I tied the devil to the tracks
(can you hear the train coming?).
I served him papers with a seal from the governor. The spoiler throwing voices, the vapors that they built this city on.
But he don't write much for me anymore.

When we keep hell in our hearts,
we make no excuse for our genius.
So what's my excuse now that hell has abandoned me?
I enticed the devil out with a bottle.
But maybe it was he who lured me out instead.
When we slept in penitent beds,
we awoke in the loving arms of attrition.
so what's my excuse that hell isn't courting me?

Give me the strength to be widowed now that the honeymoon's over.
Grant me the privileges saved for the sailors.
condemned with you all.
goddamn you all.

I marched across the muddied stream,
illuminated from beneath.
The lock was picked with the church's key we found on the belt of the veteran to open bar tabs in the taverns assembled in levels by the damned and fanatic for me.

We never loved ourselves so well as when we lusted after another.
We hummed along to electric guitars and the standard "whoa oh oh oh's",
and we drank each other under the covers.

I eased the devil back with the throttle,
because I'd rather live my life in regret than not take part in it.
if the devil don't mind, well its alright with me.
So what do I do when the devil don't notice me?

Give me the strength to be widowed now that the honeymoon's over.
Grant me the privileges saved for the sailors.
Condemned with you all.
Goddamn you all.

(And in my 27th year, I was dragged kicking and screaming into the light. I looked at god in the face and I said, I said god I said, "I thought I was in heaven the whole time")

I tied the devil to the tracks
(can you hear the train coming?),
and I tied the tracks in a lover's knot around the finger of a beautiful girl.
I'll keep hell if hell will have me.


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  • +2
    General CommentUsually, the lyrics Keith writes are very figurative and cryptic, but this one seems to be very straightforward. 
    To me, this song is about Keith adapting to his new life as a husband, having to let go of his hedonistic life style from before. There is a lot to be translated, but that's the fun part. 
    I am willing to help anyone translate anything, just hit me up!
    If7ever7howeveron December 07, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"And in my 27th year, I was dragged kicking and screaming into the light. And I looked God in the face and I said "God," I said, "I've (_____) in heaven the whole time"


    correction-
    "I looked at god in the face and I said, I said god I said ' I thought I was in heaven the whole time'"
    zakklolzon December 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm surprised no one's commented upon the religious elements in this song. INRIhab, the first part, is on the cross on which jesus hangs. It means, "Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm" in english :Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews. I believe keith is commenting on escaping from darkness, and finding salvation, and making jokes upon faith.
    the last honest manon July 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSeems to me Keith is a pretty big fan of the darkness. INRIhab is a clear play on the cross that last honest man has pointed out; he'd rather go out and have the time of his life than worry about salvation and faith. He's being rehabbed from the light and is going back to the darkness, not the other way around... well, at least IMO.

    Awesome song.
    pretorbenon September 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commenten.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    laurelinwyntreon November 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFave song offa the new album.
    BludgeonedExistenceon December 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfixed
    black eye eventon January 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commentin short what i got out of this song is that this dude really wants to live the life that would be easiest for him, which is probably touring and hanging out with random broads here and there building somewhat meaningfull relationships even though he's pretty much gonna be fucking around with a different broad in every city and the entire time of course he's partying and drinking but he's still conflicted with the allure of a normal life
    AlkalineAddicton February 12, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"I marched across the muddied stream,
    illuminated from beneath.
    The lock was picked with the church's key we found on the belt of the veteran to open bar tabs in the taverns assembled in levels by the damned and fanatic for me."

    I believe this part of the song is sang by Dallas Green from Alexisonfire and City and Colour

    the song seems to be me about partying really hard all the time, and trying to ease off it, and finding it hard to return to normal life, which is something Keith talks about often in interviews
    juno1408on February 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti thought it was dallas to juno... great song. i love how that initial riff isn't in a standard timing. makes it sound all wrong, but in every time i die's case, oh so right!
    "because I'd rather live my life in regret than not take part in it."
    faithinthethiefon March 27, 2008   Link

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