So sorry son you're worrying your mother
No explanation's gonna make it seem alright
Young boy, listen to your father
It's more than just your life, it's more than suicide
How does it feel? When you're looking down the barrel
of a loaded gun...Tell me how it feels
Did you see your life flash right before your eyes?
Stop playing games and get yourself up off the floor
young boy we're going to send you to the lions
The men all dressed in white, when you became undone
How does it feel when I might have brought you up
but you are not my son
So many times I tried to bring you up you brought me down
I won't consider you again stop looking at me like you care
I worked my fingers to the bone
I'm not your father or a friend
You might have lived here once but this is not your home
Tell me how it feels
You didn't mean much to me I didn't plant the seed
I'm not your father cause you didn't turn out right
Young boy we're gonna feed you to the fire
How does it feel?
When you're looking down the barrel of the loaded gun...


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    General Commentthis song is very cool because its raw...you dont find many songs that are like that....that just tell it like it is....
    gcroxon August 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, horrible topic...
    Duffmanon May 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song confronts the topic of suicide. It reminds me of "Adams Song"
    Invincibleon May 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit sounds like a guy whos dad skipped out when he was young and his stepfatehr emotionally abuses him...
    "You didn't mean much to me I didn't plant the seed
    I'm not your father cause you didn't turn out right"

    incredibly sad topic, but awesome song
    uncgurlon May 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust because it's a sad topic doesn't mean it's bad. It's better to tackle a sad topic.
    EZ3on June 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about a shit head kid who's a sacker/drug addict/waste. Maybe the dad is right. No evry parent is wrong. Face it, some kids just suck
    phallingdownon July 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree that the very sad topic makes the song abit more depressive. It's very emotional and gives me a feeling of a depressive kid who tries to kill himself, or probably his parents will.
    antikriston July 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is not about suicide like some said. For one thing, it is written in the stepfathers point of view. In my opinion, it is the stepfather talking to his stepson, telling him that he is abandoning him and that he doesnt care about him. The kid "did not turn out right," so the father is tired of "working his fingers to the bone" for this kid that doesnt care. The father is dening that he is the kids father simply because he did not turn out how the father wanted him to. This situation of abandonment has become too comonin today society, and the lyrics really paint a realistic depiction of how this abandonment can be viewed. It is a sad song, but5 it is even more sad that kids actually have to go through this. The metaphor of "looking daown the barrel of a loaded gun" paints the picture of extreme fright in the kid, and a sense of hopelessness.
    fez5on September 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...great song though
    asthesunsetsxxon May 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think all the posts are correct but missing one aspect. Look at the title "Straight from the Jacket." This song is about a step-father who sends a kid to an insane asylum. 'The men all dressed in white, when you become undone." Pretty much saying, if you're going to act suicidal then we will "feed you to the lions" and show you what it REALLY means to feel scared and hopeless. (looking down the barrel of a loaded gun - as someone mentioned earlier)



    JohneeDeformedon December 23, 2009   Link

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