"Take This Life" as written by and Jesper Claes Haakan/gelotte Stroemblad....
It's not so much the pain
It's more the actual knife
Pretending the picture is perfect
I cut myself to sleep
I close my eyes for a second
And curse my fragile soul
I scream to hide that I'm lonely
The echo calls my name

If I ever
If I never
Make me understand the thought whatever
Make me see
Make me be
Make me understand you're there for me

Take this life
I'm right here
Stay a while and breathe me in

Take this life
I'm right here
Stay a while and breathe me in

The rain drops just beg to hit me
What now hasn't rained for days
No time to play hide-and-seek
I call on you to take me on
Break me down to pieces
Put me back, do it right this time
Struggling to fill this empty shell
Burn all my efforts
In the end it means nothing

If I ever
If I never
Make me understand the thought whatever
Make me see
Make me be
Make me understand you're there for me

Take this life
I'm right here
Stay a while and breathe me in

Take this life
I'm right here
Stay a while and breathe me in

These thoughts burn a hole in my heart
These thoughts will keep me feeling

These thoughts burn a hole in my heart
These thoughts will keep me feeling

If I ever
If I never
Make me understand the thought whatever
Make me see
Make me be
Make me understand you're there for me

Take this life
I'm right here
Stay a while and breathe me in

Take this life
I'm right here
Stay a while and breathe me in


Lyrics submitted by Akraz, edited by Metalhead88, SLFAl, Lethean8, CFVirus, Parham6, MITLM8896

"Take This Life" as written by Bjoern Ingvar Gelotte Anders Par Friden

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  • +2
    General CommentFrom a chat with Anders Fridén and Björn Gelotte at a swedish newspapers homepage:

    Swallow the Sun säger: Tjenare. Jag gillar er nya video m/
    Men vad är det ni vill säga med den? Något ang. självmord?
    In Flames säger: snarare tvärtom - ta vara på det du har innan det är försent

    Translated it would mean something like:
    Swallow the Sun says: Hi. I like your new video, but what do you want to say with it? Something about suicide?
    In Flames says: Rather the oposite, take care of what you have before its too late
    Jurreon January 16, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAt slash13:

    I'm fine with the fact that people interpret the lyrics in their own way but ... you're just WAY OFF. They'll never do lyrics like that. Anders is writing lyrics on a lot more "real" level now. I'll just quote him...

    "You might think this is some suicide/murder song, but "Take This Life" doesn't mean "Kill yourself" it means "Take care of this life and do something meaningful with it." It felt like whenever a big fucking mountain appeared in my life, a problem, and I managed to get over it something new came up. I felt like I needed a little push, I needed energy from somewhere."
    Skrifboodon April 19, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commenthmm yeah def sounds like God....i dont think it could be a lover or a friend because they wouldnt have the power to like "put him back together"

    rockin song
    headbangforjesuson July 30, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti know my interpretation is bit christian.why it cant be a song to god/some divine energy?
    "I close my eyes for a second
    And meet the friendly soul"-i see it as metitation/prayer
    "Make me understand you're there for me"how do u see that line.who is he talking to?
    TrentNINon May 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just read all your comments on this song and i was wondering if i was the only one who thought that this was a song about love?? I went to see In Flames the other day and Anders introduced the song by saying : "This song is for a beatiful girl, from an ugly boy". That's also the way i interpreted it but i may be wrong...
    Gabzon December 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this song is about suicide and living life before its over
    lakebodom666on March 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits not about suicide, its " take this life " you have and do something with it..kinda
    jestermaskon October 04, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is definitely about someone who is struggling against depression and suicidal thoughts. It's easy to over analyze a song like this but if you look at the music video for this song there's people who try to commit suicide in it but give up at the end of the video.

    I think they wanted to express the feeling of someone who is just barely clinging on to life and so badly wants someone to be there for them and help them.

    If you don't believe me check out the music video.
    roflsaurusrexon October 06, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is from the perspective of someone who's had a moment of clarity in an otherwise painful existence of self loathing. They're reaching out to someone asking them to be patient with them, to "stay a while and breath me in" and to "make me understand you're there for me". It's a cry for help.
    XtoveruRexon July 19, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIMO, referring to YOU. YOU have the power to change his life for the better or worse.
    michaelmuoon December 27, 2016   Link

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