I'm the failure
I'm everyone's fool
And I'm losing my cool at the end
I'm the loser
My number's come up
I've been hung up with thoughts of revenge
Revenge, revenge
(Oh)

I watched you from my terminal view
As you struggled to rise to your end
I laughed hard at the insults we threw
As the weight of the world found revenge
Revenge, revenge
(Oh, oh)

The world hung upside down
I drew first blood
I drew first blood
With my hate for a crown
I drew first blood
I drew first blood
Revenge

I watched heaven die in the day
And I'm gonna die here tonight
I'm a villian I deserve to be dead
I've been hung up for wrecking my life
Revenge, revenge
(Oh, oh)

And so I stopped for a moment
To look at the sun
Die in the day
That's when the irony hit me
This was revenge
That love had descended
And stolen our pain away

We consumed heaven's Son
I drew first blood
I drew first blood
My hate was undone
I drew first blood
I drew first blood
Revenge

Here's a story
How a thief had been robbed
How a murder had stolen my rage
Think of me, Lord
I'm a few breaths away
As my lungs finally rip from the cage
Revenge, revenge
(Oh)


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    My InterpretationJon's totally rocking the double "Good thief-everyman" viewpoint here.

    Interesting comment on God's justice, that He repays mankind for their crimes by picking out one of us who just happened to be His own son, and how the very violence of that action actually brings us peace. Wow.
    Adiratoson April 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this is one of the most beautifully written songs I have ever heard.

    The first time I heard it, I thought Jon was writing about himself...and I thought of it in terms of myself. Those moments when a person realizes that despite the darkness he's chosen to surround himself with, God's love is bigger and better and unwavering. And even in those last moments, there is a ray of hope.

    Then, after talking to my friend, we realized the song is clearly also about St. Dismus. As my friend, Adiratos, points out, it's about a thief.

    Dismus was one of two men crucified on the side of Christ. The Bible implies that he did not lead a good life at all, but a terrible one. Nevertheless, Dismus after being "hung up" on the cross next to the "sun, dying a day," realized not only his sinfulness, but also God's goodness. In watching the crucifixion of Christ, he realized that "THIS was 'revenge' (i.e. justice/mercy): that love had descended and stolen our pain..." In the last possible moment of his life, Dismus has his heart converted away from hate and towards the love of God. BEAUTIFUL!!

    I think Jon's writing here is highly creative. It beautifully describes a truth that most people think is too good to be true.
    johnp927on June 06, 2011   Link

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