"Olde English 800" as written by and Ahren Charles Stringer Joel Fletcher Birch....
when your aspirations
crumble at the feet
of your tormentors
and your jaw feels like its breaking
on the cold hard tile floor and you're
holding onto something that does
farm more harm than good
well then you've reached
the pits off hell
and there in hell
you'll find the steel

(to smash your skin until its calloused
to grind your teeth down to the bone
to tear your tongue out from its shelter
and bleed out all alone
when you get there
we'll tread heavy
through the boneyards and the filth
we'll grace the presence of the vultures
and spit fire of the gods)

we'll both sit in our skin
and hate the places we have known
(when your back feels like its breaking
and your skin has turned to stone)
and you are standing in the fire
and you are wishing to go back
well then you've reached the pits of hell
you've reached the pits of hell

(i took this journey through the mirror
took a chance to take my time
to watch the cold hard steel of burden
come and break my heart and spine)

i took a blade, a glass, a noose
and then I smashed my mind in two
with a bottle, pills and notion
that I could drink my problems dead
I reached the cold pits of hell
and split my bones in tow
dragged my cold heart through the snow
and felt the coldest burn of all
the grief i've come to know
the grief i've come to know

(I took this journey through the mirror
took a chance to take my time
to watch the cold hard steel of burden
come and break my heart and spine
I took this journey through the mirror
took a chance to take my time
to watch the cold hard steel of burden
come and break my heart and spine)

I've got a story here to tell you
and best you listen or grow cold
'cause if you choose the path i've chosen
chances are you won't grow old
won't grow old.


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    My OpinionThe Amity Affliction are some of the best lyricists out there in hardcore music, along with Parkway Drive and Trivium.

    I think this song is about addiction, drug addiction, alcohol addiction. I think his "tormentors" are these substances, and hell is the depth of his addiction. When he reaches it he "finds the steel". This means that he would rather smash his skin until it's calloused etc, then go without drugs and alcohol. And that it's causing him this damage. While it feels like his back is breaking and he's gracing the presence of the vultures, which is the reality of his situation, he feels like he's spitting fire of the gods, like he is a god. His "journey through the mirror" is his transformation from sober to under the influence. One of the biggest indicators is "I took a blade, a glass, a noose and then I smashed my mind in two with a bottle, pills and notion that I could drink my problems dead". He armed himself with the weapons to harm himself then convinced himself it was good, I mentioned something along those lines earlier.

    The chorus, come and break my heart it's mine, I think is referring to people telling him to stop etc. For example, a teenager yelling at their mum saying "it's my life!". He is telling people to stop judging him and to stop trying to intervene because in his selfish state he thinks it doesn't concern them. The story he has to tell is the song and the path he has chosen is drugs and alcohol, and if you follow him, you'll die young.

    That's my opinion anyway :D hope everyone liked it.
    Hardcoreandmetalon February 05, 2012   Link

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