"45" as written by Anthony C. Battaglia and Brent Smith....
Send away for a priceless gift
One not subtle, one not on the list
Send away for a perfect world
One not simply, so absurd
In these times of doing what you're told
Keep these feelings, no one knows
What ever happened to the young man's heart?
Swallowed by pain, as he slowly fell apart

And I'm staring down the barrel of a 45,
Swimming through the ashes of another life
No real reason to accept the way things have changed
Staring down the barrel of a 45

Send a message to the unborn child
Keep your eyes open for a while
In a box high up on the shelf, left for you, no one else
There's a piece of a puzzle known as life
Wrapped in guilt, sealed up tight

What ever happened to the young man's heart?
Swallowed by pain, as he slowly fell apart

And I'm staring down the barrel of a 45,
Swimming through the ashes of another life
No real reason to accept the way things have changed
Staring down the barrel of a 45

Everyone's pointing their fingers
Always condemning me
And nobody knows what I believe
I believe!

And I'm staring down the barrel of a 45,
Swimming through the ashes of another life
No real reason to accept the way things have changed
Staring down the barrel of a 45

And I'm staring down the barrel of a 45,
And I'm swimming through the ashes of another life
There is no real reason to accept the way things have changed
Staring down the barrel of a 45, 45


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"45" as written by Brent Smith Tony Battaglia

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    General CommentI think many of Shinedown's lyrics allude to the legend of the Phoenix, the mythical bird that sets ablaze, becomes ashes, and is reborn as a new fledgling from the ashes. The Phoenix has also been considered a representation of the sun, and the largest symbol of rebirth. Look for the Phoenix in the lyrics that follow:

    45:
    "Swimming through the ashes of another life"

    all i ever wanted:
    "Where stars may dance and sun still shines"

    Atmosphere:
    "once i had a halo
    But then it caught on fire"

    Beyond the Sun:
    "It's been said
    It's cold beyond the sun
    Let me be the fire in your head
    We'll leave a sun so anyone can find us
    We won't need any wings to fly
    A place beyond the sun"

    Break:
    "forget all the history
    And start over again"

    Burning Bright:
    "The more the light shines through me
    I pretend to close my eyes
    The more the dark consumes me
    I pretend I'm burning, burning bright"

    Crying out:
    "Lets flip the switch and use the smoke and mirrors
    Re-invent yourself today
    Re-invent your world today"

    Fake:
    "I recall the light,
    but the dark smothers me
    To reach for the sky"

    Fly From the Inside:
    "Cause I found a way to steal the sun from the sky
    Long live that day that I decided to fly from the inside"

    Heroes:
    "So light a fire under my bones"

    I Dare You:
    "I dare you to tell me to walk through the fire
    Brand my soul"

    Lacerated:
    "Go start a fire, get close to the gasoline"


    Lady So Divine:
    "Burning proof"

    Left Out:
    "Tell me again about the spark that met the flame"

    One:
    "Have you come to raise the dead?"

    Shed Some Light:
    "Shed some light on me"
    chemo45on December 14, 2007   Link

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