"Deathbed Atheist" as written by and Chris Raines Cory Putman....
Watch it all change and watch it go away.
Watch it all never be the same again.
Watch it all all be nothing like we thought before.
Watch it all. Watch it.
Watch it all be lies, damned lies, statistics.
Lie to me. Lie to me. Lie to me.

Take it all in and take it all from me.
Take it all and bury it deep inside of you.
Take it all and run away.
Take it all forever.
Take it all.
Take it all.
Take it all.
Take it all.
Take it all.

Bury your hands in the sand.
You'll never use them on me again.
Bury your hands in the sand.
You'll never use them on me again.

Lie, take it all.
Take it. Take it all. Take it.
Lie, take it all.
Take it. Take it all. Take it.

Bury your hands in the sand.
You'll never use them on me again.
Bury your hands in the sand.
You'll never use them on me again.

I'm exhausted from shaking hands with your meat hook fingers.

This is my nightmare [x12]
Lie to me, this is my nightmare.
Lie, this is my nightmare, to me.
This is my nightmare.
This is my nightmare.

Bury your hands in the sand.
You'll never use them on me again.
Bury your hands in the sand.
You'll never use them on me again.

And I'm exhausted from shaking hands with your meat hook fingers.

Lies, damned lies, statistics.
Lie to me. Lie to me. Lie to me.

Lie, bury your hands in the sand.
Lie, you'll never use them on me again.
Lie.


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    General CommentI've got to somewhat agree with Metalhead on this one, but I don't see where in the song that points to this "Deathbed Atheist" ever being a Christian. I think he's lying on his deathbed, having been an atheist all his life and is now fearing the possibility of there being a God. This is the "nightmare" that he mentions, the fear or him living his life being an atheist and possibly being wrong. I think the first few lines are him admitting that everything he's been told or convinced as an atheist was wrong and he's now asking himself, What if they all have been lies and statistics? Where this song shifts, however, is where he says,

    "Take it all and bury it deep inside of you.
    Take it all and run away."

    I think he's encouraging those around his deathbed, who have seen him nervous or frightened by the thought of afterlife and is telling them to remember what he is feeling. To remember that there may be a God after all and wants them to search it out themselves. I also think he's telling those people, in this next line:

    "Bury your hands in the sand.
    You'll never use them on me again."

    to forget their old ways of being atheists and neglect his teachings by burying their "hands in the sand." Then the last thing I got from this song was from:

    "I'm exhausted from shaking hands with your meat hook fingers."

    I think it's the deathbed atheist saying he's done making deals with the devil who works via lies, deception and traps and that the atheist is now moving on. Again, the nightmare is him wondering if he's lived his whole life working for the devil and being wrong in his beliefs. This is just my own interpretation, let me know if you have any input.
    MorganLockharton January 09, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThere are already some very good interpretations, i think.
    For me, this song is about desperation, when there is no hope or something to believe in anymore.
    Like an atheist on his deathbed, who has no goal in front of him,just the assurance that everything will be over soon.
    So maybe it's really about death , but you can also see it as an metaphor, i think.
    When all hope is gone, what will you do? You always need something to believe in, but this doesn't have to be a religion.
    Dodenakkeron February 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOMFG!!! No comments on this track?!?!?!?! This is an anthem dudes!!!
    CaNn1b4LCoRpS3on October 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI feel like it's about a man on his deathbed who was at one point an atheist but became a born again Christian. Now that he is in his final days he has a growing fear that there really is nothing and that when he's gone, he's gone. There is no heaven, this is the end, etc. I'll make an attempt to break it down.

    "Watch it all change and watch it go away.
    Watch it all never be the same again.
    Watch it all all be nothing like we thought before.
    Watch it all. Watch it.
    Watch it all be lies, damned lies, statistics.
    Lie to me. Lie to me. Lie to me."

    I feel like this is him questioning his beliefs. The 3rd line is where I got the idea that he's a born again Christian.

    "Take it all in and take it all from me.
    Take it all and bury it deep inside of you.
    Take it all and run away.
    Take it all forever.
    Take it all."

    I think this is just him spreading his wisdom to his loved ones before he passes. When it says "bury it deep inside of you", I think he means that he wants them to put it so deep inside of their mind that they accept it as truth and won't have this dilemma of questioning their faith when they die and will die a happy, peaceful death because they believe in heaven without a doubt.

    "Bury your hands in the sand.
    You'll never use them on me again.
    I'm exhausted from shaking hands with your meat hook fingers."

    To me, that is him swaying towards the belief in atheism. He's telling God, or the premise of God, that he wants nothing to do with it anymore.

    "This is my nightmare."

    Just him saying this is the most scared he has ever been in his life because he does not know what is going to happen. A plunge into the unknown, basically.

    I think the overall message of the song is the ultimate test of faith we all experience when we die. What do we TRULY, deep down inside, believe?
    DubVMetalheadon October 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have listened to this song over and over and watched the music video several times and still can't fully decipher what it all means. Just a few personal perceptions which I guess is normally what it is until I hear from the band themselves what it means.
    TheHumanFace_Divineon January 02, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about a christian on his deathbed who starts doubts his faith and is in fact doing a deathbed conversion to atheism, thus becoming a deathbed atheist.

    "Watch it all change and watch it go away.
    Watch it all never be the same again.
    Watch it all all be nothing like we thought before."

    This is him seeing his faith leaving him.

    "Lie to me. Lie to me. Lie to me."

    He wants to believe what he has come to see as a lie. He wants to believe again. He wants to believe your lie.

    "Take it all in and take it all from me.
    Take it all and bury it deep inside of you.
    Take it all and run away.
    Take it all forever."

    He doesn't want to hear your lies anymore!

    "Bury your hands in the sand.
    You'll never use them on me again."

    He denounces christianity. It will never touch his heart again.

    "This is my nightmare"

    In his weakest moment, he realises he is alone. There is nothing to comfort him. He lived his life believing and the one time where he needs his faith the most, it has abandoned him. A veritable nightmare.
    fishmeesteron January 03, 2011   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationEither that or he's tried to believe in his church all his life to wonder if it was a waste. The two reasons I believe this interpretation to be true is 1) the title of the song is spin on deathbed christian where an athiest in his final thoughts wonder if he's been wrong the whole time, except this time swap it around, and 2) "Watch it all be nothing like we thought before, watch it all be lies" has to be a line referencing that Christianity is the first notable religion/cult to advertise and afterlife. I don't believe this is a song written about a born-again, generally those people are the most indoctrinated over the people who were indoctrinated at a young age and in their old wisdom coming to realize it doesn't make sense. If it wasn't for that 3rd line, I'd say it would be more up for debate, as the rest of the lyrics in all honesty could go either way.

    The "take it all" part could go either way as well, no matter if the 3rd was part of the song or not. It could easily be trying to save someone from living a lie that church has taught them, or just as easily be trying to make another's life easier by lying about their faith just so that the person that's got a life left to live and feel safer.

    All being said though, this is the type of song that I think both sides of the debate could easily get behind because the context is vague enough.

    Signed, another athiest.
    mitch59242on September 11, 2014   Link

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