"Deadman" as written by Andrew Goddard, Ian Kenny, Mark Hosking, Jonathan Stockman and Stephen / Judd....
Changing the tone
Changing my mind
Changing the weather

I feel it at first
A blow from the dark
Take it for better

Still I remind myself
How I define myself

Blacker the bruise
Coming up clear
Vow to get better

Blessed with a curse
Hoping not far
The deeper, the better

I needed
I needed to know
I needed
I needed to know, why

Oh no
This can't be happening
Oh no
This can't be happening

Hate
Is a door
A fever burning for more
A red light
In your mind
That I feed on

You must've been so surprised to see
That you were staring back at me
Caught in a web, now
Out on your own
You've got nothing to stay for
Or so you keep saying

This year it's coming
And guess what we're running from
Too late for running
The stitches are coming undone

Grab your belongings
The exit is near
Making your way through
Indecisiveness

I needed
I needed to know
I needed
I needed to know, why

Oh no
This can't be happening
Oh no
This can't be happening

This myth is meant to die
You're coming blind in this madness
I'll bide all of my time for your love
Come on, crooked man you'll die
Like excuses pouring out a child
Sing: "S.O.S. you saint"
But make room for laughter
No man tried here

This water's dark and cold
God's not where you hoped
In this moment come and gone

It's too late, mayday
Call out: "Mayday!"
While I'm still alive
Hey, no matter

I don't want this to end
I don't want this to end
I don't want this to end
I don't think this will end well

Hey
There goes my love again
No-one's
Coming now
Hey
Out on my own again
Fading face
Broken frown

Hey
I guess I'm fucked up again
No-one
Will find out
Hey
Stare at your feet again
Don't say
You don't know

This water's dark and cold
God's not where you hoped
In this moment come and gone
It's time we all moved on
It's time we all moved on
It's time we all moved on

Away!

Still I remind myself
How I define myself
Still I remind myself
(I needed to know)
How I define myself
(I needed to know)
I needed to know
I needed
I needed to know

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

So if you like the sound of
The glass that breaks against the wall
I'd trade it all for several
Pieces of your anger
I am the interest of your heart
Say: "This would wash away"
I'm climbing this rope, I feel God
Would I care to stare you down?
I portray you in different light


Lyrics submitted by sawyejr, edited by MacStodon, windscare, unexpectedpand

"Deadman" as written by Ian Kenny Andrew Goddard

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  • +4
    General CommentFirst, I agree - Karnivool's lyrics are designed for personal interpretation. Secondly, I think your interpretation of the song makes sense in terms of the "overlaying subject" within the context of the song "Deadman". What I find fascinating, however - perhaps even brilliant in its own way - is that the CD as a whole carries a message about tomorrow. Each song, for me, alludes in some way to the need to move forward in a new and different way - out of the shadows to a new day. And in that sense, I find each song carries or presses or pushes a message of hope. The last stanza (chorus - who knows - they don't write in a traditional way) of Deadman - "Still I remind myself, how I define myself, I needed to know") emphasises two things:
    1. That all experiences are worthwhile, because in the end, we are who are because of what we've done
    2. I am me, I know better now what that means, and I can face tomorrow with more optimism.

    In that context, even the Gregorian chant at the end of Deadman can be seen as the death of the past, which then brings into context the hope of tomorrow.

    And the music is moving too!
    davegd1on June 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is absolutely crazy I tell you...Such pieces of musically absolutely sublime pieces of art a rare to encounter, I agree...There's not many pieces that sound *this* unchallengable good!
    I'm not good at making out words in songs, and change pt 2 is only the second song I have listened to from this album, but for one it's amazing to see how they evolved from themata by making songs this long...Should be nice to listen to in bed ;) Also, the drumming is intangibly complex..
    Well then, this is just to reiterate my personal appreciation..Not that you could care :)
    I guess the ablum's title "sound awake" could allude to "sound aware" as some sort of joke but sound awake also indicates that this character you guys speak of has found a new emotional clarity or maturity and realization. And yeah, it's probably all about a girl in the end :P
    visionarysanctuaryon November 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSimple Boy is moving on in his path of freedom, the song shows that he is starting to get to the end of the line, he is starting to know the truth about the system and society, but he and his partner aren't sure to walk away because is a really hard decision to walk away and forget all you know.

