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August Burns Red – Composure lyrics

Shake it off.
Pick yourself up, they say.
Your life fell apart in your hands, and you've got the scars to prove it.
It's not the first time, and they're getting deeper
Pull it together.
Button up your shirt.
Roll down those sleeves.
Don't let them see how you've coped
More and more your demeanor looks like quicksand.
It seems like your giving up on everything you worked for.
It's pulling you under.
It's gripping around your throat.
Life can be overwhelming,
But don't turn your back on the strongest crutch you've ever had.
They have always been there to brace your fall.
Wave goodbye to the past.
You've got your whole life to lead.
It's time to gain some ground.

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  • u
    Not all of their songs have a christian meaning behind them. Listen to up against the ropes. Just because the band members are christian doesn't make their genre christian metalcore. If that were the case many other bands would be also if their members were as vocal about it as abr is. Also, part of the song is in fact about cutting. They have a full concert recorded on YouTube and jake (the vocalist) points to his arm when he says "its not the first time and they're getting deeper"
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  • l
    Look, "scars" in line three that are "getting deeper" are most likely on the narrator's wrists, because his advice for covering up these scars is to "roll down those sleeves," because whatever shows on his forearms reveals how he's "coped" with his life falling apart. Sure, these could be needle tracks, but their "getting deeper" suggest a cutting motion, in my opinion. I don't personally see how this about drug addiction--all of the evidence suggests this song is about suicide.
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  • u
    Jake has been through a lot of stuff and it literally took him giving his full heart out to god before he realized what it actually meant. There are plenty of christians who it one point or another have cut themselves in their lives but have found strength through him like jake did. Don't take it that just because part of it is about cutting that the whole song is about that.
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  • u
    As for everyone arguing about "religion." Well, as a 21 year old young man who has done it all, cutting, drugs, s**, fights. A kid that grew up in a broken home, struggling with identity crises, popularity all the stuff that consumes so many. Bad break-ups, addictions that lose friends and family, depression so bad all you want to do is sleep. When nobody wants to hear about your problems anymore you go inside yourself and put on a fake smile. Thankfully there is someone who sees inside me and I live and breathe his presence on a daily basis. You can't see him, because you're not looking close enough. Can you see the wind? No, however you see the effects of wind as it blows. It's the same with God. You may not see him in person but you see what he's doing on a daily basis. He paints the masterpiece of love that swoons our hearts. I may not know much about life but I do know I am happier after I invited Jesus into my heart then I was before, oh, once you feel the Holy Spirit stirring within your heart on a daily basis and all the pain is gone, well, you can't deny it after that even if you tried.
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    My younger sister has in the past struggled with cutting, and for me it was hard to see the influences that she let herself have take over her. Pull it together seems like such a simple statement to make when you are not dealing with it yourself but it really does take that strong crutch to lean on and god wants nothing more than to help us and to be that strong crutch for us.
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