"Buried Alive" as written by Zachary James Baker, James Owen Sullivan, Matthew Charles Sanders, Brian Elwin Haner and Jonathan Seward....
Take the time just to listen
When the voices screaming are much too loud
Take a look in the distance
Try and see it all

Chances are that ya might find
That we share a common discomfort now
I feel I'm walking a fine line
Tell me only if it's real

Still I'm on my way
On and on it goes
Vacant hope to take

Hey I can't live in here for another day
Darkness has kept the light concealed
Grim as ever
Hold on to faith as I dig another grave
Meanwhile the mice endure the wheel
Real as ever
And it seems I've been buried alive

I walked the fields through the fire
Taking steps until I found solid ground
Followed dreams reaching higher
Couldn't survive the fall
Much has changed since the last time
And I feel a little less certain now
You know I jumped at the first sign
Tell me only if it's real

Memories seem to fade
On and on it goes
Wash my view away

Hey I can't live in here for another day
Darkness has kept the light concealed
Grim as ever
Hold on to faith as I dig another grave
Meanwhile the mice endure the wheel
Real as ever

And I'm chained like a slave
Trapped in the dark
Slammed all the locks
Death calls my name
And it seems I've been buried alive

Take you down now
Burn it all out
Throw you all around
Get you're fuckin' hands off me
What's it feel like?
Took the wrong route
Watch it fall apart
Now you're knockin' at the wrong gate

For you to pay the toll
A price for you alone
The only deal you'll find
I'll gladly take your soul

While it seems sick
Sober up quick
Psycho lunatic
Crushing you with hands of fate
Shame to find out when it's too late
But you're all the same
Trapped inside inferno awaits

Evil thoughts can hide
I'll help release the mind
I'll peel away the skin
Release the dark within

This is now your life
Strike you from the light
This is now your life
Die buried alive

This is now your life
Strike you from the light
This is now your life
Die buried alive

This is now your life
Die buried alive


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"Buried Alive" as written by James Sullivan Brian Haner

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    General CommentI think "Save Me" is much more clearly the mourning song on this CD. I think "Buried Alive" is about not enjoying life to the fullest because we're so busy and we get frustrated and we lock up our feelings, and then end up feeling alone and trapped. You might call it depression but I think it's something different, more of a pile of frustrations. I totally relate right now.

    The first verse is about what to do now.

    "Take the time just to listen"
    Try to hear something important that someone is trying to say

    "When the voices screaming are much too loud"
    When we're extremely busy and everyone wants our time

    "Take a look in the distance
    Try and see it all"
    Look for something longer term, beyond what you're dealing with

    "Chances are that you might find
    That we share a common discomfort now"
    You are not the only one that feels this way, and there is someone who cares and understands

    "I feel I'm walking a fine line
    Tell me only if it's real"
    I feel alone, and I need someone to help me see clearly what's important

    "Hey, I can't live in here for another day"
    I don't want to feel this alone anymore

    "Darkness has kept the light concealed"
    Another reference to being confused and not seeing clearly

    "Grim as ever"
    Everything looks bad

    "Hold on to faith as I dig another grave"
    This is the important line. The grave is a metaphor for burying your feelings, burying your frustrations, and trying not to deal with them. Faith feels like the only thing left, and you try to keep going but you are really messed up.

    "Meanwhile the mice endure the wheel"
    Everyone has stuff to deal with, but instead of letting it bury their feelings, they just keep chugging along and are fairly happy.

    "Real as ever"
    Reality is what we make of it

    The second verse describes how we got here.

    "I walked the field through the fire
    Taking steps until I found solid ground
    Followed dreams reaching higher"
    Working hard, dealing with adversity, trying our best

    "Couldn't survive the fall"
    When you put everything into your work, and it comes apart ...

    "Much has changed since the last time
    And I feel a little less certain now"
    It's happened before, but this time it seems worse, and it seems you are more alone, and less sure of what's really important

    "You know I jumped at the first sign
    Tell me only if it's real"
    We jump to the wrong conclusion that things are terrible, and we don't have help, and everything is going wrong, and again we need someone to tell us what's real

    "Memories seem to fade
    On and on it goes
    Wash my view away"
    It gets harder to remember when things were good, and it doesn't end, and you just want it to go away



    The rest is about if you don't make the right choices, and isolate yourself, you become truly alone and tormented and "in hell" even though still alive. I'd prefer not to think too much about that part.

