"All These Lives" as written by Christopher A. Daughtry and Mitchell Allan Scherr....
Doesn't come down when she calls
"It's time for breakfast."
Mama can't get down those halls
Fast enough to see
Glass is sprayed across the floor
From the broken window
She can't breathe anymore
Can't deny what we know

They're gonna find you, just believe
You're not a person; you're a disease

All these lives that you've been taking
Deep inside, my heart is breaking
Broken homes from separation
Don't you know it's violation?
It's so wrong, but you'll see
Never gonna let you take my world from me
The world outside these walls may know you're breathing
But you ain't comin' in

(But you ain't comin' in)

Posters hung on building walls
Of missing faces
Months go by without the calls
The clues, or traces

They're gonna find you, just believe
You're not a person; you're a disease

All these lives that you've been taking
Deep inside, my heart is breaking
Broken homes from separation
Don't you know it's violation?
It's so wrong, but you'll see
Never gonna let you take my world from me
The world outside these walls may know you're breathing
But you ain't comin' in

Shed the light on all the ones who never thought they would become
A father, mother, asking why this world can be so cold

Doesn't come down when she calls
"It's time for breakfast."
The memories begin to fall
She asks, "When will I be free?"

All these lives that you've been taking
Deep inside, my heart is breaking
Broken homes from separation
Don't you know it's violation?
It's so wrong, but you'll see
Never gonna let you take my world from me
The world outside these walls may know you're breathing
But you ain't comin' in

All these lives that you've been taking
Deep inside, my heart is breaking
All these lives that you've been taking
Deep inside, my heart is breaking
All these lives that you've been taking
Deep inside, my heart is breaking
The world outside these walls may know you're breathing
The world outside these walls may know you're breathing
But you ain't comin' in


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"All These Lives" as written by Mitchell Allan Scherr Christopher A. Daughtry

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is pretty amazing. It's obviously about child abduction, but at the same time, it doesn't sound like it's about random kidnapping. The line that goes "Broken homes from seperation, don't you see it's violation?" Make it seem like it's a deranged father kidnapping the child from the mother who got sole custody after the seperation. *shrugs* That's what I got from it. I'm wondering if this was written from some sort of personal experience, or just based on things that happen every day.
    crestfallenimmortalon January 14, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about child abduction. The first stanza involves a mother's worst nightmare: starting off a day like any other only to find out that their child is missing. This song is to serve as a warning that although the abducter gets away with it for now, eventually they'll get caught hense the "walls may know you're breathing." Maybe guilt will devour them in the long run?
    mcpheeon January 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSee everyone thinks this is about kidnapping, and altough I think that could be true, I feel like it's about a girl who is tired of her parents fighting or just issues at home, so she runs away. I know it seems like a strech, but I feel like that's what it's about.
    LoveIsTheAnswer2on June 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI loveeee this song!!! Its so catchy....

    but i'm still tryin to figure out what it means...to me the meaning should be obvious...but the more i listen to it the more i see different meanings....what do yaw think it means
    softballsweetie410on January 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI keeo meaning to ask my friend what it's about. He was in Chris' band before he went on Idol, and I know he knows what it's about. I'll try to remember to do that next time I see him.
    savemysoulon January 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow this is such an awesome song. It's fast, catchy, and has awesome lyrics. My old favorite Daughtry song was Over You, but this song has taken its place. Isn't this the only song by Daughtry that isn't about love?
    Bono rockson January 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song just sticks in my head. The lyrics are bizarre and I'm guessing they come from some kind of personal experience of kidnapping. It's not a very happy song but it's eye-opening on how scarry kidnapping is.
    I kind of agree that maybe the kidnapper is the father because of the line about it being a broken home.
    But then again it sounds like a serial kidnapper because of the "all these lives that you've been taking."
    chavez333on January 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbroken home doesnt neccesarily mean divorced parents, it can mean an abducted child, which is obviously what this song is about. Divorce is not a factor in this song, at least i dont see how it would be......posters hung up?? ya not divorce lol
    brandeaneon February 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI deffinitely think it's about child abduction and how it breaks the home in that sense. If you've ever been around a family who's had a missing child, it's terrible to see the torture they go through until they find them.. and even then it's not always good news. I think this song represents that torture and it serves as a reminder that those people who kidnap and/or murder children will be caught in the end.
    Pinkllama915on February 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti relate to this song in a different way... i think it's about shutting a person out... somebody who has done much wrong in your life... after being given the second, third, forth... chance... you are able to break it off... and go on living without him/her. i see it as the next level in a disfunctional relationship (eg: parent - teenager => posters on the wall as a for of rebelion ;) )... this is about the power of living a separate life from the person that made you feel wrong, like you don't belong, not letting him/her in...
    andleiaon March 05, 2007   Link

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