In the holding tank I built for myself, it's feeding time
And I start to feel afraid 'cause I'm the last one left in line
The endless string of summer storms that led me to today
Began one afternoon with you, long ago and far away
And someone leads the beast in on its chain
But I know you're thinking of me 'cause it's just about to rain
So I won't be afraid of anything ever again

In the cell that holds my body back, the door swings wide
And I feel like someone's lost child as the guards lead me outside
And if the clouds are gathering, it's just to point the way
To an afternoon I spent with you when it rained all day
And someone leads the beast in on its chain
But I know you're thinking of me 'cause it's just about to rain
So I won't be afraid of anything ever again


Lyrics submitted by Zopilote Steel, edited by iagoed

1 John 4:16 song meanings
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  • +4
    General CommentI think this song revolves around a prisoner narrator that's being executed on death row, praying to God.

    The song begins with his last meal in the cell which he has built for himself metaphorically, in the sense that he's conscious that the decisions he took in his life are what lead him here.

    He's being lead to do his death by guards, he is the beast that's being lead on the chain and trying to stay brave in the face of death and believe in the God has for him even as a sinner.

    It's a beautiful song.
    ianr07on December 14, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about 3 minutes long.
    MrDeliriouson September 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA couple of suggested edits, since the first half of the lyrics here has a number of discrepancies with the album version.

    "In the holding tank I built for myself it's feeding time
    And I start to feel afraid 'cause I'm the last one left in line
    The endless string of summer storms that led me to today
    Began one afternoon with you long ago and far away"

    And, later on:

    "in the cell that holds my body back the door swings wide
    and i feel like someone's lost child as the guards lead me outside
    and if the clouds are gathering it's just to point the way
    to an afternoon I spent with you when it rained all day"
    mdon06on September 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn Christian mythology, "The Beast" usually refers to Satan. Back to what lilotelasserie said, I think it's about Christian's struggle to follow God under all of Satan's pressures. Satan is usually depicted as being surrounded by fire. God is thinking about the Christian, so he's sending rain to douse the fire.

    That's what I got from the song. Of course, that's the story. You also have the lesson that, no matter what horrible situation you find yourself in, there's someone who cares about you, so there's no reason to be afraid of living your life.
    Blithiumon October 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't know if anyone has already written a comment saying so, but I think another interpretation could be that the narrator of the song is turning crazy, or out of control, so he has built himself a cage where he locks himself away so as not to harm the "you" he goes on about.

    "And I feel like someone's lost child as the guards lead me outside" this is like the vulnerability he could be feeling as the demons sort of take over his body and his real state of mind is overshadowed by the crazy part.

    And all he has is this one memory left and he's holding onto it so hard.

    Well that's all I got!
    chxoon November 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWHAT IS THIS SONG ABOUT!!!?!>?

    please? someone tell me.
    Bluwon March 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him."
    reagankon October 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lines "...it's feeding time/And I start to feel afraid 'cause I'm the next one that's in line" and "someone leads the beast in on its chain" make me think this is, in part, about a gladiator, or similar situation. Christians were often part of the "entertainment" of the Coliseum, facing off against lions and other "beasts".
    lilotelasserieon October 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm going to have to agree with ianr07.
    LtAxlerod932on January 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthm. "In the holding tank I built for myself ..."

    if the narrator is a prisoner, it's a self-imposed sentence.

    like half his songs, i have to think this is about addiction. the narrator is in rehab, last in line for his pills. the "you" seems to be an actual person, not god/love.
    mrgrimmon January 12, 2010   Link

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