see the fight, old men crying, deny their ruin.
watch them try. the cynic laughs at the optimist's closed eyes.
darkness falls, curtain calls, the cynic's beer soon overflows.
other watches, has a drink, and from the same cup,
they drink
I'm doin' time, how long I don't know.
William had 26, blew his brains out, now look at him.
John had only one, watch the mother mourn her only son.
I'm doin' time, how long I don't know.
I'll kiss goodbye my brain and body
and go to sleep for generations.
and go to sleep for generations.
salvation:
cease concentration.
you'll only lose the fight.
don't tell me what's wrong or right!
you're losing sight.
you're just gonna die anyway!


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Doing Time song meanings
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    General Commenti think its about death and what happens after death but i'm really not so sure
    TheUnseenCasualtyon December 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think it is about not living your life the way you want or to its fullest. The cynic is cynical of God and the optimist believes in God. The cynic ends up having 26 beers, because he doesn't give a shit about any the ramifications. The optimist decides to play it safe and have just one... But they both end up dying from it. The beer symbolizes all the things that the optimist has never done, but the cynic has done all the wanted to. So who has lived a better life?
    primordialon February 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so amazing, definitely one of BR's best musically... i really feel the emotion.

    its basically about people's views on life and how they cope with it.
    wexenhexon August 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhatever thier tolerance was, they both had enough to fuck up. even though the optomists was low and the cynics was high, they both reached the same outcome. And wasted as they "go to sleep for generations."

    lose concentration. meaning losing all cares. and convictions cuz theres more or less no need while incarcerated. They dont know how long thier doing, even if they do cuz they dont know how much things will have changed for thier world once they get out.

    and they die away. hmm

    possibly. knowbody really knows exactly what BR is usually trying to express.
    pinkfadeon October 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDeath it's death you fools!
    notaloser87on July 12, 2009   Link

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