a parent walks in on a child cutting them self
laughs and says youre silly dear, youre only hurting yourself.
so cut deep or dont cut at all
are u listening?
i dont care what your parents tell you dont cut at all
oh please be listening..
i dont care what those bastards tell you dont cut at all.

youre staggering in you find a finger gagging yourself you heave and say im not like those pigs. i dont care whats good for my health.
controlling the room with tilted thighs
it comes to me as no surprise that i even flicker on my own

feed the one thats closer
as youre flickering on
feed the one thats closed
as you flicker

starving artist you will
i said it before
shed your burdens and build on

you shed your clothes in spite and whisper i make the demands.

well im doubting my portrait of skin
but i sure as hell wont find limbs down my throat
the substance of wait defines the beauty laced behind the pride of my even scales they stand alone

so cut
its not living deeply
no, not at all

you shed your clothes in spite and whisper i make the demands.

you bare these lines to cleanse your system
you bare these lines despite the symptoms

.we wont give up now.

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    General Commentemo kids, unloving parents, not giving up
    dogsizedbirdon December 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBasically it's a summary of what most unloved/unaccepted kids go through.
    "We wont give up now."
    Starts off with a sad story and ends with a hopeful ending.
    Groovyon January 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis band is the shit.
    and i love this song.
    amaraxheroineon January 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this song.
    It's just telling those kids going through a lot to not give up.
    bobtheawesomiston February 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthaha this song is so emo..
    rosutoon February 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentUm.. Being an emo, bulemic girl (or so I would assume..?). She's thinking her life sucks (it makes no reference to any real reason why) so she cuts and starves herself (so she won't be like 'those pigs', and doesn't care if it's bad for her health).
    Her parents think it's not serious.
    The voice is telling her to disregard her parents and their negative attitude that seems to egg her on. Then it tells her to either cut deep (enough for some damage, possibly death?), or don't cut at all.. In the end, she decides to not give up on life.
    That's my understanding of the song; I don't understand the stanza with "portrait of skin"..
    Aiwendillieon February 25, 2007   Link
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    General Comment^^me neither. But love this song!
    himynameiszummieon March 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentpotrait of skin is the stuff she cuts on herself
    thats why the voice says cut deep or not at all
    shes covering herself with "art".
    chant4mcaon March 07, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"I'm doubting my portrait of skin, but I sure as hell won't find limbs down my throat. The substance of wait defines the beauty laced behind the pride of my even scales, they stand alone."

    It's basically saying that just because one thing doesn't look your so-call perfect (in this case, how their body looks) now doesn't mean it won't be in given time, and that only time can change such a thing - not the forced sickness by shoving your finger down your throat.
    andreaaaaon March 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't think you guys are quite getting it here. This is obviously a song about a person with low self esteem, and horrid parents... Also portrait of skin is your apperance, and all he's saying is that he won't force himself to look a certain way just because people believe that beauty is only skin deep. And when they say cut deep or don't cut at all, they're basically saying either kill yourself or don't.
    *Soulesseyes*on April 11, 2007   Link

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