(Hey god) why are you doing this to me?
Am I not living up to what I'm supposed to be?
Why am I seething with this animosity?
(Hey god) I think you owe me a great big apology

Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie

(Hey god) I really don't know what you mean
Seems like salvation comes only in our dreams
I feel my hatred grow all the more extreme
(Hey god) can this world really be as sad as it seems?

Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie

Don't take it away from me, I need you to hold on to
Don't take it away from me, I need you to hold on to
Don't take it away from me, I need you to hold on to
Don't take it away from me, I need someone to hold on to
Don't tear it away from me, I need you to hold on to
Don't tear it away from me, I need you to someone on to
Don't tear it away from me, I need you to hold on to
Don't tear it, don't tear it, don't tear it, don't tear it, don't

(Hey god) there's nothing left for me to hide
I lost my ignorance, security and pride
I'm all alone in a world you must despise
(Hey god) I believed the promises, your promises and lies

Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie

You made me throw it all away
My morals left to decay (terrible lie)
How many you betray you've taken everything (terrible lie)
My head is filled with disease
My skin is begging you please (terrible lie)
I'm on my hands and knees, I want so much to believe

(I give you everything)
(My sweet everything)
(I need someone to hold on to)
(I need someone to hold on to)
(I need someone to hold on to)
(I need someone to hold on to)
(I need someone to hold on to)
(I need someone to hold on to)
(I need someone to hold on to)
(I need someone to hold on to)

(I need someone to hold on to)
(I need someone to hold on to)
(I need someone to hold on to)
(I need someone to hold on to)
(I need someone to hold on to)
(I need someone to hold on to)
(I need someone to hold on to)
(I need someone to hold on to)
(I need someone to hold on to)


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    An abused loved. From the perspective of the abused.

    pragmaticpoetryon April 19, 2002   Link
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    I thought it was actually a message to god. He hates the hypocrisy in religion, but understands the wanting in himself to hold on to it because it's comforting.

    beth46307on May 07, 2002   Link
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    I read that this song is about this time he broke a vase when he was a young kid, then he lied about it to his mom. He felt really bad about it so he wrote this song. So screw you all for thinking you know.

    sierpon May 07, 2002   Link
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    Sierp - you said you read that somewhere. Believe me, a lot of things that are written are lies. Did you go up to Trent and ask him yourself? Screw yourself for thinking YOU know.

    vapidon June 05, 2002   Link
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    well said vapid

    Hindenbergon July 13, 2002   Link
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    It's about hiding behind your religion. Morality. FOR EXAMPLE, drinking excessively, telling everyone to fuck off, then when your sober your like WHAT THE FUCK was I thinking. The situation could of been handled differently without being out of control. Then, go to church and put on the mask. Life needs to be lived with balance, FOR SURE.....

    temptation777on April 04, 2010   Link

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