I must have read a thousand faces
I must have robbed them of their cause
Sickened thirst, sickened thirst
Keeps it together
Soft white glow in the cranium
A bull's eye made sedated

Beware
Beware
Beware

I must have read a thousand faces
And all these voices won't give up
Sickened thirst, sickened thirst
Glues it together
Catatonic leisure at 1000 miles per hour

Beware
Beware
Beware

So who's in charge in here?
Barking out loud so clear
Because I'd really like to meet him

So who's in charge in here?
In the rear view of this mirror
Because I'd really like to meet him

So who's in charge in here?
Barking out loud so clear
Because I'd really like to meet him

Uproar east
Strike west

Have you ever tasted skin
Sink your, sink your teeth in it
Have you ever tasted skin
Sink your teeth into

Have you ever?

Beware
Beware
Beware
Beware
Beware
Beware


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    I think these lyrics are about a pilot of an ultra sonic bomber plane who has bombed many people through upper orders

    it seems he doesnt want to kill them and feels guilty and aggressive for the killings

    grungeboyon August 08, 2011   Link
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    I'm not truly sure if this song even has a continuous theme, but I'll say something about the Dahmer theory and how it could be credible:

    must have read a thousand faces must have robbed them of their cause (Throughout life Dahmer has met and seen many people, and due to his sick nature he twisted the general view of each one and "robbed" them of their purpose; or perhaps he saw faces (which he ate occasionally) and immediatelly saw them as a grotesque thing, instead of a thing of individual beauty) sickened thirst, sickened thirst keeps it together soft white glow in the cranium a bulls eye made sedated (what ever his deep seeded issue is with himself keeps his Nuerons firing in a local area that feeds his dark drive to destroy and mutilate, the narrow mindness numbing him (sedated). Bulls eye i think is a metaphor to the nuerons firing (soft white glow) that he struck and drove him to insanity)

    beware

    must have read a thousand faces and all these voices won't give up (psychosis of his mind telling him (whether literally or figuratively) to hate) sickened thirst, sickened thirst glues it together a catatonic leisure at 1000 miles per hour (again deep seeded issue psychologically and physiologically local in his mind like an addiction. Catatonic leisure is a play on words alluding to "catatonic leision" which is where a "bruise" on the mind leads to psychological disorder. This "bruise" for him was figurative and he enjoyed it. The thoughts (or nuerons) fed themselves at a thousand miles an hour, meaning he was constantly feeling crazy.)

    beware

    so who's in charge here barking out loud so clear because i'd really like to meet him (ATDI asks what superego (or mental justification is present that drove him to insantiy)

    uproar east, strike west (2 things; 1. could be talking about how he killed mostly african americans and asians; they "uproared" and bothered him and they're from the east and he struck them down in the west; 2. a play on the 2 hemispheres of the brain. east is right and west is left.)

    have you ever tasted skin sink your, sink your teeth in (ATDI asking the listeners if they could relate, if they are crazy)

    overall, alot of ATDI's songs have psychological references so it's not hard to see that they might approach this one in that way. to me, they seem to focus on his sickness and how it drives him. Again, I'm not sure if any of this is right. It's just my two cents and I don't know enough about the band to make a full analysis. Brilliant song BTW.

    POOPINYOFACEon September 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
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    This song is incredible.

    cbennetton March 31, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    wow. what a way to start a cd. undescribably good.

    napalmon May 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    senorgracioso, why do you post here if your just going to insult fans? i think the point of this is to say what you think the songs about. oh well. i think this song is about squashing a revolution or something along the lines of that.

    atdicomebackon June 14, 2002   Link
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    (I believe this refers to brain activity literally taking place in someones head or cranium. A bulls eye made sedated refers to someone using an actual sedative or tranquilizer delivered via hypodermic needle hitting the vein like hitting a bulls eye on a dart board.) beware (One should always take caution with needles and sedatives- beware)

    is what i really wrote it did not display correctly in the previous post.

    ATDI2010on August 21, 2010   Link
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    Um, it's about drug use, abuse, addiction:

    soft white glow in the cranium a bulls eye made sedated

    a catatonic leisure at 1000 miles per hour

    so who's in charge here barking out loud so clear because i'd really like to meet him

    If you've ever done heroin (opiates) you know exactly what this means.

    yetiiteon August 18, 2011   Link
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    I've read somewhere that this song is about Jeffrey Dahmer. You know, the cannibalistic serial killer.

    Exoceton April 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    Dahmer sounds close enough. It is certainly about gaining control of lifes thorns, and killing them, be it a person or any other object. And what better way to destroy something than to kill it eat it and then crap it.

    yugaquantoon April 28, 2002   Link
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    Dahmer sounds close enough. It is certainly about gaining control of lifes thorns, and killing them, be it a person or any other object. And what better way to destroy something than to kill it eat it and then crap it.

    yugaquantoon April 28, 2002   Link

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