Strung out eyes as cold as worship
Two minutes silence in a century of screams
Tiny massive hands, emphatic lonely soul
Skin against skin and blood against blood

This is the place where peace exists
This is the place where my mind resists
The fragments fail to hold me
The fragments fail to hold me

When there's time I'll read your words
There's no point disguising
You're the one who's hurt
Laid bloody and bare to see
The effects will fail to desert me

This is the place where peace exists
This is the place where my mind resists
The fragments fail to hold me
The fragments fail to hold me

This is the place where my mind resists
The fragments fail to hold me
The fragments fail to hold me


Lyrics submitted by matt675

Fragments Lyrics as written by BRADFIELD, JONES, MOORE

Lyrics © O/B/O DistroKid, Missing Link Music

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Fragments song meanings
Add Your Thoughts

4 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General Comment

    This is a fairly personal song - I'm not really surprised no-one else ahs commented; it's fairly difficult to get any definite meanings for it. I've made a few guesses, but that's all they are, so please don't beat me up if I get something wrong!

    First of all, from what I've heard, this is basically "another Richey song". If I've got that wrong, then anything from here on is wrong as well.

    Strung out eyes as cold as worship I spent ages trying to understand this (which makes me a bit of a geek, I know). The best I came up with (which I quite liked actually) was a sort of comparason of the coldness of Richey's eyes towards the end, and the coldness of the worship from the fans who maybe didn't really know him as a person. They said they loved him, but they didn't really know anything more about him than what he let them see. That's not very well worded. And also, I know I'm gonna get attacked for saying that - it's not a generalisation - I'm not saying that all of the fans didn't know anything about him - just that some of them might have been seen like that. (Please don't kill me - this is my first post on here, and I'm quite a nice person really!)

    This song seems less hopeful than the previous "Richey" songs - there's almost a sense of dispair, of giving up hope. The fragments fail to hold me in particular, has this feeling - that maybe the memories aren't strong enough any more to keep up the hope that he's still around, or that the fragments of evidence that he's still alive somewhere aren't relly enough any more. The effects will fail to desert me though seems almost contradictory - that he'll remember the past, and Richey in particular.

    But there's still the sense of the amazing friendship between Nicky and Richey - emphatic lonely soul in particular is a beautiful description of Richey, and Skin against skin and blood against blood really shows the closeness of the relationship between the two of them.

    I'm stuck on Two minutes silence in a century of screams though - it feels either a bit irrelevent, or simply too personal for me to be able to understand.

    Once again, just to remind you, these are just guesses! I've not got any proof - if you've seen it different anywhere else, then that's probably right!

    LittleBabyNothingon June 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Two minutes silence in a century of screams

    i think this line refers to our obsession in 21st century britian with holding 2 minutes silence for everything. every disaster, every bomb etc. how does the 2 minutes of silence take away all the pain and suffering, all the screams?

    ramshotelon June 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    LittleBabyNothing - i agree with you that this is probably another 'Richey' song. I actually think quite a few of the songs from LifeBlood are about Richey, including 'I Live to Fall Asleep' (when did you become another distant friend, everyone who loved you stay waited till the end) and i'm fairly sure Nicky has said 'Cardiff Afterlife' was a song about Richey.

    Vespertineon March 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Fragments fail to hold me -- I think this is meant to be literal as well as figurative. The notes, lyrics, and drawings Richey left behind cannot physically hold and comfort Nicky. The effects fail to desert me -- a lot of the band's fame came on the back of Richey's various scandals, culminating in his disappearance itself. I think that's what he's getting at for that line. In addition, where peace exists/where my mind resists is probably saying that if he could just accept that Richey was dead, he could be more at peace with the situation, but he can't. Otherwise completely agree with LittleBabyNothing and everyone else here. Great job, guys.

    teaspillon January 27, 2015   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

More Featured Meanings

Album art
Ave Grave
Thee More Shallows
So this has been.my favorite song of OTEP's since it came out in 2004, and I always thought it was a song about a child's narrative of suffering in an abusive Christian home. But now that I am revisiting the lyrics, I am seeing something totally new. This song could be gospel of John but from the perspective of Jesus. Jesus was NOT having a good time up to and during the crucifixion. Everyone in the known world at the time looked to him with fear, admiration or disgust and he was constantly being asked questions. He spoke in "verses, prophesies and curses". He had made an enemy of the state, and believed the world was increasingly wicked and fallen from grace, or that he was in the "mouth of madness". The spine of atlas is the structure that allows the titan to hold the world up. Jesus challenged the state and in doing so became a celebrated resistance figure. It also made him public enemy #1. All of this happened simply because he was doing his thing, not because of any agenda he had or strategy. And then he gets scourged (storm of thorns) There are some plot holes here but I think it's an interesting interpretation.
Album art
Show Me a Little Shame
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals
He certainly did earn that reputation.
Album art
when rules change
Life in Your Way
High life
Album art
Step
Ministry
Both as a standalone and as part of the DSOTS album, you can take this lyric as read. As a matter of public record, Jourgensen's drug intake was legendary even in the 1980s. By the late 90s, in his own words, he was grappling with massive addiction issues and had lost almost everything: friends, spouse, money and had nearly died more than once. "Dark Side of the Spoon" is a both funny & sad title for an album made by a musical genius who was losing the plot; and this song is a message to his fans & friends saying he knows it. It's painful to listen to so I'm glad the "Keith Richards of industrial metals" wised up and cleaned up. Well done sir.
Album art
Light Up The Sky
Van Halen
The song lyrics were written by the band Van Halen, as they were asked to write a song for the 1979 movie "Over the Edge" starring Matt Dillon. The movie (and the lyrics, although more obliquely) are about bored, rebellious youth with nothing better to do than get into trouble. If you see the movie, these lyrics will make more sense. It's a great movie if you grew up in the 70s/80s you'll definitely remember some of these characters from your own life. Fun fact, after writing the song, Van Halen decided not to let the movie use it.