"Grim Goodbye" as written by and Ronnie Winter....
Whoa, my eyes
Whoa, closing slowly

Don't you try to take me down
Don't you try to take me over
Won't you try to break me?

The complexities moving in
And I feel that I do not have the strength
Tragedies plaguing me solemnly
It's affecting my will

But wait, now that I've found you
Situations from dark now change to gray
Disregarding my absence of memories
It's perpetually blinding me of sanity

And just when I'm giving in
As I try to scale these walls
Jericho falls around me
And I feel that I've strayed too long

And darkness is fading in
And darkness is real
Whoa, my eyes
Whoa, closing slowly, I try

Fate seems to recreate
I just cannot escape
Something holds me down and makes me act
A way I can't explain

Even now I can feel it coming over me, choking me
As I'm falling behind
You can say you know me
But you have no clue what my dreams could show you

And darkness is fading in
And darkness is real
Whoa, my eyes
Whoa, closing slowly, I try

I can't, can't win
Tell me what you see

I feel something deep inside me
I feel deep inside

I feel something deep inside me
And I can't let this go, whoa
I feel something deep inside me
And I can't let this go, whoa

Lie, as I try to steer clear
And I try to stay sober
This is taking me over
And my dreams complicate it

I just cannot let this go
I tried so many times to tell you
I just I cannot let this go
I just cannot win

I see you
I see you, you falling away
I see you, you
You killing me softly
I see you, you falling away
I see you, you, you

Don't take what's in front of me
Open eyes can see I have everything
Tell you, don't take what's in front of me
Tell you, don't take what's in me

Lies, which one lied?
When I feel this come away
Way that's why I try, lie

I see you coming my way
Dreams may fall more everyday
But I see you looking my way

And I've tried just to separate dreams from reality
Try to satisfy this wanting
Try to stay righteous, try to stay sober
But then I can't win

And I know you
And I know you
And I know you
Lie


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"Grim Goodbye" as written by Ronnie Winter

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    General Commentat least a few of the guys if not all of them in Red Jumpsuit are Christians. I think that this song is about straying from God and how you think you can make it on your own and you build up your own life but then it fall down. "jerico falls around me and I feel like I've strayed too long."
    also "don't take what's infront of me, open eyes can see I have everything." can refer to although it looks like he doesn't have much. the mere fact that he has God makes him have everything..
    also after he sings "killing me softly." someone starts sayign things in the background and i listened really carefully and it's actually from the Bible. Ecclesiastes 7:3-9 ... so that explains a lot to if you read the verses...
    Logic23on July 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyay for christian bands!
    Wafflepantson August 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentor at least half!
    Wafflepantson August 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love this song, i find it just beautiful, to me it means that he doesn't want help from anyone, he won't face the fact that there was any greater power or anything like that helping him through the hard times in his life, it's like he doesn't want to believe that it was so hard and that he had help along the way, like he needs to believe that he was on his own because he felt so alone, he felt like he had done everything on his own and he was proud of his strength and felt like he had made it, and it was as though religion and a greater power were trying to take that away from him with things like "when there was only one set of footprints in the sand, i was carrying you"... i love it, i think of it as, "i've made it and no one can take that away from me, i did it all by myself and no one helped me" and not wanting to admit that there was more to it than that... it's really spoken to me a lot recently...
    but that's just what i think
    alhoraon August 11, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Fate seems to recreate,
    I just can not escape," this is how iv felt sence a good friend of mine died of there own will. i really like this song!!!!!!!!!
    tygirlon August 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti can't wait to see them this saturday. . .i think they're somewhat christian. . .in some of their songs at least. . .
    killtheslut667on August 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG!
    B12on September 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's about his struggle with God against one of his habits: Drinking. I'll explain...

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    Don't you try to take me down,
    don't you try to take me over,
    won't you try to break me?
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    He's talking about his alcoholic ways right here. He's saying, "Don't you try to take me over" as in "Don't you tempt me with alcohol for an escape to my problems." And then he goes "won't you try to break me?" its the tempted side of him looking for alcohol for an answer to break his situation as an escape.

