In goodness wake I'll always say I do,
That it's all for you
And tricks I'd turn would always shine right through,
But it's all for you.

Like a stream overflowing
Unpredictable
A new confidence like a new king.
Like a breeze levitating
To raise a sunken soul
And to the surface shines like a new pin.

What junkie says is not what junkie do,
But it's all for you
And the tricks he turns will always shine right through,
But it's all for you.

Like a dream synchronising
With the one I missed the most
A concentrated love from a new queen.
Like a wave stabilising
I walk a tighter rope
And my new victim shines like a new pin.
I can feel lies within the
Gospels that I'm sold
The tactless sentiments are a new pain.

But it's all for you.


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    General CommentMy initial thought was drawn to the idea of a new pin not only being a drug reference, which certainly makes sense, but of a trophy metaphor as well (an "ornament").

    People collect pins as a means of displaying them. A new pin in this case would refer to a new exploit, accomplishment, or prize (politicians campaign buttons, military stripes, celebrity awards, etc.). The line "but its all for you" and it's subsequent refrains seem mocking or self-reassuring depending on the context, suggesting the character's skewed and/or aggrandized sense of reality. "Kings" and "queens" throughout history have been known to display wealth and use their platforms to acquire more and more "ornaments", proclaiming humility to their people while neglecting them, and alienating themselves from others. Here, the lyrical perspective is male, suggesting women or "queens" might be ornaments as well (just look at Henry VIII).

    The parallels between drug addiction and wealth addiction are compelling. Severe drug addiction's course involves diminishing euphoric effects as the dosage increases with each mainline. As this continues, it can lead to alienation, poor health, crime, depression, overdose and ultimately death. Wealth acquisition is like any other addiction or obsession. Once it becomes excessive, the high becomes less and less intense, requiring greater amounts, which can lead to unfortunate events (i.e. infidelity, paranoia, greed, erratic behavior, bankruptcy, revolts, murder, suicide). History is full of examples of prominent figures who become so alienated by their own obsessions, they go mad, lose control over their obsessions, and make terrible choices that undermine their reputations, all the while never realizing their courses of action as it relates to their own mortality.

    The use of the word "gospels" points the finger squarely at Christianity, a religion with its own history of opulence and influence. Anger is expressed towards Christianity's lies, lies that may have been believed by the character at one point. Now, they are "tactless sentiments", "a new pain", which suggests an older pain. This pain could be the absence of the one he misses the most, the source of his obsession (perhaps a loved one, power, happiness, drugs, etc.). In this context, "and its all for you" becomes melancholy.

    In summation, I think the song is about a person who alienates himself and his obsession(s) from others, justifying his obsession(s) as he struggles with his own pain and conscience, all the while finding no solace in what he once believed because of the pain. The only escape is his obsession.

    "So I got all these things, but so what? In the end you can't take them with you."
    elcapitan1017on October 22, 2010   Link
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    General Commentwithout a doubt this song is about the speaker's gripe with faith/religion.
    he's tormented: he beleives one thing, lives for "you," i.e. God; yet at the same time hes betraying his faith w/ his actions
    theme0songon February 04, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"What junkie says is not what junkie do,
    But it's all for you
    And the tricks he turns will always shine right through,
    But it's all for you."

    Another drugs / religion metaphor and all the while, we aren't focused on the real deal: the people that love us.
    pmasseyon May 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA junkie continues to use even through his own religious beliefs, denying the adverse effect of his addiction. He convinces himself that "it's all for you", that it's all for the betterment of his life, his connection with God. He hurts those around him with his lies and denial, while he loses his connection with the things he treasures most in life.
    Arkyopterixon September 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI see this song as told from the perspective of a fundamentalist preacher--most likely a fundamentalist Christian who preaches to born-agains.

    -In goodness wake I'll always say I do,
    -That it's all for you

    Everything good I've done, it is for God (or Jesus, or Allah).

    -And tricks I'd turn would always shine right through,
    -But it's all for you.

    Though I lie through my teeth ("tricks I turn"), and that's how most people see me, God knows I am devout and I'm doing it for the right reason.

    --Like a stream overflowing
    --Unpredictable
    --A new confidence like a new king.

    I have the ultimate confidence in my charms, in the strength of my faith. It gives me power, "like a new king," and that only swells my confidence. The faith of my subjects overflows and what they may do is unpredictable.

    -Like a breeze levitating
    -To raise a sunken soul
    -And to the surface shines like a new pin.

    We are all raised spiritual through belief in Christ. Even the worst man ("Sunken soul") can be raised to heaven, and can shine with Goodness.

    -Like a dream synchronising
    -With the one I missed the most
    -A concentrated love from a new queen.

    In heaven we can meet with those we miss the most.

    -Like a wave stabilising
    -I walk a tighter rope
    -And my new victim shines like a new pin.

    The rope of virtues is tougher to walk as fame grows, but every sinner I touch I make shine with Virtue.

    -I can feel lies within the
    -Gospels that I'm sold
    -The tactless sentiments are a new pain.

    But I know that I am overzealous, that I am greedy, and that I am a bad man at heart. The Gospels say I'm a devil.
    evizaeron January 15, 2008   Link

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