Into this world I came
Filled with fear, crying all the time
I guess my birth left a great scar
on my heart and mind
Now I hand-pick cotton and struggle to sing
"I am happy and I do what I like"
But my voice breaks, and I start to hate
my singing and simply everyone
Mama told me be good,
work hard, and love Mr. God
Every Sunday, I lie,
trying to realize why
Ain't nothing more to say, Your Honor
Don't look at me like that
The truth is, I am a free man,
but I can't enjoy my life

I came to a standstill
with lies and hopes inside my head
Always seemed too late to turn
and too soon to understand
No, I don't have a stomachache
It's just my face

I got stuck, I ran aground
I got used to spewing bile
I wonder whether all those years
hadn't been a waste of time

So how am I doing?
Oh, I can complain
Smoke too many cigarettes,
but I don't care

Into this world I came
Filled with fear, crying all the time


Lyrics submitted by Octavarium64

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    General Comment...and not a damned thing has changed. Some could use the same calandar from the year they were born, turned 10, turned 16, turned 21, turned 30 etc and it would look and feel the same. The only ring in ones throat is attached to young habit; self-loathing; shame; and all the other stuff that keeps ya warm and imprisoned. Carry on, Soldier. It's been working so well for ya all these years...
    TurnMeOnon January 20, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI believe the song is saying FUCK OFF
    TurnMeOnon January 20, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe overall theme is obviously the ambiguous feeling of slavery and lack of purpose derived from contemporary life and work.
    Here's my take on it:

    "I guess my birth left a great scar
    on my heart and mind"

    The voice is pretty much saying that he was born "different"; he feels like he's permanently hurt emotionally and thus he will see the world in a different manner.

    "Now I hand-pick cotton and struggle to sing
    "I am happy and I do what I like"
    But my voice breaks, and I start to hate
    my singing and simply everyone"

    At some point he lies to himself saying that he is happy performing some purposeless and menial job-task, but then he sees reality and with it he hates his previous self-delusion; and everything and everyone that surrounds him.

    "Mama told me be good,
    work hard, and love Mr. God
    Every Sunday, I lie,
    trying to realize why"

    This pretty much confirms the previous: he discovers that the things he made himself believe are simply lies. Religious faith seems to be a common theme in the path to self-discovery: when one realizes that there is no such faith but only forced belief, and doubt hidden behind, despise and hatred commonly follow.

    "I came to a standstill
    with lies and hopes inside my head
    Always seemed too late to turn
    and too soon to understand"

    Then comes the point in life when not knowing what to believe, he feels stuck or lost, without a purpose or aim: lies surround him still, and delusional hopes are in his mind.

    "I got used to spewing bile
    I wonder whether all those years
    hadn't been a waste of time"

    Spewing disdain and hatred, despising everything: tormented by the thought of wasted time.

    I guess that in the end, even if he says he can't complain, the voice seems restless: he knows that he is a free man, but somehow, the creeping feeling of being a slave overwhelms him, and thus he cannot enjoy life.
    Snoarduron February 25, 2013   Link

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