"Shattered Pieces" as written by Greg Wells and Otep Shamaya....
And this is how the world died
And this is how the world died

...i can hear you judging me.

[I'll hear your confession]
I FOUND THE BEST PIECE OF ME

[kneel down]
ALONE, SHIVERING IN THE DARK

[place your face between my thighs]
3 CENTIMETERS TALL

[& talk to God...]
EATING IT'S HEART
.. but you will not feast on me today.

This is how the world died.

WHO WILL SLAY THIS THING?
[i forgive you]

WHO WILL PLAY THE BUTCHER & END MY SUFFERING?
[i forgive you]

... I fucked the minds of the masses with the fingers of liberty.
THIS IS NOT A THREAT. [this is not a threat]

I'm not perfect, I'm not a beauty queen, I'm just me.
[no one escapes this life alive]

WE ARE ALL,
PRISONERS HERE.

[all shapes & sizes]

... I scream for all the women I've never been but I hoped I would be.
[i'm proud of who I am]

FOREVER, CHASING THE SUN.
[i'm proud of me]

... she bites her trembling mind.

IT BEGAN AS ALL TRAGEDIES DO,
[forgive me, she's the one, forgive me]

WITH PAIN & DECEPTION.

... if you'll be the paper, I'll be the pen.
AND THIS IS IT .. [i've tasted hell, & it tastes just like you]
MY FINAL PLEA.

NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE ME.
NO ONE IS GOING TO CHANGE THINGS.

THE ANSWERS WILL NOT DROP FROM THE SKY.
I WILL NOT ONEDAY WAKE WITH A DIFFERENT DISGUISE.

THE ONLY SOLUTION ... IS REVOLUTION.

[art is war ... fight, fight]
[[pain makes me safe]]

.. the odds were always against me.
[lose weight/clearly think]

I EXIST.
I AM BROKEN.

I EXIST.
I AM BROKEN.

.. if god is my father then I am an orphan.
I AM BROKEN.

I'M NOT A MISTAKE
[my ancestry is a ghost story]

I'M A PROPHECY
[my love life is a crime scene]

I'M AN OMEN
[my self-esteem is a string of unsolved murders]

THE RADIO IS BRAINWASHING ME,
FILLING MY HEAD WITH THESE SELF-CONSPIRACIES.

.. I am an emotional nightmare ..

I CAN'T HIDE THE PAIN INSIDE
[builder of my own mythology]

JUST TELL ME ... YOU'RE LISTENING.


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"Shattered Pieces" as written by Otep Shamaya Greg Wells

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    General CommentWould SOMEONE please try to give their interrputation of this song, and what they think the underlying message is... :)))
    notorious_nihilismon February 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentto me I think It's about the pain you feel and everything and being perfect and shit that you have to deal with everyday because people like Britney(Spears) are beauty queens and That's not HER(OTEP) and I think it goes way deeper than that. But I know it's about appearances and telling you how your suppose to look and dunno things like that. I don't even know if I'm right. I'm just taking a stab.
    Whispertheremedyon April 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't know...my theory behind this song is kind of simple. Obviously, Otep is extremely talented and creative. And obviously, from what I've gathered from her music...she's gone through a lot of pain. So I think this song is more or less just about the pain and strife, self-conciousness and insecurity she may feel. It's everything she feels in her head that runs through her mind, released on paper and through song. It's the way society tries to brainwash us. She realizes no one can save her from this, so her solution will be her voice, her poems, her songs. Look at the lyrics really closely, it's not hard to interpret. It's just a deep, intense, emotional song; it's her release. About her feelings and her art. Either way, that's my thoughts on it...wish I could explain it a wee bit better. ^_^ Wonderful song, though...it's so powerful and so fucking intense it gives me cold chills when I listen to it. Insanely, yet beautifully creepy in a way...especially if you're in total pitch darkness when you're listening to it. 'Nuff said. o.O
    x_tank_kitten_xon August 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentoh i agree completely x tank kitten x so much emotion and power and through her art she releases all the anger and pain its beautiful and insanely creepy

    ive listened to it many times in the dark it was amazing!!!!!
    sleeping_sun07on March 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song tells the flaws of the world we live in.

    I always try to pay such close attention to the hidden meanings behind Otep's lyrics.

    It tells of her thoughts and the terrible lies hidden behind the beautiful "truth".

    "Kneel down. Place your head between my thighs, and talk to God."

    I feel as if she is speaking the words of a priest. Priests are known to speak the truth and be pure, yet there are so many who are artificial. Just liars.

    The phrase tells how priests in the Catholic church are not what they seem, insinuating that this (one) priest is a pedophile.

    i don't know man..

    it's always so confusing..

    it's just life.
    ac_albanezon May 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentoh. that the only way to "repent" and be closer to God is if a sexual favor is done for the priest.

    yea.
    ac_albanezon May 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about her and how she is shatter peices how she feel like her thought are everywhere. That why it changes topic a lot this is how she fills
    phenomenon2006on May 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSomehow listening and reading the lyrics to other songs of Otep, I get the idea that Shamaya's father may have been a priest or religious figure. - 'Cause she always links religion to dirty/obscene/sexual favors, hence relating the sexual assaults from her father.

    But then again, it might just be her personal view on religion and God and how its really hard to believe in such a thing.

    Just my opinion.
    joieamion September 28, 2008   Link

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