"Darkness Within" as written by and Philip John Demmel David Wayne Mcclain....
Here in the darkness that I lay
Depression heavy in its weigh
And how my body aches to leave
To sing its final eulogy
My sons I love you evermore
And though the road beckons once more
I see the damage that I've done
In search for redemption
But I am just a broken man
Whose souls cries out to understand
How the madness shatters me
Upon the stage on bended knee
I scream out loud at skies above
That answer mute bereft in love
I struggle not to fall from grace
Or sing the hymns of my disgrace

We build cathredrals to our pain
Establish monuments to attain
Freedom from all of the scars and the sins
Lest we drown in the darkness within

Mysterys forgotten chords
I strum in vain to please the lord
But he has never answered me
My faith has waned eternally
In empty men who pass along
The woes of all religions wrong
But now the shadowed veil it falls
Heed the clarion call
So pray to music build a shrine
Listen in these desperate times
Fill your heart with every note
Cherish it and cast afloat
Because god is in these clef and tone
Salvation is found alone
Haunted by its melody
Music it will set you free
Let it set you free

We build cathredrals to our pain
Establish monuments to attain
Freedom from all of the scars and the sins
Lest we drown in the darkness within

Music my saviour (save me)

We build cathredrals to our pain
Establish monuments to attain
Freedom from all of the scars and the sins
Lest we drown in the darkness within


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"Darkness Within" as written by Philip John Demmel David Wayne Mcclain

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  • +5
    My OpinionIt's about how music becomes like religion for so many people, a way to get through the hard times.
    Agwozhon June 26, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationAs far as I can tell, the meaning is exactly opposite of what onliberty posted below.

    The first verse is mostly reflection on his life; how he has sought redemption and answers. He's shouted to the "skies above" (God), but received no answers or love in return. Still he tries to do whatever might be expected of him, even in the absence of such guidance.

    The second verse is very clear. Robb says that God doesn't answer men, all religions are wrong, and those who have followed religions remain empty. He then says to instead pray to music, worship music, because music is the source of freedom and salvation; music is God.
    LRonaldHubbson December 06, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf you really want to know what this song is about watch this. youtu.be/…
    Pokey79on April 21, 2017   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correctionit's not "breathed lung" it's "bereft of love"
    "shadow vail falls he'd declare and call" should be "shadow veil falls, heed the clarion call"
    saintdimmuon September 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou missed the word "Here" at the beginning also it's not "History's" it's "Misery's" and I think it's "waned" instead of "weened".

    Thank you for the lyrics, been searching them for about 4 days, hope you publish the whole album lyrics, it's awesome.
    Imaboredon September 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfor any who are interested, just got back from the machine head bloodstones and diamonds gig where they told us where Darkness Within came from!
    Turns out Dave McClain gave Rob the chords which Rob thought were amazing but he just could put down any lyrics to match. For about 5 months or so, he was dry and he found himself in a dark place. Then one day, after dropping his kids off at school, it suddenly came to him, he pulled over to the side of the road in the pissing rain and took out his phone and wrote the songs lyrics in their entirety in 20 minutes
    metalmonkeyon December 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIf I combine the youtube explanation with my previous interpretation, I'd say the following:

    With this song he explains to his sons how music has in retrospect been a way to deal with his pains, depressions and regrets. By giving the feelings a reflection in the real world (music), they become something he can hold on to when he threatens to drown in emotional swamps. By giving feelings a sound, they are no longer short-lived, they have been given monuments everyone can experience, cathedrals he can go to in desperate times.

    I would not go as far as claiming that he really considers music a deity, but he does advise to worship music (because all other worshiping was in vain for him) and hopes that its power will set his sons free from despair.

    (Disclaimer: Music (and other art) is what it means to you. If a different interpretation means more to you, when it makes you scream, cry and/or orgasm, then hold on to that interpretation.)
    hellbornon July 26, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentWho the hell cares if the lyrics are correct. I came here to read what people believe the song means to them not a fight about the lyrics.
    Rikiazon January 09, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General Comment“There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus”
    --Blaise Pascal

    Every single one of us a hole in our soul that we are trying to fill. God put in there on purpose to point the way back home. Nothing satisfies and we try anything and everything to fill this hole and find meaning in our life.

    We are looking for salvation everywhere - some try to find it in drugs, others marriage, others philosophy, others their career, still others music. Nothing satisfies until we find the only thing that can fill that hole - Jesus Christ.

    As Augustine said, "Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee."

    Keep putting our great music, but you'll only find disappointment if you expect something other than God to provide what only God can.
    onlibertyon November 09, 2012   Link
  • -4
    Lyric CorrectionMaybe if this douchebag had BOUGHT THE CD he could have corrected his ridiculous lyric interpretation by now, instead of replying "oh i think i got it correct but i dont know, because i dont have a lyrics booklet, because I didnt buy the CD"

    Here are the correct lyrics, asshole:

    Here in the darkness that I lay
    Depression heavy in it's weigh
    And how my body aches to leave
    To sing it's final eulogy
    My sons I love you evermore
    And though the road beckons once more
    I see the damage that I've done
    In search for redemption
    But I am just a broken man
    Whose soul cries out to understand
    How the madness shatters me
    Upon the stage on bended knee
    I scream out loud at skies above
    That answer mute, bereft in love
    I struggle not to fall from grace
    Or sing the hymns of my disgrace

    We build cathedrals to our pain
    Establish monuments to attain
    Freedom from all of the scars and the sins
    Lest we drown in the darkness within

    Mystery's forgotten chords
    I strum in vain to please the lord
    But he has never answered me
    My faith has waned eternally
    In empty men who pass along
    The woes of all religion's wrong
    But now the shadowed veil it falls
    Heed the clarion call
    So pray to music, build a shrine
    Worship in these desperate times (in the lyrics book it actualls says "listen in these desperate times, but he doesn't say that)
    Fill your heart with every note
    Cherish it and cast afloat
    Because god is in these clef and tone
    Salvation is found alone
    Haunted by it's melody
    Music, it will set you free
    Let it set you free

    Music my savior (SAVE ME)

    Go buy the album you cheap bastards
    GodSendDeathon October 01, 2011   Link

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