"Nein" as written by Greg Wells, Robert Patterson and Otep Shamaya....
MY PAIN, MY PRIDE
THESE SCARS ARE MINE

MY PAIN, MY PRIDE
THESE SCARS ARE MINE

I will tell you a story,
That's never been told

I will tell you a secret,
5 lifetimes old ...

My life has been a prison,
A labyrinth built beneath the mountain of Tragedy.

I'm a stain on the cloth.
I'm just an after-thought.

But I
Would die
For this ....

But through the veins of decay
I'll remain to betray

To live like Caesar.
To die like Jesus.

To build my own religion,
No gods, no laws

To celebrate pain
Forsaken & ashamed

To watch them all,
Crawl beneath us ...

On this bed of nails & regret
Dying of fevers, betrayal, & sweat

I CRY ...

[chorus]

My organs are rotting,
My enemies are plotting ...

I AM MADE OF PAGES
PARAGRAPHS & INSPIRATIONS
PAPER GIRL, BURN THE WORLD,
I PASS THE FLAME TO YOU!!

MURDER
MAYHEM
HURT HER
HATE HIM

MURDER
MAYHEM
HURT HER
HATE HIM

MURDER MAYHEM
HURT HER HATE HIM

MURDER
MAYHEM
FUCK HER
SLAY THEM!!

[verse]

My pain, my pride
These scars are mine

My pain .....

MY MISERY HAS BEEN FORMULATED
INTO AN EQUATION OF NIEN

MY SANITY WROTE
A SUICIDE NOTE
BUT ONE OF US IS ILLITERATE
AND THE OTHER ... IS BLIND

MY 1st ACT OF TREASON
WAS PICKING UP A PEN

MY 1st ACT OF LOVE
WAS FINDING MYSELF AGAIN

THE HARDEST THING TO DO
WAS STANDING UP TO YOU

NOW I'M OFF MY KNEES
NOW YOU'RE BEGGING ME "PLEASE"

I'M THE WOUND & THE WEAPON
THE FRACTURE & THE FIST

[chorus]

My organs are rotting,
My enemies are plotting ...

I AM MADE OF PAGES
PARAGRAPHS & INSPIRATIONS
PAPER GIRL, BURN THE WORLD,
I PASS THE FLAME TO YOU!!

MURDER
MAYHEM
HURT HER
HATE HIM

MURDER
MAYHEM
HURT HER
HATE HIM

MURDER MAYHEM
HURT HER HATE HIM

MURDER
MAYHEM
FUCK HER
SLAY THEM!!

[outro]

THAT STABBING IN YOUR HEART,
THAT BLACK HOLE IN YOUR SOUL,
SLOWLY RIPPING YOU APART .... THAT'S ME!!!

THAT'S ME!!!

SO LET IT BE WRITTEN,
SO LET IT BE DONE!

THE BRIGHTER THEY SHINE,
THE DARKER WE BECOME!!

VAE VICTUS!
ABOMINATION!


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"Nein" as written by Otep Shamaya Greg Wells

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    General CommentIt's my understanding that Shemaya was abused during her childhood, so I think that's probably what this song was about - surviving that horror and becoming strong in herself. It's an anthem of learning to fight back, and deciding to live and not let someone else keep you opressed.

    I think when she says,
    'my enemies are plotting
    my organs are rotting'

    she's refering to people who want to hurt her further - her abuser/s, perhaps? And saying that her organs are rotting might be her way of describing her injuries and her pain.

    'Paper girl, burn the world
    I pass the flame to you'

    I think that the paper girl is every other person out there who has been or is being abused. They are fragile, afraid, and their words have be power to set them free, but they might not know this yet. 'Passing the flame' might be her way of saying that she's passing on her experience and letting them decide whether to fight back, and in doing so she's shining a proverbial light on them. Shemaya actively works with groups that help victims of domestic abuse - I think that the people she helps are the people that she's talking about here.
    HeartlessHatefulon January 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this song is about the story of someones life who is going though depression!!! It also seems that someone has really hurt her and she wants to make them feel regreat to what he did!!!

    Im still not sure about it!!! I really love this song!!! and it gives me those goosebumbs!!! I feel i can relate to it but im still confused about the meaning!!

    I would love to see some more versions of the meaning!!!

    OTEP ROCKS!!!!!!
    THIS SONG ROCKS!!!!
    Bleeding_Roseon August 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"My sanity wrote a suicide note but
    One of us is illiterate
    And the other is blind"

    Great lines...

