"Sin With a Grin" as written by Brent Smith and Dave Bassett....
Take a good look at agony
Forced, dead, pass down
Time release
I'm inspired to find the lie
Blackless x on the back
Of a soulful man
I've got way's you understand
Look left, look right, but I'm
Behind you
I never noticed, until I focused
On everything you did, you said,
You lit the fuse inside my head

[Chorus]
Thank you for reminding me
Of why I'm sick inside
Thank you for the venom, did
You think it would paralyze?
These scars I scratch, I tear
Are there under my skin
Where you've always been
Thank you for reminding me
The sin with a grin

Hey, men
Hangman on a twisted 2x4
Built your house, but forgot
To lock the door
I'm inside with two black eyes
I have not one shred of sympathy
I have no use for apologies
I'm inspired to find the lie
I never noticed, until I focused
On everything you did, you said
You lit the fuse inside my head

[Chorus: x4]


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"Sin with a Grin" as written by Brent Smith Dave Bassett

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  • +6
    General CommentFavorite Shinedown song, and favorite song ever. It is thanking someone for putting them through so much that they have been driven crazy, as that is the only way to endure the pain (think Joker from Dark Knight). Personally, this song thanks all who caused me pain, as it is what gave me a better understanding of life, and now I feel I have it all figured out. I now enjoy the full spectrum of emotions, even if it makes no sense to enjoy pain, the very antonym of happiness. It's hard to explain the new understanding that I think this song is about.
    ExurKunon August 09, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think he's being sarcastic when he is thanking them.
    br1223on January 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love Shinedown, but I think that sometimes Brent is a little too lyrically poetic for his own good... The songs get kind of cryptic and confusing, but hey, the riffs and hooks are spectacular and every song is great fun to sing when you're in the car or home alone! I can't wait to hear the next album because Shinedown ages like fine wine: Only better with time!
    matchettgirl16on July 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt sounds like a screw you to something who betrayed him. While saying thanks for hurting me because it made hime the successful person he is in spite of them.
    ThatsMeGCon July 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about being ridiculed, to the point of taking it much too personally for their own good. Kind of like saying "you want me your way? here." and then this song was written.
    darkprincess128on April 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about realizing that someone has been putting you through crap that you dont need, and they finally took a look at the situation and everything made sense. and then they are getting revenge when the person never saw it coming.
    scottgirl44on June 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment When I look at it, I always view it as being about someone who is schizophrenic. Here is some evidence to support my cause-

    "Look left, look right
    But I'm behind..."

    This means that the voice in his head is not seen by him, it's more of an essence.

    "Under my skin, where you've always been
    Thank you for reminding me to sin with a grin"

    Under my skin, as in part of me, and the part of you that's 'under your skin' is reminding you to do wrong.

    "Sin with a grin" [in general]

    Grin, as in referring to insanity due to their mental state.

    "I'm inside
    With two black eyes"

    Perhaps he means by 'black eyes' obstructed vision, due to his schizophrenia causing him to have obstructed views, moral, or vision.

    "Everything you did, you said
    You lit the fuse inside my head"

    The aforementioned schizophrenia causing his insanity and violent tendencies.

    "I have not one shred of sympathy
    I have no use for apologies"

    The schizophrenia obstructs his moral.

    ProfWon January 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've always felt like this song was talking about a person who got horribly hurt by someone, either mentally or physically, and only when they stepped back and really thought about everything did they see it. This, understandably, angered them a lot, especially once they saw the scars and pain left by the one who hurt them, and they're done just standing there and taking it. They have no sympathy for the person who hurt them, and too much damage has been done for apologies to mean anything, and now they're going to go give the person what they feel is coming to them, possibly murder, and grin while doing it.
    ScarletDragonesson December 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationHaving been force-fed religion growing up by a hostile church, I can say--read the lyrics again with that in mind.

    "I never noticed, until I focused
    On everything you did, you said,
    You lit the fuse inside my head

    Thank you for reminding me
    Of why I'm sick inside
    Thank you for the venom, did
    You think it would paralyze?
    These scars I scratch, I tear
    Are there under my skin
    Where you've always been
    Thank you for reminding me,
    To sin with a grin"

    Eventually their psychological tricks and attempts to control no longer work on you, despite the scars they left on your mind. But there's always that lingering ghost. To transgress against their rules deliberately is both a pleasure and a form of therapy. It helps you become an adult instead of a brainwashed child. "Sin with a grin."

    I'm not against faith or even religion. But I am powerfully against *organized* religion, and indoctrination from birth. It's not wrong to teach a child your beliefs, but it is wrong to make acceptance within the social circle conditional upon accepting those beliefs. Pressuring a child's fragile mind like that is simply wrong.
    Wynneon August 08, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General Commenti think the concept of sin with a grin is that to feel good about getting revenge on someone
    scottgirl44on June 06, 2010   Link

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