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You were a child
Crawling on your knees toward it
Making momma so proud,
But your voice was too loud

We like to watch you laughing,
Taking insects off plants
No time to think of consequences

[Chorus:]
Control yourself
Take only what you need from it
A family of trees wanted
To be haunted

[Chorus:]
Control yourself
Take only what you need from it
A family of trees wanted
To be haunted

The water is warm
But it’s sending me shivers
A baby is born
Crying out for attention

The memories fade
Like watching through a fogged mirror
Decision to decisions are made
And not bought,
But I thought this wouldn'’t hurt a lot.
I guess not

[Chorus:]
Control yourself
Take only what you need from it
A family of trees wanted
To be haunted

[Chorus:]
Control yourself
Take only what you need from it
A family of trees wanted
To be haunted



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    nickv999Mar 23, 2009 at 10:56 pm
    "The memories fade" --because you grew up

    "Like looking through a fogged mirror" --because you are old trying to remember

    "Decision to decisions are made" --its easy to decide things when you are younger

    "And not bought," --self explanatory

    "But I thought this wouldn’t hurt a lot." --everyone thinks growing up would be easy when you are a kid

    "I guess not" --but it definitly is not easy growing up
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    roostertamerAug 24, 2008 at 7:55 pm
    The only reason to live is to create memories. When you look back on them you remember only how good it was and forget the bad. It almost makes you want to cry beause you know that you can never go back.
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    princessnubieFeb 27, 2010 at 10:19 pm
    i think ths song its about life and death , "u were a child , making ur momma so proud ! then u start to growing up "We like to watch you laughing,
    You pick the insects off plants
    No time to think of consequences = u don't think about what's going to happen u just enjoying ur days as a child...
    Take only what you need from it = i think he means take only what life gaves u ..
    A family of trees wanted To be haunted = we going to die anyway and at the end of the day we only going to haunted our own family tree (like our great-grandparents...The memories fade
    Like looking through a fogged mirror = life's is nothing , we all going to be forgotten and our memories will disapear and become fade

    sorry i may have made some mistake in english , i speak french!

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    scmnorcalJan 19, 2009 at 8:34 pm
    We are crawling on our knees to get what we want which makes mother proud to see us succeed, but our wants and goals are decisions based on decisions, not decisions based on the archetypal constant thoughout human experience that guides us collectively. We are moving away from our connection with eachother. Our intereaction used to be tribal and based on us. Now they have become based on media/materials that are not neccesary but self indulgent leisure or power. I like to think that the trees wanting to be haunted is the opportunity to become so old that they will become haunted, instead of loud babies(us) harvesting more than we need before some of the oldest living things on earth have a chance to become haunted. Maybe the water is warm but it is toxic and causing him to shiver. The memories fade because with every passing generation our detachment from our Mother Earth becomes more normal and our increasingly toxic environment is becoming normal. When compared with something bad, something a little worse is not horrible, but to compare where we are now to where we were before the industrial revolution would shock the frog out of the slowly heated water before it boils.
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    UnregisteredDec 5, 2011 at 10:42 pm
    I know it because i lived it. This song tells the story of life. You are born. U are quite innocent but predestined to get polluted to become a monster.

    I have relived some of my experiences from childhood and felt strange needles on my body.
    When i went deeper into the song i felt that again. I started crying and realised that it tells about what happened to all of us.

    This world frightened us to death. And we started to defending. We lost innocence. The perspective of the child is the perspective of a tortured person, of a victim. We all have that part in our psyche. That is why we cry, that is the root of many negative feelings - running away from that fear. And its horrible fear, i felt it and i couldnt do anything about it. The most sad part is that u are unable to deal with it, and most people dont know that they run from bad feelings from the past.

    The band is in the role of an observer, someone who tells the story, thats why they dont look like monsters. Mother is the only support for a child, and she becomes a better person when her child is around so she isn't a monster neither.

    Also, the song is a horror. Terrible horror.

    I fell it may not be all, help me discover more.

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