"Forgiven" as written by and David/donegan Draiman....
Forgiven to me
You're forgiven to me
You're just another dead man living to me
Forgiven to me
You're forgiven to me
How can you let a dead man live?

Forgiven to me
You're forgiven to me
You're just another dead man living to me
Forgiven to me
You're all giving to me
How can you let a dead man live?
Forgiven to me
You're forgiven to me
You're just another nightmare walking to me
You weren't dreaming of me
Now you're giving to me
How can I let a nightmare live?

To be purified in fire
Anesthetic for the pain
As the final words erupt from your mouth
Who will remember your name?

Forgiven to me
You're forgiven to me
You're just another dead man living to me
Forgiven to me
You're all giving to me
How can you let a dead man live?
Forgiven to me
You're forgiven to me
You're just another nightmare walking to me
You weren't dreaming of me
Now you're giving to me
No longer will the nightmare live

To be purified in fire
Anesthetic for the pain
As the final words erupt from your mouth
Who will remember your name?

Walking the line that the world has drawn
Fighting for balance, alone in the dark
Will you carry the burden the world has grown?
Will you destroy everything in your sight?
You alone can give this one more try
You alone will bury me tonight

To be purified in fire
Anesthetic for the pain
As the final words erupt from your mouth
Who will remember your name?
Who will remember your name?
Remember your name
Remember your name
Forgiven to me
You're forgiven to me
Remember your name
Forgiven to me
You're forgiven to me


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"Forgiven" as written by David Draiman Dan Donegan

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    General CommentWell, The other posts seem well-thought out, interesting ones. Here’s another description to chew on. Tell me if you follow: There’s this young dude, early twenties who for some reason isn’t happy with himself. Shy, kind of loner type whose had few good friends in high school. He prefers the company of Women mostly. He’s somewhat of a social-climber. A TIMID social-climber because he doesn’t really stand out, just kind of goes with the flow. Then comes along the popular girl who takes notice of him. Other chicks start to notice him…you get the idea. He feels comfortable with himself and starts asking girls to take pictures with him. In some twisted way, that’s what defines him. If you were to see the girls he takes pictures with you’d say to yourself ," the man obviously has good taste."
    Scratching beneath the surface there’s something else, a deeper motive for his behavior. This is how he wants to be remembered. He feels that memories are a huge part of who we are. Photos do just that. They can tell a lot about who a person is long after they die. He sure doesn’t want to be remembered as a loner. Now what the lyrics in the song suggest that if he were to lose these pictures years of his life would be gone-the proof of his existence lie in those pictures. He might as well be a dead man because nobody would remember his name.
    morseon November 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentCorrect lyrics: forgiven to me/ you're forgiven to me/ you're just another dead man living to me/ forgiven to me/ you're forgiven to me/ how can you let a dead man live/ forgiven to me/ you're forgiven to me/ you're just another nightmare walking to me/ you were driven to me/ now you're given to me/ how can I let the nightmare live/ to be purified in fire/ anesthetic for the pain/ as the final words erupt from your mouth/ who will remember your name/ forgiven to me/ you're forgiven to me/ you're just another dead man living to me/ forgiven to me/ you're forgiven to me/ how can you let a dead man live/ forgiven to me/ you're forgiven to me/ you're just another nightmare walking to me/ you were driven to me/ now you're given to me/ no longer will the nightmare live/ to be purified in fire/ anesthetic for the pain/ as the final words erupt from your mouth/ who will remember your name/ walking the line that the world has drawn/ fighting for balance alone in the dark/ will you carry the burden the world has grown/ will you destroy everything/ in your sight/ you alone can give this one more try/ you alone will bury me tonight/ to be purified in fire/ anesthetic for the pain/ as the final words erupt from your mouth/ who will remember your name/ who will remember your name.
    Sunderon October 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^ whoops. second to last 'who will remember your name' should be 'who will remember you now.'
    Sunderon October 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIncredibly good song with an awesome guitar solo in it. Deserves more comments, maybe some on the meaning (as i have no idea what it is...). Anyway looks like sunder has the right lyrics.
    the mongeron September 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWow! Yet another amazing song on the Ten Thousand Fist album!

