My life is all that I've known
And it's all that keeps me here
My time is all that I own
So I won't let it slip away...

How long can this life go on
Who we are what we are...
I'll see you on the other side

Wouldn't you rather live it on your own
Even when it bends you over
So when it comes time to go home
You don't let them fade away...

How long can this all go on?
How long till it's over?
And how long till it all comes down?
...And how bad do we need a new reminder?

Lyrics submitted by musicgirl429

Life song meanings
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    General CommentIt's interesting that when doing this live Devy will often say "Everybody ready for some death metal!?"
    I always thought it was a joke as this song is as far from death metal as you can get, but then I thought that maybe even though the song is called Life it's really about death, the 'see you on the other side' makes that more obvious. But then I realized it's actually about life AND death, the white and black, the Ying and Yang (the Strapping Young Lad and the Devin Townsend Band =op). This song sounds so simple yet it's ridiculously deep, and that's why it's my favorite song ever, I can never get tired of listening to it.
    Trismon April 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is such a positive and uplifting song. I love it.
    PinkFloydrulezon April 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy life is all that I've known
    And it's all that keeps me here
    My time is all that I own
    So I won't let it slip away...

    ^ I love that verse because it is so true... Don't waste your time on stupid things. I love this song
    musicgirl429on December 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have to agree, this song is about living life and trying not to miss a beat. But then again he is saing "and how long till it all comes down?" So the song comes around on itself, just like Life.

    In the last few minutes of the song, he is singing "See you on the other side." at the end of the song. This is saying to me that even though it is a good thing to be alive and enjoy the now, I will see you on the other side.

    "In death, not only are the mightiest and the most humble brought down to the same level, but were no different from any other organism."
    XenoWulfon January 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI see a lot of allusions to death in this song. I think this song is all about the value of the limited time we have on earth.
    burbsteron January 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so epic and inspiring.
    Lateral.Uson July 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the amazingly epic guitar part that starts right before 4:00. Ocean Machine is such a masterpiece.
    manlyloveon January 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's just beautiful and epic and inspiring...nothing about this is even remotely bad. Clearly about cherishing your life.
    Anilandon January 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbasically what everyone else said, don't get caught up with little things and enjoy your life for what it is.
    Dormin3000on February 22, 2011   Link

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