It's like I never had time to look away.
Bodies stuck between death and decay,
are plastic and set up on display.
And their eyes are wide and they are looking my way.

Each ligament exposed, each muscle connected.
And every organ that I proudly neglected.
have been arranged for the common collective.
Stomaching the sight of something dead resurrected.

It seems we're fearfully made and designed.
But it's a shame we can be so blind.

We're all the same,
made of hair and bones and water and blood cells.
We're all to blame,
for spending way too much time on ourselves.

I have been blessed and now I'm blind.
The veil’s been pulled over my eyes.
Now every bad season that kept me believing seems so contrived.

There's more glory to be seen
and savored through suffering
than ever was through self-serving escape.

Ashes to ashes
And dust to dust


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    General CommentOf course it has religions undertones.
    Straight from the Bible:

    "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
    Psalm 139:14
    SeeingRedon September 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAh, I love this song. && I love the classic crime. I personally know them, and they are very supportive of everyone, and actually care about their fans. I'm so excited for the new album. [:

    But back to the song meaning, I personally think it's about how people are so concerned about their own physical appearance that they neglect to take care of their health.

    "I'm plastic and set upon display," self explanatory. Plastic surgery, looking good and "set on display." Others are "looking my way" as in people are looking up to them as beautiful, and wanting to be like them.

    Then he further goes to explain how everyone is the same and beautiful. "It seems we're beautifully made and designed." "made of hair and bones and water and blood cells."

    But even though we are all the same, we are too blind to see past physical appearances, but now that he is "blind," metaphorically or actually physically handicapped, he can only find the good in people, and is unable to judge them by their physical appearance.

    So, that's my take on the song. [:
    mattmalignancyon June 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentEveryone is right to some extent, but the first verse was inspired by and is about the Bodies Exhibit. The touring exhibit that displays actual, perfectly preserved, human bodies inside and out. It really is a life changing experience and the first verse makes complete sense if you've ever been to it.

    One of my favorite quotes ever is "There's more glory to be seen, and savored through suffering, than ever was through self serving escape"
    Vocalist Matt MacDonald explains this line in a recent interview, a must read:

    "That's something I wrote down in my journal years ago. It's like something I came to realize. But the Bodies Exhibit got me thinking of how we spend so much time on ourselves as people, trying to look good to everybody else. When it comes down to the core, you know, we're all mortals, we're all human, we all look like this on the inside. We all have these organs, we all function the same, so instead of trying to put yourself ahead of the pack in the way that you look or the way that you act, instead of being selfish - be selfless. And that's a line that I can draw from, that I've written down, that I can put into the song because it made so much sense.

    You know, that there's more glory in suffering or, not self-suffering in self-pity or wallowing, but sacrificing for somebody else, than there is to self-serving escape- which really that's what it is, an escape.

    You know, you see different people in walks of life escaping, so to speak. And it really comes down to selfishness and that was one of the things that inspired me about the Bodies Exhibit is that, it's like "Wow that's me, on the inside" and here's a guy and he's dead and so your mortality is...you're kind of hit with it. You're like, "that's going to be me. I'm going to die." You know, that's real. And so what am I doing everyday to make sure that, because obviously I'm taking care of myself but, am I making an impact on anybody else? Because life is fleeting."

    Hope that clears up this amazing song's powerful message and makes people further appreciate the deep thought process behind songs like Abracadavers. To anyone who listens to this music, I salute you. Bands like The Classic Crime produce well thought out meaningful lyrics that apply to anyone at all stages of life with rich symbolic themes. Unlike most mainstream garbage with paperthin lyrics about 'love' and drugs turning people into mindless followers.

    I prefer music with meaning. Believe me, The Classic Crime will become one of the best bands of our time. Whether the mainstream public decides to accept them or not.
    Hans Leopoldon August 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentRandom comment perhaps, but i reading 'Don't Waste Your Life' by John Piper and i just read the line 'There's more of God's glory to be seen and savoured through suffering than through self-serving escape'. So the similar line in this song looks as though it has been at least influenced by this Christian leader's sentiments!

    (Needless to say, I sang the line in the book rather than simply reading it...)
    rescued15on August 08, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is basically about how, no matter how much we put in to life, we all go out the same. It doesn't matter who we are or what kind of name we've made for ourselves, life ends the same for us all. In the end, all that's left for people to see is our physical bodies

    The opening lines, in my opinion, are saying that we can go from life to death so quickly and easily. One moment we're here, the next, we're not.

    That's what I take from the song... although I don't understand all of it completely. But TCC is incredible! I can't wait to hear what else they have for us on The Silver Cord!!
    topherc3103on June 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with you guys. The song seems to be saying that we are "blind" to the fact that we are equals. No one person is greater than another because we are all, when you get down to it, "made of hair and bones and water and blood cells". We spend "way too much time" making our outer beings look decent while in the end, our passion is what will lead us to where we will go after death; our physical beings will all truly be equal at that point.
    x3__jessicacacaon June 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSo if you have purchased this new cd, and read the inside you can read that 4 of the 5 thank God or Jesus Christ first thing in their thankyou's. The only one that didn't was Allan (bass player). You can read wiki-crap all day, but you never know if that's true or not. These guys are definately Christians and the message in most of their songs is very powerful. But all of us interpret things differently.
    YoureFired2011on August 01, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningI think this song represents how people who dont care about God or church MAY only care about themselves.
    This song represents how much we build our selves up, but without Jesus in our lives, we will crash.
    For example, "We're all to blame,
    for spending way too much time on ourselves."
    People spend way to much time on ourselves, that we forget to go to church, or call our friends, or spend time with family. We need to spend less time on ourselves, because we are temporary. But our life with God is eternal.
    I dont know if this is correct or not. im going with my thoughts. but this song is very deep and has meaning after meaning. Awesome song.
    ChristianRAWKon May 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIn case anyone didn't read Matt's explanation of the lyrics, I'd say the key line is "ashes to ashes and dust to dust". This is a biblical line (though it works secularly too) meaning that our physical bodies were formed from dust and ashes and will return thence when we die, so there's no point in making them our primary concern. This ties in with the rest of the song, explaining that since we're all in the same boat, so to speak, we might as well be in it together and show concern for each other.
    invisiboy42293on May 31, 2010   Link
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    General Commentits not fearfullly, its beautifully made and designed
    MatchboxTwentyon June 06, 2008   Link

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