Jane sends her hand and then pulled it away
She said, "Here's the alternate proof that I love you"
Two magic children that smile at your name
A body that pulls like a pack mule to meet you

Tell me, dear Robert, what turns you to town
Turns you to empty your place at the table?
You prefer faces, you don't owe a thing
You prefer feeling you perform a favor

By kissing my cheek after brushing your teeth
Boots on your feet as you sleep through the morning
Loving your children the most as you leave
Pacing your walk like a sacrifice burning

I see you smolder and fade down the road
With smoke in the kitchen, my breath on the windowpane
Show me some victory that I can achieve
A gentle communion reminds me of yesterday

Downtown at work, or wherever you go
Does holiness grow with the distance created?
My marriage was not to a martyr in flames
And martyrs don't light up so loved ones will love them

Robert stepped back and he buttoned his shirt
The mirror revealed every stain he was hiding
Jane cleared her throat, changed her posture and said
"I miss you so much that I feel like I'm dying"

Lyrics submitted by Sussex, edited by sebastianbo, Pufer

Sacrifice Burning song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentThis is a very powerful song and Sam Beam might as well be the greatest poet this century has seen.
    manuelturcioson June 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is such a great song....though few people have it..
    manuelturcioson March 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about a wife talking to his lately distanced husband...... but in such a sweet way
    manuelturcioson April 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is utterly devastating. We all know people like Robert.
    Sussexon June 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am Robert.
    ulykimon November 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is from the perspective of the wife of a superhero. he leaves every night to defend the innocent from villains, while losing himself and neglecting his own loved ones.
    mycaptainkiteon June 19, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI continue to hear "ultimate proof"...

    This song slays me to no end.
    jed kingstonon February 02, 2018   Link

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