"The Hell in Me" as written by Adam Jonathan Dutkiewicz, Joel Michael Stroetzel, Mike A D'antonio, Justin Foley and Jess D Leach....
Fall down into the chaos.
Staring into the depths of pain darkness and suffering.
I will not be moved from this place, inside of me.
Until I understand this part of me that bleeds and captures my spirit.
If it's the death of me, then I will losen it's grip.
Protect me from the hell that burns inside of me.
No one can see this is the hell in me.
Bring light into the darkness.
Awaken and stir this war within us all.
Reveal my true intentions.
No one can see this is the hell in me.
Will you set me free?
This is the hell in me.
Lead me out of the darkness.
Strengthen and protect the voice that makes no sound.
Suffer and bleed for me.
Pulled from the hell that is in me.
Set me free.
Protect me from the hell that burns inside of me.
No one can see this is the hell in me.
Will you set me free?
This is the hell in me.


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"The Hell in Me" as written by Jess D Leach Adam Jonathan Dutkiewicz

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    My InterpretationGreat song, here's my interpretation on it, taking into account Jesse Leach's (lead vocals) normal lyrical basis for his songs. In short, he doesn't write about it if he hasn't experienced it. So onto the song...

    I will not be moved from this place, inside of me.
    Until I understand this part of me that bleeds and captures my spirit.
    If it's the death of me, then I will loosen it's grip.
    Protect me from the hell that burns inside of me

    -So the first few lines is simply setting a dark mood for the song, but the lines above strikes me as he realizes there's something inside of him evil or unwanted, for lack of a better word. He is determined to figure out what is dragging him down and keeping him from being the man he wants to be, at least his full potential anyway. One real-world possibility is an addiction, or at the very least a bad habit. In the last two lines here, he's ready to defeat or conquer whatever this darkness is, but suddenly he's telling someone or something to protect him from this dark place. Seems like he underestimated the power of it and now realizes he's in trouble by going there in the first place, exploring to try and figure out the problem.

    No one can see this is the hell in me.
    -This is obviously hidden to the outside world, a secret.
    Bring light into the darkness.
    Awaken and stir this war within us all.
    -Now he reveals it's a universal battle, one that everyone faces. Note that the way the lyrics are set up he's practically speaking to someone.
    Reveal my true intentions.
    -The person must have more knowledge of him than he does himself, and he is not quite sure what he was really doing in the first place fighting this on his own.
    No one can see this is the hell in me.
    Will you set me free?
    -He's now asking if this person will set him free from this hell he has now caught himself in, as asking for protection apparently wasn't enough.
    This is the hell in me.
    -Revealing to at least this person exactly what this hell is, admitting to it openly since the person already knows actually.

    Lead me out of the darkness.
    -He's now telling them to lead him out of this hell since it is too dark for him to see through, in other words he's lost within it.
    Strengthen and protect the voice that makes no sound.
    -A voice that makes no sound? Sounds like his moral conscience, he's asking the person to strengthen this and protect it so that deceit does not make things worse for him.
    Suffer and bleed for me.
    -Telling the person to take a hit for him, so that he gets out of this unscathed.
    Pulled from the hell that is in me.
    -At this point he's confirmed that he's been pulled from the hell, back to normal.
    Set me free.
    -Yet he's still telling them to set him free, not of this hell now but apparently his normal life feels like an imprisonment too.

    Protect me from the hell that burns inside of me.
    -Now that he's out, he clearly doesn't say he's attempting to figure out what this hell is, but simply seeks protection from it.
    No one can see this is the hell in me.
    -Yet he still has not revealed to the world this secret.
    Will you set me free?
    -Asking instead of telling, perhaps he feels as if now that he's out of the immediate danger of the hell he can be polite? or perhaps now that he's been pulled out of the hell he feels unworthy of any further liberation?
    This is the hell in me.
    -And so that wraps the song up. It's basically a standard savior song, and that savior is willing to keep this hell a secret though he realizes everyone has this war. He was not able to defeat it and the savior did not defeat it either, however he did free him from it, it seems like the savior can't defeat something inside him, and that is up to the man with the hell. Now at this point I'll tell you what I truly believe it is, and you of course can just draw your own conclusion from the first half of this paragraph, it pretty much depends on your faith (or lack of). Now Jesse is a Christian, but as he's said in this interview mindovermetal.org/2010/04/02/no-joke-the-best-interview-with-jesse-leach-you-have-ever-read/ "I’ve never called upon the name of God in my songs. For me, that would be a little contrived. I’d rather write music from my perspective as a believer in God, as opposed to being a religious artist." contrived means more artificially made. In other words, he couldn't sing worship songs without feeling he was basically forcing them. So, it is in my opinion that this hell is a sin or sin in general, and in trying to tackle it himself by attempting to figure out what exactly the sin is or how it works, he became helpless in it. He did not call upon the name of God, but it did seem like he indirectly spoke of Jesus, especially the part where he tells him to "suffer and bleed for me".
    WardogXFoxtroton August 02, 2013   Link

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