    "Blessed with a curse
    Hoping not far
    The deeper, the better

    I needed
    I needed to know
    I needed
    I needed to know, why"

    In my opinion this part shows that Simple boy is blessed with the curse of knowledge, (is a curse because the truth shows that everything is a game and all the people is a slave) and he can't stand the fact that everything he believed before is a lie, but in the end he realizes that he needed to know, to break the chains and be finally free.

    I think all the album is about the story of Simple Boy and his choice to be free.
    linkinfighteron July 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentepic song... just saw this guys in concert. this song was so powerful live. i swear kenny was about to cry towards the end when he sang it.

    to me this songs feels like at's about life not always turning out the way it should. being disappointed or hurt and trying to move on.
    jacob_c7on June 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst off, I must say that, like most of Karnivool's lyrics, the door is ajar for interpretation. So here's mine, completely derivative to my perspective (so feel free to refute)

    Message, overlying subject: emotional turmoil, defunct relationships, introspection, self-reform

    First Stanza: Having a sudden desire to reform oneself; I believe we have all been there after a bad breakup (I'm not good enough for this person, how can I be suitable for anyone else in my current state then?)

    Second Stanza: Summarization of introspective creed; The divine "I" ; only the self is completely in tune with one's being; I cannot let myself bend to another's standards (a cheering up of sorts, finding self confidence)

    Third Stanza: Remembering the pain of a relationship, or feeling the harsh blow of nostalgia ("Blessed with a curse" could allude to personal faults, wishing death upon himself, perhaps reverting to a bad habit like drinking *Cough* Umbra *Cough*)

    Fourth Stanza: A command, a desperate plea to know what it is that makes him flawed, and what makes him unworthy of the other person, which seems to make the narrator fall further into the torrent of despair.

    Fifth Stanza: The narrators feelings towards the other party (you cause me nothing but hardship and suffering now, and everytime I see you I want to do anything in my power to make your presense not be felt)

    I will be analyzing this further, but this will do for now. Please let me know what you think of my interpretation :)
    mephiticaon June 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is truly epic.

    To me it seems to go through various stages of a breakup... self pity, anger, nostalgia, acceptance.

    This album is interesting in the way that they usually don't make the song very obvious, you have to listen and think about the lyrics and see what they tell you

    Wonko85on July 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere is something I thought worthwhile to mention. The second to last line of the "Change" lyrics repeated from the last song on the Themata album are different. Instead of what he says from Themata, "Would you care to stare me down?", he actually says "Would I care to stare you down?". Maybe this is representing his newly changed perspective? Not really shure but I thought it was worth mentioning. And why is on this album it not the last lyrics like on the previous album? Maybe because the last song on this album "Change [Part 2]" now expounds upon this new perspective further and brings in a new light for the future? Opinions?
    risingson05on July 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBecause of the depth of the Lyrics I personally feel these songs are memoirs of Ian's past, and his hope for the future.

    The ambiguous style and the missing story is typical of someone describing past emotions, missing points as they fill the story in their own head.
    In this way, Ian creates lyrics that people can project themselves into, filling the gaps with their own life story and thereby create their own memoir that they connect too. This is the Magic of Karnivool.

    I know that I for one have found these songs incredibly illuminating. This album brought me back from a very dark place in my life.
    FroWillon June 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat... These lyrics are way off.
    seven136on March 07, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI believe most Karnivool lyrics to are open to interpretation but I always had the idea that this song was about a psychopath relenting what choices he's made and why he's done it (he lost his faith in god or the myth that one ever existed. He's feeling no conscience about what he's done cause he believes God is a lie therefore no real consequences for his actions in that way (no God to judge him). The title Deadman could symbolize how dead inside the psychopath feels and that's why he is how he is. Or could symbolize how God is a deadman in the psychopath's eyes, as he does not see him as alive now or as ever existing and he's going off in the song about the lie of him and how it doesn't matter what path we choose the curse of living is enough to be burdened with in the end.
    EternalTearsOfSorrowon March 16, 2014   Link

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