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Its not so much the pain it's more the actual knife
Pretending that the picture is perfect I cut myself to sleep
I close my eyes for a second and meet a fragile soul
I scream to hide that I'm lonely, the echo calls my name

If I ever.. If I never
Make me understand the thought whatever
Make me see.. make me be
Make me understand you're there for me

Take this life. I'm right here
Stay a while and breathe me in
Take this life. I'm right here
Stay a while and breathe me in

The water drops just beg to hit me
Why now? Haven't rained for days
No time to play hide and seek
I call upon you to take me on
Break me down to pieces
Put me back, do it right this time
Struggling to fill this empty shell
Burn my efforts in the end it means nothing

If I ever.. If I never
Make me understand the thought whatever
Make me see.. make me be
Make me understand you're there for me

Take this life! I'm right here
Stay a while and breathe me in
Take this life! I'm right here
Stay a while and breathe me in

These thoughts burn a hole in my heart
These thoughts will keep me feeling
These thoughts burn a hole in my heart
These thoughts will keep me feeling

If I ever.. If I never
Make me understand the thought whatever
Make me see.. make me be
Make me understand you're there for me

Take this life! I'm right here
Stay a while and breathe me in
Take this life! I'm right here
Stay a while and breathe me in



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    baugusbrysonMar 17, 2009 at 12:06 am
    On the contrary to what everyone here has said...
    I think that this song is speaking out to people who are feeling the thoughts of suicide. notice how in the end of the music video, everyone stops what they were doing that would have killed themselves. It's basically telling people with those thoughts to think about there life one more time before taking it from themselves. When he's saying all those emo things, I think he's really just informing us on what those people are thinking, not what he's saying or thinking himself. I'm not emo in any way but I do get thoughts of if my life really does mean anything sometimes, then I end up in deep thought about how my life is better then what I think at that one, impulsive, insignificant moment. And this song reminds me of those moments and how I always seem to beat those short thoughts of unimportance.
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    pattycake706Oct 18, 2008 at 11:37 am
    Yes it sounds extremely emo etc but i love this song never the less. It's about someone that is constantly thinking every bad thing possible about themselves and they want anyone's help even though they try and pretend its ok (2nd line). just read the bridge (if i never.. if i never ... make me understand your there for me) and the chorus (take this life, im right here. stay a while and breathe me in) means the person in perspective either wants you to be there for them or just hurry up and get rid of them
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    MystweaverSep 11, 2008 at 1:34 am
    ohhh and as apposed to Cassy1196's post... ppl listen to music and remember good music that holds meaning to them... and its not the guitar riffs that hold meaning to ppl.. yeah the lyrics are fast and hard to understand unless you know them.. reguardless.. if you dont know what the song is about or dont give a damn then obviously the song holds no meaning for you so your post is very meaningless keep up the bad work.
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    demolishur1Jun 20, 2008 at 2:17 am
    that your empty, you have nothin, you pretend its all ok but its not, you hope that they can help you, you give them your life to save you
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    andrewcairnsFeb 28, 2011 at 11:41 am
    the song Take This Life by In Flames is about emotion, death and love, if you'll look at the lyrics the part before the chorus says "If i ever, If i ever, make me want to stand up for whatever" that means he wants someone to make him stand up for whats right, hence the lyrics " Make me want to stand up for whatever" after that part theres lyrics the third part after those lyrics means he wants the girl he loves or his family to tell him if they want him and/or want to be there for him, hence the lyrics " Make me understand you're there for me" thats what the song means, and i would know because they told me.

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