    "To live like Caesar
    To die like Jesus"

    A summtion of much of the theme of Otep's music: the desire to live life in a blaze of vengeful, fiery glory, and to die/have one's suffering be martyred. I could go on...wonderful song.
    freakishfaeon December 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe part
    (But through the veins of decay
    I'll remain to betray
    To live like Caesar
    To die like Jesus
    To build my own religion
    No gods, no laws
    To celebrate pain
    Forsaken and ashamed
    To watch them all
    Crawl beneath us
    On this bed of nails and regret
    Dying of fevers, betrayal, and sweat
    I cry)

    I think shes just saying what it would be like to be a god???idk
    korngirl1313on February 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits funny imagining a paper girl burning the world.
    i really have no idea what this song means. it probably has multiple meanings.
    im also pretty sure nein means no in german.
    yeah thats about it.
    cherrycraveon July 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdoes otep sing the songs as if they were poetry or are they poems they re singing..?

    i never really quite understand excatly what they are seeing as they seem very poetic
    twilightVampireon July 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother great song.... I think its about how shes suffering so much, but from her suffering she finds strength from her pain and torment. This song shows intense amounts of emotion, anger, pain, strength, hate, vengence..... she is taking back her life and making her pain her own.
    These lyrics are amazing.....
    hystericalnightmareon September 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I listened to this song and read the lyrics at the same time i felt as if she were speaking to me telling me about the pain she went through.
    i know,WEIRD.
    ure-so-vaineon December 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy pain, my pride, these scars are mine
    I will tell you a story
    That's never been told
    I wll tell you a secret
    Five lifetimes old

    Okay, my interpretation of these lines is self harm, and how the scars tell a story and share secrets which she couldn't verbalize at the time. Perhaps hinting at past abuses?

    My life has been a prison
    A labyrinth built beneath the mountain of tragedy
    I'm a stain on the cloth
    I'm just an after-thought
    But I, Would die, For this

    ^ She's trapt by her emotions and the negatives of her life. She doesn't feel real.
    But through the veins of decay
    I'll remain to betray

    ^ Maybe she doesn't want to say, but her scars (marks on her veins) betray her.

    To live like Caesar
    To die like Jesus
    To build my own religion
    No gods, no laws

    Maybe control? She wants control over others, to be a god. Have people see her and see her for what she wants them to.

    To celebrate pain
    Forsaken and ashamed
    To watch them all
    Crawl beneath us
    On this bed of nails and regret
    Dying of fevers, betrayal, and sweat
    I cry

    ^ Perhaps a little jealos of those who have never had to deal with this stuff? She wants them to understand, but she doesn't at the same time ("I cry")

    My organs are rotting
    My enemies are plotting

    ^ Emotionally she's dying, and perhaps suffering from paranoia?

    I am made of pages
    Paragraphs and inspirations

    ^ She has a story.

    Paper girl, burn the world
    I pass the flame to you
    Murder, mayhem, hurt her, hate him
    Murder, mayhem, fuck her, slay them

    ^The negative aspects of the world. People are constantly hurting others, and people are hurting.

    My pain, my pride, these scars are mine
    My pain

    ^ A sense of 'realness' which her scars give her? She hurts herself, and it proves that she is here and exists. That she is hurting, and ho one can take that away.

    My misery has been formulated into an equation of nein
    My sanity wrote a suicide note but
    One of us is illiterate
    And the other is blind

    My first act of treason was picking up a pen

    ^ Begins to let some of the negative stuff out in a healthier way. Instead of internilising it and self-harming, she gets the feelings out another way - through writing.

    My first act of love was
    Finding myself again

    ^ She's looking for who she, she's not letting the past define her anymore. She's no longer the vitcim.

    The hardest thing to do
    Was standing up to you

    ^ Standing up the the person who hurt her.

    Now I'm off my knees
    Now you're begging me please
    I'm the wound and the weapon
    The fracture and the fist

    ^ She's threatening to tell on the person who hurt her. She has the power now and is no longer as afraid.


    My organs are rotting
    My enemies are plotting
    I am made of pages
    Paragraphs and inspirations
    Paper girl, burn the world
    I pass the flame to you
    Murder, mayhem, hurt her, hate him
    Murder, mayhem, fuck her, slay them

    ^ Still dealing with everything else as well.

    That stabbing in your heart
    That black hole in your soul
    Slowly ripping you apart
    That's me
    So let it be written
    So let it be done
    The brighter they shine
    The darker we become
    Vae victus, abomination
    phlogistonon October 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe's in another person's perspective... I'm assuming.
    Otherwise it would be rather hypocritical, wouldn't it?
    Oh and yes, nein is no.
    She's mighty clever.
    Brilliant words.
    Props to Shamaya.
    <3
    BreeBrokeNCYDEon April 29, 2010   Link

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