I've been hiding
Hiding for so long
Right behind my digital mask
I've been trying to be someone I'm not
All these perfectly fake people
Push us to insane ideals
They're nothing more than counterfeit images

That push me away
To bleed out the pain
Don't you dare to make another move

Put the knife away
That's not what anybody needs
There's a better way
Than everything now that you see
Stop comparing who you are
To who you want to be
Let's step out beyond the surface

Don't give in to everything
The world around tells you to be
Open up your mind release your self
Stop the lying stop comparing who you are to what you see
Never letting fear hold back the change

And push you away
To bleed out the pain
Don't you dare to make another move

Put the knife away
That's not what anybody needs
There's a better way
Than everything now that you see
Stop comparing who you are to who you want to be
And step out beyond the surface

Put the knife away
That's not what anybody needs
There's a better way
Than everything now that you see
Stop comparing who you are to who you want to be
And step out beyond the surface


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    General CommentWow, I think this is my favourite song on this CD so far (and thats saying something considering this is one of my favourite CD's ever!! Kutless rule!)

    In terms of what this song means to me, it seems to be referring to self-harm as a result of not matching up with the picture perfect images of the magazines. The song seems to be saying that these perfect images are not real - they are airbrushed, and the writer cries out to the listener not to compare themselves with these unrealistic ideals. The chorus cries particularly to someone sitting with a knife, feeling such worthlessness and self-hate at being unable to match these ideals that he/she plans to cut themselves, whether as self-harm or as a suicide attempt. The artist appeals to the person to "put the knife away, thats not what anybody needs, there';s a better way". Instead of comparing ourselves to magazine images, the 2nd verse tells us to be our true selves.
    Jesuz_luvs_uon June 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWow, I think this is my favourite song on this CD so far (and thats saying something considering this is one of my favourite CD's ever!! Kutless rule!)

    In terms of what this song means to me, it seems to be referring to self-harm as a result of not matching up with the picture perfect images of the magazines. The song seems to be saying that these perfect images are not real - they are airbrushed, and the writer cries out to the listener not to compare themselves with these unrealistic ideals. The chorus cries particularly to someone sitting with a knife, feeling such worthlessness and self-hate at being unable to match these ideals that he/she plans to cut themselves, whether as self-harm or as a suicide attempt. The artist appeals to the person to "put the knife away, thats not what anybody needs, there';s a better way". Instead of comparing ourselves to magazine images, the 2nd verse tells us to be our true selves.
    Jesuz_luvs_uon June 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree
    Tourniquet_faunson October 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, from my favorite Kutless album so far (as of 2008). I'm not really sure what, if anything, is being implied by the first three lines. Lines 5 to 7 talk about how people are enhanced to "perfection" in the media in various ways, making the images that we see of them fake. We think we should be as "perfect" as these images we see. I thought that the first few lines of the chorus were telling us not to go to great lengths to be like the images we see, such as undergoing plastic surgery ("put the knife away..."), but the other interpretation makes sense to me too. Then, of course, the rest of the chorus is saying that we should stop comparing ourselves to those "counterfeit images" and wanting to be like them. It ends by telling us to think about other things besides what we look like on the outside. "Don't give...self" seems to be saying that we should have minds of our own rather than just doing what the world tells us to do all the time.
    fireToSteel0423on September 23, 2008   Link

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