"The Devil's Own" as written by and Bathroy/moody/snell/spencer....
The Devil's own
Why!?

Where did I go wrong? Who was I supposed to be?
No matter what I've done, you've always criticized me
Where did I go wrong? Who was I supposed to be?
When it's said and done, will you remember

Slap on the wrist, smack in the face
The family trade, gave me a name and nothing more
Neglected seed, why!?

It's because of you I'm broken
It's because of you I'm dead inside
I never asked to be here
It's because of you I'm godforsaken
I never wanted this
It's because of you I'm dead inside

Where did I go wrong? Who was I supposed to be?
No matter what I've done, you've always criticized me
What did I do wrong? Who was I supposed to be?
When it's said and done, will you remember me?

A happy home, a fairy tale, a broken dream
Gave me a life, then turned away
Killed everything, why!?

It's because of you I'm broken
It's because of you I'm dead inside
I never asked to be here
It's because of you I'm godforsaken
I never wanted this
It's because of you I'm dead inside

Fuck!
Father, bastard, I'm the Devil's very own
Mother, know not, just who I've become
Father, hate me, for being all your not
Mother's baby, I hate what I've become
I hate what I've become
I hate what I've become

It's because of you I'm broken
It's because of you I'm dead inside

Where did I go wrong? Who was I supposed to be?
No matter what I've done, you've always criticized me
What did I do wrong? What was I supposed to be?
When it's said and done, will you remember me?


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"The Devil's Own" as written by Jeremy Spencer Ivan Moody

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    General Commenti think this songs about his parents always thinking what he did was stupid and pointless when he says uve always criticized me i think hes saying its never good enough no matter what he did and his parents never did anything to help him when he says a happy home a fairy tale i think hes refering to what lifes supposed to be like and when he says gave me a life then turned away i think he means that all his parents did was give him a life and just neglect him no matter what he did causing him to hate himself no matter what he did. Where did I go wrong?
    Who was I supposed to be?
    No matter what I've done,
    You always criticize me.
    i think hes refering to where could do anything and no matter what it was never good enough and he thinks hes a disapointment to his parents and will u remember me is like him wondering if he took his life if ne one would even care
    tennancour21on May 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI have "The Devil's Own" tattooed on my chest cause to me this song means being the black sheep of the family and ever really fitting in with them. Whatever you do it isn't good enough for them and them thinking the choices you made in life are bad or pointless cause it's not what they had planned for you.
    Sniper51502on January 08, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIm my opinion this song is about how his father was never in his life, and he was left with nothing but his mother, so he became a "Mama's Boy" of sorts.

    Also, it could mean that his father left his family when he was young and he blamed himself.
    Kasureon October 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentKasure, i think your pretty close. But i think its about how this was an abused child. Who had a terrible life. Following false hopes and beliefs. And because of this it killed them.
    kinkoon November 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthe was a neglected child among the family. his mom knows nothign of how crappy he feels. his father treated him like shit and because of him hes dead inside.

    He doesn't understand what hes done wrong or how his life was supposed to turn out, all he knows is that he is suffering.
    Slap on the wrist,
    Smack in the face,
    The family tree,
    Gave me a name,
    And nothing more,
    Neglected seed.
    MattAtheyon December 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentUsing that part of the song again
    Slap on the wrist, Smack in the face, The family tree, Gave me a name, And nothing more, Neglected seed.
    Says to me that all he really was a burden to his family, just a name and a shell practically, I think a lot of teenage males feel this way, especially when it comes to this excerpt.
    "Father, bastard, I'm the devil's very own. Mother, know not, Just who I've become. Father, hate me, For being all you're not. Mother's baby, I hate what I've become. I HATE WHAT I'VE BECOME! "
    He's not his father and not a saint , he's become exactly what his parents treated him like perhaps?
    My interpretation atleast.
    Matches93on August 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOut of all the interpretations above, I agree with Matches93 the most.

    I think it's about a boy who isn't good enough for his father. He can't live up to his fathers expectations and is always being criticised by his father. His father has made him feel worthless and 'dead inside'.
    stagnateon March 09, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationYea I totally agree with stagnate and Matches93 completely. It does seem though that his father left as he said "Will you remember me?" But, it is also totally possible that he abused by both his mother and father. The line "smack on the wrist" would usually refer to a mother scolding a child, she will not punish, or abuse, but she would rather tell the child to behave ;however, the father will abuse his child for being a "bad child". It's also likely that no one ever knew of his abuse as his "happy home" and "fairy tale" perspective would have left this inconspicuous. His father seems to hate him because he doesn't believe in what his child wants to do and his mother who's supposed to love him as a "baby" seems to hate him regardless. I especially feel like Matches93's comment on how teenage males feel this way is completely correct, i have been in this situation before and it seems like this song relates to my life completely.
    Huevos123on July 11, 2009   Link

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