"State of Emergency" as written by and James/esperance Michael....
There's a movie playing in my head
Bombs falling and children crying
The Sunrise the sky turns Red
Load your guns tonight

There's a song playing down the hall
All alone there's an old man dying
I can't feel anything at all
Something isn't right

[Chorus]
This is a state of emergency
I've been running from a tragedy
There's a battle raging in my head
And I don't want to be left for dead
This is a state of emergency
Don't want to be another casualty
There's a cemetery in my head
And I don't want to be left for dead

There's a world standing in my way
Father said that I best stop trying
Stand down it will be OK
You don't have to fight

There's a picture hanging on the wall
Of a memory that I'm denying
The sun sets and the angels fall
Something isn't right

[Chorus]

No don't leave me here alone
I don't want to make this hell my home
I would rather die than sell my soul
I would rather lie than let you go

There's a voice screaming in my head
Telling me that I best stop crying
Stand up it will be OK
Load your guns tonight

[Chorus]

State of Emergency [Repeat: x3]
I don't wanna be left for dead
Left for Dead
Left for Dead


Lyrics submitted by DefiantMark

"State of Emergency" as written by James Michael Jacoby Shaddix

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    General CommentOne small error:
    'Don't want it to be another tragedy'
    should actually be:
    'Don't wanna be another casualty'
    Otherwise, good job figuring out the lyrics!

    On-topic:
    I think this could be another song about addiction, but then again it could also be about just being unhappy, or perhaps even about an actual war.
    Martinoson April 21, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think its about addiction or war. agreed with martinos
    tiffany97on July 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think its neither war or drugs I think it is mental health "there's a battle raging in my head and I don't wannabe left for dead" it shows the ambivalent mind of the mental health suffer. It is the battle of personality vs neurosis. The person with mental disorder fighting the treatment due to the fact that they don't know who they will be once they are medicated. It is a state of emergency in their mind. But I guess its how you interpret it
    rogue_1on March 28, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it could be partially about the Bosnian War and its ethnic cleansing (If you don't know what ethnic cleansing is, it's genocide like the Holocaust and the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia was the first case of it in Europe since World War 2.) in the sense of the first part of the verse along with the "stand down it'll be okay, you don't have to fight" part. I have found this relatable to all of the wars being fought today. (i.e. ISIS, the Iraq War, fighting against the Taliban, etc.)
    mitchell1123on November 26, 2015   Link

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