Everybody's got a hunger
No matter where they are
Everybody clings to their own fear
Everybody hides some scar

Precious pain
Empty and cold but it keeps me alive
I gave it my soul so that I could survive
Keeping me safe in these chains
Precious pain

Everybody's got a reason
To abandon their plan
How can I think of tomorrow
With my sorrow in hand

Precious pain
Empty and cold but it keeps me alive
I gave it my soul so that I could survive
Keeping me safe in these chains
Precious pain

Each road that I walk down
Reminds me of you
This whole town is haunted
There'll never be anything new

Precious pain
Empty and cold but it keeps me alive
I gave it my soul so that I could survive
Keeping me safe in these chains
Precious pain


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    The meaning that I get from this is everybody has a hunger or scar or deep pain that they cling to and from her perspective even though it's "empty and cold" it still keeps her alive because its all that she has is this pain and in a sense it keeps her " safe in these chains" as she puts it since it's the only thing she has to rely on since there is nothing or nobody else.

    Ron34on November 23, 2013   Link
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    I think that She sings about some sort of self harm... not neccessarily cutting, but just punishing herself to stay alive.. to feel something....

    silenttears2006on June 30, 2006   Link
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    She's like saying everyone has a hunger and longing that they keep hidden like a scar,but they keep that "pain" close to them cause it keeps them from being lonely.

    Armoron September 18, 2008   Link
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    I think thy when you've experienced pain in ur life u hold on to it like it's precious=1 bcoz like happy times the sad time r a part of who we r .pain can make u grow stronger & helps u servive that pain deep within ur soul.I believe scars from pain never leave us they're our own cross to bare =the chains r a memory what I learnt from my pain.Thoses chains of my pain keep me safe.

    sam1103593on August 20, 2021   Link

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