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Hear footsteps creak the floor
The shadows give away
Someone outside the door
Won't let 'em in

Life damaged gears to grind
A run down broke machine
That steals your peace of mind
Before you know it's gone

Lay down
Wait...

Silence burning, hold your tongue
Keep us separate, so they know
Hiding in the darkness under
Boiling to the surface
Stumble, fall

A looking in view too long on the outside
Desperate plans make sense in a low life
Lie!
A looking in view too long on the outside
Desperate plans make sense in a low life
Lie!

These things I hate in you
Also reflect it seems
Distortion laced with spite
Teach you how to lean

Lay down
Layne!

Hiding in the darkness under
Boiling to the surface, somethin'
Crawling on your skin, discomfort
Makes you break and run
Stumble, fall

A looking in view too long on the outside
Desperate plans make sense in a low life
Lie!
A looking in view too long on the outside
Desperate plans make sense in a low life
Lie!
It's why you never tell me
Heavens on your mind

It's why you never tell me
S3v3ns on your mind

That's why you never tell me
Heavens on your mind

That's why you never tell me
S3v3ns on your...

A looking in view too long on the outside
Desperate plans make sense in a low life
Lie!

A looking in view too long on the outside
Desperate plans make sense in a low life
Lie!

It's why you never tell me
Heavens on your mind

A vengeful mind...
Oh god oooooh
Selfish plans, a vengeful mind
It's all gone
Oooooh
Except for the cross
A vengeful mind just reached inside



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    UnregisteredJul 30, 2012 at 4:50 am
    Something dark that has to be done. It's inside of you boiling out. All reasoning is out the window. Your now desperate to get it out.
  • U
    UnregisteredApr 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm
    Hmmm i think its referring to the negative side of human nature how at some point we become bitter no matter who we are its a part of life wouldnt bring relationships into it its how we are or how we act when we're alone especially with the whole lack of attention thing goin on with certain unfortunate people & sooner or later its gonna happen
  • U
    UnregisteredJan 31, 2012 at 1:28 am
    Loneliness, depression, possibly even agoraphobia after the implosion of the one thing the narrator had so desperately clung to: a relationship, probably with an individual as disenfranchised as himself.
  • U
    UnregisteredJan 12, 2012 at 7:00 am
    I think its about a failing/failed relationship.

    Sounds almost like mine, and my boyfriend is singing this about me or something...
    Example:

    "silence burning, hold your tongue
    Keep us separate, sullen, dumb
    Hiding in the darkness under
    Boiling to the surface
    Stumble, fall"

    Like when i sit in silence, thoughts burning, then they come out and don't make any sense, or at least that's how he'll make me feel, and it make everything worse...

    "it's why you never tell me
    Whatever's on your mind"
  • U
    UnregisteredJan 9, 2012 at 12:38 am
    Being different and set apart not knowing what to, just looking in on others trying things to see how they affect yourself. Devoid of any outside advice from man or god, no beliefs except for yourself which others simply can't understand. You've tried but, the discomfort makes you break and fall and that's why you never tell anyone what's going on. Venegful thoughts from being created this way, selfishness from being all you know feeding yourself is all you know. I love this song, but really it does sound like at the end the person in the song is going to kill himself, 'reached inside'

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