I met him down by the bay,
he said life is a stranger
that wont go away.

He took me by surprise,
and I felt for the first time,
what its like to be alive

I’m a soldier,
but I don’t know how to fight.
I’m your best friend
but I’m scared to see you tonight.
I’m the darkness,
but I want to be the light,
oh how I want to be,
oh how I want to be.

I met him down by the sea,
said I look like someone he knew.
I said I don’t know anyone,
so how could I possibly know you.

He touched my hand ,
finally I understand
what it means to be here with you.

I’m a soldier,
but I don’t know how to fight.
I’m your best friend
but I’m scared to see you tonight.
I’m the darkness,
but I want to be the light,
oh how I want to be,
oh how I want to be.
(x2)



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    General Commenti think its to do with the contradictions of todays society
    gimmeblueson June 29, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think its to do with the contradictions of todays society
    gimmeblueson June 29, 2008   Link
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    General Comment@gimmeblues, that's an interesting take on the song,but I interpret it differently, at a more literal level. A girl (Julia's character) is so afraid and insecure, and meets this boy who she is infatuated with, but the fear again raises its ugly head. I think overall it's a happy message though, with him inspiring her to take action, andd control of her life.
    ladygregon November 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti agree w/ ladygreg's interpretation. a girl is afraid to take what he wants out of life and isn't even sure what it is she wants. she's not sure how to be who she wants to be (the soldier, best friend, light thing). when she meets this guy she finally wants something (him) and he makes her feel whole and her world isn't foggy anymore.
    katiezon March 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is just a hunch / idea/ opinion, but it seems to me that the singer / protagonist (of course not the artist) in this song has Rogue Complex (Rogue from Xmen, the one who drains people's life by touching them ).

    First verse first part, she mets a male character that says life is stranger that won't go away. (As in the character's life is a stranger to him and won't leave him alone).

    First verse second part, the character takes her by surprise, inherently touching her, which causes his life to flow through her, and hence her feeling alive for the first time, but inherently she breaks away before she drains too much of his life.

    Second verse first part, he says she looks familiar to him, (as in he is comfortable with her) and she responds to not know anyone, least of all know him, which refers to the isolationism of a character with such a complex.

    Second verse second part, he touches her again, and not only does she feel his life flow through her, she feels repeated contact and love for the first time. Now it isn't stated explicitly whether she breaks away again (and he lives) or whether he dies.

    Chorus,

    I'm a soldier,
    but I don't know how to fight.

    The meaning of this line is rather simple, it is a statement of circumstance, soldiers are in the business of killing, but she doesn't know how to fight / kill, and with her complex whether imagined or real she doesn't need to, she only needs to touch someone for look enough and they die.

    I'm your best friend
    but I'm scared to see you tonight.

    After finding someone who would touch her and love, it is no doubt she is now their best friend. There are two reasons she could be scared, either she killed him in the second touch and she fears that lose, or he is still alive but of course wants to touch her and hold her, and she is scared of the consequence of those actions.

    I'm the darkness,
    but I want to be the light,
    oh how I want to be,
    oh how I want to be.

    This line is referring to the girl's complex whether real or imagined, she is the darkness, she snuffs out people's lives by touch or love, but having found someone, she wants to be different she wants to give life to them rather than taking it away, and how desperate that desire is .

    Appleman1234on July 09, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationFor a class assignment my friend and I were told to write a short story. We used this song as our inspiration. We wrote about two people in a world of racism and hate. On the minority side, the two were constantly abused in many ways. They happened to meet, and he shocked her with his views on the world that countered her very harsh and negative attitude. They became best friends, and inevitably fell for each other, but of course didn't realize the other felt anything for each other until (in correspondence with the lyrics), they were walking together. She wants to try and change her perspective on life to be better for him.

    Roughly our translation of the song was the same. Two people stuck in a world of hate, with two different views on life, but are the best of friends. Love drives them to want to be better for the other.
    CerebralVomiton January 08, 2011   Link

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