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It begins with a dark glowing ember
Something black burning it's way out of me
Searing the flesh
Pain is the only thing I feel
Scars all I see

Oh no, the fire's burning my insides again
What can I do to silence my desire tonight?
Flames consuming reason
Leaving only ashes left
You will catch me regretting my decision

I can't keep telling myself what I want to hear
I can't just close my eyes

[Chorus]
I know that
It's killing me
And it's poisoning the best in me
What I see I don't want to believe
So let me tell you more
About the lies I lead

That is how I feel, so douse the flames in gasoline
Broken teeth replace the blackout memories in my head
Wreckage from the past haunts me, shakes me to the bone
I know it's over but I can't go home tonight

But after this I feel as empty as the night before
Feel the pain and yet I'm still begging for more
Masochistic nihilistic urging backward thought
My life's a mess and I can't find a way to fix it

I can't keep telling myself what I want to hear
I can't just close my eyes

[Chorus]

Calling calling out
The darkest reaches of my soul are riddled with self doubt
Crawling crawling out
My will to fight will more than suffice when others would lay down.

It's only as dark as you make it

[Chorus]



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    MuhKoIncSep 22, 2008 at 7:21 pm
    Its definetely a drug addiction, you choose your own way, and hes fleeing the pain but still coming back to it, fleeing the world but not believing what he gets instead. Can see his own errors, but cant stop.
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    10cam10Jul 31, 2008 at 2:45 am
    Just a guess, but at the beginning, " it begins with a dark glowing ember..." somewhat like a drug addiction would start... start out like nothing but become a habbit/problem.

    I have no idea if he is refering to a friend, or himself or even a drug addiction, but the idea is an addiction that starts small and grows bigger and eventually could take over...
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    Theo667Apr 20, 2011 at 3:50 am
    I think that the song is a love story. At the beginning, it talks about the slow start to him falling in love, mostly because of all that left him heartbroken. He already knows what he's getting himself into, but does it nonetheless (perhaps even to get over an old flame?). Into the relationship, he knows it's killing him, how much he sacrifices for her, so much that he's not himself anymore. (or perhaps how it's not the same and he realizes how much he wants his ex back?)
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    karmahxMar 11, 2011 at 2:59 am
    I believe the real meaning is a broken home or relationship
    I know its over but can't go home tonite broken teeth it could mean fist fights
    Cheating not being able to forgive stuff of that sort
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    damienx666xNov 20, 2009 at 1:37 pm
    i love this song and atreyu idk the meaning behind the song but if i had to guess id say drugs or something?

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