"Gallows" as written by Porter Marc Mcknight, Brandon Saller, Ektor Alex Varkatzas, Travis Miguel and Daniel Dan Jacobs....
This life starts, with a heartbeat,
Is it beat-, beat-, beat-, beat-, beating me down?
I could lose who I am!
I can't help, but to see, this assistance living shit outta me,
I could lose who I am!

Every time I walk away,
Every word I never say!

Restless, chasing shadows
Choices, facing gallows' pole.
Are you hanging by a thread,
Or swinging from the rope?
Don't think we don't see your scars,
Are you afraid of who you are?
Are you afraid of who you are?!

Denial, my soul will burn,
Is it burn-, burn-, burn-, burn-, burning me out?
You're feeding the flames!
Spread out the ash,
Pretend to see,
That you can still fight some day with me.
I just feed the flames.

Every time I walk away,
Every word I'd ever say!

Restless, chasing shadows,
Choices, facing gallows' pole.
Are you hanging by a thread,
Or swinging from the rope?
Don't think we don't see your scars,
Are you afraid of who you are?

Oh my god, what am I afraid of?
This success scares the living shit out of me.
Oh my god, are you afraid of me,
And everything that breathes?

Restless, chasing shadows,
Choices, facing gallows' pole.
Are you hanging by a thread,
Or swinging from the rope?
Don't think we don't see your scars,
Are you afraid of who you are?
Afraid of who you are?


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"Gallows" as written by Brandon Saller Porter Marc Mcknight

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    General CommentAgreed.
    It's about fear of being successful, or fear of failing trying to achieve success.

    I read an interview somewhere where Alex seems to get across that he feels their last album was something of a copout, and that they maybe didn't try hard enough or get the musical style right on that record and went off-track. This song seems to speculate on why he feels like that about Lead Sails Paper Anchor.
    Elective Amnesiaon December 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentActual lyrics

    This life stars with a hearbeat is it beat beat beat beat beating me down
    like the loser i am i cant help but to see that success scares the living shit out of me
    like the loser i am.

    everytime i walk away every word i never say.

    restless chasing shadows choices facing gallows poll
    are you hanging by a thread or swinging from the rope
    dont thief we dont see your scars are you afraid of who you are?

    Denial a subtle burn is it burn burn burn burning me out for feeing the flame
    spread out the ash pretend to see that you still can find some value in me
    i just feed the flames.

    oh my god what am i afraid of success or not having what it takes
    oh my god i am afraid of me and evertyhing that brings.
    xAtreyuxon October 26, 2009   Link
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    General Comment4 min ago

    Rated 0 Actual Lyrics:

    This life starts with
    a hearbeat is it
    beat beat beat beat beating me down
    like the loser i am i cant help but
    to see that success scares
    the living shit out of me
    like the loser i am

    everytime i walk away every word i never say

    (Chorus)
    restless chasing shadows
    choices facing gallows pole
    are you hanging by a thread
    or swinging from the rope
    dont think we dont see your scars
    are you afraid of who you are?
    are you afraid of who you are?

    Denial a subtle burn
    is it burn burn burn burn burning me out
    for feeding the flame
    spread out the ash pretend
    to see that you still can find some value in me
    i just feed the flames

    everytime i walk away every word i never say

    (Repeat Chorus)

    oh my God what am i afraid of
    success or not having what it takes
    oh my God i am afraid of me
    and everthing that brings

    (Repeat Chorus)
    xTrueNightmarexon November 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is an insight into Alex's mind. I've heard and seen that he really doesn't like cameras and he can be slightly socially awkward sometimes. I've heard he's a little bit of a loner if he's in the right moods and stuff like that. Thats why Brandon and Dan do a lot of the interviews. Alex has also talked about how he's struggled with depression and drugs and stuff like that, trying to live without anti-depressants and trying to balance his life. I think this is his admitance to him being afraid of himself and his success.

    "restless chasing shadows" He's constantly fighting back his old skeletons and his problems in his mind
    "choices facing gallows pole" the choices he makes can be ones that really hurt or save him.
    "are you hanging by a thread
    or swinging from the rope" Is he barely holding on? or is he already dead and swinging there, has he already given in to his old ways?
    "dont think we dont see your scars
    are you afraid of who you are?" His scars are always there as a reminder of who he was and who he's trying to avoid being.

    I love alex though, I'm not ragging on him. He writes some of the most amazing lyrics and he's really funny and one of the nicest people I've heard. Plus he can scream like a motherfucker.
    Mariamassacre7xon November 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI don't think he's saying he's afraid of success, but more the consequences that come in his line of success. I've heard the same, that Alex is a rather introverted individual. Maybe he's saying he fears all the eyes on him because he knows that if, in those eyes, he fucks up it would destroy him.

    "The Gallows" are a metaphor for the judgmental mess humanity has become. He fears his success for fear of facing "The Gallows" since Atreyu's has garnered a fair amount of attention over the years, and the shadows of his past are pried open and spilled across his fans. Think of just how scary this really is... knowing the worst part of your past is spread around the tongues of fans by the thousands.

    In the end we all fear the gallows... that haunting thought we won't be good enough for those we love.
    xMoscon February 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is easily one of my favorite songs by Atreyu (I've been a loyal fan since Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses).

    I imagine that our two favorite singers are speaking to each other in this song. It seems these are two sides of an internal monologue. The individual's (Id, perhaps?) is trying to be honest with himself and he is trying to get over his hang-ups, but is simultaneously berating him for feeling that way. The phrases "Don't think we don't see your scars? Are you afraid of who you are?" may be spoken from the perspective of the Super-Ego adopting the attitude, "don't be a whiny bitch, just walk it off". While that may be the useful front to put up for social interactions, the Super-Ego and Id are in conflict, meanwhile the Ego has to find a way to come to terms with these two conflicting feelings.
    jadedrakerideron June 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI hate badly organized lyrics!

    This life starts with a hearbeat
    Is it beat, beat, beat, beat, beating me down?
    Like the loser I am,
    I can't help but to see
    that success scares the living shit out of me
    Like the loser I am

    Every time I walk away,
    every word I never say

    (Chorus)
    Restless, chasing shadows
    Choices, facing gallows pole
    Are you hanging by a thread or swinging from the rope?
    Don't think we don't see your scars
    Are you afraid of who you are?
    Are you afraid of who you are?

    Denial a subtle burn
    Is it burn, burn, burn, burn, burning me out?
    For feeding the flame
    Spread out the ash, pretend to see
    that you still can find some value in me
    I just feed the flames

    Every time I walk away,
    every word I never say

    (Chorus)
    Restless, chasing shadows
    Choices, facing gallows pole
    Are you hanging by a thread or swinging from the rope?
    Don't think we don't see your scars
    Are you afraid of who you are?
    Are you afraid of who you are?

    Oh my God, what am I afraid of?
    Success or not having what it takes?
    Oh my God, are you afraid of me
    and everything that brings?

    (Chorus)
    Restless, chasing shadows
    Choices, facing gallows pole
    Are you hanging by a thread or swinging from the rope?
    Don't think we don't see your scars
    Are you afraid of who you are?
    Are you afraid of who you are?
    Bskiffingtonon January 10, 2011   Link

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