"Scarlet Letters" as written by Chad L. Gray, Ryan Martinie, Matthew Mcdonough and Greg Tribbett....
The heart is beating
But the soul has died
The body's breathing
Beneath catatonic eyes
The blood is flowing
Set it free for tonight
I've lost my balance
But god knows I've tried

I don't wanna be here anymore in scarlet letters
Got to do, what once was me, once was yours, no more

An up hill battle
I fail to climb
Left it all now
And I don't mind
The train is broken
Consumed by the light
Farewell to you all
I'll be fine, goodbye

I don't wanna be here anymore in scarlet letters
Got to do, what once was me, once was yours, no more
I don't wanna be here anymore the scarlet letter
Turn into, a piece of me, the piece in you, no more

Do you believe in loss?
Do you believe in faith?
Do you believe in death?
Now that I'm a ghost

Forsaken me
Ashes to dust
Just let me lie
Lay me to rest
I've done my best
But lost my sight
Turning my back
Leave me alone
Let spirits rise
Knives in my back
All hope is lost
Say goodbye

I don't wanna be here anymore in scarlet letters
Got to do, what once was me, once was yours, no more

I don't want to be here anymore
I don't want to be here anymore in scarlet letters

Carved into
What once was me
Once was yours
No more
Turned into a piece of you no more
Now that I'm gone


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"Scarlet Letters" as written by Greg Tribbett Chad L. Gray

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  • +4
    General Comment
    hey, first time commenter.
    heres my interpretation of the lyrics:

    the heart is beating but the soul has died
    the body's breathing beneath catatonic eyes
    the blood is flowing, set it free for demise
    i'v lost my balance but god knows i tried

    i dont wanna be here anymore in scarlet letters
    carved into what once was me, once was yours no more

    an uphill battle, i failed to climb
    left it all now and i dont mind
    betrayed and broken consumed by the lie
    farewell to you all, i'll be fine, goodbye

    i dont wanna be here anymore in scarlet letters
    carved into what once was me, once was yours no more
    i dont wanna be here anymore in scarlet letters
    torn in two, a pieve of me, the peace in you no more

    do you believe in loss?
    do you belive in faith?
    do you believe in death?
    now that i'm gone

    forsaken me, ashes to dust just let me lie
    lay me to rest, i'v done my best but lost my sight
    turning my back, leave me alone let spirit rise
    knives in my back, all hope is lost say goodbye

    (chorus again)


    here is what i get out of this song, which i love.

    the person the song is about is fed up with his current situation in life
    he feels like his soul is dead, he is apathetic, numb to everything around him
    he feels like he has failed as a human being at life in general and is contemplating suicide
    he feels that he is misunderstood and misrepresented by everyone and everything
    the chorus is him saying, "hey look, i dont want to be here anymore because all you see are my mistakes, my sins, my "scarlet letters" and i cant stand it anymore"

    please bear in mind this is my first interpretation, its what the song makes me feel
    wretchedremnantoflifeon May 26, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIf any one has read Nathaniel Hawthorn's "The Scarlet Letter" they would understand the meaning of this song.
    The scarlet letter is a brand and or burden that was forced onto a woman because she committed adultery, therefore she wears the letter A
    The person in this song has done something that he shouldn't have and now he carries that burden.
    and he doesn't want to affect his loved ones with this burden so he's going to off himself.
    upperman66on May 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOk, the first part is:

    "Beneath catatonic eyes"

    The whole fourth part is off, its:

    "An uphill battle
    I've failed to climb
    Left it all now
    But I don't mind"

    There. Also, this song is amazing.
    A Jaded Artiston November 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe that this part:

    "Chained and broken
    Consumed by the light
    Farewell to you all
    I'll be fine
    Goodbye!"

    Should be:

    "Chained and broken
    Consumed by the light
    Farewell to you all
    I'll be fine
    Confined!"

    And I think this:

    "Knots in my back
    All hope is lost
    Say goodbye!"

    Should be:

    "Knife's in my back
    All hope is lost
    Say goodbye!"

    Emphasis on 'think' for both of those. I didn't look this up anywhere else, just the way it sounds to my ear.
    TheMadBagon December 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJaded Artist has it right. But good job gettin the rest. Mudvayne can be heard to understand a lot of the time haha.
    chiefatarmson April 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its about dieing and how it would effect everyone... he wants to die but he dosent want too hurt everyone he loves soeither way he has too stuggle through life living or die on a guilty conciounce of not being a man and not letting everyone down from your death...
    mudvayne123456789on May 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI agree with upperman66. I believe it deals with the side of the story that isn't told in the book, Dimmesdale's point of view. He didn't wear the letter but the hidden guilt caused him more pain than Hester, who openly wore a scarlet letter. He ended up "carving" a letter into his chest and then died after revealing it to the town. As said anyone who has read the book would understand this song.
    TylerAHMon June 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with wretchedremnantoflife. Of course, people get off on pretending they know what lyrics mean, when we're all just guessing. But what wretchedremnantoflife wrote jives with what I've always gotten from this song.
    despondenton September 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBy the way these lyrics have hella errors. I don't have the time or inclination to correct them.
    despondenton September 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correctioninstead of chained and broken, it is "betrayed and broken"
    and instead of with scarlett letters, it is "in scarlett letters"
    see, he carved "i dont want to be here anymore" in himself, the letters would be scarlett, blood color
    this song is about a suicide scene. around the time they were making this record, that kid Brad Renfroe, killed himself, he had a fresh tatto on his back that said "goodbye", i think tis song kinda came from hearing about this story.
    dwideon May 29, 2010   Link

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