Again, I wake to you... Stand up, these feet are so far from clean.
I'm undeserving of the strength in your arms used to save me.
But years passed when i saw Eve next to me,
she's wrapped in low-cut, dripping sensuality.
I remember the host, but it's been so long since we spoke.
He said, "My son, you can hold perfection in your arms if you wish."
but i sit at a banquet for traitors
placed here between a thief and a liar.
"Just run and hold perfection in your arms as I slip..."
but i'll make you the god of a liar
cause i've been both a saint and a viper.
I'll make you the god of a liar.
I am a lie, just like these traitors that cry for forgiving replies
but keep their grips held tight.
Though my eye's on Eve you're ready to bleed as if I'm royalty
but I am no king. I am no king.
His life spilled like a tide so divine.
It was a blood soaked feast that never ceased as his veins dripped empty.
With such violent grace, the waves hit my face
and in painful clarity i turned fearfully...
"What makes you think you can deserve me?
WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU CAN DESERVE ME?"
My host fell to His knees as paling lips pushed His plea...
"My son, you can hold perfection in your arms if you wish."
but i sit at a banquet for traitors, placed here between a thief and a liar.
"Just run and hold perfection in your arms as I slip..."
but i'll make you the god of a liar
cause i've been both a saint and a viper.
By grace uneven, at the banquet portrayed, through death, this life is saved.
But I am no king! I am no...
"Open your eyes, child, your sea is changing"


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    General CommentI totally agree. If this song hadn't already been posted on, I would have probably said the same thing... Seriously awesome song though!!
    WhiteCollarAgenton August 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGood thoughts guys but I think I have this one.
    This is about Satan trying to pry the faithful from God.

    Again, I wake to you...Stand up, these feet are so far from clean.
    I'm undeserving of the strength in your arms used to save me.

    This is what he's thinking just before he falls "asleep", he's speaking to himself first then God, this is the same man from fire dawn I believe. He's keeping himself from God's embrace by labeling himself unworthy.

    But years passed when I saw Eve next to me,
    she's wrapped in low-cut, dripping sensuality.

    When he wakes up Eve is next to him feeding into his past inclination toward lust (In All Honesty) Satan has brought the most beautiful traitor of all, Eve.

    I remember the host, but it's been so long since we spoke.
    He said, "My son, you can hold perfection in your arms if you wish."

    He's weak, it feels like it's been years since he's spoken to God (The Host being Christ in the Eucharist) "He" is Satan tempting one of God's flock. Perfection being Eve.

    But I sit at a banquet for traitors
    placed here between a thief and a liar.

    This is his response to Satans temptation, the thief being Eve (Stole the apple) and a Liar (Satan himself)

    But I'll make you the god of a liar
    cause I've been both a saint and a viper.

    He's saying if he gave in he'd be making Satan the god of a liar, he's been a sinner so by turning to Satan his repentance would be a lie.

    I am a lie, just like these traitors that cry for forgiving replies
    but keep their grips held tight.
    Though my eye's on Eve you're ready to bleed as if I'm royalty
    but I am no king. I am no king.

    At first he's speaking about those already in hell (I'd say purgatory but I'm trying to avoid getting to theological) who refuse to let go of their sins and past transgressions so they can't meet the Lord.
    Then he comments to Satan about how pathetic it is that he is willing to give up something so precious to one as unimportant as him. He is no King.

    It was a blood soaked feast that never ceased as his veins dripped empty.
    With such violent grace, the waves hit my face
    and in painful clarity i turned fearfully...
    "What makes you think you can deserve me?"

    He's at first speaking about the disgusting feast placed before him, next I believe he's speaking about his love for God breaking through the intoxication Satan has put him in, then he turn to Satan knowing his Father is God says "What makes you think you can deserve me?"


    My host fell to His knees as paling lips pushed His plea...

    Satan began begging him to reconsider.

    By grace uneven, at the banquet portrayed, through death, this life is saved.
    But I am no king! I am no...
    "Open your eyes, child, your sea is changing"

    Because God is so good, through Jesus death his life is saved. The line after shows how quickly after his rebuking Satan that God took him into his arms, so quickly he doesn't get to finish his fearful sentence.

