"I Burn" as written by and Todd Lewis....
Driftin' upward
Gently lifting
Lazy on the wind

Rollin' over
Turnin' slowly
Beginning and the end

Fire is bright
Fire is clean
Never so alive

Smoke is freedom
Flame is mercy
I am free tonight

And I burn
I burn

Stoke the embers
Cleanse the spirit
A prayer in every spark

Feel the lick of
Bad religion
The finish and the start

In the beginning
We were smarter
And the flame was heaven-sent

Through the ages
We got stupid
Now we must repent

And I burn
I burn

Sift the ashes
For reminders
Stony things remain

Tooth and bone
I have left these things

Because fire is bright
Fire is clean
Efficient and divine

Tooth and bone
Charms and dolls
I am free tonight

I'm on
The air
You breathe

I'm on
The air
You Breathe

I'm on
The air
You breathe

I burn
I burn
I burn

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"I Burn" as written by Todd Lewis

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    General CommentI disagree with pretty much everyone on the specifics. In my opinion, it's definitely about spirituality, which makes other appearances on the album theme-wise (Backslider comes to mind first).

    I personally think it's about how he felt controlled and enslaved by religion, but when he left the church and spiraled into a life of "sin" he began to burn.

    So now he's torn between living a life of selfish desires while dissolving, or returning to the chains of the church. Ultimately, the song is without resolution as he just continues to burn in indifference, which is how the song begins as well.

    ANOTHER way to interpret it is flat-out rebellion from the church. "Tooth and bone, unimpressive, I have left these things"; that line argues that point the most. He feels simultaneously cleansed by the freedom of religious bondage but dirty because of what's been engraved, thus the "burning" being the adjective used to describe the conflict and/or transition.
    CovinSon June 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti wanna be burned by fire. fire is nice.
    blueglitz27on September 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song kind of reminds me of Fahrenheit 481, just some of the language used
    Locuston October 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust general sinning, good and bad stuff. It's almost as if he is being barbequed, "rolling over, turning slowly" like rotisserie style or something.
    scottpeltzon March 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about Sin.

    "In the beginning we were smarter."

    talking about Adam and Eve

    "Through the ages, we got stupid"

    Perhaps this song is talking about it pentence and attonement of a act he made. After he did his pentence, he feels so clean. He feels free.
    Guffawingcoyoteon April 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTooth, bone, charms dolls, FIRE! Sounds like voodoo.
    JumpyJackon December 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOk, well i posted on a bunch of the other songs on this cd about what they mean and i think they are all one big storyline... This final song is where the guy kills himself and the girl he kidnapped.

    Everyone so far has explained how he is burning himself to have some sort of crazy religious death, but theres a few things i also think about this part... when he says "the beginning and the end" its referring to how in the water it was the beginning of his "life" and how his death in the fire is ending the same way.

    NOW... the girl is clearly also killed here.. because he is talking to her the whole time. At the end of the song: "I burn the air you breathe"... shes buried underground and he burns away all her oxygen. One reason that I put this together is that on the back of the album cover it shows some kind of dial (could show oxygen level in a coffin of some kind) with a reflection of a girls sleeping face barely there... really cool. (note: i dont have the pic in front of me, but thats what i remember...)

    This song is so cool and please post if anyone agrees with me or disagrees on this song or any of the others.
    windsofchangeon March 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about weed and geting high or something.
    At least i get high listening to this song.
    nolaniscoolon May 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaha, the first thing i thought this song was about was smoking weed, but now i think that you other guys are right, its about sin.
    Test For Echoon September 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this about a religious zealot that thinks that he must sacrifice himself by burning himself to death. He thinks by doing this he will be cleansed or atoned. An awesome song, Toadies has some great talent, too bad they didnt get back together.
    mallorypmmon July 05, 2007   Link

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