Once again these bitter herbs
The perfect compliment to all your cryptic words
I nod but don't know what to say, but I know you
And I believe you're who you say you are so I

I will follow you, lay down my life
I would die for you, this very night

Once again the bread and wine
But it seems the meanings may be deeper still this time
And you surprised me when you said I'd fall away, don't you know me
I could never be ashamed of you, no I

I've never been this cold, the fire's gravity compels
Like planets cling to sol, I feel my orbit start to fail
Like moths to flame I come, too close And all my oaths are burned
As stars begin to run, all my accusers take their turn
And calling curses down, from my lips lies like poison spill
And then that awful sound, the sound of prophesy fulfilled
And then I met your eyes, and I remember everything
And something in me dies, the night that I betrayed my king



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"Like Moths to Flame" as written by Edward Carrington Breckenridge, James Riley Breckenridge, Dustin Michael Kensrue, Teppei Teranishi

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  • +1
    General Comment:This is a blatant retelling of Peter's betrayal from his point of view. The rooster crowing is the awful sound, Peter remembering the prophecy, etc. And for some reason people keep saying "Thrice is not a Christian band..." If you mean they are not on a Christian label and played on Christian radio stations then you are correct, they are in the secular, mainstream market. However, they, individually, are Christians and their music STRONGLY reflects that. Yes, some of their songs are not Biblically related, but what does that have to do with the price of chicken in China? To me, it would seem like if you were trying to put a message out there via music...it would make more sense to do it in the secular market, where you will reach all types of people and not just minister to the people who already share your beliefs, ie, the Christian market. Astounding logic, isn't it?
    kman22on August 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song is a literal retelling of Peter's betrayal of Jesus. Out of all the Passion narratives, these lyrics match Luke's the best (key is Christ looking at Peter after his betrayal).

    For a comparison, read Luke 22:1-34, 54-62: usccb.org/nab/bible/luke/…
    Tossed_Dwarfon September 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:True, this song is pretty clear cut to me and I totally agree with you...
    ScarecrowNZon October 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I don't know what this means, you guys are probably right...i feel like im going in slow motion when i hear this song...
    Lithium3016on October 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This is the first song on the new album to make me say, "wow." The way it builds up from beginning to end is great. It is from Peter's perspective. It starts talking about the Passover (bitter herbs) and then goes to the Last Supper (bread and wine) and then Jesus tells Peter that everyone will leave him, even Peter. Peter can't believe it. In the last stanza, Peter is lost and confused after Jesus is taken into custody. Hey disowns Jesus three times, and then Jesus is lead past him, their eyes meet and the rooster crows just like Jesus told Peter it would (the aweful sound, the sound of prophesy fulfilled.) Love this song!
    T1 3VOMon October 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think, probably one of the best songs lyrically by Thrice. Especially the last stanza. I just closed my eyes and imagined I was Peter being ripped apart inside as Dustin is screaming those last lines. It sent chills up my spine and a song has never done that to me. There is so much imagery and he sings it with such emotion. Amazing.
    TooCloseToSeeon November 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this song really is amazing. it is blatantly about the story when Peter betrayed Jesus three times and the lead up to it. the end is so brutal and is such a realisation of how as a christian i always promise to God that i will never disown him or disappoint him but instead when stuff happens i end up failing him so many times.
    dontletthemscareyouon December 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song had another verse, that was later cut out becauseit didn't tie the song together too well, but the lyrics did tie the rest of the song together well. Here is what Dustin wrote what is was:

    "Though others fall away, I know I never will.
    I've stood by you before, I'm standing by you still.
    But if you'll not permit my sword to speak, then what am I to do.
    I fell the shadows drain my courage, but in them I still follow you."
    Thricecubeon December 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:man the last lines of this song send shivers down my spine and for a moment I feel like Peter probably felt that night after he betryed Jesus thrice.
    great song!
    theperfectbreakon December 16, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:You guys nailed it; this I agree is a direct reference to the bible. Although not my favorite song musically, one of my favorites lyrically.
    RadioIsSilenton January 16, 2006   Link

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