"Only Child" as written by and Steven John Wilson....
A raven holding to narrow wrist
Pull it tight
Clothes are torn and the body twists
A single light

The worse the struggle the more you fail
Strands fall down
The more you like it the more it hurts
Why stop now?

An only child
A winning smile
A killing trial

A broken rib and a bloody lip
All in hell
The fire’s gone and your pride is stripped
A private hell

You never know why it is this way
Leave here now
Live through this on another day
Tonight sleep sound

An only child
A winning smile
A killing trial


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    General CommentI'm not sure but I think he's saying "Only child" not "An only child". I might just be trying to force the lyrics to fit what I think it means though. I think this song is about an adult who is still only a child. The devil metaphorically visits him and decides whether or not he should face reality. He decides that this person living in a meaningless existence would be worse than hell, a private hell just for him.

    "A raven holding to narrow wrist. Pull it tight. Clothes are torn and the body twists. A single light" A raven, a metaphor for some dark presence, holds on to the wrist and pulls it tight, causing the clothes to tear and the body to twist. Some evil is forcing itself on someone. The light is the destination.

    "The worse the struggle the more you fail. Strands fall down. The more you like it the more it hurts. Why stop now?" The presence continues to win control over him.

    "Only child. A winning smile. A killing trial" This person, only a child in metaphor, is facing a trial on whether or not he should die but he has a winning smile that is swaying the judge.

    "A broken rib and a bloody lip. All in hell. The fire's gone and your pride is stripped. A private hell" The judge has let him live and escape with few injuries (or did those injuries only occur in hell?). The fire from hell is gone, he is back in reality but his pride is stripped. The devil let him live because his his meaningless existence, this private hell, would be worse than actual hell.

    "You never know why it is this way. Leave here now. Live through this on another day. Tonight sleep sound" He doesn't know why he survived but he must leave. He can live another day and sleep another night.
    Galt2112on August 12, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningIt's about Jesus.
    er0widon May 05, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti always thought it was about rape, it would fit the lyrics.
    geddyleerocksmysockson August 06, 2011   Link

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