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This is the final night, boys.
We are the cracks in diamond walls.
I tried to illuminate, but the shadows kill.
I'm overshadowed. See how I blend in with nothing?
Now beautiful boys, let's destroy.
We'll shine as the lucite breaks and falls.
Raise the new glitter god with the golden tears - the tears that swallow.
A smile that's touched so warms nothing.

Yesterday I burnt the sky, looked to the ground and wrapped it around me.
Still today I have so much to burn.
Yesterday I longed to die, fell to the ground and the ground caught me.
Now today I question why I feel.

Deities fell to decoys, tainting what's pure. Let's cleanse them all.
Infinite life reclaimed, as the shadows kill they're overshadowed.
We'll burn as they fade into nothing.

So what can help me to understand, somehow, why it always pains me to breathe?
We're no longer confined because yesterday I burnt the sky.

Lyrics submitted by x_storyat_3

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    General CommentDavey's always held animosity towards the detriment of "mainstream culture" or the bourgeois, so to speak.

    This song is from sing the sorrow, and most songs on that album were essentially about just not fitting in and being dispondent. It sounds childish and cliche, but that is the most re-appearing theme.

    The lyrics: "See how I blend in with nothing?" very supportive of that claim.

    "Fell to the ground and the ground caught me." The "ground" could be a sub-culture, as opposed to the "sky"

    The "sky" would then refer to mainstream culture, which needs to be burned eventually because it is both destructive and immediate.

    So, accordng to my theory, if the ground is a more secluded sub-culture, which Davey speaks about: "The hardcore scene, the sXe scene." It is something you fall to, when you fall out of the graces of the mainstream, or I guess as more of a suicidal connotation, fall on purpose; and then it catches you! So it is a happy song yaaayyy
    mattd336on July 15, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFUCK I LOVE THIS SONG. This is what i've been waiting for forever.
    1800COKEWHOREon September 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI prefer to buy the CD's or Vinyls sometimes, downloading isn't bad. I just prefer to have that physical CD or Vinyl in my hand. Thats just me...
    JustinPietroon March 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI don't care what the lyric book says, I think the last line in the chorus is "Now today I question why I fell".
    Overexposedon May 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMiseria Cantare is 100 words in length... just something I noticed.
    stjarvison June 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Yesterday I longed to die, fell to the ground and the ground caught me.
    Now today I question why I feel."

    This line just screams failed suicide attempt to me. Someone jumping from a height, and the ground "catching" them, but they wonder why they're still alive after all that.
    x_storyat_3on September 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really am in love with this song.
    AFI never dissapoint :)
    AbbyValoon October 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe perfect way to wrap up a highly enjoyable album.

    Thats if you picked up the deluxe edition. If you didnt, i cant fathom why.
    sic98on October 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not sure about part of this line.
    "Yesterday I longed to die, fell to the ground and the ground caught me.
    Now today I question why I feel."
    I think it says, "Now today I question why I fell."
    FallOutStephon March 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningIt's simply what most of AFI's 2003 and prior songs were about, sorrow. It's pretty sad to know that Davey Havok suffered from something he felt that no one else could understand.

    I agree with x_storyat_3, it practically screams a failed attempt at suicide.

    And stjarvis mentioned that Miseria Cantare contains 100 words, which is when '100 Words' was recorded. So perhaps there's a mystery wrapped around it. But I'm probably ignorant, considering I still can't figure out Clandestine. -_-
    KendylKlownfishon August 27, 2010   Link

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