"Self Vs Self" as written by Bjorn Gelotte, Anders Friden and Robert Swire-thompson....
If I struggle a lifetime,
What would my body be?
An empty shell,
On what a demon fed

Could be a heavy burden,
To stay true to your words
Speak up,
I wanna silence everything

If I got no plan,
Doesn't mean that I get what I want for free
If I got no meaning,
Would you force me to a place where I make sense?
'Cause nothing lasts forever

How do I get home?
Everything revolves around you
If I can't find myself?
As you're so completely fake

How do I get home?
Everything revolves around you
If even you can't help?
Dark nights from my soul

I deny failure,
I Ignite
Woe is on my misery,
She wins all their eyes

Realise what they find's not fate,
This is not me, this is me
So if I struggle a lifetime,
What good would that do?

If I got a plan,
Doesn't have to stop the feeling inside
If I do make sense,
Would you drag me down?
'Cause nothing lasts forever

How do I get home?
Everything revolves around you!
If I can't find myself?
As you're so completely fake!

How do I get home?
Everything revolves around you!
If even you can't help?
Dark night from my soul


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"Self vs Self" as written by Bjorn Gelotte Anders Friden

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    General CommentAH! They play so well together in this song. Everything fits so smoothly. In Flames and Pendulum should do a whole album together ha.
    mrhandon October 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is clearly a Buddhist-inspired song.

    Three marks of Buddhism: impermanence (nothing lasts forever), not-self (the phenomenal world is not 'me'), and dukkha (everything that is impermanent/not self sucks and must be transcended). To the song we go:

    "If I struggle a lifetime,
    What would my body be?
    An empty shell,
    On what a demon fed"

    If I live my life in dukkha (not enlightened), what would this body have been? An empty shell (it is empty of a 'self'), on what a demon fed (the demon being this false notion of 'self').

    "Could be a heavy burden,
    To stay true to your words
    Speak up,
    I wanna silence everything"

    Becoming enlightened is known as 'laying down the burden' in the suttas, the burden of ignorance of the truth that eliminates dukkha.

    "If I got no plan,
    Doesn't mean that I get what I want for free
    If I got no meaning,
    Would you force me to a place where I make sense?
    'Cause nothing lasts forever"

    the last line is obviously about impermanence. not sure about the others. maybe, will i undertake this path to become enlightened?

    "How do I get home?
    Everything revolves around you"
    How do I find a safe plaec? everything revolves aroudn 'you' (this false notion of self)
    "If I can't find myself?
    As you're so completely fake"
    can't find a self anywhere (read the anatta sutta), and the self isn't real anyway

    "How do I get home?
    Everything revolves around you
    If even you can't help?
    Dark nights from my soul"
    "dark night from the soul" is a commonly known part of the spiritual path where everything starts sucking balls.

    "I deny failure,
    I Ignite
    Woe is on my misery,
    She wins all their eyes"
    maybe 'ignite' a reference to practicing ardently, as if your turban was on fire. maybe 'she' refers to 'woe' refers to 'Mara', the demon responsible for evil things in buddhist cosmology.

    "Realise what they find's not fate,
    This is not me, this is me
    So if I struggle a lifetime,
    What good would that do?"
    'this is not me' 'this is me' - finding what is self and isn't

    "If I got a plan,
    Doesn't have to stop the feeling inside
    If I do make sense,
    Would you drag me down?
    'Cause nothing lasts forever"
    not sure here.

    repeat!
    janeaparis1on October 01, 2012   Link

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