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I was always one of the righteous
Never lived outside of the lines.
Kept a close watch on the white wash
disguising the dead bones inside.

I was always one of the good ones,
keeping tabs on everyone else
sure that I was one of the chosen,
But I was a child of Hell

But you buried me in the bright light.
Yeah, you held my eyes to the sun
till I could see
That I was worse than I ever feared
I could be
But somehow, I was loved more than I ever
dared to believe because of you

I was always one of the blameless,
Or at least that's what I believed
I never thought I could have been blinded
until I could no longer see.


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  • +4
    General CommentThis seems to be Paul discussing his conversion experience. Prior to his conversion, Paul was a brutal, self-righteous Pharisee that persecuted Christians. In the New Testament, Christ refers to the Pharisees as white-washed sepulchers (referenced here by Dustin with "Kept a close watch on the white wash,
    disguising the dead bones inside").

    However, Paul radically converted to Christianity when he was blinded on the road to Damascus. Dustin references this when he sings, "But you buried me in the bright light/ Yeah, you held my eyes to the sun
    till I could see." After being literally temporarily blinded by a bright light and hearing the voice of God, Paul could "see" his own hypocrisy. Through this experience he realized God's love.

    I think Thrice uses this story to remind the self-righteous among us (Christian and non-Christian alike) to follow God's command to love all people because none of us are blameless. Without love, we are truly dead inside despite whatever righteous front we put up- white-washed sepulchers "disguising the dead bones inside."
    elbeast120on September 05, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI disagree guys. I believe this song is about someone who calls themselves a Christian and thinks they are living the right way, staying away from "sinners" and bad behavior. They missed the real message of the Gospel, which is Jesus's love for us regardless of what we do or don't do.

    It's the realization of God's love for us by someone who thought they knew it all, but had missed it all along.
    hsilmanon October 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCorrect lyrics, not too many corrections. This is straight from the vinyl.

    I was always one of the righteous, never lived outside the lines.
    Kept a close watch on the whitewash, disguising the deadbones inside.
    I was always one of the good ones, keeping tabs on everyone else; sure that I was -
    one of the chosen, but I was a child of hell.
    But you buried me in the bright light. Yeah, you held my eyes to the sun 'till I could see -
    that I was worse than I ever feared I could be, but somehow, I was loved more than I ever -
    dared to believe because of you.
    I was always one of the blameless, or at least that's what I believed.
    I never thought I could be blinded, until I could no longer see.

    This album is seriously amazing! So much depth and emotion in his words. Seems to me that this song is about doubting a higher power.
    Davidlesson September 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the meaning is pretty simple here. Someone that lost faith in a higher power and was redirected to believing in what he previously did because the higher power (most likely God) loved him and never left his side. Although you could interpret this as a loved one not letting someone slide to a dark place and always being there for them.
    scbaseball12on September 05, 2011   Link

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