One day, the strain
I've never felt like this before
Our lives capsized, one man will give back
Be calm my love
Why don't you kneel for me?
I write for sight
One day you'll find me in the corner
More sublime,
But I still never died before

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Jail Lyrics as written by Philip Anselmo Pepper Keenan

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  • +4
    Song MeaningWhat Phillip H. Anselmo said about this song: It's loosely based around how everyone, every single person on this earth is their own microcosm and they can create in their minds either freedom and liberation or... a jail

    it is such an amazing song... i love Down
    Mightningon May 30, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYou could take this song literally, "Jail". Someone in the family has been murdered "our lives capsized" - lots of people affected. "One man gives back" - injustice. "Why don't you kneel before me?" - wants revenge. At the end he says "one day you'll find me in the corner more sublime, but still i never died before." Perhaps saying that he;s sure he'll understand the justice one day, but he didnt have to die. Just a theory. Beautiful song.
    Barry Burtonon January 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is fucking beautiful, so emotional, i cant believe only one person is commenting on it.
    blackwaterøparkon April 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song has for me one of the best instrumental backrounds. Excellent percussion work and acoustic guitar playing, also the singing fits in like liquid.
    The words, like krazylarry commented picture nicely the hope to escape for a better tomorrrow when ones soul is trapped and can't find a way out.
    Jadoreon May 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBefore I heard this song I didn't know I could ever hear Phil like this. After I heard it almost ten years ago, I knew that he was a truly special vocalist. Anyone who can come and swing Walk into your face and turn around and deliver this masterpiece is a once in a generation talent. I can't wait to hear the new Down album hopefully in late 06.
    Cloudconnectedon March 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit is about being traped in omething, and the hope of escaping
    krazylarryon January 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree 100% with you guys! The first time I heard this song i was blown away. One of the few that I totally zone out to no matter where I am or what I am doing.
    Blunderon February 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with you guys. This song is fucking beautiful.
    Eliminationon March 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit almost seems that its a one way conversation -or letter- to his wife about coming off heroin. not because he wants to but is being forced to.
    "one day you'll find me in the corner more sublime"
    possibly kicked off?
    THEHOLYMOUNTAINon August 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't hear "one man gives back" or "be calm my love" in the song...
    M60AK47M79M134on August 28, 2008   Link

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