I have had it easy for most of my life
Adulthood has brought me a series of complications
Swallow these nails, turn away
I must not look back

The ills of modern man are much larger than my own personal battles
It feels like I have been fighting for nothing
The ills of modern man are much larger than my own personal battles
I have been too caught up in this crying game and I want out

I am sick of hearing myself whine
Drink this wine and choke

Here I am, still screaming away the same problems
that have fuelled this engine for years
I have bathed the faceless in a cesspool filled with my own tears,
Preserving a constant state of shock in its salty waters

The ills of modern man are much larger than my own personal battles
It feels like I have been fighting for nothing
The ills of modern man are much larger than my own personal battles
I have been too caught up in this crying game
I quit

Deep down, there is shade in all of us but there is also luminosity
My flaws have now been exposed by its brightness,
(Turning shades of) black into color



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    My InterpretationI think this is about sinking and getting out of a quarter life crisis.

    "I have had it easy for most of my life
    Adulthood has brought me a series of complications
    Swallow these nails, turn away
    I must not look back"

    Forcing himself to go forward despite the nostalgia teasing him.

    "The ills of modern man are much larger than my own personal battles
    It feels like I have been fighting for nothing
    The ills of modern man are much larger than my own personal battles
    I have been too caught up in this crying game and I want out"

    Realising that, in the grand scheme of things, his problems are fairly insignificant and he's sick of crying about it.

    "I am sick of hearing myself whine
    Drink this wine and choke"

    Reaching for the bottle.

    "Here I am, still screaming away the same problems
    that have fuelled this engine for years
    I have bathed the faceless in a cesspool filled with my own tears,
    Preserving a constant state of shock in its salty waters"

    Speaks for itself, really. Screaming and crying at the world and his problems.

    "Deep down, there is shade in all of us but there is also luminosity
    My flaws have now been exposed by its brightness,
    (Turning shades of) black into color"

    He's found a way to turn all his negativity into something positive, accepting his weaknesses and learning to live with them.
    dutchahon February 16, 2015   Link

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