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


Lyrics submitted by MusicFREAK20

Blackbirds song meanings
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    General CommentI think they are simply talking about a person that had made lot of mistakes and behaved badly in the past.

    "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"

    Mike is describing a selfish/violent man and his actions using a metaphorical language

    "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"

    The bad behavior has led this man to dig his grave, but he's trying to change (late is better than never).

    "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"

    Blackbirds are all the consequences of the bad things that this man has done in the past.
    However, he's trying to change, to emerge from the underground (digging OUT the grave).
    But "blackbirds" are very close to him and are having their effects (causing pain in the man). He is getting back what he gave (he created pain, and now takes it back).
    L1nk1non March 28, 2012   Link

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