"LifeWar" as written by and Ryan Clark....
Born from the fire clean, crawling in the dirt like war
5 years, my mother gave a voice for war.
10, I was dead, born again with eyes for war
By 15, hate was the name of my war

Wash me in the river
Give me to the pain of Lifewar
Lifewar

20 years gone, and father told me life was like war
Hands to the bone, 25 years of war
30, I wake to the sound of souls at war
I will pass through, buried in the flag of my war.

Wash me in the river
Give me to the pain of Lifewar
Lifewar


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"Lifewar" as written by Ryan Clark

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  • +2
    General CommentBecause Demon Hunter is a Christian band, this song is most likely an allegory for the Christian life, which is often portrayed as a constant battle.

    "5 years, my mother gave a voice for war"
    His mother prayed that he would get saved and become a Christian.
    "10, I was dead, born again with eyes for war"
    He was regenerated/"born again" and is now a Christian in the spiritual war of good vs evil.
    "By 15, hate was the name of my war"
    Not entirely sure about this line, but it could be talking about a rebellious phase which most teens go through. I've heard the lead singer talk about his teen years in an interview, and he did go through such a phase.

    The rest of the song is pretty straightforward. The river is most likely Truth or God's love. He acknowledges that war is painful, but he wants to fight for the truth.
    CantStopTheHoppon March 12, 2010   Link
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    MemoryRyan said...

    LifeWar is essentially a very condensed version of my life story, 5 years at a time. Broken down by each line, it goes like this:

    When we are born, though born into sin, we are in essence clean and innocent. We begin life crawling, and I liken this action to crawling in the dirt like a soldier at war.

    When I was very young, my mother’s singing voice was engrained in me. She was always singing around the house and she has a beautiful singing voice. I attribute my singing talents to her.

    When I was around 10 or 11, I began to take more of an interest in my faith. Soon after, I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, and although I was very young at the time, I still look back on that as a defining moment for me.

    When I was a teenager I found hardcore music — a genre that on one hand preaches acceptance, and on the other, can be very hate-fueled. For much of my teenage years, I found myself hating a lot of the things that I was seeing — drug and alcohol abuse, unholy sex-obsession. I didn’t feel like I hated the people, but more the sin itself.

    My father is a great teacher, both in Biblical knowledge and that of being a mature, responsible man of God. Especially in my young adult years, I heeded his words regarding these things.

    I spent most of my 20’s working very hard — long days, learning new things, etc. Sometimes I feel like I spent about 90% of my waking life working in my 20’s. But this was an extremely formative time for me. These were the years that really shaped me into the man I am today.

    I recently turned 30, and in many ways I still see life as a continuous battle. In some ways I feel like I may have more figured out, but in many others, I’m still learning. Life can be a struggle, a war.

    "It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze." - Psalm 18:32-34
    Staph42on March 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationsounds like it could be very related to the Spartan way of life and how it revolved around war and fighting entirely for males. very sick song
    SouthernPunk777on March 10, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it relates more to today's world. Life is nothing but a war to many people. Sure, you can take it literally and relate it to the war(s) in the middle east but it also reflects the tough times people go through from the time they are born. Some people start out fighting an uphill battle and life never gets easy, so by the time they die it is as if that is their one true relief knowing that it is finally over.

    And seeing as it is demon hunter something sort of jumped out to me.

    "30, I wake to the sound of souls at war
    I will pass through, buried with the flag of my war

    Wash me in the river, give me to the pain of LifeWar
    LifeWar"

    Those lines specifically make me think it has something to do with Purgatory and the process of getting into heaven perhaps.

    MyHysteriaon March 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYes, its for sure about his spiritual life. and he is 30 years old, if that matters :)
    markieemelon March 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCan Easily seen literraly as a Child Soldier. Born and Raised only knowing the horrors of war.

    And Also Seen through the life of a Christian. As Posted above is an exact meaning and with the generalization can be described to many people.

    Born from the fire clean, crawling in the dirt like war - Born a Pure and Perfect person but soon starts crawling and live in Sin.
    5 years, my mother gave a voice for war - Religious Parent Bringing the Child up with the church Ideals.
    10, I was dead, born again with eyes for war - Born again Christian Ready to live for their religion.
    By 15, hate was the name of my war - extreme Secularist groups are growing rapidly. I know as a teen I grow hate as they try to defile my faith.
    20 years gone, and father told me life was like war - Growing up and knowing the struggle to live and stay christian the roads are always bumpy
    Hands to the bone, 25 years of war - Living a struggling life and still working to their wits end to live accordingly
    30, I wake to the sound of souls at war - Participating against these Groups who ignore the call within their own soul to get rid of the importance of religion (Secularist groups)
    I will pass through, buried with the flag of my war - He has made their mind up and will live and die a Christian.
    Jay212127on April 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about how the leader of the band is infact the antichrist and is born and fueled by his hatred and disgust for humanity. Of course at the end he knows that humanity must be destroyed. If anyone would stop jerking off on their bibles and see it they'd realize this but they're too busy going "OMG THEIR CHRSITIAN!!!!1111111111"
    Nihilistraon May 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI love these guys cause Metal is viewed as a very cuss heavy genre but Demon hunter has kept obscenities out of their songs and they have a very deep message behind them.
    They are actually understandable as opposed to bands like Underoath.
    metal4christ96on December 13, 2011   Link

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