Impoverished and bleedin' hope here somethin' fast receding dead light holocaust
I check this body in tonight
Cross my heart and hope to die
to never leave this place alive
I'm burning right in front of you
break myself against you I lay still

Your penetrating glances dead stop all my
vain advances to another place where I can truly be myself
Respirators kicked on high
Life support keeps me alive
To forgive I will never do
one last kiss is all I need from
(You ride) salvation goin' under
(They say) they say I won't survive you now
I wish I never knew you
Your name is Katatonia

(You ride) salvation goin' under
(They say) they say I won’t survive you now
(Your name) your name is sanctuary
I call you Katatonia

Lyrics submitted by Alucard, edited by liniwa

Katatonia song meanings
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    General Commentthis is my second favorite song off exile (behind Swan Dive). I think the katatonia (catatonia is a disease that make people phase into a coma like state) is a metaphor for obsession. I think the song is about falling in love with someone you can never have, and in the end he's left hopeless. It juxtaposes lust with the disease. Amazing.
    Alucardon November 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was more about starting to hate someone you love and ripping yourself up about it. (not necessarily in regret, but more in what you've lost)
    Avaranton February 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti agree completely with alucard. having an unhealthy infatuation with someone causing emotional damage and otherwise
    nyghtcrawleron April 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure this is about drug use and abuse. "stop all my
    vain advances to another place where I can truly be myself
    respirators kicked on high
    life support keeps me alive
    to forgive i will never do
    one last kiss is all i need from you
    ride salvation goin' under
    they say they say I wont survive you now
    I wish i never knew you
    your name is katatonia "

    about overdosing and never returning either back to normalcy or back to life. I can see the relationship thing, though. favorite strung out song.
    katatonia_pastelon December 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentKatatonia may refer to a girl who is damaging to you, but I think it also refers to a drug addiction. I know for a fact that Jason Cruz has experimented with drugs before, and whether or not he was ever an addict, this sounds like a first person account of an addict. They hate it, but they love it, and love usually overpowers hate, but in this case, that's bad.
    epicmikenomoreon June 21, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt's funny isn't it? I never noticed that this song could be about drug addiction, but now that I have read it back over it's a great song that is written almost as though it is a love affair with drugs, very nice.

    But when I hear this song it always makes me remember why I broke up with my Ex, and that instead of wasting 10 years of our young lives I just wish I had never known him. In the midst of mourning our dead baby and wondering how to feel like myself again, we drifted apart and no matter how much we tried we were zombies. Katatonia.

    That was another lifetime ago now, but the song still gives me fire and tears. amazing song, very powerful...
    iphoxon February 21, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe first impression related to this song was the band Katatonia. :D But the song, isn't it about catatonia itself? Just about the state of a mentally ill person? It would also make sense.
    lindencaton April 01, 2013   Link
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    General Commentits about a love-hate relationship with drugs. per-J's own words
    electrceyeon April 07, 2015   Link

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