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The road turned into a snake,
It looked in my veins and said,
"It's in your blood"

That's when I tried to run,
But it was way too dark
Got scared,
And ran into your arms

Oh, sweet chemical predicament
Can't stop,
Can't change the evident

Predisposed to forget the best part,
A story where the hero dies without regard
Made sure that the needle was clean
When I let myself fall asleep

And all I kept was a piece of your picture,
It slipped through my fingers
When I slid into my dreams

It's not as deep as it seems,
And as unfair as it may be,
I'm just here to remind you,
Remind you not to forget to remember me
(x2)

I know you know how it feels to make a clean break
My bones are your bones,
My home is your home
You must be, so confused
Got scared, and ran away from you

Oh, sweet divine predicament
I can't hide,
I can't change the evident

I'm predisposed to trust a photograph
To portray the way you used to laugh

Do you recall the day you wed?
Such a radiant bride,
You couldn't wait to see
Your first born take his very first step,
And you smiled at him,
'Cause you thought he looked like me

It's not as deep as it seems
And as unfair as it may be,
I'm just here to remind you,
Remind you not to forget to remember me
(x2)

Now I've dodged your questions so much,
I don't possess the strength
To answer straight

And no, I'm not afraid,
At least not to die
I'm afraid to live, and not remember why

Sweet chemical indifference,
I can't stop,
Can't change the evident

Predisposed to perpetual sickness,
I refuse to let you all be witness
Make sure the needle is clean
When you let me go back to sleep

And situate the piece of the picture
Underneath my fingers,
It protects me in my dreams

It's not as deep as it seems,
And as unfair as it may be,
I'm just here to remind you,
Remind you not to forget to remember me
(x2)



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    sam_r_iMay 3, 2009 at 7:52 pm
    I take the song as someone who has an addiction; he has broken his family apart and is deciding to give himself a fatal dose.

    “The road turned into a snake,
    It looked in my veins and said,
    "It's in your blood"

    Leads me to think drug/alcohol abuse runs in this person’s family

    “That's when I tried to run,
    But it was way too dark
    Got scared,
    And ran into your arms”
    This the part where it talks of “lapsing”
    He tried to clean up (maybe for his family) but he was not able to. Life without drugs was too hard he turned and went back into its comfort.
    I know you know how it feels to make a clean break
    My bones are your bones,
    My home is your home
    You must be, so confused
    Got scared, and ran away from you

    This makes me wonder if his family left him because of the drugs. But it does illustrate that he chose to run to the drugs and away from his family.

    “I'm predisposed to trust a photograph
    To portray the way you used to laugh

    Do you recall the day you wed?
    Such a radiant bride,
    You couldn't wait to see
    Your first born take his very first step,
    And you smiled at him,
    'Cause you thought he looked like me”

    This is where you see he truly valued his family but sometimes for someone with an addiction the love for your drug takes first place over your family.

    “Now I've dodged your questions so much,
    I don't possess the strength
    To answer straight

    And no, I'm not afraid,
    At least not to die
    I'm afraid to live, and not remember why

    Sweet chemical indifference,
    I can't stop,
    Can't change the evident

    Predisposed to perpetual sickness,
    I refuse to let you all be witness
    Make sure the needle is clean
    When you let me go back to sleep

    And situate the piece of the picture
    Underneath my fingers,
    It protects me in my dreams”

    He can’t tell his family why he is putting them through this. He knows he does not want to live this way or continue putting his family through this. He holds onto their photo as he kills himself with a hot dose. The photo will be his comfort…maybe his thought of heaven.

    “Predisposed to forget the best part,
    A story where the hero dies without regard
    Made sure that the needle was clean
    When I let myself fall asleep”

    This was just another area where it is spoken of him dying. I think the needle being clean is way of doing it with dignity. Calling him a hero makes me think of Shakespeare where the heroes were tragic and the cause of their own undoing.
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    UnregisteredJul 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm
    This song is about bandmate brian's grandmother, who had alzheimer's. The first verse is written in her perspective, the second verse is in his grandfather's perspective, and the third, is in his (brian's) own perspective.
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    UnregisteredMay 16, 2012 at 9:19 pm
    Falling in love in a hopeless drug haze, and just not wanting that to be all your relationship is, both carrying each other through hard times, but also relying on the drugs, this song in particular heroin, but really, this could be about any that could take a life, sort of a bad trip/nightmare song.
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    UnregisteredNov 13, 2011 at 1:10 am
    The is about his wife the overdosed on heroin. They use to both be addicts. He stopped she didn't and died.
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    beth1124356Dec 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm
    I honestly don't believe this song has something to do with him been dead, i think he's emotionally wrecked. However i do agree that it has something to do with the woman in his life, but then again i do see why other people interperate this song in so many ways. They're has to be quite a few meanings that can come from this, but we all think differently, so this song will mean different things to each person. "I'm not afraid; atleast not to die. I'm afraid to live and not remember why" My favourite lyrics throughout the whole song.

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