And then I found out how hard it is to really change,
Even hell can get comfy once you've settled in.
I just wanted the numb inside me to leave.
No matter how fucked you get,
The sun will return and you come back down!
The funny thing is all I ever wanted I already had
There's glimpses of heaven in every day
In the friends that I have, the music I made,
The love that I feel, I just had to start again

The days are a death wish
A witch hunt for an exit
I am powerless

The fragile, the broken
Sit in circles and stay unspoken
We are powerless

Because we all walk alone on an empty staircase
Idle in the halls and nameless faces
I am powerless

Everybody wants to go to heaven
But nobody wants to die
I can fear death no longer
I've died a thousand times

A wasteful universe
And we don't know our soul was
Emptiness inside our heads
But no one dares to dwell

Throw me to the flames
Watch me burn
Set my world ablaze
Watch me burn

How are we on a scale of one to ten?
You can tell me, what do you say?
Do you wanna talk about it?
How does that make you feel?

Have you ever took a blade to your wrists
Have you've been skipping meals
We're gonna try something new today
How does that make you feel?

Hold me close, don't let go, watch me
Hold me close, don't let go, watch me
Hold me close, don't let go, watch me
In this hospital for souls

Hold me close, don't let go, watch me
Hold me close, don't let go, watch me
Hold me close, don't let go, watch me
In this hospital for souls

Hold me close, don't let go, watch me
Hold me close, don't let go, watch me
Hold me close, don't let go, watch me
In this hospital for souls

Hold me close, don't let go, watch me burn
Hold me close, tell me go, watch me burn
Hold me close, don't let go, watch me burn
In this hospital for souls

Hold me close, don't let go, watch me burn
Hold me close, tell me go, watch me burn
Hold me close, don't let go, watch me burn
In this hospital for souls



Lyrics submitted by shadyyy, edited by vaporeon33, AdamArtz, samantha11

"Hospital for Souls" as written by Oliver Scott Sykes Lee David Malia

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  • +6
    My Opinion:There's a lot being talked about in this song.

    The beginning monologue is Oli basically talking about ridding his drug addiction. He found out how hard it is too quit. He got comfortable with being addicted. He did the drugs so the pain would leave. Some of the lyrics are wrong here, he is really saying, "there's always a hell when you come back down", and by that it means that no matter how many times he would get high, the numbness would always come back when he sobered up. He then realizes that everything he ever wanted and longed for was right in front of him. In his friends, the music he makes, the love from his fans, he had to quit the addiction.

    Onto the song.

    "The days are a death wish
    A witch hunt for an exit
    I am powerless"

    Daily suicidal thoughts. Looking for a way out. He's powerless.

    "The fragile, the broken
    Sit in circles and stay unspoken
    We are powerless"

    Connecting with the listener. People aren't speaking out about their depression because they feel scared and powerless.

    "Because we all walk alone on an empty staircase
    Idle in the halls and nameless faces
    I am powerless"

    We walk alone. Idle. No talking. Nameless faces. Lonelyness. Sadness.

    "Everybody wants to go to heaven
    But nobody wants to die"

    Now here is where it can get confusing for some. In my opinion this is about life/death in general and religious beliefs. Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die.. its the truth ain't it? But if heaven is so amazing.. why is everyone scared of death?

    "I can fear death no longer
    I've died a thousand times"

    Some may argue but i think its pretty obvious whats being stated here.
    Oli has realized the ultimate truth.
    We are all one.
    He is you. And you are me. We are all one. We've lived thousands and millions of lives. As beings. Separate consciousnesses. Split into millions of living beings. He is no longer scared of death because he believes that their will always new life for him to experience. Its impossible to explain this line in short of writing a book about it. Take it how you want to take it.

    This next part of lyrics is also wrong, its actually.

    "Why explore the universe
    When we don't know ourselves?

    Here he is saying, as humans, why explore the universe with all these problems and unanswered questions we have here on earth?

    "There's an emptiness inside our heads
    That no one dares to dwell..."

    This is almost impossible too figure out 100% but my guess is he is talking more about the ultimate truth, religion and afterlife. Possibly stating (like he has many times on previous albums) that we are all going to die. And there is no afterlife. And there's nothing anyone can do about it. No one dares question it because it is, in fact, so terrifyingly true.

