I tear my heart open
I sew myself shut
My weakness is
That I care too much
And my scars remind me
That the past is real
I tear my heart open
Just to feel

Drunk and I'm feeling down
And I just want to be alone
I'm pissed 'cause you came around
Why don't you just go home?
'Cause you channel all your pain
And I can't help you fix yourself
You're making me insane
All I can say is

I tear my heart open
I sew myself shut
And my weakness is
That I care too much
And our scars remind us
That the past is real
I tear my heart open
Just to feel

I tried to help you once
Against my own advice
I saw you going down
But you never realized
That you're drowning in the water
So I offered you my hand
Compassion's in my nature
Tonight is our last stand

I tear my heart open
I sew myself shut
And my weakness is
That I care too much
And our scars remind us
That the past is real
I tear my heart open
Just to feel

I'm drunk and I'm feeling down
And I just want to be alone
You shouldn't ever come around
Why don't you just go home?
'Cause you're drowning in the water
And I tried to grab your hand
I left my heart open
But you didn't understand
But you didn't understand
You fix yourself

I can't help you fix yourself
But at least I can say I tried
I'm sorry but I gotta move on with my own life
I can't help you fix yourself
But at least I can say I tried
I'm sorry but I gotta move on with my own life

I tear my heart open
I sew myself shut
And my weakness is
That I care too much
And our scars remind us
That the past is real
I tear my heart open
Just to feel

I tear my heart open
I sew myself shut
And my weakness is
That I care too much
And our scars remind us
That the past is real
I tear my heart open
Just to feel


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  • +9
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    definately, best song on the album.. it always seems when your so close to changing your ways, the past comes back for reconciliation, only to bury yourself further in the ground... this song is a great motivator for people being dragged down by selfish co-dependants... i hate my ex... lol

    adrock22on November 08, 2004   Link
  • +7
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    My absolute favorite song on this album.

    Once again, I totally feel I'm at this exact point as this song.

    Here's how I relate:

    A change has taken place in this person and now he finds himself looking back at the past and on the brink of a bright new future. And he realizes that he's cared so much for people and that's the very reason that he's had such tragedy.

    "My scars remind me that the past is real"

    And just when he's ready to try again, he is reminded of his scars and how he has been so open hearted but (as the cliche goes) used, abused, and left out like trash.

    Now he's ready to do his thing, and so am I! I have spent the greater part of my 26 years living for other people, trying to fix others, and bleeding for the faith of others. And now I've learned the following: That people are needy and they'll suck your life away, that you can't help what chooses not to be helped, and that the only way you can surely help people is by getting on with your own life until you can give back to them from a distance.

    chino69on October 19, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    By "Scars" he is refering to the emotional scars that he was given by the relationship. He "cared too much" about this person only to be hurt. Now she is comming around trying to get help from him. He sees that she is falling out but he doesn't really want to help because of what happened. He also doesn't want to be with anyone else "Drunk and I'm feeling down and I want to be alone" but mainly doesn't want to be with the ex. He has to move on and now he knows what to watch out for.

    Runixon November 29, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    I'm actually going through this right now. I just broke up with my now ex gf and i think this song is just perfect. the lyrics are self-explanetory. best song !!1

    wcaquaman04on November 21, 2004   Link
  • +2
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    the bitch broke his heart. he did everything he could for her but it just wasnt good enough. he even went as far as to sacrifice everything he was to be with her but he took from him and left him alone. then she comes around again wanting him back and hes trying to keep from going back to her.

    stargazer761981on December 10, 2004   Link
  • +2
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    This is what my brother is going through right now. his girlfriend and him have been together for over 2 years, and she told him that "they needed time apart".. he's done nothing but treat her right, and doesn't deserve the way she's been treating him. she changes her mind more than anything, first she doesn't want him, then she does, then she doesn't and tells him that shes going to start dating someone else at work, then they get back together, and he gives her a diamond necklace for christmas and she didn't buy him anything. he even told me that this song describes their relationship right now. I feel terrible for him, but you can't help who you love.

    ah, anyways.... good song.

    sixhourson January 05, 2005   Link
  • +2
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    This song reminds me of my ex-bf cuz like..he cheated on me and broke up with me. So I cut to rid myself of the pain..or accually try to ease it. But now whenever I look at my wrist I see the scars and it reminds me that it accually happened.

    punk_rock_chikion January 21, 2005   Link
  • +2
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    Alot of people took the lyrics of this song literally, with the cutting and scars part. but i think its more of emotional scars, everyone has scars that reminds them of their past. i think alot of people can relate to this song if you look at it with an open mind

    poetictragedy505on February 24, 2005   Link
  • +2
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    Anybody seen the Hannibal Lector film 'Red Dragon'? At the end, when you see Hannibal in his cell, and then you see Will on the boat reading a note with hannibals voice over it, like reading it out? well yeah, he says "The scars remind us that the past is real." I dont know if Paparoach are fans of anthony hopkins :p But maybe thats where he got the line from? Iono, just a thought......

    Pheeeeeelon March 13, 2005   Link
  • +2
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    Right on Pheeeeeel! I just saw Red Dragon on tv the other night and when I heard Hannibal say the the lines, "The scars remind us that the past is real," I instantly thought of this song. It sure is quite a coincidence if Papa Roach did not steal this line for the song Scars.

    MikeyEyeon March 15, 2005   Link

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