"Danger Line" as written by Zachary James Baker, James Owen Sullivan, Matthew Charles Sanders, Brian Elwin Haner and Jonathan Seward....
My sixteen locked and loaded
All fear has been avoided
You say the words and my weapon is drawn

This one could be my last time
Some people call it war crime
I may be staring down a lethal sight

(To die)

Nothing shocks you like a bullet hole
Leaving my fear on the danger line
Suffering a man should never know
Leaving my faith on the danger line

I do this for my family
My daughter loves her daddy
Too many talk down on things they don't know

With colors never faded
Reckless and unabated
They may take me but never take us all (I'll crawl)

Nothing shocks you like a bullet hole
Leaving my fear on the danger line
Suffering no man should ever know
Leaving my faith on the danger line

I know what you're thinking
I've been there before
So think of the times
The time we spent laughing away
So think of the times at home

Now I found myself in my own blood
(never thought I'd lay in my own blood)
The damage done is far beyond repair
I never put my faith in up above
(never had much faith in up above)
But now, I'm hoping someone's there

Never meant to leave this world alone
I never meant to hurt the ones who cared
And all this time I thought we'd just grow old
You know, no one said it's fair

Tell my baby girl that it's alright
I've sung my last song today
Remind the Lord to leave his light on for me
I'm free


Lyrics submitted by InUtero1324, edited by AvngdSvnX, Wyvern740, FunRocks

"Danger Line" as written by James Sullivan Brian Haner

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  • +5
    My InterpretationI to believe it's about war and soldiers, but I see it as a soldier who after going to battle gets shot and is thinking of his wife and daughter.

    "My 16 locked and loaded
    All fear has been avoided
    You say the words and my weapon is drawn."

    I see that as a solider who is at camp readying himself for a coming battle, he blocks out his fear and follows his commander's orders to go fight.

    "This one could be my last time
    Some people call it war crime
    I may be staring at a lethal sight"

    THe soldier is thinking that he possibly won't make it out of this and that it could be considered a war crime that he is about to go do something he doesn't want to, the lethal site part could also be him looking at the approaching battle and about to jump in.

    (To die)

    "Nothing shocks you like a bullet hole
    Leaving my fear on the danger line
    Suffering a man should never know
    Leaving my faith on the danger line"

    THis in a story telling sense, could be a flash forward to after he's been shot and suffering as he waits for death.

    "I do this for my family
    My daughter loves her daddy
    Too many talk down on things they don't know"

    Here it could be interpreted that it's him thinking of the fight and why he's doing this, to ensure his family is free, and also taking a jab at those who say it is a pointless affair to fight.

    "With colors never faded
    Reckless and unabated
    They may take me but never take us all"

    THe first line is obviously referencing the American Flag. THe reckless and unabated/ They may take me but never take us all part can be considered the soldier forseeing his death but reassuring himself that if he dies, his company will stay safe.

    "Nothing shocks you like a bullet hole
    Leaving my fear on the danger line
    Suffering a man should never know
    Leaving my faith on the danger line"

    Again refer to the note about this line earlier in this post.

    "I know what you're thinking
    I've been there before
    So think of the time
    The time we spent laughing away
    So think of the times at home"

    The soldier is either talking to his family telling them to remember the good times they had.

    "Now I find myself in my own blood
    The damage done is far beyond repair"

    He is beyond saving after he's been shot.

    "I never put my faith in up above
    But now, I'm hoping someone's there"

    He never thought of a god or an afterlife but is now hoping that God is there to meet him when he gets to heaven.

    "I never meant to leave this world alone
    I never meant to hurt the ones who cared
    And though this time I thought we'd just grow old
    You know, no one said its fair"

    Him thinking about his wife and their vows at a wedding possibly or his last words if he could talk to her.

    "Tell my baby girl that it's alright
    I've sung my last song today"
    The solider telling someone to tell his daughter that it is ok he is going to die and not to worry about him.

    "Remind the lord to leave his light on for me
    I'm free."

    The soldier thinking about god leaving a light on so he can find his way to heaven, and him being free of his pain and suffering as a spirit in heaven.

    Again this is just my interpretation of the song.
    CJBushon November 09, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe true beauty of a well written song, or any piece of art for that matter, is its ability to be interpreted in many different ways. When a7x wrote this song, they very well could have been writing from the perspective of a soldier(i tend to think so because of the drumline), but it can easily be taken as a metaphor for depression, suicide, or be related to by everyone who has fought their own war in life. A beautiful, well written song. The entire Nightmare album is a masterpiece.
    signsReverywhereon September 30, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment2:29-5:28 E.P.I.C.

    It's obviously about war and the loss that it brings, but more specifically the loss experience personally by soldiers killed in action.
    themonsterinmeon July 28, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti feel like this song is about war but the second half of the song is like a metaphor about the rev. maybe speaking from the rev's perspective.. like he didn't meant to hurt the ones he loved.

    maybe his death altered the song. i duno. the outro is so touching...
    tombradyownson August 03, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionThe last part is incorrect, instead of "You're not allowed" to leave the light on for me, it should say "Tell the Lord to leave the light on for me"

    ...So much emotion in this song.
    evilangel09on August 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUgh, since i can't edit my response...

    I just realized it's "REMIND the Lord to leave his light on for me."

    I feel like an idiot now
    evilangel09on August 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song. Definitely about war and the death of a soldier. Very sad toward the end.
    Ireland914on August 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI definitely agree it is about a soldier at war. I particularly like this stanza:

    "I do this for my family
    My daughter loves her daddy
    Too many talk down on things they don't know"

    It just shows the reason most go to war, and how so many people disregard the action or criticize it despite never being in that position.

    Great song, but of course that is expected from a7x.
    sonchanon August 10, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is so obviously the thoughts of a soldier who has been killed in the line of duty. He confronts an enemy, has been shot and is pain. He knows he will die, and he's thinking about his family and friends in his last moments of his life, wishing he could be with his loved ones and growing old like he believed he would. He also hopes there is a God above who will welcome him to heaven. In the last seconds he gives up and feels free.
    cliffgirl08on November 25, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationhi :) i know that alot of people don't agree with this interpretation and even rated guitarchick -1 for saying this, but i definitely got that the song was about suicide :p that's the reason i came on here was to see if anyone agreed =)

    try not to forget people, the point of music is to interpret it any damn way you want to, the saddest songs in the world are some peoples happy songs =)
    hypnotikon May 22, 2012   Link

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