"Overburdened" as written by and David/donegan Draiman....
Hell is still overburdened
I must stand and wait in line
I may never know for certain
When will be my time
How was I considered evil?
Pleasures taken in this life?
Someone granted me reprieval
Decades spent in strife

Led to nothing
Repeated in my mind
Led to nothing
If only I was born another time

Hell is still overburdened
I must stand and wait in line
Hell is still overburdened
How have I been so determined maligned?

There's the closing of the curtain
In the play that was my life
Countless chapter's left unopened, tragedies inside
I've was fighting for a reason
Holy blessed homicide
Seems I have committed treason
All I've sacrificed

Led to nothing
Repeated in my mind
Led to nothing
If only I was born another time

Hell is still overburdened
I must stand and wait in line
Hell is still overburdened
How have I been so determined maligned?
Hell is still overburdened
I must stand and wait in line
Hell is still overburdened
How have I been so determined maligned?

Fate is so unkind
Now I should have known
Blind leading the blind
Reaping what I've sown
If it all amounts to nothing
Why, then, am I standing in this line?

Hell is still overburdened
I must stand and wait in line
Hell is still overburdened
How have I been so determined maligned?
Hell is still overburdened
I must stand and wait in line
Hell is still overburdened
How have I been so determined maligned?


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"Overburdened" as written by David Draiman Dan Donegan

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    General CommentI agree. Another truly righteous song, like the rest of the CD.
    karma-marked-sinon September 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI can see where demise of me is coming from with that view on these lyrics. personally, however, i feel that this song is a bit more a of a political commentary. I think that it is written from the point of view of a soldier from a useless war and he has been so blinded by "patriotism" that he doesn't understand why he is in hell for killing. Just my thoughts on the song, which I also feel is one of the best on the album.
    swanky-frankon September 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI never thought of it that way before but it makes a whole lot of sense that way. The way he says "If only I was born another time" plays part to the soldier meaning because then he wouldn't have had to go to war. It makes sense that the song has a strong political meaning too because I know Deify at least has one. I haven't really looked at the lyrics of the other songs but I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of them had some sort of political meaning.
    crapmonkey470on September 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentK first there are some lyric problems. It's "Pleasures taken in this life" not "Measures", and it's "REpeat it in my mind", and then the chorus is "Hell is still overburdened How have I been so determined malign"....only reason I say this is cause that what is says inthe liner notes. Anywho

    This being my favortie song by disturbed I listen to it alot and I've been really thinking about the meaning, and it being political does make alot of sense. I personally feel however it's about someone who is constently chastized by hypocrits. He leads his own life and enjoys it but makes many a mistake and is belittled by people aroud him making the same mistake. I say the hypocrit part because of the line "Blind leading the blind" and the lines "I was fighting for a reason, holy blessed homicide, seems I have committed treason" because its like he doesnt understand how these people could come at him like this and misconceivehis action and not blame the others around him. But hey that explanation is the best I could think of so yeah, anywho, peace.
    chaostheoryon November 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAbout a soldier standing in line waiting to pass through the gates of hell, and he's in line with all these other soldiers that died in the course of battle, and they're all wondering why they got there.

    All of you who are hypersensitive to any mention of the word "soldier" being associated with a place called "hell" let me offer my last and final explanation. The song is an idea, a concept, an ironic image in my mind, the notion in this case that someone fought for what he'she thought was right, only to have been mislead and be forced to deal with the consequences. I have deep love, respect, and admiration for our soldiers who defend our way of life.

    quote david
    homepage.mac.com/bethanycs/dios/
    out_0f_exileon January 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it is quite possible that this song is about the evils of war, but some lines struck me that made me think this could also be about The Great Depression.
    "If only I was born another time."
    "I must stand and wait in line."(Bread lines in the 1930s)
    drugsarebad116on January 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI personally believe that this is about an atheist. An atheist who was part of many wars (decades spent in strife). He follows people saying that this is your world, there is no tomarrow and in a harsh reality he dies only to realize that he rejected God and cared about nothing but himself and hes in Hell and hes tellin us his story that Hell is backed up because people are all making the mistake of rejecting him.

    Thats just me. I am a Catholic. I don't go to church, but I still strongly believe in God.
    KingAzzholeon February 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song follows the theme of the album, this is from the point of view of a soldier waiting to go to war in iraq. Hell represents Iraq. For example the line "Now I find that some take turn in the line", one soldier gets killed, they send another from America. My opinion
    manny21on February 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt helps to get the lyrics right:
    Hell is still overburdened
    I must stand and wait in line
    Hell is still overburdened
    How have I been so determined malign?

    I will agree it is very much about soldiers:
    I was fighting for a reason
    Holy blessed homicide
    Seems I have committed treason
    All I've sacrificed

    Ask any Vietnam veteran, or any soldier coming back from Iraq now. They left, lauded as heroes. They return, and have people spitting on them insulting them. What must that feel like, to fight for your country, only to have your countrymen turn on you when you return?
    traviswrdunbaron April 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think there's another side that needs to be considered here. The band has said in regard to the song "Deify" that it's about any leader who claims to be ordained by God.

    The first line that jumped out at me here was: "holy blessed homicide" which to me says "Suicide Bombers." This song is a statement about ANYONE who is fleeced into killing another man by being told that he's doing it for a higher power, or that God somehow makes exceptions to "Thou shalt not kill."
    Obyronon June 09, 2006   Link

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