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Dirty little secret,
Dirty little lies.
Say your prayers and comb your hair,
Save your soul tonight.

Drift among the faithful,
Bury your desires.
Aberrations fill your head,
You need a place to hide
And I am...

Do you remember me?
And the kid I used to be?
Do you remember me?

Chorus:

When your world's come crashing down
I want to relive.
(Your god ain't looking down on me!)

I'm not Jesus,
Jesus wasn't there!

You confess it all away,
But it's only shit to me
(Your god ain't looking down on me!)

I'm not Jesus,
I will not forgive!


No I won't!
No I won't.

I thought you were a good man,
I thought you talked to god.
You hippocratic, messianic,
And child abusing-turned-satanic.

Do you remember me?
Do you remember me?
And the kid I used to be?
Do you remember?

Do you remember?

Chorus:

When your own world comes undone,
Let me be the one to say:
(Your god ain't looking down on me!)

"I'm not Jesus,
You can't run away!"

And the innocence you spoiled
Found a way to live.
(Your god ain't looking down on me!)

I'm not Jesus
I will not forgive!


I won't forgive.
I won't do whatever you want to.
I won't forgive.
I won't do whatever you want to.

Do you remember me?
And the kid I used to be?
Not the same as I used to be!
Oh, do you remember me?

Nooooooo!

Chorus:

When your world's come crashing down,
I want to relive
(Your god ain't looking down on me!)

I'm not Jesus,
Jesus wasn't there!

You confess it all away,
But it's only shit to me!
(Your god ain't looking down on me!)

I'm not Jesus,
I will not,
I'm not Jesus,
I will not forgive!

Oh, I will not forgive, yeahyeah!
No, I will not forgive!



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    ladyofshadowsJul 8, 2008 at 4:25 am
    I think that this song is a reflection of how children who go through such trauma deal with what has happened to them. You cannot assume to know what that does to a person, a child and thus I think there is no way you can judge the way they cope with it. I don't think this song speaks against god but against the person that has wronged them in the most horrible way. ask what your questions would be towards a greater being if this happened to you. This song can also be towards any child abuser, anyone that has betrayed a child's trust not just a priest.
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    TwitchMar 18, 2009 at 10:40 pm
    This song is about a man confronting a church figure that sexually violated him when he was a child, and the man is saying that he will not forgive the church figure, unlike Jesus who supposedly forgives all sins...
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    XenariaFeb 10, 2009 at 4:48 pm
    I don't believe that ppl should always jump to the For God and Not for God standing when a song says something about God. I believe in God, None has a right to bash me for it as I have no right to bash others for not believing. Says in the Bible that God Put us here for US to make our choice. However this song will probably be very close to a lot of hearts. From being abused or molested. I enjoy this song now that with a open mind i seen the lyrics and understand the song better. I didn't understand in full hearing it but now I do and I would suggest this song to other believers and non believers. The song is what matters the message not our believes guys.
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    SlipknotFan11111Jan 11, 2009 at 6:45 am
    Sefestis and fla_g8rh8r- people who do not believe in god and people who do belive in god will always have conflict. If you do believe in god andyou are offended by something antireligious, ignore it. You have no say in war other people believe. Their opinion will never in any form affect you physically nor mentally to just let them be. Let them believe what they want to, people allow you to believe in god and jesus (if you happen to also be christian). Same for people who do not follow god or jesus. Let them be and (hopefully) they will ignore you too.
    As for the song meaning- it could be about a molesting preist, or just any god believing molester, or just any abusive person who believes in god or any abuser for that matter. It's a song. It can be taken in anyway. It's supposted to connect with you on a personal level and everyone is different, so the only "true" meaning of the song is known by the artist.
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    heretics_scribeAug 11, 2008 at 8:15 pm
    It's clear that the speaker is speaking to the abuser, who is supposedly a man of faith. I also don't think it's a stretch of the imagination to say it's a clergyman because he's messianic and the speaker thought the abuser talked to god. Anyone who denies that association just doesn't want to see it. The speaker is telling him, "Do you remember who I used to be? Do you remember what you did to me? Do you even realize how bad you screwed me up? Do you really think confession is going to make this OK? Jesus didn't save me from you, and now he isn't going to save you from me. I'm going to ruin your life."

    The speaker is obviously angry with the abuser, but he is also angry with the concept of a god that he doesn't believe in anymore. (He keeps saying "Jesus wasn't there!" and "YOUR god isn't looking down on me!")

    He was told to say his prayers and to comb his hair, and God would make everything all right. He was told that Jesus would save him. Then a person who told him these things (a person he trusted) subjected him to an abuse that showed the speaker that his faith was unfounded; the tenets of his faith were false.

    This all ties into where he references "The innocence you spoiled…" Apart from the obvious reference to childhood innocence and peace, the abuser spoiled the speaker's faith and trust in God.

    I also think the abuse was sexual, but that's certainly debatable. I think it is because the speaker says "Bury your desiresAberrations fill your headYou need a place to hide…" The first line refers to the clergyman hiding his lust from his congregation but could also be a direct reference to sodomy, literally the burying of his desire into the speaker's body. This interpretation is supported by the mention of aberrations in the abuser's head. The last line speaks of hiding, which probably refers to the abuser hiding in plain sight, like a wolf is sheep's clothing, but it could also be a reference to him hiding his sin inside the speaker. The facts of the act are hidden inside his mind, and the ejaculatory result of the act is hidden in is body, a figurative "deposit of sin," hidden away from sight.

    I think the most brilliant part of this song is the word "hippocratic." Someone earlier pointed it out, saying it might imply the abuser is a doctor, but I think that is inaccurate. Considering that it's closely grouped with "messianic," "hippocratic" most likely refers to the trust we place in clergy. We trust them to help us, keep us spiritually healthy, and keep our secrets – similar to the Hippocratic Oath doctors swear when they start practicing. It also sets up an implied contrast between the healing power of faith and the damage that faith and trust allowed to occur, meaning that an abuse may not have happened had the abuser not been trusted.

    I like the word because of these implications and also because, in this context, it's similarity to "hypocritic(al)" drives home a second idea. It conveys the disparity between the abuser's public, goodly image, and his private life of sin. To be honest, the first couple of times I read the lyrics, I read it as "hypocritic" because it was the word I was expecting to see, given the subject matter of the song.

    Last of all – and this is just icing on the cake – "hypocratic" sounds better with "messianic" and "satanic." It's awesome.

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