"Black Dirt" as written by and Alex Brown Church....
Here on the ground
I cannot hear a sound
Just a strong and steady rain
Getting louder as you sing

It may be true that I lied
I broke a promise that I tried
But my heart no longer beats
My blood makes
Black dirt under your feet

Black dirt
Will stain your feet
And when you walk
You'll leave
Black dirt in the street

I could feel my face grow pale
Sick with fear my senses fail
And as the light fades from my eyes
I smile but don't know why
Legs are growing
To the heat of the sun
And my heart no longer beats

Black dirt will stain your feet
And when you walk you'll leave
Black dirt in the street

Black dirt will stain your feet
And when you walk you'll leave
Black dirt in the street

Here on the ground I lie
I cannot hear a sound as I die
It may be true that I lied
Broke a promise that I tried
But my heart no longer beats
And when you kill you'll only leave
Black dirt under your feet

Black dirt will stain your feet
And when you walk you'll leave
Black dirt in the street

Black dirt will stain your feet
And when you walk you'll leave
Black dirt in the street

Black dirt will stain your feet
And when you walk you'll leave
Black dirt in the street

Black dirt will stain your feet
And when you walk you'll leave
Black dirt in the street


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"Black Dirt" as written by Alex Brown Church

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    General CommentI think this song is about corruption, nothing specific, just general corruption and evil. How it consumes you, and how it spreads. "and when you walk you'll leave black dirt in the street"
    Scott Freedmanon August 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTHIS SONG IS ABOUT ZOMBIES!!!

    LunaAstaeron May 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is actually about a person who has been hurt (physically!) and is lying on the ground, dying. The person who had hurt them (maybe it was by stabbing, brute force or other means) walks away, but with the knowledge that they have killed someone.

    "Here on the ground
    I cannot hear a sound
    Just a strong and steady rain
    Getting louder as you sing"

    These lyrics are pretty self explanitory, which is why it has made me so confused on how some people's 'song meaning' comments are so off the mark. He's on the ground. It's raining. He's slipping away, and everything is getting louder, because he's scared. The killer may actually be singing, or may be talking to them, or maybe the silence from his killer is what he interprets as a song. Because, truth be told, silence tells you just as well as noise.

    "It may be true that I lied
    I broke a promise that I tried
    But my heart no longer beats
    My blood makes
    Black dirt under your feet

    Black dirt
    Will stain your feet
    And when you walk
    You'll leave
    Black dirt in the street"

    They lied to the killer, before, when he/she was still alive. What did they lie about? Having an affair? Loving them? Maybe they said they did the taxes but they really didn't? This is left for the person who is listening to apply a reason. Maybe you, the listener, are cheating on your lover. When you hear "It is true that I lied", you will most likely think "this is about having an affair" because you are adding in your own interpretation, while another listener may think they are admitting to lying about their self (such as sexuality, gender, opinions, ect) because that is what they are struggling with, themselves. Seawolf is great at doing this. notice how they don't peg genders or identities to the characters in the song--they are letting the listener interpret this for themselves.
    The next few lines are self explainitory. They are dying, bleeding out oon the ground, and since it is raining, it is deluded and makes a large puddle, staining the feet of the killer with they're blood. As the killer walks away, the blood and dirt stay on their feet. This is also a good metaphor; they killed someone, and this stains them and follows them where ever they go.

    I could feel my face grow pale
    "Sick with fear my senses fail
    And as the light fades from my eyes
    I smile but don't know why
    Legs are growing
    To the heat of the sun
    And my heart no longer beats"

    They are dying. Fear is common, but for some it is soon overthrown by acceptance or even grace "I smile, but I don't know why". The killer has come back to hide the body, and it may be the next day or just later on the same day, but the weather has changed from rainy to sunny. They drag the corpse by it's feet. "My legs are growing" is explaining the feel of someone pulling on their feet, dragging them along. They may be dead, but they may also be aware of all of this because of the nature of their death--some superstitions and cultures say that if someone's death is murder, then they stay with their body until they are laid to rest.

    "Here on the ground I lie
    I cannot hear a sound as I die
    It may be true that I lied
    Broke a promise that I tried
    But my heart no longer beats
    And when you kill you'll only leave
    Black dirt under your feet"

    They may be repeating what they have already stated, but they are also enforcing what the song has been hinting at the whole time--that the killer over reacted, and the victim feels that they could have worked it out, "But my heart no longer beats". Their death is unavoidable now, and the victim feels a sense of regret about this. They also point out that now that they are dead, the killer will only leave with the "Black dirt under your feet", meaning that they will always have to hold the knolege and weight of having killed another.
    hhhhh10860on January 01, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song.
    dark.
    speech_geek_101on January 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne thing I disagree with most posts about is that I don't think the girl dumped him. I think the promise was the promise of love and commitment.

    He is acknowledging that damage he did to this person and also feeling sorry for himself because, hey, sometimes it breaks your own heart to break up with someone.
    trackson March 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto be honest, i think it's about a murder. i loves the song either way.
    epiclightningthunderon May 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Wiggy-

    Lies "black dirt" will stain your feet... a lie can corrupt and consume your life and those around you. That one decision to stray from the truth can linger on with you throughout "life".. causing you to be numb to admit the truth to others or even yourself...
    heather1111on May 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo, jk
    LunaAstaeron May 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen I hear it, it reminds me of going through my heart transplant and how it feels to die (lose senses, sounds, growing pale) and my loved ones continuing on with my memory. Luckily that all didn't happen but I love Sea Wolf when he talks about life and Death issues, it's a blessing to have something to relate that deeply to
    alyssaloveon June 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI feel the lyric should be "My legs are growing NUMB to the heat of the sun."
    dreaminghouron July 05, 2011   Link

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