"Not I" as written by and D. Manning S. Gallop....
So now you're suffering the fallacy of what you said
When you uncover the depression from where you've tread
Breathe over the glass you wrote on
Swallow all that you waste your throat on
You wear the mark and wave the banner they made with sin
Revealing every single lie that you've been breeding within
Wash over the skin you've broken
Think over the tone you spoke in

So lost in your affliction / addiction
The solemn comfort of your grave
If you close your eyes the light can't take it away

Not I - I won't conform to what I see in you
Not I - I won't surrender what I am
Not I - And even if it was a part of me
Not I - I'll never be that way again

The blind will follow on the path that you created in vain
No guiding light, but just the shadow of the dead will remain
Dig open the pain you're hiding
Give your hand to the faith you're fighting
The void you suffer is a curse forever bleeding inside
Now you embrace the fatal sickness you should despise
Remember the day you lost that
Where is the shame that will bring your soul back

So lost in your affliction / addiction
The solemn comfort of your grave
If you close your eyes the light can't take it away

Not I - I won't conform to what I see in you
Not I - I won't surrender what I am
Not I - And even if it was a part of me
Not I - I'll never be that way again

Reach back behind your pride
And pull the thorn from the burning pain in your side

Sing me a new song
A broken song of redemption and regret
Sing me a new song
And beg for all the mercy you can get

Not I - I won't conform to what I see in you
Not I - I won't surrender what I am
Not I - And even if it was a part of me
Not I - I'll never be that way again


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"Not I" as written by S. Gallop D. Manning

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  • +2
    General CommentAs Christians, we are set apart from the world. Who is going to conform what you see in them? Who will surrender what you are? And even if it a part of you, will you ever be that way again? Not I.
    WakeToLifeon November 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song, "Not I", is about a Christian who is either backslidden or afraid/embarassed to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, or live a life that shows that shows Him as such.

    "Remember the day you lost that
    Where is the shame that will bring your soul back?"
    Because the line is specific in mentioning "bring your soul BACK", it shows that the person is already Christian but has backslidden.

    "The solemn comfort of your grave"
    It is extremely easy to live in sin, but very difficult to live for Christ, as Jesus states that we will be persecuted for his name's sake.

    "If you close your eyes the light can’t take it away"
    It is easy to stray from God. Something so simple and easy as closing your eyes can prevent your return to God, which is an incredible line by Demon Hunter. God will not forcedly pull you back towards Him, rather, He leaves the desicion totally up to you.

    "The blind will follow on the path that you created in vain"
    Whether you realize it or not, people observe the behaviour of other people and sometimes model there own life after the example given. The non-believers will follow the example of straying from God that you have exhibited.

    "Not I - I won’t conform to what I see in you
    Not I - I won’t surrender what I am
    Not I - And even if it was a part of me
    Not I - I’ll never be that way again"
    Not I, I won't be that backslidden Christian to do all these things--straying from God, leading others away from God, fighting salvation...

    "Reach back behind your pride
    And pull the thorn from the burning pain in your side"
    If you follow the world, you will be liked of the world, whereas the case would be vice versa if you followed Christ instead. If you are liked by many people in the world, then some form of pride will build up. The line also mentions "the BURNING pain in your side." Why would someone need to be told to remove a thorn if it caused you pain? I believe that the most miserable man is a man that has drifted away from God. The thorn represents the world, the Devil, how it has infected you. Yes, the thorn burns, but if you get rid of it and follow Jesus, people will ridicule you as according to His word. Many people are too weak or embarrassed to be bold for Christ and take the persecution of the world for His name.

    "Sing me a new song
    A broken song of redemption and regret
    Sing me a new song
    And beg for all the mercy you can get"
    You must repent if you desire to go to Heaven. The "Broken Song" is the repentance, expressing your regret for what you have done and asking for redemption.

    "Beg for all the mercy you can get"
    This line is a very harsh line, saying to "beg for all the mercy you can get." It makes it sound as though there is the chance that you won't receive forgiveness, as you must "beg" for it. It can then be inferred that the person is already in Hell or already dead, in which case they would beg and beg but receive no forgiveness, for their period of grace has passed.

    That's what this song is to me.

    And yes, I'm 15, so people out there who think that young naiive teenagers cannot think so deeply, think again :)
    darkcelldxon December 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot I - I won’t conform to what I see in you
    Not I - I won’t surrender what I am
    Not I - And even if it was a part of me
    Not I - I’ll never be that way again

    One of the best songs in the album of The Triptych!
    WAYAlbuquerqueon January 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentfirst comment ever sooo....this song to me, whens it says

    "So lost in your affliction / addiction
    The solemn comfort of your grave
    If you close your eyes the light can’t take it away

    Not I - I won’t conform to what I see in you
    Not I - I won’t surrender what I am
    Not I - And even if it was a part of me
    Not I - I’ll never be that way again"

    that means to me that the world is lost in their own afflictions or addictions, and that is there death, they are killing themselves that way, that is the comfort: in there grave. and if you close your eyes nothing can take it away. BUT...not i, im not gonna change to what you are, im not going to change from what i am, and if i was that way once, i wont be it again.
    Deanyon July 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the "Sing me a new song
    A broken song of redemption and regret
    Sing me a new song
    And beg for all the mercy you can get" part basically means "ya, go and make more excuses and lies"
    Velrexon August 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfrom demonhunter.net
    “Not I” is about the idea of being set apart as Christians. In the song I talk about the life of a non-believer and the decisions they make to live their life contrary to the word of God and the moral code that we, as Christians, have come to live by. This song is a proclamation that we, as followers of Christ, will not conform to the ways of the world. In essence, when we see these sinful things that have consumed the world, we say “Not I.”

    Know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for Himself; the Lord will hear when I call to Him.
    Psalms 4:3
    Nascarguy329on February 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree that this song is not doing and believing what the world offers. Staying clear as Christians from the things that God doesn't want us to be. So we stand to the temptation and say "Not I" this is actually my favorite song on the CD, but not my favorite one. Summer of Darkness is my fav.
    nscovellon April 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love how it ties back to the intro near the end. =]
    nicolenightmareon May 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen he says "Sing me a new song" that is actually a verse in the bible. I remember reading that... and I was like... whoah, NOT I! lol. In the Old Testament... somewhere ;P I think proverbs or psalms.
    TracerAdvancedon October 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGuys, kids (teenagers in this occassion) can think clearlier than anyone else. They live in a world where they can think about anything! ;)

    Anyways, I think that this song CLEARLY speaks about stating you are a christian and then having regrets about it! ;)
    This is something we all feel when someone "confronts" us and we have no excuses to support our opinions.

    BUT NO!!!!
    Jesus said that when we are being "chased" for being christians we should feel PROUD about it, about not staggering! And ALWAYS the Holy Spirit will guide us when we get the chance to talk with some...atheists or anti-christians! ;)
    I was a bit off-topic, but I wanted to ancourage you people, you aren't alone! :D
    Edboyon April 10, 2008   Link

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