"Chalk Outline" as written by Adam Wade Gontier, Neil Sanderson, Brad Walst, Barry Stock and Craig Wiseman....
I've been cursed, I've been crossed
I've been beaten by the ones that get me off
I've been cut, I've been opened up
I've been shattered by the ones I thought I loved

You left me here like a chalk outline
On the sidewalk waiting for the rain to wash away, wash away
You keep coming back to the scene of the crime
But the dead can't speak and there's nothing left to say anyway
All you left behind is a chalk outline

I've been cold in the crypt
But not as the cold as the words across your lips
You'll be sorry baby some day
When you reach across the bed where my body used to lay

You left me here like a chalk outline
On the sidewalk waiting for the rain to wash away, wash away
You keep coming back to the scene of the crime
But the dead can't speak and there's nothing left to say anyway
All you left behind is a chalk outline
All you left behind is a chalk outline (All you left behind)

You left me here like a chalk outline
On the sidewalk waiting for the rain to wash away, wash away
You keep coming back to the scene of the crime
But the dead can't speak and there's nothing left to say anyway
All you left behind is a chalk outline


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"Chalk Outline" as written by Barry Stock Adam Gontier

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  • +5
    General CommentThe sound of this song is amazing !! One of the best of the 3DG and, in my opinion, one of the best rock songs of entire 2012.
    BobFishon January 07, 2013   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationIt seems so cut and dry that this song is about someone haunting another from beyond the grave, but I take it a different way. This song speaks to me metaphorically where a lover just ripped out this guy's heart, basically stealing any sense of humanity from him. He feels completely betrayed after pouring every bit of himself into this relationship, and she's left him for dead.

    She keeps teasing that there could be something in the future, or wants to be friends, but he has nothing left to give emotionally, leaving him dead inside ("you keep coming back to the scene of the crime, but the dead can't speak and there's nothing left to say anyway".)

    My interpretation comes from the recent ending of a recent relationship where the lyrics of this song just grabbed me and were nearly a literal translation of how I felt afterward.
    gregwaon April 17, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI agree with the first comment from 'gregwa' because it's precisely what I'm going thru right now. For those who haven't had this experience, you probably would interpret this song to be about murder, but for those who have, this song fits perfectly. And you know, it certainly feels like murder, too. Three Days Grace hit this one on the nail! You get to a point after so long, in my case, 18+ years, that finally the emotion is gone and there's just nothing left inside.
    parrijbon May 20, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationMy perception of this song when I tailor it to myself is there are loved ones, family members, and friends. Many of which have drawn a piece from me, and to an extent it was allowed it to happen, thinking they needed me at the time it took place, thinking that it wouldn't be a continuous behavior. After time these people that you though were going to be there for you ended up not being there in fact these same people have turned their backs still holding that piece of you. After the realization of character from these individual has been revealed, you make the changes to walk away. The only thing that is left is this outline of what remains, the awareness of knowing you will never give these people another portion of you again. The emotional state of mind from it all are still lingering however with time you understand these feelings will be washed away.
    drew107089on January 06, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest song ever
    queen11on February 14, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood first single!
    HELENzon February 23, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThe song is about murderer, "You left me here like a chalk outline"

    "You left me here"
    Skiooon March 21, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentobvious that he was betrayed by girlfriend or best friend and they shot him and left him to die alone and like he is simply forgotten....keep trying to tell yourself that it is ok, slipping into unconsciousness those last words were cold and selfish as you left. Go save your selfish self.....you'll be sorry as I am gonna die. They didn't care for this individual, their friendship and love was fake like them...cause his outline will be simply washed away with the rain....
    412mafiaon July 25, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentobvious that he was betrayed by girlfriend or best friend and they shot him and left him to die alone and like he is simply forgotten....keep trying to tell yourself that it is ok, slipping into unconsciousness those last words were cold and selfish as you left. Go save your selfish self.....you'll be sorry as I am gonna die. They didn't care for this individual, their friendship and love was fake like them...cause his outline will be simply washed away with the rain....
    412mafiaon July 25, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentobvious that he was betrayed by girlfriend or best friend and they shot him and left him to die alone and like he is simply forgotten....keep trying to tell yourself that it is ok, slipping into unconsciousness those last words were cold and selfish as you left. Go save your selfish self.....you'll be sorry as I am gonna die. They didn't care for this individual, their friendship and love was fake like them...cause his outline will be simply washed away with the rain....
    412mafiaon July 25, 2015   Link

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