Look at me and say to me
without guilt or compromise
that you care about anything
that doesn't jump right in front of your eyes
We got a problem you got a problem
the mesmerizing truth
We all want the life
no one is supposed to really own

Tell me what is worth dying for?
I ask with the assumption I'll get no reply

Breathe in breathe out
sometimes I get lost within a stare
I look around and I ask myself
"Why the fuck should I even care?"
this affliction repetition
it's all been done before
while I'm sittin' here just killin' time
as the world goes along for more

Tell me what is worth dying for?
Would you give up everything to make one lasting point?

We all believe we have the right
to make believe we know what's right
but how much will it take
to make you stand and be heard?

I am the reason you are the reason
to abandon everything we have become
my eyes are wide open my heart is wide open
is your mind wide open to see?


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The Misanthropic Principle song meanings
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    General CommentI also agree with Tim Project. I think that it's about how you need to form your own opinions, and stand by them, and realize how much what you think means to you and what your opinion is worth, as in, "Tell me what is worth dying for
    Would you give up everything to make one lasting point"

    Then at the end he says "I am the reason, you are the reason to abandon everything we have become". Like Tim project said, he realizes that his loved ones are worth everything to him.
    People In Planeson September 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am not sure what this song is really about, but I think that it may be about how some people are too one-track-minded. They don't care to see what is really around them, they just live life and believe what people tell them. I know this might offend some people, but I think that church can have a big affect on people's personalities because in church you are preached to and not heard. You are told what to belive and anything else is wrong. This is not always the case though. I can happen many ways. So yeah that is what I see in this song as of right now.
    Millencolin!on December 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt seems like the singer in this song has become pretty apathetic and yes, borderline misanthropic.
    As if he's challenging someone to give him just one reason to care, at all.
    TeflonBillyon January 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah your right I am in idiot. Its still a great song I really like the music.
    Millencolin!on January 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song. to me the meaning is more or less what in this life "is worth dying for?". would you stand up and make a point. its just about having the courage to make that point and make it be heard. at the end he then talks about having his own ears open.. just waiting for that person to say something. if nothing is goin to be said, if nothing is gonna be worth it for you to make a point, "Why the fuck should I even care?"
    Incyon February 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about people who talk about how things should be, but never actually do anything. These lines show that pretty clearly:

    We all believe we have the right
    to make believe we know what's right
    but how much will it take
    to make you stand and be heard?

    And this:
    Tell me what is worth dying for?
    Would you give up everything to make one lasting point?

    He's asking, would you be willing to die for what you believe is right? He's also saying that he doesn't care,
    he's just along for the ride.

    There's some political feelings in there.
    asdfhatesyouon January 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI like this song for the instrumental part before the lines

    "my eyes are wide open my heart is wide open
    is your mind wide open to see?"

    does anybody know what is being said in the background afterwards?
    BlueFusion6851on May 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI like most of the opinions. My thing is that it seems like you are all dwelling on the negative points of the song. I think, although he is asking why he should care? or what's worth dying for? But the beauty of this band is they give you the answer... "I am the reason you are the reason to abandon everything we have become". What IS worth dying for and what IS worth caring about is each other, our relationships, friends, family and loved ones. Everyone who is there face down in the shit with us to help us right back up! All of the other stuff in life, the "repetition" pales in comparrison . I see this as an amazing and uplifting song.
    TimProjecton May 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with TimProject. He talks about what he finds depressing about people and brings in a little hope towards the ends. He then finally ends the song with a challenge. He says "my eyes are wide open, my heart is wide open, is your mind wide open to see?" He is challenging anyone who pretends to care to "stand and be heard." "would YOU give up everything to make one lasting point?" However, the title suggests that he doesn't believe anyone cares enough and thus, he is misanthropic.
    Punx912on October 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe quotation at the end of the song is from a William Jennings Bryan speech, "The Paralyzing Influence of Imperialism."

    "Behold a republic in which civil and religious liberty stimulate all to earnest endeavor and in which the law restrains every hand uplifted for a neighbor's injury - a republic in which every citizen is a sovereign, but in which no one cares to wear a crown. Behold a republic standing erect while empires all around are bowed beneath the weight of their own armaments - a republic whose flag is loved while other flags are only feared. Behold a republic increasing in population, in wealth, in strength, and in influence, solving the problems of civilization and hastening the coming of a universal brotherhood..."
    ElDiablo666on April 24, 2009   Link

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