"Lazarus" as written by and Hunter/arnold/talley/lamarca/spicuzza/devries....
Eleven five ninety four, six thirty morning
Woke up panicked, sweating, with a mouth full of vomit
No idea what could be wrong
Blew it off as this illness is common
Went back to sleep, then the phone rings
Fell to the ground

As the news was haunting, haunting
Lazarus ended his life, ungodly sacrifice, no reason why

Eleven eight ninety four six thirty evening
The first time we're seeing Lazarus unconscious
Dressed in the clothes he loved
Laid out with all of his favorites
The tears of so many friends

Look around, and this view was haunting, haunting
Lazarus ended his life, ungodly sacrifice, no reason why

Never had an explanation
Never had a chance to thank him
Never had a chance to watch Lazarus rise
Never had a chance to thank him
Never had an explanation
Never had a chance to say goodbye

Lazarus ended his life, ungodly sacrifice, no reason why
Never had a chance to say goodbye


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"Lazarus" as written by Martin James Carr

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    General CommentLazarus could've just been a nickname.
    I'm not sure whether this song relates to real events or the bible, but here are my opinions on the meaning:

    11/05/94 6:30am - He wakes up feeling ill, but isn't sure why. (perhaps he senses that something bad must have happened)
    He goes back to sleep, but gets a phone call telling him that Lazarus has died.

    11/08/94 6:30pm - Lazarus's funeral, he is 'dressed in the clothes he loved', with all his favourite things, and his friends are mourning for him.

    Presuming that Lazarus did commited suicide, this guy feels it was unjust and 'ungodly'. He's shocked by his friend's death, and wishes he had a chance to talk to Lazarus before he died.
    chakra8on December 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNo, Diabolic had it right. Lazarus was a friend of Mark Hunter, the lead singer of Chimaira. The numbers at the start of each verse are the time and date, etc. The rest is all there already.
    Maederon April 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBrilliant song and the meaning of it is easy to understand. Just as chakra8 says.
    He wakes up (11/05/94 6:30 am) Feeling sick, fall asleep again, get a phonecall that Lazarus is dead (suicide).
    At the funeral (11/08/94 6:30pm) Lazarus friends is mourning him and he wish that he could say goodbye and thank him for everything.
    inteon June 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe guitar riff at the end is almost reminding me of a desert or something. i dont no. music i like puts my mind in a series of scenery. like forests, dark nghts and like random acid tripy shit. weird.
    halfpunkhalfjockon February 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is obviously about a suicide, namely Lazarus'.

    For those who don't know, Lazarus was someone in the Bible who was close to Jesus, became ill and died. Jesus shows up, and raises him from the dead, the story goes.

    So to name the man character Lazarus is like a wish for him to come back, to be raised from the dead. It's a nice metaphor, I quite enjoyed it. Brilliant song, regardless of lyrics.

    Noah
    MavrikGandalfon September 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh shit, just realized some more stuff. In this story, Lazarus get's sick, dies. Same as the Bible story. (Duh.) But I thought it was suicide. Now I'm not so sure. Looking back over the lyrics, it seems to be that the unnamed character was sick, dies, and the narrator hears of the death at 6:30 am, on the 8th of Nov, '94. Then, the funeral is 12 hours later...?

    I'm not sure. It might also be drugs. I mean, for me, the image of "Woke up panicked, sweating, with a mouth full of vomit" makes me think drugs or alcohol. He says it's a sickness, but how does someone end someone else's life thru an illness?

    I don't know. It's late, and I'm tired. I'll think about this more tomorrow morning...

    Noah
    MavrikGandalfon September 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMark wrote this song about an old friend who committed suicide. His name was Lazarus too, I can see the similarities between both.
    diabolic666on September 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthis name wasnt lazarus i dont think, well im certian actually. do you know anyone called lazarus? its just an example of a simliar event
    easternbunnyon October 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI forgot to mention that it is a suicide - "Lazarus ended his life, ungodly sacrafice" is clearly a reference to suicide, as well as the fact I know it is about a suicide from various sources.
    Maederon April 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is just amazing...no, it's so brilliant, how could i jsut skip it in the track list before...
    the lyrics are so great...
    it's really terrible, when you didn't say goodbye to a man who is dead now...
    -=ViRUS=-on July 09, 2006   Link

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