Out on this road takes its toll
And you pay for everything you do
Under lights, made me blind
This place is the same as last night
Out of control takes its toll
But you learn to live with your dreams
Speaking your mind to those you find
Listening to what you have to say
I wouldn't change the way
I wouldn't stop the decay

Promised the world, as your world
Changed before your eyes
And the days became the weeks
And the weeks the years
And no one remembers that very first day
Or how it slipped away
Forever I wait, pulling in, pulling out
As the motors whine
To remind me I'm home
And I'm here to stay
As we decay
Another day
Decay away

I'm goin' home, I don't know where
I'm goin' home, not far from here

Out on this road, payin’ this toll
Make me whole, set the stage
Fill it with anger, fill it with rage
No, I don't know what's today
I know it falls in the years of decay
Self-sacrifice, every night
And together we paid a price in blood
That spilled out through the years
And another day passes away
Look to the black, drawn farther back
Look to each day, see the decay
Times I've had, good and bad
Win or lose, this is what I choose


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    General CommentI think you really nailed it, emmerder. This is Overkill's best ballad, and possibly their greatest song. I'd like to add that this song is also about growing up being told lies that whatever you set your mind to can be accomplished, but then you grow up and realize that you don't have the world at your fingertips and you rarely accomplish your hopes and dreams ("Promised the world, as your world changed before your eyes.").
    satinsovenon August 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is like if Children of the Damned was good...

    This song's lyrics seem Hamletesque to me in that at the end of Halmet, he realizes that what is supposed to happen is what is going to happen, and there's nothing he can do about it. According to this song, Blitz's life was such that he couldn't reach his dreams, but he's man enough to accept that crappy or not, this is life, and if it wears you down, then you will die worn down.
    emmerderon May 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentsounds like its about being out on tour constanlty on the road, touring night after night,"this place is same as last night". decay being drunk or stoned
    every day on the tour and paying for it. basically about the harships of life on road.
    bigeherbon October 11, 2008   Link

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