    Lyrics explain themselves for the rest of the song.
    Amazing, Amazing lyrics written here. Possibly there most mature work. Really speaks to me and i'm sure, if your reading this, you as well.
    DMorleyon May 24, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:favorite song from Sempiternal.
    shadyyyon March 02, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My Opinion:omgeeeeeee i must say oli sykes British accent is sooooo sexy <3 :) ohkayy now the song uhmm my opinion is this song is about finding himself ,, just my opinion

    the thing i like about his songs is that he uses his life ,, he puts his feelings into his songs ,, but that people can really take the songs and interpret it into their own lives i never ever felt so much emotions in songs as when i heard oliis music ... if you listen to this song it could be about love because he says no matter how fucked you get its always there when you come back down (meaning you know when you try to drown your sadness of being dumbed with geting high or drinking till you so pissed ? now wat hes tryna say is that hes obviously been with a girl ,, and she doesnt like the dark side of him ,, or his drug addiction so she told him to go to a shrink but he does this cuz he loves her and he doesnt want to lose her ,, but i think she alredy left him ,,and he says all he ever wanted he already had because he was happy with her and ya now hes tryna fight for her so hes goin to a shrink and a mental house or rehab

    the days are a death wish , a witch hunt for an exit , i am powerless (he is in rehab or the mental home and he wants to get out fo there but he cant cause he wants her back)

    the fragile , the broken sit in circles and stay unspoken we are powerless (hes obviously with other people who also have a problems)

    im paraphrasing btw

    have you ever taken a blade to your wrists ? have you been skipping meals ? were goin to try something new today how does that make you feel ? (thats normaly wat shrinks ask so thats the shrink talking to oli )

    last of all

    hold me close dont let go (he doesnt want to lose her he needs her)

    just my opinion
    xxx
    musicmystroon July 05, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:"Everybody wants to go to heaven
    But nobody wants to die"

    To me it means that everyone wants to be happy, but it requires some hard work that no one wants to do.
    Kotownikon February 10, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:oliver sykes amazing lyrics amazing music
    i believe this song is about how he believes that the only way out is by death to reach heaven im proabely wrong but thats what i get from this song
    mariovaldon March 14, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:From listening to the whole album of Sempiternal, and also watching a couple of interviews of Oli Sykes and talking about the album, this is just my opinon, but I think that from what he said is that this album (Sempiternal) means "Everlasting" and that the album itself had to do with a lot with things that happens everyday. Pretty much about how this world has come to be, and that there's just things that aren't going to stop anytime soon, they're by Oli's definition, "Everlasting" and that the sooner we realize that we can't always control things and make EVERYTHING better, the better off we will be. As long as we realize it, admit what we've done, and accept the fact that we've done it, the easier it will be to let go. This whole album, in my opinion, is based on all that, and just realizing that you can't always change things. Just accept and cherish what you have now.
    AshersDeadon March 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:Depression and the struggles that come with it and other mood disorders. Anyone who tells you it's easy to get out of the grips of depression never had to suffer it.
    kuribohgxon July 31, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:have you ever took a blade to your wrist
    have you been skipping meals
    we're gonna try something new today
    how does that make you feel?

    this part hits hard. its like oh my gosh
    has oli been in my head?
    i take it as we are gonna find a new way to deal with the pain, the empty, the numb
    and how will that make you feel.
    insaneloveon September 03, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:First off I would like to say that this is the first song I have ever herd of Bring Me the Horizon.

    This song literally made me sick to my stomach the first time I herd it.

    But not in a bad way this is one of those songs that just describes how you are feeling so well that you just break down and cry because it says everything you feel, and it actually makes your emotions real.

    For me (because of my own addictions and struggles) this song is about a person that struggles with freeing themselves from an addiction. For me it was self harm, bulimia, and depression, and this song fits that perfectly.

    The part where he says:

    How are we on a scale of one to ten?
    You can tell me, what do you say?
    Do you wanna talk about it?
    How does that make you feel?

    Have you ever took a blade to your wrists
    Have you've been skipping meals
    We're gonna try something new today
    How does that make you feel?

    This is my whole life I spent time in rehab and I was asked these questions on an hourly basis. I would always want to scream at them because all i have ever wanted was for someone to just give me a hug and tell me its going to be ok. So when the lyrics below came up I just about lost it.

    Hold me close, don't let go, watch me
    Hold me close, don't let go, watch me
    Hold me close, don't let go, watch me
    In this hospital for souls

    This song describes my addiction to a T. I have listened to this song hundreds of times and I still cry when I hear it.
    Enterprise143on November 15, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:-Have you ever took a blade to your wrists?
    -Yes
    -Have you've been skipping meals
    Yes
    -We're gonna try something new today
    How does that make you feel?
    -...loved
    yeseniacxon November 27, 2013   Link

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