Drop that get up
Take it to the streets better lock that kid up
Face full of teeth when you hock that spit up
Pacing the beat like a beast
Rocking the block on repeat
Speak from the cut like a rush of blood
Paint red on the sleeves of the ones you love
Lay the sick ones down and the bells will ring
Put pennies on the eyes, let the dead men sing

I shiver and shake the warm air cold
I'm alone on my own
In every mistake I dig this hole
Through my skin and bones
It's harder starting over
Than never to have changed

With blackbirds following me
I'm digging out my grave
They close in swallowing me
The pain it comes in waves
I'm getting back what I gave

I sweat through the sheet as daylight fades
As I waste away
It traps me inside mistakes I've made
That's the price I pay
It's harder starting over
Than never to have changed

With blackbirds following me
I'm digging out my grave
They close in swallowing me
The pain it comes in waves
I'm getting back what I gave

I drop to the floor like I did before
Stop watching I'm coughing I can't be more
What I want and what I need are a constant war
Like a well full of poison or a rotten core
The blood goes thin, the fever stings
And I shake from the hell that the habits bring
Lay the sick ones down, the bells will ring
Put pennies on the eyes, let the dead men sing

With blackbirds following me
I'm digging out my grave
They close in swallowing me
The pain it comes in waves
I'm getting back what I gave

I'm getting back what I gave
I'm getting back what I gave


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Blackbirds song meanings
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    General CommentTo me this song reminds me of someone taking drugs.
    Drop that get up
    Take it to the streets better lock that kid up
    ^ This could mean that the dealer should go to jail for messing up lives.
    Speak from the cut like a rush of blood
    Paint red on the sleeves of the ones you love
    ^ Drugs destroys families. It severes relationships. It breaks apart what was thought to be indestructable.
    Lay the sick ones down and the bells will ring
    Put pennies on the eyes, let the dead men sing
    ^ You're as good as dead if you start on heroin.

    It's harder starting over
    Than never to have changed
    ^ It's harder to break the habit than to resist the temptation in the first place.

    With blackbirds following me
    I'm digging out my grave
    They close in swallowing me
    The pain it comes in waves
    I'm getting back what I gave
    ^ This works because, by taking drugs, you are technically digging out your own grave. Some can also cause you to hallucinate, hence the feeling of being swallowed by the blackbirds. The pain could come from trying to come off the drug as your body pines away for it (particularly heroin).

    I sweat through the sheet as daylight fades
    As I waste away
    It traps me inside mistakes I've made
    That's the price I pay
    ^ The first two lines definitely talk about trying to break the habit of drugs to me. This feeling of pining away for the chemical constantly reminds the narrator of the mistake they made in taking the drug in the first place, which is described in the next two lines.

    I drop to the floor like I did before
    Stop watching I'm coughing I can't be more
    What I want and what I need are a constant war
    Like a well full of poison or a rotten core
    The blood goes thin, the fever stings
    And I shake from the hell that the habits bring
    Lay the sick ones down, the bells will ring
    Put pennies on the eyes, let the dead men sing

    This could also be about the side effects of coming off a drug, but it could also be about an overdose.

    Chester took drugs when he was younger - could this be him talking about it?
    Let me know what you guys think.
    sukiroseon October 29, 2010   Link

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