I wake up fine and dandy
But then by the time I find it handy
To rip my heart apart and start
Planning my crash landing
I go up to the ceiling
Then I feel my soul start leaving
Like an old man's hair receding

I'm pleading, "Please, oh please!"
On my knees repeatedly asking
Why it's got to be like this
Is this living free?
I don't wanna be the one
To have the sons blood on my hands
I'll tell the moon
Take this weapon, forged in darkness
Some see a pen, I see harpoon

I'll stay awake
'Cause the dark's not taking prisoners tonight

Why am I not scared in the morning?
I don't hear those voices calling
I must have kicked them out
I must have kicked them out

I swear I heard demons yelling
Those crazy words they were spelling
They told me I was gone
They told me I was gone

But I tell 'em
Why won't you let me go
Do I threaten all your plans?
I'm insignificant

Please tell 'em
You have no plans for me
I will set my soul on fire
What have I become?

On the eve of a day that's forgotten and fake
As the trees, they await, and clouds anticipate
The start of a day when we put on our face
A mask that portrays that we don't need grace
On the eve of a day that is bigger than us
But we open our eyes, 'cause we're told that we must
And the trees wave their arms and the clouds try to plead
Desperately yelling, "There's something we need!"
I'm not free, I asked forgiveness three times
Same amount that I denied, I three-time MVP'd this crime
I'm afraid to tell you who I adore
Won't tell you who I'm singing towards
Metaphorically, I'm a whore, and that's denial number four

I'll stay awake
'Cause the dark's not taking prisoners tonight

Why am I not scared in the morning?
I don't hear those voices calling
I must have kicked them out
I must have kicked them out

I swear I heard demons yelling
Those crazy words they were spelling
They told me I was gone
They told me I was gone

But I'll tell 'em
Why won't you let me go
Do I threaten all your plans?
I"m insignificant

Please tell 'em
You have no plans for me
I will set my soul on fire
What have I become?

I'm sorry.


Lyrics submitted by bookhouseboy23, edited by Skoobasteve24


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    General CommentThis song is about a mans struggles as a follower of God to trust in his forgiveness.

    "I'm afraid to tell you who I adore
    Won't tell you who I'm singing towards
    Metaphorically, I'm a whore, and that's denial number four"

    This line he is saying that he is afraid to tell people that he believes in God, and that his lyrics are directed towards Him. By whore it is ment currupt and he is currupt and a hyporcrite by not singing what he believes. Which makes denial number for, anothe denail as related to the 3 denials of Peter in the bible.
    JtWalkInForthon March 20, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis song seems to be the basic cry of an insomniac. It beautifully portrays the intense struggle one finds himself in once he lies down for sleep. You start to think about everything that has gone wrong, but most of all the wrongs you caused. Mind racing and "demons yelling", one also finds himself in the perfect position to write, as there is rarely another time when an insomniac's mind will bring forth as much information as when said person is attempting to sleep. However, once the writing begins, it is hard to stop in time to get the amount of sleep you were aiming for, therefore placing anxiety on the fulfillment of priorities, such as work. It is at this moment that the decision is made to stay awake. The "dark" can't take prisoners that don't sleep.
    pacman212on July 04, 2013   Link
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    My OpinionI'm pleading, "Please, oh please!"
    On my knees repeatedly asking
    Why it's got to be like this
    Is this living free?
    I don't wanna be the one
    To have the sons blood on my hands
    I'll tell the moon
    Take this weapon, forged in darkness
    Some see a pen, I see harpoon

    -This first verse pretty much sums up the song; Seems to me he is writing about the music industry and signing his soul away with the "harpoon". The rest of the song touches on his struggle with this - maybe he regrets it, or maybe he beat it... He is constantly battling the demons...Struggling to make it and get his songs out there and heard - fighting the industry and the simpleton sounds/beats and meaningless lyrics that are taking over today's music.

    But I tell 'em
    Why won't you let me go
    Do I threaten all your plans?
    I'm insignificant

    -This makes me think he beat them/or trying to at least... His lyrics and sounds are so unique/deep/meaningful and he is sticking to it, whether he gets beat down for it or not - He will not not conform to what the music industry wants/expects in today's sounds - so does he threaten them? Think about his Car Radio interview and live tapings where he says that he was not aware there were rules to song writing - Think about "Holding Onto You" Lean with it, rock with it,
    When we gonna stop with it,
    Lyrics that mean nothing, we were gifted with thought,
    Is it time to move our feet to an introspective beat,
    It ain't the speakers that bump hearts, it's our hearts that make the beat.

    Basically saying quit the bullshit beats and lyrics (Which the music industry pushes today)... Rather, let's use our gift of thought and talent.

    Please tell 'em
    You have no plans for me
    I will set my soul on fire
    What have I become?

    I'm thinking he is saying that he will set his soul on fire before before he signs it away with that weapon (pen/harpoon)... He would rather put his poem lyrics, meaningful and full-filling out there, than "sell out" and conform to what is "expected"... His soul to the "devil" (music industry...) isn't worth the riches/ fame and conformity to the dark side...
    kcgrizon April 21, 2014   Link
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    My Interpretationhe's talking about his faith in god and trying escape his sinful life {the voices tell him to sin)
    recklessson June 21, 2014   Link

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