"The Burning Red" as written by Robert Conrad Flynn, Adam Duce, Ahrue Luster and Dave Mcclain....
I see the sun begin to rise
And I'm wounded I've seen the world from painted eyes
That I'm crying through I watch the darkness hit the tides
And confide in hold on

I'm falling
Can't breathe anymore
The ocean has opened
These scars need to heal
Caress the needle prick in my eye
The tears fell like rain
I've rode the phoenix as she glides
And I've gone insane I've seen the light of suicide
And I'm dying hold on,

I'm falling
Can't breathe anymore
And the ocean has opened
These scars need to heal
Hold on I'm falling, can't reach, reach,
Colder and colder just hold onto me


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"The Burning Red" as written by Ahrue Luster Adam Duce

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    General CommentBrilliant song, very very sad though. I didn't see this song coming from Machine Head at all but here is my interpretation.
    Basically the first verse suggests to me that he is realizing all these things that are wrong with himself and with the world. "I see the sun begin to rise and I'm blinded too" "I've watched the darkness hypnotize" These are powerful lines. The next line that really stands out is "I've seen the light of suicide and I'm dying" This may or may not be a metaphor for seeing the world kill itself or he could be killing himself. The last lines "Colder and colder, Just hold onto me" suggests that he could be dying, or that he will die and this world will parish and he doesn't want to die alone, either way.
    beware_of_godon April 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song kicks ass.
    IgnoreYourPainon August 31, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think Rob is reflecting on his life, the pain he has been through "I've seen the world thru jaded eyes" - he see's differently to most others because of his experiences- abuse & such things. "I've watched the darkness hypnotise" - almost like deperssion [darkness] has overpowered him. "Caress the needle prick in my skin" - Heroin... "Ive seen the light on suidice & i'm dying" - very straight foward, he has seen the advantages of suicide "And im dying" - he doesnt mean literally, just dying in his head... The chorus is straight forward... "These scars need to heal over" - he needs to overcome depression & stuff... "Colder & Colder" - he may mean that he is growing colder & colder over time "Just hold onto me", might mean dont give up on him, stay with him... help him thru it...

    btw, great song...
    happy_wasted11on May 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think Rob is reflecting on his life, the pain he has been through "I've seen the world thru jaded eyes" - he see's differently to most others because of his experiences- abuse & such things. "I've watched the darkness hypnotise" - almost like deperssion [darkness] has overpowered him. "Caress the needle prick in my skin" - Heroin... "Ive seen the light on suidice & i'm dying" - very straight foward, he has seen the advantages of suicide "And im dying" - he doesnt mean literally, just dying in his head... The chorus is straight forward... "These scars need to heal over" - he needs to overcome depression & stuff... "Colder & Colder" - he may mean that he is growing colder & colder over time "Just hold onto me", might mean dont give up on him, stay with him... help him thru it...

    btw, great song...
    happy_wasted11on May 06, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthe red queen heroin
    klevison January 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my all time fave songs... I want it played at my frikin funerall!
    Iowa $evenon February 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the sadness and sorrow of falling.
    makesh1fton March 24, 2006   Link
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    General Comment... f@#k i love this song...

    I think the previous comments are right... how it's about him and his life... the depression... the drugs... the abuse... the suicide... very very very powerful lyrics... guitaring not the most complicated... but yet the simple stuff is always the best...

    Really really love this song... sad song... but love it...
    the_guitarman_001on May 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOnly a handful of comments for this song? = /

    It's a fucking awesome song. I want it played at my funeral just like Iowa_$even
    Amp3don August 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the songs just about suicide.
    in the first part it is about the last day in the life of a person, in the second part he writes about how he commits suicide.
    In the first line: "I see the sun begin to rise"
    - a persen who wants to end his life watches the sun rise in the last day of his life/enjoys the last sunrise.
    "Caress the needle prick in my skin"
    he gives himself a deadly injection
    "the light of suicide"-speaks for itself
    "these scars need to heal over"
    -they can only heal after his death
    metalmachineon September 25, 2006   Link

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