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    The complexities moving in,
    and I feel that I do not have the strength,
    tragedies plaguing me solemnly
    Its affecting my will
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    "Complexities moving in" his problems are cornering him and he feels like he "does not have the strength" to deal with it. "Tragedies plagueing" him "solemnly" and its "affecting his will." Which means its affecting his will to want to quit drinking.

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    Wait now that I've found you,
    situations from dark now change to gray
    Disregarding my absence of memories,
    its perpetually blinding me of sanity,
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    "Wait, now that i've found you" he's given into drinking. Situations from "dark" seem to turn to "gray" to him as a result of it because the alcohol makes him forget and makes him disregard the "absence of memories." It is "perpetually blinding" his "sanity" because when you are drunk, you don't really know what you're doing because you're all liquor'd up.

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    and just when I'm giving in,
    as I try to scale these walls
    Jericho falls around me
    and I feel that I've strayed too long
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    This is when the guilt starts to come in. "Just when i'm giving in" just when he's giving into the temptations, he tries to "scale these walls" which means he tries to find a solution and the only result is "Jericho falls around me" which means his world just ends up falling apart if not worse. And the guilt settles in for what he has done, because he has sinned and disobeyed God (God says we are not to get drunk.) So he "feels like" he's "strayed too long."

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    And darkness is fading in…and darkness is real

    Oh my eyes
    oh closing slowly
    I try
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    Probably at this point he's about to pass out. "Darkness" as in "unconciousness" is "fading in." And it is "real." When he sings "oh my eyes, oh, closing slowly" hes saying how he's slipping into the darkness of his own unconciousness due to drinking. "I try" means either 1. He's trying to stay awake or 2. He's trying to stop doing this.

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    Fate seems to recreate,
    I just can not escape,
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    When he wakes up he gets another blast of reality. He realizes drinking did nothing but temporarily get rid of his problems and now that he's sober again he sees them all in plain view. "I just can not escape" he just cant get away from his issues no matter what he does, and now he's just made it worse by disobeying God AND getting further into drinking when he knows it wont help him.

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    Something holds me down and
    makes me act a way I can't explain.
    Even now I can feel it coming over me
    choking me,
    as I'm falling behind.
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    "Something holds" him "down." His own inner demon and issues with drinking hold him down, and "makes him act a way I can't explain." When you drink, you act differently then you normally would when your sober. So he acts in ways he can't even explain because their so not him. "Even now" he says, "I can feel it coming over me." The temptation to drink again just at the thought of what he's doing comes up again as an escape route (even though he knows it isnt.) It's "choking" him and he's "falling behind" in his faith because of it.

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    You can say you know me,
    but you have no clue what my
    dreams could show you.
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    Chances are by "dreams" he's probably having nightmares about whats going on in his life right now. And he's probably saying to a friend or someone trying to help him out, he's pushing them away and saying "you can say you know me but you have no clue."

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    I
    Can't
    Can't win
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    Self explanatory. He can't win. He's torn between his faith and his alcohol addiction. Drinking makes him feel better if just for a time, but its disobeying God, something he can't do. And without drinking, he feels like he cant survive, even if he is obeying God. To him, it looks like a lose-lose situation.

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    I feel something deep inside me,
    I feel deep inside
    I feel something deep inside me and I can't let this go, whoa,
    I feel something deep inside me and I can't let this go, whoa,
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    He "feels something deep inside" of him and he "can't let this go" because he's so addicted to it, he feels like he just can't let go of it.

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    Lie, as I try to steer clear, and
    I try to stay sober
    This is taking me over,
    And my dreams complicate it…
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    "Lie, as I try to steer clear" he probably is talking to himself here and how he's just lying to himself when he 's trying to stay away from alcohol and trying to believe it wont help him when in reality, he believes it can (even though it can't.) "I try to stay sober" supports the alcohol theory. He's trying to stay sober, but "this is taking" him "over".. the temptation and addiction is swallowing him up inside. And his "dreams complicate it." probably refers to what i said before about him having nightmares about the problems in his life. Even in unconciousness, he can't escape his problems.

