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And I, I've been lonely
And I, I've been blind
And I, I've learned nothing
So my hands are firmly tied
To the sinking leadweight
of failure

I've worked hard all my life
Money slips through my hands
My face in the mirror tells me
It's no surprise that I am
Pushing the stone up the hill
of failure

They tempt me with violence
They punish me with ideals
And they crush me with an image
Of my life that's nothing but unreal
Except on the goddamned slaveship
of failure

I'll drown here trying
To get up for some air
But each time I think I breathe
I'm laid on with a double share
Of the punishing burden
of failure

I don't deserve to be down here
But I'll never leave
And I, I've learned one thing
You can't escape the beast
In the null and void pit
of failure

When I get my hands on some money
I'll kiss its green skin
And I'll ask its dirty face
"Where the hell have you been?"
"I am the fuel that fires the engines
of failure."

I'll be old and broken down
I'll forget who and where I am
I'll be senile or forgotten
But I'll remember and understand
You can bank your hard-earned money
on failure

I saw my father crying
I saw my mother break her hand
On a wall that wouldn't weep
But that certainly held in
The mechanical moans of a dying man
Who was a failure

My back hurts me when I bend
Because I carry a load
And my brain hurts like a knife-hole
Because I've yet to be shown
How to pull myself out from
The sucking quicksand
of failure

Some people lie in hell
Many bastards succeed
But I, I've learned nothing
I can't even elegantly bleed
Out the poison blood
of failure

Lyrics submitted by jt

Failure song meanings
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  • +4
    General CommentI can relate so much to this. Working all the time, never getting paid what you should, because the bastards keep the wealth while you fail at life. And it's a horrible spiral. The money slips through your hands, as you struggle to make rent and pay bills, spend it on the vices you need to cope with the stress of it all.
    The part about his parents I believe is due to the fact that if you come from that class you are likely to be stuck there, while those who came from money can be the bastards who keep themselves comfortable on the backs of their workforce.
    It really sucks working 5 or 6 days a week, while struggling to pay rent and bills, have little, live in a shithole, and have no idea where to go from there. I see people on the street, and I fear, I can see how they got there, because despite being employed and having the same job for years, my cost of living keeps going up while my wage stays put, year after year. Then you have to take out loans to make rent, and at 20% you just dig yourself deeper. But you don't know how to make it out of that spiral...
    I relate all too well to this song.
    Nexus7on February 03, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's like working all your life, trying to be happy and lead a peaceful life just to end up alone, broke and annoyed. "Many bastards succeed", that's true, nowadays only bastards can inherit the world, that sounds cynical but I think it's often true.
    Marquezon July 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's not about meaning nothing, it's about the crushing weight of failure that haunts the narrator. A struggle for money and life that usually ends up in nothing. Personal relationships factor in as well, but they're only one facet.
    Deleuzeon March 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is obviously about meaning nothing to no one. And the lyrics are probably the best written ever. M. Gira Is one of our times biggest poets.
    Proddieon April 10, 2004   Link

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