Sleeping in and out of an ice bath
No warmth, no life without
It's too much, my arms, my legs are wood, unconscious trees with roots deep in the ground
We will all be out, soon, an ocean ringed with tile.
I know that's not your style but it certainly will be mine if I can't make this right

So please, please, please, release me.

Can you hear my faintest breath, is it amplified?
The number that I've become will put you inside
I've got a message that I must relay
No, I can't delay it one more time (it's not going well)
It is desperate, can you relate, can you please, please relate? (I'm not holding up)
I am trapped, I'm stuck here on this bathroom floor and I don't have much more hope or pride
No air, no food (but I'm sure that I'm still alive..)

Just open your eyes, your dead ones (all ashes on the floor)
I will never need you more, just open your eyes, your dead ones.


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  • +4
    My InterpretationFrom my understanding of this song, it's describing the death of Jean-Paul Marat (also on the album cover). It's probably using his death as a metaphor, but I'm not going to get in to that because it's mostly all subjective. Here's a line-by-line interpretation of how I see it relating to JPM:

    / / Sleeping in and out of an ice bath
    / / No warmth, no life without

    JPM had a deliberating skin condition for the three years leading up to his assassination. He spent the majority of this time in an ice bath as it was the only thing that would soothe his condition.

    / / It's too much. My arms, my legs are wood
    / / unconscious trees with roots deep in the ground

    Once again describing the skin condition and how, being confined to the tub, his diseased limbs "rooted" him to where he was.

    / / We will all be out, soon, an ocean ringed with tile.
    / / I know that's not your style but it certainly will be mine if I can't make this right.

    / / So please, please, please, release me.

    Ocean ringed with tile = obviously bathtub. The other lines could have a lot of different meanings so I'm not going to attempt it.

    / / Can you hear my faintest breath, is it amplified?
    / / The number that I've become will put you inside.

    At this point in the song the assassination has already taken place and Marat is dying. The amplification of his final words ("Help me, my dear friend!") could either refer to the reverberating effect of screaming in a bathroom, or rather something that would be amplified through history (they're pretty famous last words).

    "The number that I've become will put you inside" could refer to his assassin's quote "I killed one man to save 100,000." The rest of the song is pretty self-explanatory; it's describing how it must have felt to bleed to death in a friends arms on your bathroom floor, something I think we can all relate to.
    janeaparis1on August 20, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI won't rest until I hear this loud enough to induce seizures.
    bohemiandonuton October 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNot exactly sure about the exact meaning (but it definitely is about death in some way)- one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.
    Mwz15on December 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationFrom my understanding of this song, it's describing the death of Jean-Paul Marat (also on the album cover). It's probably using his death as a metaphor, but I'm not going to get in to that because it's mostly all subjective. Here's a line-by-line interpretation of how I see it relating to JPM:

    / / Sleeping in and out of an ice bath
    / / No warmth, no life without

    JPM had a deliberating skin condition for the three years leading up to his assassination. He spent the majority of this time in an ice bath as it was the only thing that would soothe his condition.

    / / It's too much. My arms, my legs are wood
    / / unconscious trees with roots deep in the ground

    Once again describing the skin condition and how, being confined to the tub, his diseased limbs "rooted" him to where he was.

    / / We will all be out, soon, an ocean ringed with tile.
    / / I know that's not your style but it certainly will be mine if I can't make this right.

    / / So please, please, please, release me.

    Ocean ringed with tile = obviously bathtub. The other lines could have a lot of different meanings so I'm not going to attempt it.

    / / Can you hear my faintest breath, is it amplified?
    / / The number that I've become will put you inside.

    At this point in the song the assassination has already taken place and Marat is dying. The amplification of his final words ("Help me, my dear friend!") could either refer to the reverberating effect of screaming in a bathroom, or rather something that would be amplified through history (they're pretty famous last words).

    "The number that I've become will put you inside" could refer to his assassin's quote "I killed one man to save 100,000." The rest of the song is pretty self-explanatory; it's describing how it must have felt to bleed to death in a friends arms on your bathroom floor, something I think we can all relate to.
    janeaparis1on August 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationFrom my understanding of this song, it's describing the death of Jean-Paul Marat (also on the album cover). It's probably using his death as a metaphor, but I'm not going to get in to that because it's mostly all subjective. Here's a line-by-line interpretation of how I see it relating to JPM:

    / / Sleeping in and out of an ice bath
    / / No warmth, no life without

    JPM had a deliberating skin condition for the three years leading up to his assassination. He spent the majority of this time in an ice bath as it was the only thing that would soothe his condition.

    / / It's too much. My arms, my legs are wood
    / / unconscious trees with roots deep in the ground

    Once again describing the skin condition and how, being confined to the tub, his diseased limbs "rooted" him to where he was.

    / / We will all be out, soon, an ocean ringed with tile.
    / / I know that's not your style but it certainly will be mine if I can't make this right.

    / / So please, please, please, release me.

    Ocean ringed with tile = obviously bathtub. The other lines could have a lot of different meanings so I'm not going to attempt it.

    / / Can you hear my faintest breath, is it amplified?
    / / The number that I've become will put you inside.

    At this point in the song the assassination has already taken place and Marat is dying. The amplification of his final words ("Help me, my dear friend!") could either refer to the reverberating effect of screaming in a bathroom, or rather something that would be amplified through history (they're pretty famous last words).

    "The number that I've become will put you inside" could refer to his assassin's quote "I killed one man to save 100,000." The rest of the song is pretty self-explanatory; it's describing how it must have felt to bleed to death in a friends arms on your bathroom floor, something I think we can all relate to.
    janeaparis1on August 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's a BREAKUP SONG AND HE'S GOING TO KILL HIMSELF.

    i love it.
    Theoogabearon September 21, 2011   Link

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