The fear is what shelters them.
It’s what shades their eyes and muffles their ears.
Keep them inside. Lock them up in a closet known as home.
In here no one can find them.
In here no one can fill them with filth. They were born with the silverware clenched in their teeth, and so help us, they will die with it too.
None of them will make anything of themselves.
They don’t need their own lives.
The ones we have planned will work just fine.
The world is a terrifying place.
Without us they will never make it.
They will never reach their potential.
They will never ever surpass us.
Without our watchful eye, they might just leave us behind.




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    General CommentHere's what I think:
    The whole song is written from a point of view of an oppressing institution, could be government.
    They're talking about the common people, saying that they fear the government therefore they (the governemnt) can do whatever's on their mind because the people are too blind to see or too deaf to hear those wrongs anyways.
    And this system is passed on for generations; people are born with "silverware clenched in their teeth" meaning with this mindset of "okay, the government is right they're here to protect me, nothing's wrong"..
    They're saying that they're going to plan out the lives of the people and they're going to obey because they have no choice, perhaps because they don't know any better. Though they have potential and they could rise if they wanted to, they never will because they're just too blind to do that.
    And yuh basically that's it. it makes a lot of sense to me lol but it's just my opinion.
    Also, I look more into this song as religion being the oppressing force and not government but I don't want to really write about that because I know many ABR fans are Christians, so I don't want to offend anyone.. so yuh.
    forever_hauntedon October 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne of the best songs by August I think.
    WrathofGodon June 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWrathofGod is right, this is definately one of their best, and in my opinion hardest too. and why are there no comments on this song?!?! geez. anyway, i believe this song might be about the government, and how us fearing them keeps them sheltered, and that they've kept us locked up in a closet. but that's just what i think, anybody got any other ideas?
    AdamBurnsRedon September 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWrathofGod is right, this is definately one of their best, and in my opinion hardest too. and why are there no comments on this song?!?! geez. anyway, i believe this song might be about the government, and how us fearing them keeps them sheltered, and that they've kept us locked up in a closet. but that's just what i think, anybody got any other ideas?
    AdamBurnsRedon September 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentim with adamburnsred
    cyruswarmson September 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell, forever haunted, I doubt that it's about religion considering ABR is a Christian band but take from the song as you wish. I stand by the oppressive government idea.
    XBFNoodleson November 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI know, I never said it's about religion because I know August are a Christian band, I just said that personally for me, religion works as the oppressing institution in the song just as well.
    forever_hauntedon November 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell, I did this thing called "homeschooling" so, that, combined with a lot of "protection" some churches have can give people a real sheltered and distorted view of the world. Its almost as church people are just held back from what the Lord has called them to be because of fear. A fear the church and parents can give sometimes. I don't see at as government because we have a fairly liberal one that does not shelter us from much, and I saw ABR pray for GW Bush at a concert, so...sounds more like a communist type, but we don't got one nearby (except Cuba!).
    xxXDeftoneZXxxon November 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSo they prayed for George Bush? So what?? George Bush isn't the government dude. Although, the first time I read this song I totally thought it had a lot to do with homeschooling and how parents can be way over-protective of their children to a point that the children don't even know how to react in a social environment. And in some way I still see the song as that. August Burns Red rules!!!!!!
    AdamBurnsRedon December 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSo they prayed for George Bush? So what?? George Bush isn't the government dude. Although, the first time I read this song I totally thought it had a lot to do with homeschooling and how parents can be way over-protective of their children to a point that the children don't even know how to react in a social environment. And in some way I still see the song as that. August Burns Red rules!!!!!!
    AdamBurnsRedon December 02, 2007   Link

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