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    I just can not let this go
    I tried so many times to tell you
    I just I can not let this go,
    I just can not win
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    He's arguing that he needs this when he doesnt. He's trying to say he just cannot let this addiction to alcohol go, and he's trying to tell God over and over again that it isn't going to work but he knows he "can not win."

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    See you
    I see you falling away
    I see you..you
    Killing me soflty
    I see you….you falling away I see you….you
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    He's talking about God and his relationship with him. Due to his alocholic addiction, it is screwing with his beliefs and his feelings and everything else, and he has lost dependance on God and due to it, "he" refering to "God" is "falling away" because he's straying away from God so much. He sees it "killing him softly" because he knows this is wrong, and he knows he cannot survive on his own without God.

    P.S: THE BACKGROUND VOICE IN THE ABOVE PART IS QUOTING ECCLESIASTES 7:3-9. IT EXPLAINS SO MUCH ABOUT THIS SONG. I've got the bible quote at the end of my post.


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    Don't take what's in front of me,
    open eyes can see I have everything.
    Tell you don't take what's in front of me,
    tell you don't take what's in me.
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    He's speaking to himself here when he says this. He's arguing with his own temptations and saying "Don't take what's infront of me" as in "dont take this relationship that I have with God away." As someone said above me, "open eyes can see I have everything" refers to he has everything because he has God. "Tell you don't take whats in me" he's talking about the Holy Spirit that comes into you when you get saved.

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    Lie, which one lied?
    When I feel it come a way, way that's why I try…lie
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    Now he's confused. He's not sure which one he should stay with. This evil force, this alcoholic addiction he feels he can't break from, or God. "Lie, which one lied?" he's trying to think which one is going to help him more. "When I feel it come away, way, thats why I try." He's saying he's trying when he feels the temptation come over him, but he lies to himself and falls into it.

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    I see you coming my way
    dreams may fall more everyday
    I see you looking my way
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    He sees God looking his way, watching to see if he will fall into the same temptation again. "Dreams may fall every day," may be refering to the dreams he has in whatever thing that is falling apart because of his addiction.

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    And I've tried just to separate dreams from reality.
    Watch to satisfy this wanting,
    Try to stay righteous, try to stay sober, but then,
    I can't win.
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    He's saying he's trying to seperate dreams from reality. Perhaps he's thinking that God isn't real at this point. And he's "watching" to "satisfy this wanting" this addiction that he has. And he's "trying" to stay "righteous" and trying to stay "sober" but he feels like then, he will fall to pieces without drinking and he can not win.

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    And I know you, and I know you, and I know you…
    Lie
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    And this is him finally telling himself that he knows the truth. He knows himself to know that alcohol is not the answer. He knows that tempted side within him, that inner demon, is lying to him when making him believe that alcohol is the only thing that can save him.



    Anyway, thats just my take on the song. Also, the bible quote said throughout one part is this:

    "Sorrow is better than laughter,
    for by a sad countenance the heart is made better.
    The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning.
    But the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
    It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than for a man to hear the song of fools. For like the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This also is vanity. Surely oppresion destroys a wise man's reason. And a bribe debases the heart.
    The end of a thing is better then its beginning. The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
    Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools." - Ecclesiastes 6:3-9.


    Overall, great song, means a lot. And if anyone here has an alcohol addiction: Drop it. Drugs, sex, alcohol.. its never the answer. Only Jesus can save you. :]

    btw, glad to find out this is a christian band. I can really relate.
    TerribleThings___xon October 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentoh sorry, it's Ecclesiastes 7:3-9 not 6:3-9
    TerribleThings___xon October 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentcan someone help me hear Ecclesiastes 7:3-9, i cant hear it...thanks!
    i love RJA!!
    xxsquierbulletxxon October 16, 2006   Link

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