These are the things I hold onto
These are the things I use to deceive myself
I line them up in front of me
I judge them carefully
Then I throw them all away
I throw them all away
I am a small man
I am not a dangerous man
I love a child
I love a beautiful child
I love a child
I love a beautiful child
I will hold this child in my arms
And caress his soft head
Listen to him cry
Listen to him cry
I can kill the child
The beautiful child
I will kill the child
The beautiful child
This is my life
This is my choice
This is my damnation
This is my only regret
This is my life
This is my life
This is my sacrifice
This is my life
This is my only regret
That I ever was born
This is my sacrifice
Get out of my head


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  • +2
    General CommentI always just thought that the child was himself, thus all the references to "things I hold onto" and "my sacrifice."

    He's destroying a more innocent part of himself. The child. Loss of innocence is a big part of their music; remember the Golden Boy Swallowed by the Sea? And that one song on Various Failures/White Light from the Mouth of Infinity that begins with a baby crying?
    RideNowhereon May 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHuh. Have you listened to it? Heard interviews with Gira? Extremely unlikely.
    Cynothoglyson May 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is a reference to the book "Les Chants de Maldoror" by the Comte de Lautreamont.

    In the first canto, there is a passage about growing your nails out for weeks on end until they are razor sharp, and then finding a young child and holding him and making him feel safe. When the child is comfortable, Maldoror (the 'protagonist' of the book) tells you to slice the child open with your nails, but not to kill him.
    Instead, you are supposed to let the child weep, and then taste his blood and tears.

    I'm 99% sure this has to be a reference to this passage, it fits too perfectly not to be.
    wafulon April 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is definitely one of those songs that should only be taken at face value in context. Relates to religious fanaticism.
    Cynothoglyson February 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, I can see that, but ultimately the imagery used in this song is too similar to that passage to just be a coincidence, and considering the popularity of "Maldoror" as a theme in the industrial scene etc in the 70s and 80s, it is pretty likely that Gira was familiar with the work.
    wafulon June 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAbortion
    Dweedon April 23, 2006   Link

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