Lead me around
And nurse my broken wing
With all the promises
You can never honor

I just don't care enough
To react to vain attempts
Sent only to perpetuate
One's selfish little world

You won't see what I've become
You'll wait and watch and still you're only let down
You won't see what I've become
You'll wait and watch and still you're only let down

A violent reaction
Struggling only to keep myself alive
A violent reaction
Struggling only to keep myself alive

Now here I stand
For nothing no one at all
I lead you down
Begging to touch you in the cold

You give me a reason
I will not be the one
Through all the nonsense
There is a constant

You won't see what I've become
You'll wait and watch and still you're only let down
You won't see what I've become
You'll wait and watch and still you're only let down

Cause this feeling
Has dawned the face of you
Cause this feeling
Has dawned the face of

A violent reaction
Struggling only to keep myself alive
A violent reaction
Struggling only to keep myself alive
A violent reaction
Struggling only to keep myself alive
A violent reaction
Struggling only to keep myself alive

- Now

You won't see what I've become
You won't see what I've become
You won't see what I've become
You won't see what I've become

Cause this feeling
Has dawned the face of you

A violent reaction
Struggling only to keep myself alive
A violent reaction
Struggling only to keep myself alive
A violent reaction
Struggling only to keep myself alive
A violent reaction
Struggling only to keep myself alive


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    General CommentThis song to me signals of an incident, or series of incidences, that led to a so-called "Violent Reaction". A person can only be pushed around so much before they retaliate.
    JDMon August 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song rocks, sadly it's the only American Head Charge song I've ever heard. But don't worry I'll download more.

    Great song.
    Muzzyon April 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is a really cool song,all about the struggle for survival in a violent world.
    Razormasticatoron April 10, 2004   Link
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    My InterpretationI'm going to try to break this song apart. I've been a fan of AHC for a while now - sad the band is no longer together/alive/making music.

    To me this song is about how a person will try to use you to make gains in their life, but how that usage and that mentality only leads to both parties being let down.

    Let's start with the interpretations:

    "Lead me around
    And nurse my broken wing
    With all the promises
    You can never honor"

    "Lead me around" I think is meant to sound derogatory - Like Martin doesn't like being lead by someone... As if they're interjecting themselves into his life to begin with. "and nurse my broken wing" this line indicates that they're making an effort to help Martin, or at least making it look that way. "with all the promises you can never honor" this indicates that the methods the person is using to help Martin are false or made-up. These lines collectively lead me to believe that someone is there trying to make it look like they're helping you when they're not.

    "I just don't care enough
    To react to vain attempts
    Sent only to perpetuate
    One's selfish little world"

    These four lines paint a picture that Martin knows the person is trying to con him, trying to become his friend for personal gains, but he just doesn't care to swat them down for it. "I just don't care enough to react to vain attempts" - vain attempts to look kind or look like they're your friend, vain because Martin sees through the ploy. "sent only to perpetuate one's selfish little world" The vain attempts are being used just to further themselves.

    "You won't see what I've become
    You'll wait and watch and still you're only let down"

    This line can be taken a few different ways within the bounds of my interpretation, but I'd like to think it relates that the person doesn't know that Martin is on to them so they'll try to play out their usage of Martin until they're finally let down and they find out that its not going to work - they're not going to get what they want out of him.

    "A violent reaction
    Struggling only to keep myself alive"

    This line (if following the interpretation given of the few lines before it) reveals how the person finally finds out what Martin has become. Martin gets sick of the person's foolish game and reacts violently, tells them to get lost. Then he says that he's doing so - he's struggling - only to keep himself alive. He's reacting violently in self defense because they approached him with malicious intent to begin with.

    "Now here I stand
    For nothing no one at all
    I lead you down
    Begging to touch you in the cold"

    This verse of the song gets a bit loopier and harder to interpret, I'm sure a couple different meanings could be pulled from this and some that contradict my interpretations. I'll continue with my scenario though: "Now here I stand for nothing no one at all" To me this line says that Martin's no longer standing up for himself, he's no longer acting in self defense, he's gone beyond that... which might point to the fact that he's going to over-retaliate for what the person has done to him. "I lead you down begging to touch you in the cold" 'begging' and 'touch' make this line feel funny when interpreting it this way, but I think I'm fairly accurate here. Martin is going to kill this person. It would be easy for Martin to not let on that he knows the person is just looking out for theirself - and it would be easy for Martin to use that to bait the person into a situation that makes it easy to attack back and possibly kill them. Touching them in the cold would be seeing them dead.

    "You give me a reason
    I will not be the one
    Through all the nonsense
    There is a constant"

    These lines translate a little roughly too, but I think Martin's saying that they gave him a reason to retaliate and that he'll not be the one that they take advantage of - and throughout this whole game, this nonsense, there is a constant. I believe this line is meant to bleed into the next one saying that the constant is that the person taking advantage of Martin won't see what he's become.

    "Cause this feeling
    Has dawned the face of you"

    These lines detail Martin's reason for feeling that he has to react violently - because he realized what this person was, saw their true face, when he felt that he had to react violently to them. If you think about this situation in real life if you react violently towards someone who's trying to get something out of you maliciously - if you confront them about it they normally attack back, they normally show you what they really are, how ugly they really are - in that sense you reacting violently shows you their true face.
    TheMadBagon November 14, 2008   Link

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