So, lowly criminal,
please tell me, how do you plead?
Now, honorable judges, ladies, gentlemen of the jury,
please allow me to present my case...
Ha! What case can you possibly present
to rip a man from his family, faith, and friends?
Defense?
Listen before you convict, you see,
I never did intend to ruin anything!

Intent is a guilty conscience's white flag against pride,
so I find you guilty of the crimes.
I know, although i don't believe
it's not only my afterlife I bereave.
Appeals will be denied!

The line of duty calls for enforcement of laws,
so you're our property now.
Intelligence has failed you somehow.
Oh, what a shame you play this game!

Through senses, what can we explain?
Not joy, not guilt, not pain.
Is love the same?
This senseless argument in vain
erodes my sense of shame.
Who's to blame?

Thank you, Pain! (for crippling my body)
God bless Suffering!
Thank you, Pain! (for freeing my brain)
For preventing me from returning to the source again.

So it shall be!
Now do you see the error of your ways?
Of Rats and Men you speak,
standing up tall but you are weak.
A smiling thief.
We are all murderers, you see,
but you let taboo human chemistry blind your needs.
Live is greed! Logic won't concede.
Think about the statistics you feed.
Think before you plead.

Through senses, what can we explain?
Not joy, not fear, not pain.
Is love the same?
This reckless argument in vain
erodes my sense of shame.
Who's to blame?

Thank you, Pain...


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    General Commentwow no one has commented yet im amazed, well anyways not sure on the meaing of the song but i do have to say i find this a very great song, from the vocals all the way down to the piano at the end with everything invovled
    InFlames228on January 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIndeed this is an awesome song

    You can tell from the beginning verse that this is supposed to be a "court case" by the way Alissa makes the lyrics seem like a debate between the convicted and a judge; the line "listen before you convict, you see I never did intend to ruin anything" Is the 'defendants' plea and the 'judge' responds with, "intent is a guilty conscience's white flag against pride" which means that the 'defendants' intention is a her guilty conscience's white flag (surrender)

    And in the chorus, "Through senses, what can we explain? Not joy, not guilt, not pain. Is love the same?"
    Through our five sense we can't explain or express joy or guilt. (pain is slightly different. We can definitely feel it with one of our five senses-feel)And the line "is love the same?" Alissa is asking if love is also something we know is there but can't quite explain or give an explanation of
    th3rdhal3on February 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI love this song so much. It clearly talks about a court case where the judge blames the convicted, and it also speaks about feelings. The song is called "Thank you, pain". Pain is a thing we couldn't live without, and it helps every single person get stronger and learn from mistakes.

    By the way, I got the song's title tattooed on my thigh, and when Alissa came to Barcelona last year I got to talk to her, and we took pictures and I did show her my tattoo... She loved it! <3

    The Agonist rules!
    LuEvenroaron August 31, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song clearly presents a court case in which a person tries to defend herself but it find guilty of the crimes commited.
    Some particularities must be pointed, though.
    In the lines "Ha! What case can you possibly present//to rip a man from his family, faith, and friends? " the judge show aggressivity towards the defendant. Then in the lines "The line of duty calls for enforcement of laws,//so you're our property now." it gets explicit that society is pressuring them for a conviction.
    I think it is criticizing the hard life poor people have being dispised by society and them made to suffer whenever they commit an error (murder), whithout having any kind of help.
    The convicted then tries to imply that reason can't understand feelings and motives "Through senses, what can we explain? Not joy, not guilt, not pain. Is love the same?".
    Then in the second part, the judge says everybody is a murderer, some just don't realise their guilt. And that he is being convicted for actually directly realizing the real murderer ("We are all murderers, you see,
    but you let taboo human chemistry blind your needs. ").
    Also, the convicted thanks pain for keeping him on track. It's the only thing that still makes her want to do something.
    Awesome lyrics, awesome song
    vitor_tvmon November 05, 2013   Link

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