"Recognize" as written by and Kevin Griffin....
First thing I remember was lying in the sand
When a plague of seven horsemen
Came across the desert land
They had one good eye between them
They were burning up the sky
When I asked why they had come for me
The ugly one replied
He told me

Ah, you better recognize
Aw, you better recognize, son

Next thing I recall well
I was hanging from a cliff
When an angel came to rescue
Me and held me in her grip
She said, "Everyone who's ever loved you
Gets hurt in the end."
Then she smiled and said, "Forgive me."
As she let go of my hand
She told me

(You been living out of pocket, out of your socket)
Ah, you better recognize.
(You been leaning like a Pisa, a moaning Lisa)
Ah, you better recognize, son
(Hip hip for all the busted, we are entrusted)
Ah, you better recognize
(You come a pleading, but it's too late
We can't hear you're on the list now!)
And let your dim light shine

Always darkest before the morning light,
Lord knows you ain't that bright
Better let your dim light shine

Just before I hit the ground
I woke up in my bed
I was dazed and I was weary
And my heart was full of dread
When I looked at my reflection
I was horrified to find
There were seven horsemen next to me
The angel close behind
They told me

(You been living out of pocket, out of the socket)
Ah, you better recognize
(You been leaning like a Pisa, a moaning Lisa)
Ah, you better recognize, son
(Hip hip for all the busted, we are entrusted)
Ah, you better recognize
(You come a pleading, but it's too late
We can't hear you're on the list now!)
And let your dim light shine


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"Recognize" as written by Kevin Griffin

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    General Commenti like this song.
    youcanbreathe_nowon August 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWow.
    great input...

    I'd say its about being on your deathbed, dreaming about going to hell ('as she let go of my hand') to be punished for all the bad things they'd done
    ('(You been living out of pocket, out of your socket)
    Ah, you better recognize.
    (You been leaning like a Pisa, a moaning Lisa)
    Ah, you better recognize, son
    (Hip hip for all the busted, we are entrusted)
    Ah, you better recognize.')

    Then its as if the person would change their life, but they realise its too late ('I was horrified to find
    There were seven horsemen next to me
    The angel close behind')
    Avatar-rockon June 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's meant to poke fun at the "Catholic guilt" and guilt in general. BTE is not a religious band, as evidenced most clearly by their earlier song "Heaven".

    My interpretation is it's about people who were once religious but have grown less so as they grew older or renounced religion altogether. I'm one of those, and though I don't believe in any of the human definitions of "god" anymore, my Catholic upbringing is still strong. I still get apprehensive at times on whether by the simple fact of not believing (even if I live my life conscientiously) would mean I would still go to hell.

    The biblical imagery is pretty strong in this. And the chorus itself deals with apostasy.

    "Living out of the pocket, out of your socket" <- living life without depending on a deity or religion
    "Leaning like a Pisa, a moaning Lisa" <- drifting from the main church teachings
    "You come a pleading, but it's too late, we can't hear you, you're on the list now" <- that list of the damned

    "Lord knows you ain't that bright
    Better let your dim light shine"

    ^ A sarcastic take on Matthew 5:16 ("Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven"), about how god thinks you're apparently not fit to lead your own life and make your own decisions. Thus you should be guided very closely, while condescendingly bidding you to shine your pitiful "light".
    S14on October 29, 2012   Link

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