    MonkeysLikePeanutson January 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentContrition, for those of you who don't know, is remorse for one's sin. So he feels regret for something he did or he feels pain and wants to relieve himself of his agony but drowning away his sorrows.
    Hurrah!
    gastonreboredoon July 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is proof that sf is not an 'i dont like GOD' kind of bands, plus the insturmentals are killer. finally a real metal band that isnt crap.
    NJsoldieron April 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about an episode from Battlestar Galactica. The first season, fourth episode is titled "act of contrition". I recently started watching the show since ive gotten more into space operas in the last couple years(mass effect, new star trek movie, star wars, firefly/serenity, etc). When I read the title I remembered a Shadows Fall song by the same title. I read the lyrics and saw the episode and it ties in perfectly. The episode is about a girl(Kara) who is feeling remorse because of the fact that she let this man Apollo's brother(Zack) into flight combat even though he wasn't fully trained for it and wasn't even capable of the basics. The reason she felt so terrible is because she was in love with Zack, and she let her feelings towards him get the best of her instead of denying him into the the squadron like she should've. He eventually died and afterwards the father of Zack(commander Adamo) had her become the trainer for the new squadron. But he did not know about the situation with Zack and Kara. He assumed she would use her better judgement to pick pilots like his son(even tho she only let him be a pilot because she let her emotions get the best). The pain was eating her alive and she took her frustrations out on the new squad by letting no one become a pilot even tho it was just their first day of training, she didn't give them a chance because they weren't good enough. The memories of Zack were painful. She felt she didn't want some one else dying and it resting on her conscience. If you read the song lyrics and see episode, u will see its exactly what the song is about. I suppose all bands draw their inspiration from somewhere. Who knew Shadows Fall were fans of Battlestar Galactica. I would've never drawn that line of hardcore metal to space operas lol. Its definitely a great show I recommend watching tho. And shadows fall is one of the best bands of course :-)
    DaArtist401on February 01, 2010   Link

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