"Son of Sam" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
Paint it black and white if you like,
The story's still the Same.
A generation built on a lie, that
Every one of us is safe.
Paint it black and white if you like,
If it keeps you sane.
You know the world won't just stay right.
So tell me, who's to blame?

And I will catch you, but who might
Break the fall?

Goddamn, I might be the son of Sam.
The only child of a holy man.
I stand alone for all to see,
'Cause they ain't never seen a war like me.
(Goddamn) Son of Sam.
(Goddamn) Son of Sam.

Burning buildings fall apart.
Send the best, and send their love.
Turn away. Goodbye, goodnight.
Go to sleep, now don't you cry.
Are you afraid your life means less?
Are you concerned you might be next?
Its much too soon for me to tell,
If you're in heaven or in hell.

And I will catch you, but who might
Break the fall?

Goddamn, I might be the son of Sam.
The only child of a holy man.
I stand alone for all to see,
'Cause they ain't never seen a war like me.
(Goddamn) Son of Sam.
(Goddamn) Son of Sam.
(Goddamn)

Your ceiling falling piece by pieces,
Raining down like concrete.
Just surrender, and remember what
You've done to me.
Look now, over your shoulder.
No, its not over. Its just beginning.
And now light the fire on ending.

Goddamn, I might be the son of Sam.
The only child of a holy man.
I stand alone for all to see,
'Cause they ain't never seen a war like me

Goddamn, I might be the son of Sam.
The only child of a holy man.
I stand alone for all to see,
'Cause they ain't never seen a war like me.

Son of Sam.
Son of Sam.
'Cause they ain't never seen a war like me.
Son of Sam.
Son of Sam.
'Cause they ain't never seen a war like me.
Son of Sam.
Son of Sam.
'Cause they ain't never seen a war like me.
Son of Sam.
Son of Sam.


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"Son of Sam" as written by Steven Paul Smith Steven P. Smith

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  • +2
    General CommentIt's really about the US, and the war on Iraq and such...
    The first part is about coverups and national security and how they try and protect us from what we "don't want to know" and stuff like that.
    Son of Sam? Son of America? Son of the Army? something on those lines.
    2nd part kinda sounds like it's about 9/11, and what sparked the whole war. How people can lose someone, and feel like they're less... Conerned they might be next [to be a victim of terrorism] , and then the last part kinda starts with a whole new pace.. Hard to tell what the meaning is here, but it seems like someones life is falling apart and how many have died so young because of the tragedies since the disaster.

    Just my generalization, forgive me if im wrong or something ;) I know theres a lot more to it too.
    TheSongon July 20, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNo Its about the "Son of Sam" killings back in '76-'77.
    David Berkowitz was sentenced to six lives in prison for the murders of six people and attempted seven. He said that his neighbors dog was possessed by a demon and ordered him to kill. The "Sam" in mention was not his father, but his neighbor "Sam Carr" that owned the dog. All this stuff and more are on Wikipedia- Son of Sam


    Great sound but don't really like the GD being used that often.
    upperman66on July 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of those songs that has a lot of hidden meanings. It could be about the war and corruption of the world right now. It could be for the nation that fears everyone, not knowing what will happen next. Also, they dont know who to trust, in a time where we all need to come together. Im kinda scratching my head on this one, but Im very interested to know the meaning behind the song. It has a great kick to it.
    shiner4lifeon July 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReally? I love the 'goddamn part'...

    Awesome song. I have no idea what it is about, but I think your meaning is probably right upperman.
    KRAZYT5000on July 31, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of my favorite songs on the new album and upperman's statement is most likely the meaning but there may be more to it, and it wasnt a dog that told him to kill people it was just sam carr who was supposly a 6,000 year old man (demon) which i believe sam is one of the devils apocalyptic demons which then explains the talk of war and destruction in the song.
    Pat The Bakeron August 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with the war in Iraq meaning behind the song. But I noticed a line that caught my interest:

    "And I will catch you
    But who might break the fall?"

    I feel it's like he'll catch the person, but he's going to be falling as well and needs someone at the bottom to break the fall. Just an idea.
    lollercoasteron September 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe verse you are talking about is actually
    " And I will catch you, but you might break the fall"
    He is saying yea he'll help you now, but you'll be punished.
    It's his deception that it talks about through the song.


    upperman66on November 03, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think this is about 9/11 because i think (not sure) that one of the guys involved in the plane bombing was theson of a holy muslim radicalist in America which explains " God damn, I might be the son of Sam.
    The only child of a holy man." and "paint it blackand white if you like" means fine look at the world as good and evil but "The story is still the same" its not going to change any thing he's saying that the world is "gray"

    "You know the world just ain't right
    So tell me whose to blame" muslim radicalist think that the U.S. is the great Satan that we're evil

    "I stand alone for all to see,
    'Cause they ain't never seen a war like me." america has never faced that kind of distruction before and the guy is suppoosedly getting a lot of glory from it
    "Burning buildings fall apart." 9/11
    "Send the best, and send their love." either means that the people in the buldings are sending their love to their families as they die or its from the view of this madman and hes being sarcastic because the radicalists are sending their hate
    "Turn away. Goodbye, goodnight.
    Go to sleep, now don't you cry.
    Are you afraid your life means less?
    Are you concerned you might be next?" pretty much the madman taunting U.S. citizens
    'And i will catch you but you might break the fall" originally these radicalists got their weapons from us helping them stop the Soviets from taking them over but when the war was over we abandoned them and they pretty much had to pick up the pieces so could be referring to how we helped them then let them break the fall for us or could just be saying that the madman is saying he'll pretend to help us but really let us be the ones that get hurt
    "Your ceiling falling piece by pieces,
    Raining down like concrete." allof the references to destructio could be talking about the fear and confusion or/and 9/11
    "Just surrender, and remember what
    You've done to me" basically saying for us to give up and ironically remeber what we did to the radicallists because they think we're the evil ones and its ironic because they are the ones who are cruelly hurting us showing that they are crazy
    "Look now, over your shoulder.
    No, it's not over.
    It's just beginning.
    And now we'll write the final ending" saying watch out for us (the radicalists) be scared because we're gonna destroty you because originally he radicallists were going to blow up more than the twin towers but we were able to stop them
    and they are sayng they will destry us and take over
    so possibly this whole song is through the viewpoint of one of the radicalists in 9/11 and its a way of showing how twisted and corrupted they are
    but i could be completely wrong and there could be a whole different interpretation to this...









    Goosey721on February 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think actually that the song is indeed about the serial killer David Berkowitz aka. 'Son of Sam' because he did was an arsonist as well as a serial killer.
    So yeah.
    But I think it's just a really great song and I don't care about the meaning. Hehe.
    It's the music that matters the most.
    Giigiigdasmon January 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song is most definitely about the corrupt government and how te government is spreading the wealth. The line "i will catch you but who will break the fall" is about how the goventment pretends to take care of the people but really the people are "catching themselves. The song is called son of sam becasuse we all are americans hence the name "sam". basically the song is dissing on the government
    bubbyj13on April 19, 2010   Link

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