"Open Book" as written by and Thomas Decarlo/burton Callaway....
Eyes filled with fire
Wish I was a better liar
It hurts when it's happening, and so I cried

The winter is even colder
I guess that I could have told ya
That I am safe and warm from the hell inside

Come on!
Take me!
Come on!
Make me!
I am an open book

The drum beat of my heart is tribal
Oh, the sweet sound of survival
Shall serenade this horse forever more

The sun would have to be frozen
For anything out there opposin'
That should be left in it's own blood on the jungle floor

Come on!
Fight me!
Come on!
Strike me!
I am an open book, an open book

When I sing a song of peace
It soothes a savage beast
Even it understands that I understand, at least

So you mortals must keep this in mind
This is the way I'm designed
And I am no power so I'll only die one time

Come on!
Kill me!
You heard!
Kill me!
I am an open book, an open book

Come on!
Come on!

Lyrics submitted by lestat86

"Open Book" as written by Thomas Callaway Brian Joseph Burton

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    Lyric CorrectionFirst verse is definitely "The winter is even colder", second chorus sound to me like "Come on, fight me / Come on, strike me", and the end of the last verse is "I am no coward so I'll only die one time".

    Great song.
    2TwoToddon October 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI thought instead of "The winter is here and cold," he was singing "The winter is even colder?" Could be wrong, but that's what I heard.

    Anyway, this song reminds me a lot of "Storm Coming," in that both songs are from the perspective of a person with some of mythic powers stemming their musical abilities. Obviously, this is more metaphorical than realistic power, and thus both songs seem to be commenting on the power of music. Here, that power seems more of curse than blessing. It is because of that power that the singer urges the listener to kill him, likely because he feels he has abused his powers in some way, or perhaps because he is an affront to the current musical culture?

    Regardless, love this song and the rest of the new album.
    cryinpoeton April 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs ever for some reason
    kurtschueleron May 12, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think that he is saying that religious dieties or legends can be open to interpretation i.e. 'An open book'. God or anything that you beleive in is what you make of it.
    JimJamJaharon August 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI've always heard the second to last line in the third verse as "and this is the way i resign" which i also think fits better with the upcoming line of "and I am no coward so I'll only die one time". I can't figure whether or not he says "Martyrs" and not "mortals", cause once again i think "martyrs" fits somewhat better into the context of his death at the end.

    Anyways, one of my absolute favorite songs! So much power and feeling, it's just great!
    kvtomsenon July 19, 2011   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionLine 3: ... and so I cry
    Line 10: Break me
    Line 14: Shall serenade this voice for evermore
    Line 17: Not to be left in its own blood on the jungle floor
    Line 26: So you mortals best keep this in mind
    Line 31: You have
    Line 32: To kill me
    amnesiaceon October 13, 2012   Link

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