    'Forgiven to me, you're forgiven to me' is actually quite cryptic. This could either mean that the person Draiman is speaking to [indirectly the listener] is either (1) forgiven and subsequently disregarded by Draiman, or (2) reconciled unconsetedly. 'Forgiven to me' may seem like Draiman has no choice but to be reconciled with the other person, as forced by some greater power. As with all of Disturb's amazing song, your own perception is your own meaning.

    Here is my overall take on it:

    The listener is 'forgiven to' Draiman, not in the sense of reconciliation and peace, but in the connotation of whatever happened to deserve 'forgiveness' is now in the past and disregarded; Draiman now has no association with this person [the listener].

    'You're just another dead man living to me'

    To Draiman you [in the generic form] are now insignificant, just another empty head worthy of no recognition.

    'You're just another nightmare walking to me'

    Just another nightmare. Just another troubled, unsound soul filled with corruption... The best words for it are, ironically, decadence and avarice.

    'You were driven to me, now you're given to me'

    This may refer to Draiman's assertion as the leader of the rejected, as seen in so many other songs Ten Thousand Fists, Liberate, A Welcome Burden, just to name a few]. 'You', this person Draiman is speaking to, had no choice but to accept Draiman, and now the person is committed to him.

    'How can I let the nightmare live'

    Another tortured soul coming to Draiman; I don't think Draiman is refering to a 'mercy killing', but how can he let this writhing soul continue so? Draiman is alluding to his duty of administering his form of healing to this reject before him.

    'To be purified in fire, anesthetic for the pain'

    Draiman's form of healing. I was actually surprised that Draiman includes' anesthetic for the pain'. It seems that he usually portrays the battle and/or acceptance of pain, rarely surrendering and numbing it. Maybe for the person that has been 'forgiven to' him, anesthetic will suite them just fine [which may assert their inferiority and lower status, as seen between the lines of the song].

    'as the final words erupt from your mouth, who will remember your name'

    Again, cryptic; the 'final words' errupting from the person's mouth gives an image of their last moments, but what words, exactly, errupted from their mouth? Another unsaid passage that each of us must interpret individually.

    'Who will remember your name?'

    Either (1) You [generic] have done nothing to be remembered for, or (2) you are just another dying soul that was brought to Draiman. Maybe both.


    There's my interpretation which will hold true for some and be a bit off for others. I would actually like very much to speak to Draiman sometime; the ideas and messages in his songs are etremely interesting. Disturbed does indeed deserve the right to shout out their condescension for other modern bands.

    'I’m still surrounded by the new sound
    I’ve had enough and i’m ready to go'


    I want to say right now that Disturbed is one of the most addictive, profound, honest, and compelling bands to ever shed their convicting music upon eager ears.
    Unsoundon December 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWha?

    Why does this song have the least comments? It's one of Disturbed's best, and as said, a great solo =]
    Crujebsulon March 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song has to do with a soldier dieing and forgiving the person who killed him

    u and ur complicated explanations
    Little-Dudeon June 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDuh, this is a song about zombies whose souls are in hell, zomg how can you be so dumb? /end sarcasm
    pbdemonon November 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a soldier in hell, who forgives his killer. "To Be Purified In Fire" Means to be forgiven in hell of all your sins. You go through the punishment of hell to become pure wi th the people you've harmed. Simple.
    AdamZeZon April 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt might be about someone going to hell, but i think it might just as well be about actual forgiveness of someone. I agree with Unsound that the line "You're just another dead man living to me" might be about someone who is dead to him, but is still alive. That interpretation would explain the parts about being forgiven, but i think the nightmare part needs to be explored more. I don't know what it means, but i think that there might be more to it.
    Metalhead42on May 28, 2008   Link

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