"Arsonist's Lullaby" as written by and Andrew Hozier Byrne....
When I was a child, I heard voices
Some would sing and some would scream
You soon find you have few choices
I learned the voices died with me

When I was a child, I'd sit for hours
Staring into open flame
Something in it had a power
Could barely tear my eyes away

All you have is your fire
And the place you need to reach
Don't you ever tame your demons
But always keep 'em on a leash

When I was 16, my senses fooled me
Thought gasoline was on my clothes
I knew that something would always rule me
I knew the scent was mine alone

All you have is your fire
And the place you need to reach
Don't you ever tame your demons
But always keep 'em on a leash

When I was a man I thought it ended
When I knew love's perfect ache
But my peace has always depended
On all the ashes in my wake

All you have is your fire
And the place you need to reach
Don't you ever tame your demons
But always keep 'em on a leash


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"Arsonist's Lullabye" as written by Andrew Hozier Byrne

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    Song MeaningFor me this song has a religious meaning. As a child he was torn between good and bad because he was spoken to by angels and demons 'Some would sing and some would scream'.
    Feel that the fire refers to your free will 'All you have is your fire' and that the 'place you need to reach' is heaven; and to get to heaven you must refuse temptation from the devil 'Don't you ever tame your demons,
    But always keep them on a leash.'
    'When I was a child I'd sit for hours,
    Staring into open flame,
    Something in it had a power,
    Could barely tear my eyes away.' This verse refers to the temptation of the devil being hard to resist.
    'When I was sixteen my senses fooled me,
    Thought gasoline was on my clothes,
    I knew that something would always rule me,
    I knew the scent was mine alone.' This verse says that he gave into temptation and did something bad and that the thing he did will stay with him just like the smell of gasoline which is hard to get rid of.
    'When I was a man I thought it ended
    When I knew love's perfect ache,
    But my peace has always depended
    On all the ashes in my wake.' When he was grown up he thought he was past it and he found the love of The Lord 'when I knew loves perfect ache' but he can never truly move on and is worried that no matter what he does from there he will go to hell anyway because of what he's done in the past 'But my peace has always depended, On all the ashes in my wake.' He can never be at peace because he will never forget what be did.
    I think this is a really powerful song about the choice between good and evil.
    MrHal2116on March 20, 2015   Link

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