I can’t get her off of my chest unless I’m sleeping on my side
It’s like drowning when the water may only exist in my head
So I’ll put a hole there
So I’ll put a hole there and let my seas spill onto your shores
Rendering your plane of thinking a dizzy little girl on the edge of the world

Don’t tell me
Don’t tell me that there is nothing to fear

Trying to share it is a reckless endeavor
I can’t take the weight of this head full of water
I don’t sleep I hardly move
You won’t sleep you won’t move at all

When what you see and what you believe are 2 different things
2 different things
You can really start to wear down and lose it
And they will never see it

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    General CommentDavid Marion's "old hag" syndrome. Kinda like sleep paralysis. Not sure whether or not it's metaphorical. Probably about God.
    PianoIslandArsoniston November 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthey have a lot of references to god
    in a lot of their music

    its slightly refreshing,
    yet makes me uneasy at the same time
    given i dont believe in it.

    but just how much it makes their music more intense and emotional makes it worth the addition

    because it adds a slight bit of contraversy
    given you cant quite tell if they are for or against
    that kind of thing.

    you know?
    theangryemuon December 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the best songs I've ever heard. I wish the rest of the album had this kind of pace, instead it feels more progressionist. Anyway, to start with it seems to be about sex, but seen as a lot of people say that Fear Before sing about god and such I guess it could easily be about that. So in conclusion I don't know what it's about :)
    GruntFucK-GrinFucKon December 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti don't see the god reference,
    because i'm not quite knowledgable or brushed up on religion and it's background.

    since i don't feel like looking into this "old hag" syndrome,
    i'll give a blindside shot at it.

    i think it's mainly about a relationship in which he is completely miserable in.
    the other half of the relationship is just sort of there,
    it mainly focuses on him and his own problems.

    there is obviously a lack of communication and he isolate himself.
    to the point in which others worry and stress over him.
    once his sanity, or lack thereof, takes it's toll on him he kills himself.

    maybe i'm taking the "so i put a hole there" too literally.
    "putting the hole there" could mean just something he did,
    like spontaneously isolating himself and shutting others out so noticably that he makes it everybody elses problems.

    my 2 cents,
    keep in mind i don't know where the religious references come into play.
    tencrownsdropon January 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commenta)adam fisher wrote the lyrics. perhaps it's his "old-hag" syndrome.
    b)the religious references come in at
    "don't tell me there is nothing to fear" and "when what you see and what you believe are two different things". the first refering to those who tell you not to fear or worry because god will take care of it/you. the second pointing out that if you look at the state of the world, god doesn't exactly appear to be taking care of everyone.
    Xxalong-the-wayxXon February 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwe've established its talking about god. and alongtheway hit the nail on the head. hes knows god exists but he sees the world around him deteriorating, and doesn't know what to think. "her" is the world. he feels that hes crushing himself with his thoughts and wants to pour out these thoughts through the "hole"

    thats my opinion
    drowningmsgoldfarb7on February 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a subject I learned about in my last philosophy class: Plato and his knowledge of opinion. It is like his theory of seeing a shadow of a real object. It is not the real object, but is a shadow put there by the stronger, more powerful people in order to control them.

    Also, in the beginning, he mentions not being able to get her off of his chest. later, he states "you won't sleep, you won't move at all." It seems as if he is addressing himself. He will never get her off of his chest. Maybe this is a statment about some sort of omnipitent being(such as god).
    Neonizeron February 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's all about Old Hag Syndrome. I don't see anything else in there, he's just talking about his experience with sleep paralysis.
    ima_introverton March 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentdefinitely old hag syndrome, not much else.
    "Don’t tell me
    Don’t tell me that there is nothing to fear"

    "When what you see and what you believe are 2 different things
    2 different things"

    During sleep paralysis many people hallucinate often scary beings in there presence. I've experienced myself and its not too pleasant.
    certaintragedy84on May 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfirst of all, it is for sure about sleep paralysis, my boyfriend and i asked david about it when we saw them after a show. i asked him if drowning the old hag was about sleep paralysis and he said it was but that he (david) only got it a couple of times and adam is the one that gets it pretty often, he's the one that wrote the song.

    since not too many people seem to know what sleep paralysis is i'll try to explain it i guess,
    during REM sleep your muscles are paralyzed (called REM atonia) so that you won't physically act out your dreams but when your sleep cycle is disrupted REM atonia may occur too quickly (that's when sleep paralysis happens when you're falling asleep) or (more commonly) it may not wear off when you wake up so that you're fully conscious but can't move at all.
    It's sometimes called The old Hag cause people will feel as if there is a crushing weight on their chest (or back depending on what position they're sleeping in) and it was often believed that this weight was due to a demon or ghost tormenting the sleeping person.
    Other attributes of SP include hallucinations and weird sensations such as floating, spinning, or being under or in water which could explain his references to a head full of water and drowning.
    chulacabraon July 31, 2007   Link

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