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Regrets collect like old friends
Here to relive your darkest moments
I can see no way, I can see no way
And all of the ghouls come out to play

And every demon wants his pound of flesh
But I like to keep some things to myself
I like to keep my issues strong
It's always darkest before the dawn

And I've been a fool and I've been blind
I can never leave the past behind
I can see no way, I can see no way
I'm always dragging that horse around

And our love is pastured such a mournful sound
Tonight I'm gonna bury that horse in the ground
So I like to keep my issues drawn
But it's always darkest before the dawn

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah

And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I'm gonna cut it out and then restart
Cause I like to keep my issues strong
It's always darkest before the dawn

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah

And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah
And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back

And given half the chance would I take any of it back
It's a fine romance but it's left me so undone
It's always darkest before the dawn

Oh woah, oh woah...

And I'm damned if I do and I'm damned if I don't
So here's to drinks in the dark at the end of my rope
And I'm ready to suffer and I'm ready to hope
It's a shot in the dark and right at my throat
Cause looking for heaven, found the devil in me
Looking for heaven, found the devil in me
Well what the hell I'm gonna let it happen to me

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah

And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah

And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah



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    UnregisteredJul 23, 2012 at 2:51 am
    This song, in my opinion, means to shake off the things holding you back, your 'devils' so to speak. Give yourself a second chance. Build yourself a new heart, be a better you. And the 'horse' that she is referring to isn't a literal horse, it's more like all the baggage she's been carrying around. Have you ever tried to drag a horse around? First of all, they can be really stubborn sometimes and second, they weigh a ton. Anyway, my favorite line in this song is "it's always darkest before the dawn. " because it holds so much truth. If you get anything out of this song, it's that one line alone. Give yourself a second chance. Things may seem bad now but the best is yet to come. After all, it's always darkest before the dawn.
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    AngeliskateMar 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm
    This song is about a persons inner demons, you're damned if you bring them to light by the people around you but it's also the only way to move forward in life.
    'looking for heaven, for the devil in me
    Well what the hell i'm gonna let it happen to me'
    Represents this moment of cutting out the graceless heart, burying the horse and shaking the devil off your back. Of deciding that the future is worth more than saving face or pretending that everything is okay. For me personally it perfectly encapsulates how i feel (i should say felt but i'm still dealing) about all my regrets, mistakes and miseries of the past.
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    UnregisteredMar 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm
    Letting go of the past, and forgiving and forgetting... Its hard to let go of what was and look forward to what could be.
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    UnregisteredOct 5, 2013 at 12:44 am
    What I love about this band's songs is that they are haunting and deep in meaning. This song is about how everyone has those "spazz" moments and everyone needs to forgive and forget because they are the exact same way.
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    UnregisteredSep 7, 2012 at 1:47 am
    Love this song, it always brings tears to my eyes. I think it is talking about how past experiences haunt us and cause us to feel things in the present that constrict us. It is telling us to free ourselves from the grip others have on us.

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