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    General CommentI made a choice that derailed my life and everything I thought it would be. Now that the future I thought I was going to live has faded away, I stand at the edge of a future in which I can't see a clear path forward.

    I'm in a million spotlights... lit and exposed from every direction. I have no shadow. I cannot hide.

    I know I'm responsible for the decisions I make, but I don't accept that I was in complete control. Fate led me down this path. A bright irresistible light led me down this path.

    And when I was down, you didn't extend your compassion... instead you judged me. But I will rise up and the blinding light from my own burning heart will shine so brightly it will leave no shadows.

    How I feel is genuine and right. I see it. I see the light. You don't see it... but you will.
    designedtodieon September 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAmazing indeed, saw it with the intense video which I think match up perfectly. The ending will could suprise you the first time you watch it :-}

    I get the feel of a life coming to an end: "I have burned my tomorrow" as in I won't live to see tomorrow. "And my dreams all fade away,"
    "Fate's my destroyer" all led me to believe that.

    As common as the phrase "edge of the future" I still don't get it. But because there's a line saying "I stand inside today," I am picturing a metaphor of life and time as a some kind of bowl or something.

    The second half of the song was leaning towards love or some relationship. Perhaps, he/she came to the sad state they in because a loved one left them.

    Fantastic song!
    mojaamon February 26, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretation"I have burned my tomorrow"
    To me this means that he has abused his life/action's over his time, so he might die tomorow or commit suiside("hopeless" I feel would be a word I would describe it as)

    "And I stand inside today"
    The person feels stuck, which is a human condition of "the present".

    "At the edge of the future"
    Obviously this is the recognition of that the person recognises that there still is more that could be done with there life.

    "And my dreams all fade away"
    This line show's that from previous line's of the song that, even knowing the possibility's that there is still a future the person figures it is to late to change anything and it really is a hopeless situation.

    And the rest of the song becomes quite obvious explaining why the person feels this way and that they feel whatever they are about to do will allow them to purify the past/move on.

    In summary.

    I feel this song is about someone down on themselfs from a bad breakup of some kind and is now contemplating a way out of there present situation.

    Hope this nails it. =)

    uchigatanaon September 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentHere's what I think this is about:

    "I have burned my tomorrow" this means that he has lived a life of crime, you could say, and has wasted his whole life.

    As a few verses down it states "And I stand inside today, At the edge of the future, and my dreams all fade away" I think that means that he is about to be executed for what he's done, but don't get this wrong - it's not that depressing; by burning his shadow away he means that he is repenting.

    He is repenting all his sins and wrongdoings. I think that the verse "Fate's my destroyer" means that sooner or later he was going to get caught because it was fate - it was bound to happen.

    "I was ambushed by a lie" I think that this means how the devil told him all sorts of lies and made him do evil things while giving him the hope that something good would happen to him (by "to him" i mean the one who the lyrics are about), but it was all a lie. Therefore he was ambushed by a lie.

    "And you judged me once for falling" I sense this line is about how someone he cares about judged him for doing something very small (like stealing) and now he has done something much worse than that... many much worse things, in fact.

    "This wounded heart will rise" here we have, once again, the part that makes me think he's repenting. He thinks that he will rise to heaven because he has repented his sins and (possibly) found Jesus.

    "When I see the light true love forever" I think this means that he started loving God when he found out what he was all about through Jesus. Therefore seeing the light.

    "Oh, how I loved you" this last verse is great. it's very simply about how he loved to sin until he saw the light.

    Write back with any improvements on my answer or anything you think I've made a mistake on, but I have to tell you. All of the songs from Unkle that I've heard have something to do with God.
    Zargogoon November 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWow!!!!!!!!!!! the most awesome song
    ZaCh_d.p.t.son July 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIs this a reference to Lavelle's former UNKLE partner DJ Shadow?
    4a$$Monkeyon September 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe video UNKLE made for this song makes it superb! The video embodied the feelings of the lyrics exactly. Amazing.
    bradley163on April 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe vocalist is from the metal band "The Cult". So perfect in terms of tone and voice.
    Jordo013on September 18, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI'm a firm believer that every powerful song will mean something to not only the songwriter but also the individual listener and it may not be the same thing but as a listener you aren't wrong. to me this song is one of the most powerful songs I know. It reminds me of an ex of mine and how I gave up all of my plans to be with her then when I was left with nothing all I had was today. I no longer felt like I was the same person hence I've burnd my shadow away. And of course I burnd my tomorrows (I gave up my plans and dreams) to stand inside today (and be with her). At the very end he professes how much he loved someone or something just as I loved Shelby.
    BlackSheep05on September 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOk bear with me on this one...kinda in a depressed mood at the moment. but.

    I have burned my tomorrows: You waste every opportunity that life has thrown to you to become something great and spectacular.

    And I stand inside today: The results of those actions you chose throughout life. Stuck in the realization of the fact that you aren't really anything you hoped you would be.

    At the edge of the future: There's no turning back. Where you are at is where you are. Back when you were still dreaming of what you wanted to be is right there, but you are at the edge and cant get over there.

    And my dreams all fade away: You become a stuck in the same old same old. Just going through the motions. Not exactly happy with life. But you do it just because. And everything you dreamed about is slowly leaving you since you are stuck.

    And burn my shadow away: [[this is where you really have to bear with me]] but. When i hear this song, i think of your shadow as that person you always wanted to be. shadows are always dark spots on the ground. The person in the dark. Who you truly are. who you wanted to be as a child. and now you burn your ambitions and become copacetic with the fact that you are what you are now. and it hurts to think about how much you didnt become what you wanted to. so you burn your shadow away.

    just my thoughts.
    shadowoftheloston November 19, 2010   Link

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