"In Effigy" as written by and Jonathan Donais Jason Bittner....
You will never give, up power, to the powerless
Humanity has grown, sucking out your control

Can you ever find yourself again
Your visions distorting
Knowing it will never end

Crashing through your ways

Can you imagine, what is only, a step away
The potential, is waiting, just beyond your grasp

Can you ever find yourself again
Your visions distorting
Knowing it will never end

Can you kill voices will with war?

This false fate will burn
In effigy
This false fate will burn
In effigy

It's a reason, to relax, and watch from afar
It's a reason, to give in, to this complacence

Can you ever find yourself again
Your visions distorting
Knowing it will never end

Crashing through your ways


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"In Effigy" as written by Jason Bittner Brian Fair

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    General CommentYet another great Shadows Fall song, this band is truly amazing. This new album should be sweet.
    TheKorean2908on July 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI know that "effigy" is something (ex. a statue) that represents someone. So maybe this song is about being represented??
    Sometimes Brain Fair confuses me :P
    gastonreboredoon July 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAwesome song to kick off an awesome album...as far as the meaning goes it sounds like a tyrannical leader that's meeting his end.
    SwiftImmortal_1on August 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA effigy is a burning symbol of something
    its usally negative u dont wont people making effigys of u trust me
    lostinmetalon April 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me: This song is about the false story that we believe to be ourselves. From birth we are taught and moulded in a way that limits our true potential, not because our parents were evil or anything, but because they didn't know any better. In other words, I think it's about the complacency that society forces upon us.

    I'll break down what I believe the song is about, verse by verse:

    Verse 1:
    "You will never
    Give the power
    To the powerless
    Your new ideal
    Has Grown
    Beyond your control"

    This describes someone operating solely from an egotistical point of view. The ego strives for power and never wants to give it up. Its lust for power controls itself.


    Chorus:
    "Can you ever find yourself again?
    Your vision distorting
    Knowing it will never end
    Can't see through your eyes"

    "Can you ever find yourself again?" = Can you see through the power struggle of the ego and just simply be? (be yourself)

    The last 3 lines of the chorus describes how narrow minded the ego is. Meaning you only see what you want to see.


    Verse 2:

    "Can you imagine
    What is only
    One step away?
    The potential
    Is waiting
    Just beyond your grasp"

    If you were to just open your eyes to the possibilities, you would have limitless potential and be able to accomplish anything you desire.


    Chorus 2:

    "Can you ever find yourself again?
    Your vision distorting
    Knowing it will never end
    Can you keep fighting on and on?"

    Essentially the same as the first chorus, but with a slight difference. "Can you keep fighting on and on?"
    I see that as "You are only fighting yourself, so wake up." to keep it short.


    Verse 3:

    "This false me
    Will burn, in effigy"

    I refuse to give in to a lie. By "burning" what is false and just being myself.

    "It's so easy
    To relax and watch from afar
    It's so easy to give in to inertia"

    But on the other hand, It is so easy to give into complacency and just be a pawn.


    Chorus 3:

    "Can you ever find yourself again?
    Your vision distorting
    Knowing it will never end
    Can't see through your eyes"

    Each time the chorus adds a more extreme outcome of narrow mindedness at the end of it. "Can't see through your eyes."

    If you don't wake up to the truth, you will be blinded by the lies, forever living with fear, doubt and a lack of free will.



    Done. That's my interpretation to an excellent song. Shadows Fall are an amazing band, both lyrically and instrumentally. Cya =)
    Spoon89on January 24, 2008   Link

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