I recall that deep dark basement
And I recall how bad it smelled
And I hated everyone around me
I even hated myself
Which I still do
On my bad days

You punched my mother in the mouth
We fled to shelter safe and pure
But now I never feel at home
And I will never be secure
Oh, to be secure

And when you pushed my face in shit
How could that have made you feel
Like a man or like a monster
It’s your fault I can’t tell
The difference

Lyrics submitted by Mellow_Harsher

Deep Dark Basement song meanings
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    General CommentA simple and yet amazing song about how witnessing and experiencing abuse as a child screws up one's sense of self and safety even into adulthood. As a kid, the narrator and his mother escaped an abusive situation, but they never truly felt safe or normal afterwards (as mentioned in the first two sections). And because he saw a father figure act like a monster, he struggles to separate that violence from his perceptions of masculinity (section three), and possibly his own identity.
    leaflibraryon September 02, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song (in the way I see it) is about being in a bad mental place that you feel you can never escape. In this case, the "Deep Dark Basement" would represent depression, and other "mental blocks" that may make a challenge in the narrators life. The line,
    "I hated everybody around me
    I even hated myself
    which i still do on
    my bad days" is pretty self explanatory, however, when the narrator mentions them hating themselves on their bad days, it shows a clear example of the narrator not being able to get out of that struggle. When the narrator mentions
    "you punched my mother in the mouth..." depression (or whatever else) would be the YOU in that line, ruining the narrators relationship with those who they love (or are supposed to love.) After battling such, hardcore, awful "mental blocks", you may never feel safe or comfortable, such as the narrators feeling in this song. The ending of the song is basically talking about how crap depression (or whatever else lmfaoo) made them feel.
    amanithewizardon March 08, 2018   Link

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