Pushed up against the ropes, you wouldn’t last another round.
I never wished for you to suffer like this.
You would not listen.
We will survive, the strong, the fortunate, the never ending.
We will survive through thick and thin. Looking in the mirror, seeing a trouble reflection.
This is our darkest hour.
Remember what you said when we waved our goodbyes.
We’re all dead in the end, so live life while you can.
You’ve abandoned me.
You’ve abandoned all of us.
We’ve forgiven you, so forgive yourself.
I have little sympathy for this divorce story.
Stand in front of the jury, with no happy ending.


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    General CommentThis song makes me think when there will be a persecution of Christians, and one of their friends turning their back on them and Christianity to save themselves. That's just what comes to mind for me, I don't really know the meaning.
    WrathofGodon July 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSounds like either a guy or a girl wants to leave their family and even though he/she is gone they "will survive through thick and thin." And though he/he left, they've forgiven. It doesn't really sound like something August Burns Red would sing about, but it's just a thought.
    AdamBurnsRedon November 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSounds like either a guy or a girl wants to leave their family and even though he/she is gone they "will survive through thick and thin." And though he/he left, they've forgiven. It doesn't really sound like something August Burns Red would sing about, but it's just a thought.
    AdamBurnsRedon November 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm going with WrathofGod on this one. Almost a song about the people that have decided to persecute followers of Jesus in the end of times, and the singer reminding them that their actions will be taken into account after everything goes down.
    soccero15on January 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI believe the comments that this song represents a betrayal of Jesus are absolutely naive and without a true reading of the lyrics. You miss the metaphor; he seems to be talking to himself. The comment referring to looking in the mirror signified to me his monologue. Also, you've clearly missed the nihilistic statements that we only have one life to live.

    He seems to be attempting to accept himself with the person he's talking to in the mirror as his sanity. He is trying to communicate to himself that everybody has forgiven him, he has to now forgive himself.
    benocrateson March 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYou, sir, seem to have missed the "We's" and "You've's" throughout the whole song. Not to mention the "Stand in front of the jury, with no happy ending." Songs can be plain and straight forward too, ya know. It doesn't always have to be some long drawn secret message.
    AdamBurnsRedon May 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is obviously about a friend who chose to "live life while [he] can" instead of staying a strong christian and now he's "up against the ropes" about to suffer and Jake (singer) has no sympathy because he tried to tell his friend that with God, we can "survive through thick and thin" but his friend didn't listen and is now suffering, standing "in front of the jury, with no happy ending." - Could be referring to the judgment day and received a sentencing to hell.
    dunkhornon April 24, 2009   Link
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    General Commentit seemed pretty obvious to me that it was about a christian saying goodbye to a non-christian friend
    who he had tried to save but he wouldnt listen
    gaypanda37on May 07, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti agree with adamburnsred
    hxcraigon September 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song would go hand in hand with Jesus' parable of the Prodigal Son.

    mentalburnsredon December 02, 2010   Link

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