"Burn The Evidence" as written by Aaron Solowoniuk, Jon Gallant, Ian D'sa and Ben Kowalewicz....
In a garage, beside a house, there is a luxury sedan
And for his next monthly installment,
He's gonna go out with a bang!

Boy who always did what he was told,
Was promised to be king when he was old

Hit the brakes, hit the glass,
Time to shake the hands of fate
The mistakes of the past,
Flashed before his face

There is a man, intensive care
When he awakes he will declare,
"I've been dead for twenty years!
I won't let twenty more go by"
Boy who always did what he was told,
Bought the only dream that he was sold

Hit the brakes, hit the glass,
Time to shake the hands of fate
The mistakes of the past,
Flashed before his face

Burn the evidence, of my existence,
Clear the ashes on the ground
Burn the evidence, of all these things,
That pull my spirit down

Ever feel like you've been cheated,
Following what they believe?
Don't shake the hands of fate,
Don't shake the hands of fate,
There's no more time to waste!

Burn the evidence, of my existence,
Clear the ashes on the ground
Burn the evidence, of all these things,
That pull my spirit down

Burn the evidence!
Don't shake the hands of fate,
There's no more time to waste!


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"Burn the Evidence" as written by Ben Kowalewicz Aaron Solowoniuk

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  • +2
    General CommentI agree there,

    Tt seems to me they were raised in a controlled environment. Like, with dominating parents.

    "There is a man, intensive care
    When he awakes he will declare,
    “I’ve been dead for 20 years!
    I won’t let 20 more go by…”"

    He's not been living his life to the full, and wants to change it. If he removes his past, he can get on with his future.
    JunesongProvisionon June 27, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree with Junesong but also...

    I think the person had a near death experience(a car accident).

    Hit the brakes, hit the glass,
    Time to shake the hands of fate
    The mistakes of the past,
    Flashed before his face

    He saw his life flash before his eyes and realised all his mistakes and how people chose his life for him. Before this crash he was just in his own world guided by other people.

    Don’t shake the hands of fate,

    Don't just accept what other people want for you... this is YOUR LIFE no one should control it but YOU.
    mindlessconcepton July 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlala this song sounds kinda wetern at the beggingin ahha
    but ilove it
    i guess its wanting to start something new a new life
    move away
    and have everyone you knew forget about u
    toitdudeon June 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Junesong but also...

    I think the person had a near death experience(a car accident).

    Hit the brakes, hit the glass,
    Time to shake the hands of fate
    The mistakes of the past,
    Flashed before his face

    He saw his life flash before his eyes and realised all his mistakes and how people chose his life for him. Before this crash he was just in his own world guided by other people.

    Don’t shake the hands of fate,

    Don't just accept what other people want for you... this is YOUR LIFE no one should control it but YOU.
    mindlessconcepton July 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is about living a suppressed life, until, one day you break free - all these things have been thrust on you - "Boy who always did what he was told,
    Was promised to be king when he was old" the parents were pinning hopes on their child - some that he would never live up to - they repeated this with their faith. Eventually, he breaks free, to erase himself from his familys lives, and ends up shattering them in the process
    watch billy talent
    there gonna be huger than anything else this year, as long as they dont sell out!
    MusicLoveAffair_#on August 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds like suicide to me.

    Sounds like a boy "bought the only dream that he was sold," and when he realized it wasn't enough, wasn't going where he wanted it to, he decided to trash himself in a car.

    I don't think it was a "near death experience" or an "accident" because of the second line, where it says, "he's gonna do out with a bang," -- this carries very deliberate overtones, to me at least.
    DarkSeeron October 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds like suicide to me.

    Sounds like a boy "bought the only dream that he was sold," and when he realized it wasn't enough, wasn't going where he wanted it to, he decided to trash himself in a car.

    I don't think it was a "near death experience" or an "accident" because of the second line, where it says, "he's gonna do out with a bang," -- this carries very deliberate overtones, to me at least.
    DarkSeeron October 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe line "He's Gonna go out with a bang" pretty much says suicide. I think he feels like there's no way out because he hasn't learned the proper way..."Boy who always did what he was told" It's got a partially happy ending too, as it appears he sucessfully erases his past, and moves on with his future, "Burn the evidence of my existence". Personally, this is my favourite of the new Billy Talent songs. I quite like the beginning.
    bella___muerteon November 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think it's a suicide, if you go past the second verse you'll see that it isn't. To me this song is about someone, probably in their 30's, who's established a succesful life through traditional means. Perhaps a doctor, lawyer, Accountant, something that comes from staying in school and not breaking the mold. They didn't take advantage of their youth and haven't really lived. They stuck to the traditional path to success and as a result missed out on real life. He gets into an accident and it changes his outlook on life. He realizes that he is mortal and only has so much time left. He wants to change his life and take a path that he chooses and finally live life.
    rollingsoundon December 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's one man in the story (obviously) and he states he's 20, pretty young, he experiences a car accident.

    (Hit the brakes, hit the glass,
    Time to shake the hands of fate
    The mistakes of the past,
    Flashed before his face)

    This is his fate; (To realize that his life hasn't been lived to the fullest.)

    (There is a man, intensive care.) (Luxury Sedan) He had a car accident.

    (Burn the evidence) He's getting rid of his OLD life. He wants to become someone new.

    He feels cheated out of life; his parents stuck him on the straight and narrow.

    The end of the song says don't shake the hands of fate; (this is separate) as he's not suppose to die.

    The song is simply about someone going through a traumatic experience and becoming someone better than he was.
    Slighton January 05, 2007   Link

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