Embrace this sickness with open arms
If you believe you'll run with ghosts.
Pull out the arrows that poison your mind
Look inside and ask yourself why
Why would you really want to live forever
Every breath expelled together

In faith alone in place apart
Be there to meet your maker

Raise your eyes from sleep
Together you will be searching
The answers will never come

And I can't pretend anymore to be a part of this
And I'll leave my burdens at the door
But I'll never walk here again.


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    its not about religion at all. its more about forgetting what your past has made you and becoming what you really think you can be. Stop lookin in the past searching for your answers and move forward to find what you are looking for unless you really want to find "a certain death"

    DanboMUon May 16, 2009   Link
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    I agree awesome song. I also think it's about how people keep looking for the answers to everything in religion. It's saying that the answers aren't necessarily in religion.

    thisisnothingon September 28, 2008   Link
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    This, with homecoming are my favorite two songs in the album (I like all of them though)

    About the meaning, I really can't say for sure what the meaning of this song is for it has a lot of meanings depending on how you look at it.

    I think he's asking himself if believing in religion is worth it "Why would you really want to live forever"

    Lastly, he, like me, is wondering if god is real. He realizes that christianity is not his thing "And I can't pretend anymore to be a part of this And I'll leave my burdens at the door But I'll never walk here again "

    Anyways those are my 2 cents on that song.

    Darkness23on November 15, 2009   Link
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    Im pretty sure DanboMU has it right. The lyric, "Who would want to live forever" is for more like the phrase...Living in the past, you'd never grow old. This song has nothing to do with religion, so I dont know where you people are getting that...

    ASainton December 11, 2009   Link
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    I really see it both ways... I think it could be about either if you really look at the lyrics unless there's been a definite answer from the person who wrote it.. and "why would you really want to live forever" could refer to life after death in heaven or something like that.. and the fact that he mentions faith is compelling to believe the religious angle and he talks about meeting your maker.. which refers to death in general but could also be talking about the supposed maker god

    Emotion?on December 25, 2009   Link
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    I think that since this is called "A Certain Death" it means that someone who has the viewpoint shown through the lyrics will certainly die. Or I could be wrong. whatever you be the judge

    giggity3658on October 31, 2010   Link
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    I feel like this song is about coming to terms with your own mortality by accepting someone else\'s, maybe even before it comes to pass though after it\'s inevitably going to happen soon. Maybe that it\'s better to make peace together, than apart months after the fact.

    scottsmython December 17, 2021   Link
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    My Interpretation

    I think this song is about coming to terms with the fact that someone you\'re close to is going to die soon. The realisation that without the soul as a concept to fall back on as a religious person, this is the end for them. \nMaybe the arrows to be pulled out he mentions are those of the irrational contempt we have for the faith of others sometimes, especially so close to death, especially when we (I) have no faith ourselves. \n\nMaybe it\'s better to "leave your burdens at the door", and be there for them because you\'ll "never walk here again".

    scottsmython February 17, 2022   Link
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    I've seen a bunch of people dismiss interpretations with religion included in them. These are valid interpretations as well and in the text, depending on who is reading it, there are many lines that support this interpretation.

    "And I can't pretend anymore to be a part of this And I'll leave my burdens at the door But I'll never walk here again" is one of these.

    Based on the absence of answers retrieved from searching, perhaps they looked inside themselves and looked for answers from God there and retrieved none and eventually decides to stop pretending to also be deserving of God, leaving all of the burden coming from something in the sense of what Pascal's wager argues for and never return there again. Religion should be followed by those who actually believe it, for those who don't find all of its content a burden upon their mind and it is better for them to drop it. This is just one interpretation, there is no correct one just like there is no correct way to interpret religious scripture.

    djungelvrlon January 31, 2023   Link
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    this is an awesome song. if you couldnt tell though, its about realising that religion is abunch of bullshit and you cant rely on religion to give you the true answers to your life and that people have been living blindly because of their religions and not realizing the truth beauty of life

    quadman19on September 07, 2008   Link

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