    I need to go tell a few people that I care about them and I'm sorry. I hope this helps someone else, too.
    digeratuson August 15, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe way i see it, the first half is from someone who's stuck in hell's point of view.

    ""I walked the fields through the fire"

    "Hey I can't live in here for another day
    Darkness has kept the light concealed"

    "And I'm chained like a slave
    Trapped in the dark
    Slammed all the locks
    Death calls my name
    And it seems I've been buried alive"

    Those all make where he is sound like hell. He's trying to get out, trying to redeem himself and taking every chance he gets to do so.

    "Still I'm on my way
    On and on it goes
    Vacant hope to take"

    "You know I jumped at the first sign
    Tell me only if it's real"

    He's trying to find a chance to get out of his situation.

    The second half of the song is the gatekeeper of heaven, God, or someone similar. It could even be the devil. They're smacking down the person's hopes of getting into heaven and telling them that they deserve the punishment they got.

    "What's it feel like?
    Took the wrong route
    Watch it fall apart
    Now you're knockin' at the wrong gate"

    He's knocking at the gate to heaven but they're not gonna let him in. The route he took was an evil life.

    "For you to pay the toll
    A price for you alone
    The only deal you'll find"

    He needs to pay the toll, or repent, in order to get in. That's the only way.

    "I'll gladly take your soul"

    He'll let him in but not before he does what he needs to.

    "While it seems sick
    Sober up quick"

    It may seem unfair but he needs to deal with it.

    "Shame to find out when it's too late
    But you're all the same
    Trapped inside inferno awaits"

    It's a shame he didn't realize what was going to happen sooner but it's too late and he's trapped in hell.

    "Evil thoughts can hide
    I'll help release the mind
    I'll peel away the skin
    Release the dark within"

    He can't hide any evil thoughts and can't trick anybody into letting him in.

    "This is now your life
    Strike you from the light
    This is now your life
    Die buried alive "

    This is the life he's stuck with. No light in it, only darkness.


    That's my interpretation. Anybody agree/disagree?
    drakengardon November 17, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me it Sounds like hes referring to
    Self esteem / Or a mental illness
    thats just my thought

    Hey I can't live in here for another day
    Darkness has kept the light concealed Grim as ever
    Hold on to faith as I dig another grave
    Meanwhile the mice endure the wheel Real as ever
    And it seems I've been buried alive
    andy165583on January 04, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAWESOME song.. u posted the lyrics faster,damn it :P i wanted to post them first !

    i think it's about a guy trapped... probably in a coma :-/ and he's looking back at his life... if anyone has a better idea,pls let me know :)
    merllinon July 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about a dead man's first steps into hell, mirroring the same journey that Satan took.

    "Take you down now
    Burn it all out
    Throw you all around
    Get your fuckin'
    HANDS OFF ME"
    He's being drug into the depths of hell.

    "What's it feel like?
    Took the wrong route
    Watch it fall apart
    Now you're knockin'
    AT THE WRONG GATE"
    Satan is taunting him for where he has ended up (in Hell)

    "Shame to find out when it's too late
    But you're all the same
    Trapped inside
    INFERNO AWAITS"
    The dead guy realizes exactly what awaits him.

    "Evil thoughts can hide
    I'll help release the mind
    I'll peel away the skin
    Release the dark WITHIN"
    And then Satan offers to take away the pain, in exchange for the man's soul.

    This is a brutal fucking song, IMHO.
    Jman8088on August 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto me it's pretty obviously about having some kind of purpose/dream in your life, and like putting into it all of your time and hope, so that you may, occasionally, even have to screw relationships with some people in order to fullfill it("hold on to faith as i dig another grave)


    @digeratus i think that by "voices" he meant the voices in our head, screaming from the pain that you fell inside
    Teocosmoon September 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch an awesome song... The lyrics and guitar really got to me.
    theblackroseon November 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionDoes anyone else think this song sounds vocally like Pantera near the end, and the guitar sounds a bit like newer Metallica? At first I thought perhaps Phil Anselmo was on this track.
    smakadragonon December 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOk, this song it's a lot complex and creepy for me.

    To me it's a guy trapped in a world that he hates, where he feels like he's dead already, and he blame someone or others for that.

    And the music take a complex format, as like he's talking to the victim.

    Strong Lyric as always

    Ps: Sorry about the english, i'm brazilian so dont write very well
    Mayhembron January 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my fav song on the album. i think its about someone who committed a sin and now realizes that he's going to hell for it and is or isnt accepting it. could be either one
    dvlsnvrcry432on April 16, 2011   Link

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