erase the name and likeness
prepare my grave inhale the last breath
consumed whole in a stomach of silence
i swear to you i'm not like this
we betray ourselves betrayed by the past tense
and we choke and we claw on a mouthful of consequence
melting away my name and likeness
we're white blood and white noise
with static spilling out our pores
and all the words we never spoke
have turned to ash inside our throats
and now we sink until we float
we swear we're not like this
but our only trait is death
and we'll sink until we float
we'll sink
we're sinking

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    General Commentand all the words we never spoke have turned to ash inside our throats and now we sink until we float, Those lines are amazing, all in all a great song
    rfmxon April 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJust awesome. Best song on the album in my opinion.

    I think the "sink until we float" line could be about someone sinking, drowning and dying, and then the dead body would float to the surface. Or something.
    NoLightToSeeByon July 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe world is fucked because of people satisfied with their circumstances.

    why fight if you don't see anything being wrong?
    nefittyon June 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYeah I think this is about how people choose to ride things out thinking it'll get better eventually instead of acting directly.
    Sinking until you float...
    radicalationon March 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOn one level the lyrics are saying when you're dead, that's it. You are reduced to a physical body; your identity's gone. We're in denial about it though because "we swear we're not like this" - no one wants to accept this conclusion.

    I think it could also be a commentary on the futility of martyrdom. When you are alive you can speak, you can explain yourself, and by this you can change things. When you are dead any words you could have said are dead as well. No can really speak them for you.
    janice111on February 28, 2010   Link

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