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It's spinning, further deeper
I know you're out to try me
I'm not in this to be a slave
Push the dirt, make me feel
Locate what swallows life
Night bird you build my world

And then I close my eyes
And then I close my eyes!

Judge me now
Used to be afraid to let it show, bow down!
A king in my own mind
Everything's in place
So much better from today

Drown the monsters
Make all bad dreams go away
Whatever it takes to keep your hands free
Open scars
The quiet place
All the bridges fall to the ground
And you say you've sacrificed!

And then I close my eyes
And then I close my eyes!

Judge me now
Used to be afraid to let it show, bow down, bow down
A king in my own mind
Everything's in place
So much better from today
A king in my own mind

Judge me now
A king in my own mind!!!
Judge me now
A king in my own mind!!!

Judge me now
Used to be afraid to let it show, bow down, bow down
A king in my own mind
Everything's in place
So much better from today
A king in my own mind



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    paulc420Aug 26, 2008 at 2:19 pm
    I think this song is about your actions and the repercussions they have. For example, if you do something wrong, in front of no one but yourself, you are okay. no repercussions. If you mess up in front of people or your parents, then that emotion that follows you. I think that is what he is tapping into with this song. which would mean, the quiet place, is the place where none of this would take place.

    Good king in my own mind, would be the symbol of him releasing the emotion of feeling down, which he explains,"spinning further deeper" like people forcing him down like society does to some. A good king, would be society boasting you, to make you feel good, like a king.

    passive vs aggressive
    night vs day
    open-minded vs judgmental
    non- egotistical vs egotistical

    he is showing the contrast between feeling down because of other people, and then feeling up because of yourself. Melody and heavy. Melodic Death Metal. two opposites, on the same spectrum. Love and Hate. Happy and Angry. Same emotion, different ends of the spectrum.

    I mean of course this song could mean something else to any one else, however, what inspires in flames is their ability to take an idea and either:

    A) Run with the idea and drive it into your head at full force with an aggressive song like "eraser" and tail off with beautiful bridge's and solo's to ease their force. but jump right back in and drive it into your brain.

    B) Show the contrast between thinking one way, when aggressive they usually have quite a heavy instrumentals in the background, and then tail it off with passive open melodic rifts.

    Pay attention to each and every single one of their songs intro's, it pretty much sums up the entire song without using any words. other than the occasional ballad they start off the song with a HEAVY rift that sums up what is going to be aggressive, and tail off with the melodic part. Then they increase the length of time each one runs for, and spice up each death metal rift, and each melodic rift.

    A song like Coerced Coexistence the optimism would be,

    I'll take you on a ride
    as a part-owner to my pain

    extremely brief, and not very optimistic, however still fits the formula, however, the melodic that follows after he says it explains why the optimism of the song might lyrically be short, but the instruments that follow it, explains why.

    The trick I find is, pay attention to what he is saying, and then as soon as he stops saying what he is saying, keep going with it, don't stop listening, just because the instruments are doing the talking, that is when the real message of the songs are revealed, not while the lyrics are being sung, you can pin point each and every individual line, as though it was written like this and not as a paragraph. This is wrong though, and leads to confusion. You read the song as a paragraph, and listen to how he is reading it to you. The parts where he stops reading is when he is actually speaking to you. Its all about the rhetoric.

    That's why the greatest composers like Mozart and Beethoven don't make sense to 99.9% of the population, because we need an explanation, we can't explain it ourselves. Back in the day all they needed was a song title, that gave people enough insight to figure out what the song is trying to say on their own, unfortunately, this art has been lost, and this is what we are left with. Lyric infested songs that try to be figured out with the practical part of your brain and not the part that you are suppose to figure it out with.

    A perfect example of someone who saw this is Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) He saw this coming so he wrote songs that were puns, they practically meant one thing, but actually meant something completely deeper on a whole different level. In flames does not care about appealing to everyone, that's why they suit themselves perfectly, their instruments are one with their lyrics. unfortunately, road blocks will always exist in this modern time as people will take poetry and metaphor's and apply them to their day to day lives, when in reality they are meant to exist as one with everything, not with you.

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