Dripping wet with practiced sincerity,
Cute slogans for intangible mysteries.
You reduce your god (pruned to profit your ego) to a tv commercial,
"Buy what I sell! (advertise, advertise!)" you scream,
"Purchase my lifestyle!"

I once held the key, but now I have nothing.
You are so naive.
I'm sorry for leading you along.
I'm just a man.

Wake me up and wipe the cliche from my eyes.
It's killing me when all I see is hypocrisy and lies.
I know that my faults bring me down, it's a constant battle.
That why I have to be honest with you now...
I'm not your saint, I'm not your savior

I once held the key to everything you ever dreamed of.
Now I have nothing.
I'm sorry for leading you along.
I'm just a man.

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    General CommentThe meaning is pretty simple.
    It's about how society makes everything look pretty on the commercials and tv, but in actuality, it's not good for us at all. He gives into the temptation of following that craze because he's just a man. It ended up leaving him with nothing.
    chexiaon July 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think to sum it all up with what people say,

    it talks of a man who was very rich and powerful. and now he has nothing because of the lies and hypocrisy he brought through tv commercials. then admitting hes sorry for leading all those people along, thinking he was their saint or savior. when he himself is just a man like everyone else

    thats my take on it.
    thanks to many people above me too.
    hockey2skateon August 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think that the second line is intangible instead of tangible.

    For the meaning I'd say everybody else hit it. I don't think this song is necessarily pointing toward God and that he is the real savior. I was wondering if this is supposed to be a concept album and I googled it and someone said that the singer said at a concert that the songs on the album are supposed to be about life, death, or the transition. Supposedly when you have a near-death experience and do the whole out-of-body thing you see yourself connected to your body by a silver cord.

    Anyway, I'd say this guy is looking back on his life and how he made money off of religion and he's sorry about it. It's kind of a warning not to repeat how people idolized him.
    swft24on January 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree. This song is about a man who made himself a religious icon, thinking he could actually save people.
    It's a continuation of the first song on the Silver Cord, "The End," which talks about how "I am not worthy to be called your savior, I'm not going to catch all your pain, but to warn you, some may fall on my name."
    Now he realizes he's just a man, and people need Jesus because only Jesus is perfect.
    I love the first line, the practiced sincerity he's talking about is people who seem really genuine when they're just working up fake tears, something all those Christian Televangelists do sometimes.
    RavenGripon September 19, 2009   Link
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    General Commentat the end of the second verse,
    it should be "i'm not your saint, i'm not your savior"

    i'm still working on the meaning right now though
    hockey2skateon July 20, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"You reduce your god (pruned to profit your ego) to a tv commercial,
    "Buy what I sell! (advertise, advertise!)" you scream,
    "Purchase my lifestyle!""

    this personally reminds me of christian televangelists.
    nicolenightmareon July 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI Think the song is about that we should folow people who are rich and high on themself, we look at them as saints and savior, but really their just man. nothing more and one day they could lose everything. then who to you look up to.
    skaterpunkrockeron July 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOne of my absolute favorite songs! And I think this song means we should stop looking up to the rich, powerful or famous people in this world because they are just men with faults and we're not looking up to the one we should be looking up to; God, our real savior.
    KingoftheEyesores09on August 08, 2008   Link

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