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Head down running from the beast
Break neck speed taking all my breath
Black feet scraped and scarred and dripping blood
Rain come down take me with your flood

I came to, and I was running from you
Feel your breath on the back of my neck

Where have I
Come to be
Is this all
That's left for me

I wish that I was still there
I want to keep on breathing

Bulls roar loud
Snakes move past my feet
No teeth, no hands've set me free
Bones start rattling 'round inside my head
I don't know if I'm alive or dead


I came to and I was running from you
Feel your breath on the back of my neck

Where have I
Come to be
Is this all
That's left for me

I wish that I was still there
I want to keep on breathing

Dig deep kicking up rock and dirt and sand
Out of this lifeless valley, bones in hand
Over these mountains to the seas of life
Leave this desert for the sick and damned



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    UnregisteredMay 13, 2014 at 1:25 am
    The dry bone valley is a biblical reference to a valley of bones that were wasted. God spoke breath into them and they grew flesh becoming a great army. I the song the bones represent the state that people are in, subject to are imperfect human nature which we cannot run from although we try. The beast is the devil who encourages our nature to do evil. The flood is the biblical flood that killed everyone except Noah and his family(and his sons wives) which is usually a symbol of purging of our human natures.
  • U
    UnregisteredJul 22, 2012 at 10:47 am
    I think its just based on a dream brann or brent had, jimi hendrix used to write about his dreams too.
  • U
    UnregisteredApr 21, 2012 at 11:36 am
    The song is about running from death. We humans live our whole lives with being the hunter when we are killing the wildlife. "the hunter becomes the hunted. "
  • U
    UnregisteredApr 13, 2012 at 3:29 am
    It's about running with the bulls. Feeling alive while you're doing it and feeling nothing when you go back to your regular life.
  • U
    UnregisteredApr 11, 2012 at 4:35 am
    It seems to be about hell. "i wish that i was still there,i want to keep on breathing" means he wishes he was still alive on earth, breathing still. But now he is in hell - dry bone valley.

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