I see you again, a painful reminder
a casualty of acquaintenance,
looking for the first fuck up
god knows you must be tired
the cross you bear, your favorite shelter
the forget me not of that loyal temper
smell you later friends

who's gonna pay for this shit?
well, that depends
you're sad
that you had to miss it
but you're glad
you weren't involved

when a shock to the ribs
or a kick to the head
didn't open up
your lying eyes,
despite the anger and dissent,
with our regrets,
your check request's denied

I stared at heaven through the gates of hell
liked the weather, couldn't stand the smell
and still I spit out razors from my bitter eyes

tall as a banana fence, blasting cigarettes
dull as any hammer gets
twice the mess
don't trust me or my temper
when I get drunk I lie
some dummies got the affluence to match their madness
started off at a size eleven, moved to cohasset,
built a dollhouse for a month and cried
they're splitting at the seams, so why am I?

I stared at heaven through the gates of hell
liked the weather, couldn't stand the smell
and still I spill out razors from my bitter eyes

it's the blood from the rock
that you can't get enough
that razor's love for bitter me
who's batching up the harmony?
with a smile that said i'm guilty,
I stood up:
I left heaven at the gates of hell
and i am never going back


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    General CommentAnd yet another tough one... I reckon the whole song is about religion...

    "The cross you bear, your favorite shelter" is probably referring to religious people using their religion as an excuse for their deeds.

    The check request here sounds to me as if 'religion' is asking AWS to think of it in an okay way... To which AWS replies "When a ... request's denied".

    "I stared at heaven trough the gates of hell
    liked the weather, couldn't stand the smell"

    Basically he's saying he's currently in hell, either in the meaning of feeling depressed, or because he doesn't believe and is thus sentenced to hell as the religious say. He's looking at 'heaven', the thing that's 'perfect good' according to religions... He somewhat likes it, but he can't stand the smell; the 'heaven' that religion has brought up doesn't seem to be all that grand after all.

    The next verse is a typical AWS one, don't have a clue there... Then on from

    "It's the blood from the rock
    that you can't get enough
    that razor's love for bitter me
    who's batching up the harmony?
    with a smile that said i'm guilty,
    I stood up:
    I left heaven at the gates of hell
    and i am never going back"

    Seems to get back to the subject; the singer is 'batching up the harmony' by expressing his hate for (organised?) religion. He's seen 'heaven' and has decided it's definitely not what he reckons is a perfect world.


    Either that, or I am completly mistaken and the sentence "The cross you bear" is a metaphor as well.
    Mozaredon May 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about cocaine.

    More specifically, it seems to be about resisting a past addiction.

    The 2nd verse that "makes no sense" seems to be about how the drug makes you feel.
    Side note: Cohasset is a town in Massachusetts, AWS' home state (the are from New Bedford).

    "I stared at heaven through the gates of hell, liked the weather, couldn't stand the smell" is about how good the drug feels, but how bad it really is.

    "I left heaven at the gates of hell, and I am never going back" is about quitting the drug.

    "The blood from the rock that you can't get enough" could be reference to nosebleeds from snorting too much coke.
    The constant references to razors have something to do with the fact that razors are used to chop cocaine up into powder to snort it.

    I sincerely doubt AWS would write a song solely based on religion.
    MZAon March 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYour explanation makes more sense than mine, especially in line with some of the band's other songs. Cheers once again!
    Mozaredon June 14, 2009   Link

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