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[Chorus]
We have all heard what we wanted to hear
"Truth" that sounds right to our ears

[Chorus]

[Verse 1]
But what wisdom is there within us
To live based on the feeling of our hearts
How many times has instinct let us down
Never to be thought through
Never to be questioned
Say what you really mean
When your ambition calls you (calls you)
For what use is there, is there in praying
If you will only hear what you want to hear?

[Chorus]

[Verse 2]
We speak of fighting to resist this world
But what about the battle within us?
If we have chosen to live against the grain
Then why are we all facing the same way?
There is no difference between us and them
If we all blindly seek truth from sentiments

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    mtkuhnNov 16, 2009 at 1:30 am
    I can see how one may interpret the lyrics to him doubting his faith, but I respectfully disagree. AILD's lyrics are taken from Ecclesiastes which expresses the frailty and depravity of all things of this world. Basically it says that nothing matters but the things of God. This song is (in my opinion) dealing with the struggle between things of this world and things of God. The Bible says "friendship with the world is enmity with God". I believe that when he says that "We speak of fighting to resist this world" he is talking about what a Christian should want to do. And when referring to the "battle within us" I think he's talking about his struggles. (desire for worldly things, doubting of faith, basically being nothing apart from God due to the flawed nature of man). Later he details that there is no difference between us(Christians) and them(those who aren't Christians) if we blindly seek truth from sentiments. I believe sentiments are referring to worldly things, that will never satisfy the God-shaped whole in man's heart. I am a Christian, so that is my point of view on it.
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    mtkuhnOct 27, 2009 at 4:20 am
    Irockths... I'm sorry, but you've come in contact with the wrong type of Christian. Also, how does FOX news relate to any of this... keep political views out of this. AILD is FAR from a politically charged band, they don't "take on the media" or people they don't like through their lyrics. And despite what you are led to believe, AILD is a band of Christians, not necessarily a Christian band.
    Tim Lambesis, the lead singer said he doesn't want a preachy approach but says "If you truly believe something, then it should effect every area of your life". He says most songs are about life's struggles but that all are written from his perspective as a Christian.
    Due to your lack of knowledge in the aforementioned areas, I would assume that you don't know that depravity is a huge point in Christianity and that this song is dealing with the depravity of man away from God. But I assume taking depth out of a song is far above your mental capacity. But it's okay, I just did it for you.
    If you don't like Christian music, don't listen. There's plenty of hopeless headbangers out there. So happy hunting...
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    FunkMasterReukeSep 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm
    This song is clearly about the fact that Christians, as a whole tend, to take the parts out of the Bible and compare it to the lives that we're already living instead of reading the Bible and changing our lives to adjust to how God says we should be. As Christians, we are supposed to be like Christ, instead of making Christ into us. That is what As I Lay Dying is telling us. Yes, As I Lay Dying is a Christian band, but they don't like to be called "Christian" because of the labels that people tend to put on those who claim to be "Christian" and others perceive to be "Christian" even though they don't live a Christian lifestyle.
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    sleelightningDec 15, 2009 at 5:27 am
    mtkuhn i completely agree w/ u, while i am a christian and you being agnostic u really seem to understand the meaning of the song, i hate when ppl thrash on AILD just becuz its metal, no one (that i no, due to my small town) listens to the lyrics. and whom ever brought politics into this is a complete idiot and doesnt deserve to listen to AILD.
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    jamesthesasquatchOct 2, 2009 at 9:18 pm
    Im not a Christian by any means but this song is obviously Biblical, im a philosophy major and am well versed in christian philosophy as well as the atheist views of people like peter singer and Christopher hitchens...very hard to argue otherwise. Good4notin you are right in that it does say that truth is what we want it to be..but there is a reason its in quotation marks for one...it doesn't say truth that is right, but rather it says "truth" (implying erroneousness) that sounds right to our ear but not necessarily true. The writer is refering to how we all tend to want to believe what we all believe to be true (moral relativism and subjectivism). Now if the song stopped there than good4notin would be correct, but it doesn't. The fact that the very first word in the first verse is "but" says that he is nullifying what he said before. "But what wisdom is there within us, to live based off the feelings in our own hearts", this quote says very obviously that we there is no wisdom within us to determine morality. It is saying that we dont have enough innate wisdom to live based "off the feelings in our own heart", thusly we cannot determine morality without some form of transcendent universal law. I don't know why this is even being argued because in the next line it says "how many times has instinct let us down". "For what use is there in praying if you only hear what you want to hear" is another support for my argument. This line is very literal. What use is there in believing if you still determine right and wrong for yourself.
    The "battle within us" he refers to gives away the biblical meaning to the song. Biblically there are instances refering to the battle within us. According to the Bible man is inherently evil. So there is a battle against his nature to do wrong. He says "if we have chosen to live against the grain (go against the natural) then why are we all facing the same way?" He is saying, if you have made a commitment to yourself (became a born again christian) then why are we all facing the same way? or walking the same path, living the same way etc...the last line "there is no difference between us and them if we all blindly seek truth from sentiments", means that what is the point of the commitment if they are gona be the same as every1 else...and every1 is blindly seeking truth from their own sentiments, which is basically just an emotion or a thought influenced by an emotion. Ummm all the people arguing the biblical significance of the song are idiots...this song is soo easy to interpret.

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