    "Open your eyes, child, your sea is changing" This is God telling him he's home now.
    makeshiftgodson May 13, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is telling how a man is being approached my God to be saved, but is not willing to except. He feels like he doesn't deserve saving, that he is the same as every other sinner in the world-"but i sit at a banquet for traitors placed here between a thief and a liar." He is saying he's no different than anyone else. God replies telling him that if he would just except Him, he could have the life and forgiveness he wants and needs-"My son, you can hold perfection in your arms if you wish." When God is dying for him-"His life spilled like a tide so divine.
    It was a blood soaked feast that never ceased as his veins dripped empty.
    With such violent grace, the waves hit my face
    and in painful clarity i turned fearfully..."-he begins to try and anger God, and make Him not want to help him-"What makes you think you can deserve me?
    WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU CAN DESERVE ME?"-but He continued trying and pleaing with the man. And in God's death, the man starts to argue again, but finally accepts the Lord and is reborn and given a new life. God tell's him at the end that his life is now at the turning point.-By grace uneven, at the banquet portrayed, through death, this life is saved.
    But I am no king! I am no...
    "Open your eyes, child, your sea is changing"-

    That's my take, feel free to give your input


    ohsleeper777on August 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNope. That must be about Satan/Lucifer. You can understand that from "But years passed when I saw Eve next to me".
    Edboyon September 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about satan offering Jesus to be king of the earth - "I'll make you the god of a liar, cause i've been both a saint and a viper"
    But He answers- "what makes you think you can deserve me"
    I am probably wrong 'cause I not christian but that is what I understand
    Oh, sleeper is a great band Their music moves you even if your not christian
    elihuon October 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBest song on the album in my opinion. I'm pretty sure it's about a man wrestling with God (Gen 35 I think, check out Jacob). The song has a lot of the themes that are portrayed throughout Oh, Sleeper's music, sexual addiction, unworthiness, insignificance, and God being like "dude, I love you, shut up and follow me." "Although my eye's on eve you're ready to bleed for me as if I'm royalty." I love that line, I think it brings up some of those themes. It's basically Adam's lamentations through his sons, we woke up one day, and eve became this pillar of sex (figuratively anyway). I'm pretty sure that's how Micah intended this song.
    breathingpersonon November 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about Satan's temptation of Adam and Eve. "The Host" of the song is God and how Adam tried to hide from him Eve was tempted to eat from the tree and he did as well. The line "My son, you can hold perfection in your arms if you wish" is Satan talking about how eating from the tree would make them Gods. Satan is the liar in the song and Eve is the thief for stealing from the tree. The second half of the song is more upbeat lyrically, with Adam being humbled and stating how he is not a king, and by God's grace he is still saved. That's what I get out of it anyway.
    ThisTypeofThinkingon February 07, 2010   Link
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    General Commentim not sure what the overall meaning of the song is but the lines " my son you can hold perfection in your arms if you wish" but i sit at the banquet for traitors. i think this is when satan was tempting Jesus telling him he could do whatever he wants but instead jesus would rather sit at the banquet with traitors, between the thief and the liar because thats what jesus came here to do. he came here to save the world not rule it. thats what i think anyway
    MusicLover19on February 20, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti think its about Adam talking about how satan tricked him and eve. Adam says WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU CAN DESERVE ME?" yelling at satan saying im a servant of god why should i trust you satan is the host My host fell to His knees as paling lips pushed His plea..."My son, you can hold perfection in your arms if you wish." perfection is the apple or fruit of knowledge. the thief is Eve for stealing the apple. the liar Adam for lying to GOD about why they are hiding and clothed.His life spilled like a tide so divine.It was a blood soaked feast that never ceased as his veins dripped empty.
    With such violent grace, the waves hit my face. this is Adamn talking about Jesus sacrificing himself on the cross. satan also says Though my eyes on Eve your ready to bleed as if Im royalty but I am no king. I am no king.because he isnt a king or royalty and they would throw it all away for greed"Just run and hold perfection in your arms as I slip... satan slithers away as a viper "but Ill make you the god of a liar - every thing satan says is a lie so when he tells adamn ill make you a god of a liar hes talking about himself (satan) Ive been both a saint and a viper.when satan says hes been a saint/angel also viper/snake the sea is changing means god cast out adam and eve from the garden and makes them mortal
    vipergtx62on March 31, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is another from the perspective of Satan with words from God included. In the beginning with the line
    "Again, I wake to you... Stand up, these feet are so far from clean.
