"Sacrifice" as written by Richard Barbieri, Steven Jansen, Mick Karn and Theo Travis....
From day to day I know that I'm in all of your conversations
You never have anything good to say about me
That's ok cause everyone's entitled to their own opinions
'Cause everyone's a critic, and even on your best days
Someone's got something bad to say
Yet I ignore the things I hear, ignore the things I fear
And look past all that tries to bring me down
And I know that I don't have much I
Sacrifice a good life while I watch these bills keep adding
Up and I know that I'm not getting any younger as another
Year passes by
I have to stop and wonder
If it's all really worth the struggle
Or that mirage of light I keep chasing at the end of the tunnel
Will get any brighter
Or will it just fade away the closer I get, the further it seems
From reaching my dreams
And I just don't know how much more I can
Take before I give up and throw it all away

When push comes to shove
You gotta hold on , you gotta be strong
And look for that light from above
Cause everyone's out to bring you down
And if you can't keep your head up
Then your lost
I've seen better days been told better ways
How to live and how to give, it's relative
I walk with sedatives it's hell I live
And home is sweet, I'm killing myself softly
My reflections show deep infections
It's hard to be, I look at myself, I look at this life
And all I feel is pain, god help me start again
I gotta keep on, I gotta keep on pushin' cause I
Some how some way keep comin' up short
Like everyday my minds playin' tricks on me
Everybody loves sunny days but I prefer
Grey ones and long nights because when the
Day comes, it's just another 24 and I'm still numb
Not so young I know what it takes, they say
Roll with the brakes and slip them ties with the fakes
I still get them shakes just thinkin' bout this
Ish right here two dub two maybe this gonna be
That year

Everyone has to pay a price no matter what we sacrifice
I hope it's worth it nothing is for certain

Lyrics submitted by kornchick

"Sacrifice" as written by Richard Barbieri Mick Karn

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song is not about being socially inept, nor about relationships per se. It isn't about suicide, either. The song is about struggling to succeed in a career of one's choice. (It was very probably written with regard to his music career, but you could of course apply it to your own situation.) Consider these lyrics:

    And I know that I don't have much
    I sacrifice a good life while I watch these bills keep adding up

    And these:

    I have to stop and wonder if it's all really worth the struggle
    Or that mirage of light I keep chasing at the end of the tunnel will get any brighter
    Or will it just fade away
    The closer I get , the further it seems
    From reaching my dreams

    A subtext to the song is how people tend to shit on you while you are struggling to succeed. You're chasing a dream, following your heart, and not choosing the path of easier financial success. Some people (actually, many people) don't understand this at all, and think only about money. Thus, those people are critics who never have anything good to say about the person who is following their heart.

    I said before that this song is not about suicide. Consider these lyrics:

    And I just don't know how much more I can
    Take before I give up and throw it all away

    Of course, you can go to the extreme and take "throw it all away" to be a reference to suicide, but I think that's a big leap to make. I take the phrase "throw it all away" to refer to giving up the fight for one's dream. (As in "Fuck this music career--I'm taking up carpentry!")

    Next, please consider these lyrics:

    I'm killing myself softly

    Again, I don't think this refers to suicide. Actually, it obviously doesn't refer to suicide. When you commit suicide, you're not "killing yourself softly". Instead, this line refers to the physical, mental, and emotional toll exacted by pursuing one's career of choice. If you've ever busted your ass by working and going to school at the same time, you know damned well what "killing yourself softly" means!

    When you think about the title of the song ("Sacrifice"), and other lyrics, such as "I hope it's worth it; Nothing is for certain", I think you will agree with me.
    despondenton July 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI dunno if its about that or not... all I know is that this song is da shit... n well Trik Turner is fuckin tite
    Greenskyon June 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwow. whitemagic, that was really insightful.csounds like you put a lot of thought into that.
    emogetupgirlon July 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeen awhile since anyone posted on this song. But hell with it. Can really relate to this song, how everything keeps piling up and there's nothing you can do about it but keep pressing on. About setting a goal and no matter how close you get you still feel always just out of reach.

    On another note, does anyone know what ever happened to him?
    FullDevilWolfon May 10, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI cant believe no one commented on this song yet! Its fucking great! You got to love this guys fucking vocals! So anyways... I think this song is about a guy that has no social life and is socially a loser. And everyone brings him down because everyone sees the weakness in him. In the begining of the song He likes this girl, but she feels he is a loser, and he chases the light and wonders if its worth chasing it anymore. He has low self estem and trys to bring it back up and asks god himself to start over to undo the mistakes of his social life. He probally stays home and wonders all the time about the light.

    I can really relate to this fucking song. Im socially a loser. But who the fuck cares. Do you care??? No! I liked this girl, and I told her how I felt. I mean I really told her how I felt! She never told me I was a loser or anything, but she really never told me anything. I felt like shit. I tried to chase her like he is chasing the light in the song. But sometimes its not worth it. I think of suicide as a way out. But I would never do that. I dont recomend suicide to anyone. Life is so beatiful. You will get downfalls in life. But you got to pick them up. I hate to see people commit suicide over girls and shit. Fuck them, is that bitch really worth your life!!! HELL NO!!!! There is a sea of bitches! Your mind loves to trick you into bad shit! But you got to be stronger than the mind itself. If you every need someone to talk to. Email me! I will listen and help you guys out! Cause I care!
    WhiteMagicon June 13, 2002   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI am totally agreeing with the above. Nothing is worth dying for. Lifes a bitch and sometimes you just have to take that slap. Shit happens so make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things, think positive and i promise there's hope... look through the darkness and find the light.
    AMeRiCaNPuNK11xon September 07, 2002   Link
  • -1
    General Commentnothing i sworth taking life away from ur self NOTHING. I have thought about it though , Shit i wont!
    TrenonLPon September 27, 2002   Link

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