They rise above this
They cry about this
As we live and learn
A broken promise
I was not honest
Now I watch as tables turn
And you're singing

I'll wait my turn
To tear inside you
Watch you burn
I'll wait my turn
I'll wait my turn

I'll cry about this
And hide my cuckled eyes
As you come off all concerned
And I'll find no solace
In your poor apology
In your regret that sounds absurd
And keep singing

I'll wait my turn
To tear inside you
Watch you burn
And I'll wait my turn
To terrorize you
Watch you burn
And I'll wait my turn
I'll wait my turn

And this is a promise
Promise is a promise [Repeats]

And I'll wait my turn
To tear inside you
Watch you burn
I'll wait my turn
I'll wait my turn

A broken promise
You were not honest
I'll bide my time
I'll wait my turn


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Broken Promise Lyrics as written by Stefan Olsdal Brian Molko

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    My InterpretationIt's important to know that this song is meant to be a dialogue between two persons.

    The first verse belongs to character 1 who has broken a very important promise (possibly adultery).

    After that character 2 takes over and we experience how much pain they feel.

    This promise must have been something very dear to them (like wedding vows).

    And character 2 can't accept the apology of character 1, because words don't mean anything anymore. A promise was a promise. A promise was broken and words lose their meaning.

    The lines 'We'll rise above this, we'll cry about this' are a very bad apology indeed.

    They seem like someone justifies their actions by saying: At least we can grow stronger out of this complication.

    And that's insane.

    But it's also crazy that character 2 wants to retaliate.

    Pretending to love someone (Hate masquerading as love) is the worst form of love there is. It's the negation of the negation.

    And the threat: 'I'll wait my turn to terrorize you. Watch you burn.' is heavy.

    Of course, the tables have turned, but very dramatically.

    Character 2 loses it and in the chorus, we get a feeling of how character 2 wants character 1 to burn in hell. It's so aggressive.
    StoriesinSongs.comon January 16, 2020   Link

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