"Shackled" as written by and Keith Michael Kane....
For so long my life's been sewn up tight inside your hold
And it leaves me there without a place to call my own

I know now what shadows can see
There's no point in running 'less you run with me
It's half the distance through the open door
Before you cut me down
Again
Let me introduce you to the end

And I feel the cold wind blowing beneath my wings
It always leads me back to suffering
But I will soar until the wind whips me down
Leaves me beaten on unholy ground again

So tired now of paying my dues
I start out strong but then I always lose
It's half the distance before you leave me behind
It's such a waste of time

[Chorus]
'Cause my shackles
You won't be
And my rapture
You won't believe
And deep inside you will bleed for me

So here I slave inside of a broken dream
Forever holding on to splitting seams
So take your piece and leave me alone to die
I don't need you to keep my faith alive

I know now what trouble can be
And why it follows me so easily
It's half the distance through the open door
Before you shut me down
Again
Let me introduce you to the end

[Chorus]

Though you know you care

[Chorus]

And my laughter
You won't hear
The faster
I disappear
And time will burn your eyes to tears


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"Shackled" as written by Keith Michael Kane

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    General Commenti love this song!
    i think it's about someone who is trying to live his own life and find his way, but someone else is not letting him do everything his way, he feels stifled somwhow...
    "and deep inside you will bleed for me"
    the other person, although very demanding, and almost appears cold and disapproving, actually does love him on a deep level.
    fluke_on April 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti first heard this song when my head was under a sink tryin to fix a leak :S lol was clearin my room out for christmas at uni and hadnt let the album play full before :D adore the song. think maybe it bout a fella finally wising up and leaving a yappy girl who had her claws in. lol
    Pixyon April 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentApparently the song was written in reference to Keith Kane breaking up with his girlfriend. And it must not have been going very well.

    This is probably my favorite song on the album. Has a certain edge the other songs don't quite have. Too bad there aren't any songs with him at lead on "Go".
    jbisaskyon January 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthere's my interpretation. I'll try.

    For so long my life's been sewn up tight inside your hold
    And it leaves me there without a place to call my own

    *obviously this song is about a guy who's life is being controlled by someone else. Probably a girl knowing this band. So I'll go with that. The guy has probably put a bunch of time and effort into the relationship and evidently the girl just isn't feeling it anymore. So she just cuts him off but he can't just do that too. He's still attached to her and she's still weaved into his life. He is lost without her presence.*

    I know now what shadows can see
    There's no point in running 'less you run with me
    It's half the distance to the open door
    Before you cut me down
    Again
    Let me introduce you to the end

    *He's trying to let go of her once and for all so he won't be haunted by her anymore. He's saying that he's ready to realize why she left him and how he can let her go. So he's going to end all the suffering that comes from her memory and such.*

    And I feel the cold wind blowing beneath my wings
    It always leads me back to suffering
    But I will soar until the wind whips me down
    Leaves me beaten on unholy ground again

    *He knows now that every time he thinks of her he gets blown down (depressed) so he's going to go in the opposite direction and leave it all behind.*

    So tired now of paying my dues
    I start out strong but then I always lose
    It's half the distance before you leave me behind
    It's such a waste of time

    *he's just tired of going through all the same thoughts about her and trying to get away from feeling bad about it. It's just a waste of time thinking about her*

    CHORUS
    'Cause my shackles
    You won't be
    And my rapture
    You won't believe
    And deep inside you will bleed for me

    *he's telling her that she won't get him down because of what she did. And in the end she'll be sorry that she left him and he'll be better for it.*

    So here I slave inside of a broken dream
    Forever holding onto splitting seams
    So take your piece and leave me alone to die
    I don't need you to keep my faith alive

    *He's telling her to just leave for good so he never has to deal with it again. He doesn't need her or her memories anymore to get him down, or bring him back up for that matter.*


    I know now what trouble can be
    And why it follows me so easily
    It's half the distance through the open door
    Before you shut me down
    Again
    Let me introduce you to the end

    CHORUS

    Though you know you care

    CHORUS

    And my laughter
    You won't hear
    The faster
    I disappear
    And time will burn your eyes to tears

    *He's finally over it and he's happy. He knows she'll be sorry in the end*
    jbandy10on May 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYes, too bad he didn't sing on "Go". I like his voice, it's more of a hardcore rocker than pop/alternative artist. jbisasky, I agree with your interpretations of it.
    BrittleWingson August 27, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretationyou guys are all nuts. it obviously about the devil. For his betrayal god cut him off at the knees, banishing him to earth, and he turns his anger at humans, introducing us to "the end". it's a self-serving diatribe, in which the devil attempts to garner sympathy from the weak and from other evil forces, while at the same time attacking good people, justifying it with tales of his suffering and the bitter cold gripping his "wings". His antichrist's "rapture", designed to turn weak and greedy people against god, is his last desperate attempt at payback for his "suffering"
    DrGregHouseon December 08, 2011   Link

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