    I'm undeserving of the strength in your arms used to save me."
    I think Micah is talking as himself just saying that God grants us each day that we have, and as sinful humans in our fallen world we are undeserving of the pain and suffering Christ went through for us. Then with the next line
    "But years passed when i saw Eve next to me,
    she's wrapped in low-cut, dripping sensuality.
    I remember the host, but it's been so long since we spoke."
    I think this line is spoken as the Devil, saying that when he saw Eve, it was a great revelation and he saw that her, in her "low cut sensuality" was the way to get humanity to fall through Adam. And then he begins to talk to Adam with "I remember the host, but it's been so long since we spoke" is Satan acknowledging his time as an angel as if casually like, yeah I remember that, but it's just been so long and it was meaningless, being holy isn't really all that. Then Jesus comes in with
    "He said, "My son, you can hold perfection in your arms if you wish."
    but i sit at a banquet for traitors
    placed here between a thief and a liar.
    "Just run and hold perfection in your arms as I slip..."
    I think this is Jesus speaking to Adam as well as what He says to us now. He is telling Adam that if he eats the fruit that Satan says gives perfection, then that is his choice and what he will have to deal with. Also, that when He comes, he will sit at a banquet for traitors, for it is not the rightous that need salvation, but the traitors and thieves and liars. I think the line "placed here between a theif and a liar" is doubtlessly a reference to Jesus' time on the cross where he was placed between two thieves, even though He is our savior and the light of the world, we placed Him still with the scum of our world. And finally, "Just run and hold perfection in your arms as I slip" is maybe saying that we have our "perfection" in the form of the first tempting fruit, or any temptation here on earth, but if we run with that while we let Jesus slip out of our lives, it isnt going to work out.
    "but i'll make you the god of a liar
    cause i've been both a saint and a viper.
    I'll make you the god of a liar.
    I am a lie, just like these traitors that cry for forgiving replies
    but keep their grips held tight"
    I think "but i'll make you the god of a liar cause i've been both a saint and a viper.I'll make you the god of a liar." is pretty straightforward, as it is Satan trying to tempt Adam/us by saying he can make us gods even about God Himself, seeing as he considers God a liar. He also claims that he has been both a saint and a viper and acting like he knows that evil is better, and if we just fall into his temptations that he can give all of the power in the world through evil. Then I think he is taunting God with "I am a lie, just like these traitors that cry for forgiving replies but keep their grips held tight" by saying that okay, you say I'm a lie, but as much of a lie I am, so too are your people who claim You as their God, but still turn to sin and evil through temptation. And then Satan continues to taunt God with
    "Though my eye's on Eve you're ready to bleed as if I'm royalty
    but I am no king. I am no king.
    His life spilled like a tide so divine.
    It was a blood soaked feast that never ceased as his veins dripped empty.
    With such violent grace, the waves hit my face
    and in painful clarity i turned fearfully..."
    The line "Though my eye's on Eve you're ready to bleed as if I'm royalty but I am no king. I am no king." I think is the Devil saying to God that even though he focuses himself on Eve(humanity) Jesus was right there ready to die, even though he never brought Him into it. And then he says "as if I'm royalty but I am no king. I am no king" as more of a taunt like, oh so youre so ready there to die and protect your people, even though You say I'm a weak tricking liar. You say I hold no power, but obviously you come right when I step into your people's boundary, so I hold the power over You. Then Satan spells out what he considers a "victory" with
    "His life spilled like a tide so divine.
    It was a blood soaked feast that never ceased as his veins dripped empty.
    With such violent grace, the waves hit my face
    and in painful clarity i turned fearfully..."
    The lines "His life spilled like a tide so divine. It was a blood soaked feast that never ceased as his veins dripped empty." I think is Satan gloating like hah, I took down your God, I spilled his blood and destroyed His life, look who holds the power now. And then Jesus turns up in Hell to defeat death and the Devil, and Satan says,"With such violent grace, the waves hit my face and in painful clarity i turned fearfully..." like now he realizes he might be in trouble, like I thought I had defeated Him and here he comes and crushes me. And then God comes in with
    "What makes you think you can deserve me?
    WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU CAN DESERVE ME?"
    I think this is God summing up everything Satan said and all of the power that he thinks that he holds into a simple no. Satan thinks that Jesus came to die for him, on his terms, when in reality Jesus came out of His supreme love for us, to save us from eternal death. Satan thinks that he has all of the power and that he is better than God, where it is really that the Devil is still only around because God lets him exist. Satan thinks that he has us in His grip of chaining sin and the trap of temptation, where really we are set free through the blood of Christ, and in His power we can overcome death, and win eternal victory.
    JesusListensToHardcoreon October 13, 2011   Link

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