"This Means War" as written by Zachary James Baker, Brian Elwin Haner, Matthew Charles Sanders and Jonathan Seward....
Hide my face again, harbor in the shadows
Feel this weight of sin hammering away
Die, with the guilt of a thousand AWOL soldiers
Die, watch the scythe usher me astray

I can't go on this way
Not as I am today
The ugly side of me is strong

Take aim, a loaded gun.
Pull back on all who run.
A coward's truth inside the wrong.

This means war
This means war
This means war

Lash your tongue of bane
Carry me to nowhere
Mental holocaust
Battle never ends
Lie! Mask the pain
Of a child who's forsaken
Lie! To myself
Praise the new regime

I left me long ago
Reasons you'll never know
No one to miss me when I'm gone
With no more words to say
No argument to stay.
Another post I don't belong

This means war
This means war
This means war
This means war
This means war

No home to call my own
No finding someone new
No one to break the fall
No one to see me through
No name to carry on
No promise for today
No one to hear the call
No tattered flag to raise

Walk the razor's edge
Cut into the madness
Question all you trust
Buy into the fear
I see the man ripping at my soul now
I, I know the man
I know him all too well

There's nothing here for free
Lost who I want to be
My serpent blood can strike so cold
On any given day
I'll take it all away
Another thought I can't control

This means war
This means war
This means war
This means war
This means war


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"This Means War" as written by Jonathan Seward Brian Haner

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  • +2
    Song ComparisonSounds very similar to "Sad but True" by Metallica. Close to plagiarism.
    n3bulouson October 10, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentPersonally, I think this song is using war as more spiritual warfare rather than actual war. M. Shadows is singing about how he buys into the lies of the enemy rather than follow a straightened path, and he recognizes this battle in his mind. He also uses a couple of biblical references to make this point. He is basically declaring war on his worst enemy, himself.
    MillerTime88on June 05, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe first three stanzas talk about how he cowers from the things he is doing. He knows he is doing wrong but he does it anyway out of fear.

    After the chorus, the next two stanzas are about him trying to justify what he is doing. He lies to himself and praises the "Regime." He talks about how he left himself. He became a figurative robot of the regime.

    After the chorus, the last three stanzas are about how he is alone because he submitted to the regime. "No home to call my own, No finding someone new, No one to break the fall, No one to see me through, No name to carry on, No promise for today, No one to hear the call, No tattered flag to raise." This shows what happens when you submit to the regime. It make you, "Question all you trust, Buy into the fear." He ends with talking about how cold and ruthless he has become.
    anon23on August 24, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIt seems to me to be a story of a soldier in the army of a totalitarian Regime. He is forced to commit many atrocities for them and he has become numb to it. he tries to tell himself that it is justified
    "Lash your tongue of bane
    Carry me to nowhere
    Mental holocaust
    Battle never ends
    Lie! Mask the pain
    Of a child who's forsaken
    Lie! To myself
    Praise the new regime" It also points to a former Regime that May very well have been "Good guys" (I don't know how else to word this. Lol)
    He knows what he is doing is wrong but he complies out of fear."Question all you trust. Buy into the fear." "I left me long ago" seems to point that he has given up trying to fight it. Whether he likes it or not it has become a part of him.
    "There's nothing here for free
    Lost who I want to be
    My serpent blood can strike so cold
    On any given day
    I'll take it all away
    Another thought I can't control" Is him describing how he has become cold blooded and remorseless in the name of "The Regime"

    "No home to call my own
    No finding someone new
    No one to break the fall
    No one to see me through
    No name to carry on
    No promise for today
    No one to hear the call
    No tattered flag to raise" Points to This Soldier acknowledging that He is lost. He has given up all that he cares for- out of fear of losing it to "The Regime"
    TheDarkLord115on December 30, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome of the posted lyrics are wrong, here are the correct lyrics...

    Hide my face again, harbor in the shadows
    Feel this weight of sin hammering away
    Die - with the guilt of a thousand AWOL soldiers
    Die - watch the scythe usher me astray

    I can't go on this way
    Not as I am today
    The ugly side of me is strong

    Take aim, a loaded gun.
    Pull back on all who run.
    A coward's truth inside the wrong.

    This means war
    This means war
    This means war

    Lash your tongue of bane
    Carry me to nowhere
    Mental holocaust
    Battle never ends
    Lie! Mask the pain
    Of a child who's forsaken
    Lie! To myself
    Praise the new regime

    I left me long ago
    Reasons you'll never know
    No one to miss me when I'm gone
    With no more words to say
    No argument to stay.
    Another post I don't belong

    This means war
    This means war
    This means war
    This means war
    This means war

    No home to call my own
    No finding someone new
    No one to break the fall
    No one to see me through
    No name to carry on
    No promise for today
    No one to hear the call
    No tattered flag to raise

    Walk the razor's edge
    Cut into the madness
    Question all you trust
    Buy into the fear
    I see the man ripping at my soul now
    I, I know the man
    I know him all too well

    There's nothing here for free
    Lost who I want to be
    My serpent blood can strike so cold
    On any given day
    I'll take it all away
    Another thought I can't control

    This means war
    This means war
    This means war
    This means war
    This means war
    AndThenOneDay...on September 16, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI agree with n3bulous, but still a good song.
    Engel97on January 11, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn my opinion MillerTime88 and anon23 hit it spot on there. I can relate to this interpretation of the song completely and it is pretty much how I’ve seen it. This song could be about me and I’ve been listening to this song a lot lately. Sometimes feeling angry, sometimes crying my eyes out. I’ve taken this as a theme song in my battle out of this mess I’ve become. Being too good hearted, kind, forgiving and ever trusting I ended up being hurt so much in my life I lost myself in order to survive emotionally. I couldn’t take the emotional beating anymore, I had to get on top and found I didn’t like who I had become. There was the man ripping at my soul now – myself, acting like the ones I had disrespected the most in my life. A sucker playing with other people’s emotions and life. Not intentionally but for some reason I ended up doing so, I felt out of control. I was safe from others but I couldn’t escape the guilt I realized I need to change in order to respect myself. I tried to feel better but ended up feeling worse.

    I hid my face so I wouldn’t hurt anyone, I hid my face to protect myself from attacks of envy, I hid my face because of shame and guilt. I’ve forgiven myself the wrongdoing but accept no more new, I’m so sorry for all the bad. I just hope I could feel love, find someone new and have her see through me as I truly am, a good person who just got lost along the way. First I need to prove me to myself, you can’t feel deserving of love unless you love yourself, you can’t love unless you can’t trust. To trust you must not fear.
    phnix76on October 13, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think he's figuring out that the temptations of the devil only lead to misery... so he declares war against the devil!! God starts ripping at his soul as he begins to recognize who "the man" is....
    sarah670on April 14, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentSeems to be about a soldier who sits up in the posts, shooting down whoever runs from the army base (a thousand AWOL soldiers.) Just like in MIA this soldier questions the reasons why he's there. He realizes there's nothing he can do about it, he'll continue to shoot people who run, and the man (the govt/war/whole situation) is ripping at his soul.
    jwalkblueon September 29, 2013   Link

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