"Crying Out" as written by Brent Smith, Jason Todd and Bob Marlette....
Don't use a weakness
Don't change the subject
Don't ask the questions if you fear the answer
You look distorted, lets make you clearer
Lets flip the switch and use the smoke and mirrors
Re-invent yourself today
Re-invent your world today

Crying out for the last time
Clear a space for the warning signs
Crying out for the last time
And there's no turning back now that you've opened up to your mind

What guides your vision?
What holds the balance?
Don't think that I can't see you shake and tremble
Well I know your nervous this world is scary
You have to let go all the madness you carry

Re-invent yourself today
Re-invent your world today


There is no turning back now
Everything you've ever wanted
Everything in this moment
There is no turning back now


Crying out
Crying for the last time
Crying out
Crying for the last time!

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"Crying Out" as written by Brent Smith Bob Marlette

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    General CommentThis song I think is a coming out of depression or a situation in which you were going way off, ie drugs.
    "re-invent yourself today
    reinvent your world today"
    THis is just like returning back, and making yourself something new. The chorus also talks about opening up your mind, which seems to me that it would be finally opening up to the presence of happiness, or life in general without whatever might have been keeping you down. THhe second verse is one badass verse. It is very true, and is almost something that i think we all need to look at in ourselves and realize.
    outlaw4life27on October 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think its about someone who has always been telling you how to be and what to be and you're finally "opening up to your mind" and becoming your own person.
    save_the_bunnieson January 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSmoke and mirrors has to do with drugs i think. Mirrors to do with coke maybe and smoke with weed or something else. Flip the switch might have something to do with using his past with drugs to his advantage.
    TastySalmonon May 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love this song
    r0ck0ut247on May 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentto me this song means your going down a path where you make decisions that cannot be changed once they have been made "
    dkgoldfishon July 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti agree with both dkgoldfish and outlaw...this song obviously carries the theme of the CD, as it says on the inside of the case:

    "This record was written for the dreamers
    for the people that have, in one way or another,
    been cut down or cast out of society for being
    different or having an opinion, it is an expression
    of insecurity and frustration, and yet, the will
    to overcome

    there's no turning back now that you've opened up to your mind"
    bananaphone05on April 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti also agree with both dkgoldfish and outlaw, id just like to add one thing. i think its about becoming the person you want to be but also, theres someone or a group of people who dont want you to be that person. i think that is what the first stanza is about.
    PearlJamRuleson March 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe second verse is my favorite. I think the song is about like becoming the person you want to be and letting go of the questions that come with that and people's personal thoughts of you
    boost02on February 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentJust an unbelievable song - why this wasn't released as a single I'll never know...

    "Don't use a weakness, don't change the subject, don't ask the questions if you fear the answer"
    - I think this is referring to someone who is basically confused and unsure of what he/she has gotten him/herself into. In this story, it is most likely to be either a bad or abusive relationship, drugs and/or alcohol abuse, self-mutilation or self-absorbtion into social norms which come with rewards, but ultimately destroy you as a person (e.g prostitution or risky celebrity fame). The story is told from the point of view of a friend, or a past lover (if the subject is about a woman).

    "You look distorted, lets make you clearer, lets flip the switch and use the smoke and mirrors"
    - Looking at this person, the narrator is saying that obviously he/she does not fit in with what he/she is doing and that he wants to help him/her get out of this conforming nature. The 'smoke' is a haze or blurred vision that this person is seeing (metaphorically) and the 'mirrors' are referring to "looking at oneself" and in this case, forgiving oneself for what they've done recently, because this person has nobody to blame but him/herself.

    "Re-invent yourself today, re-invent your world today"
    - This is the narrator saying that not all hope is lost, that this person's life is fixable, only that this person needs to do it by him/herself in order to make it right.

    "Crying out for the last time, clear a space for the warning signs, crying out for the last time, and there's no turning back now that you've opened up to your mind"
    - This, I think is a reflection within the person's mind. Basically saying that now that you have forgiven yourself, you are able to go in a direction where you feel right and you cannot go back to the place which ruined you originally. The 'crying out' is letting the emotion and thoughts go that this person experiences while in the self-destruction he/she is facing, and '...for the last time' means that it's time to stop being childish and start putting your life back together.

    "What guides your vision, what holds the balance, don't think that I can't see you shake and tremble"
    - I think this verse is very metaphorical, but this seems to be referring to this person's conscience to establish whether what he/she has been doing has been right or wrong. The guiding of the vision and holding of the balance are processes which this person's psychological ego goes through. The shaking and the trembling could be specific in the possible drugs/alcohol story; but more metaphorical however in the aspect of the previous lyric ('balance') - i.e this person's balance upon what he/she has been putting him/herself through has been unsteady and therefore proving that all he/she is proving while here is his/her insecurity and deeper unwillingness.

    "Well I know your nervous, this world is scary, you have to let go all the madness you carry"
    - This pretty much expands on the previous line, but more to the point that this person should prepare for the worst now that he/she is about to move on to a better life. But also, moreover that the 'madness' that is being carried is all in this person's mind and that in the long run, positive and welcoming opportunities await him/her.

    "There is no turning back now, everything you've ever wanted, everything in this moment, there is no turning back now"
    - More expansion on points previously explained, and more detail onto why this person unwillingly conformed in the first place. Obviously this person felt like he/she fitted in with what he/she was doing and it suited (whether it be fame, money, freedom from stress etc.) but ultimately it cost this person more than it profited, and now that he/she should not go back because in the end he/she will just experience the same thing again.

    That's my take on the whole thing. I happen to believe that Shinedown have written a masterpiece here, and the meaning is conveyed exceptionally by the way Brent Smith sings the song.
    Dan101on April 28, 2009   Link

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