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She finds him by the fire...
His claws of God are dripping from his crimes.
He beckons her, "Sweet daughter..."
The voice that once avenged her younger life.

He's got the voice of a con,
The same one,
Who cut down in the name of his God,
Who took on the robe of a judge,
Without a license to kill without cause,
He's not worth it,
He's not worth it,
He's not worth it.
Remember what he said that made you question all the words he sited.

From the book, the same book,
That's reeling you home after so many years of silence.

And the daughter watches father...
As he sleeps and dreams she brings the knife to light.
Cuz she knows he can't go farther,
And he'll never wake to see his daughter cry.

Don't lose control or you will long
To go back, to this time, and rewrite your thought.
Because you're about to choose what you called so ironic.
It's ironic, it's ironic that you're contemplating murder while
I'm educating you with mercy.
You say you want, you say you want,
The means to believe, but don't change who you are,
Because who you are is who I made you to discover Me.

The steel marries the skin.
No, it's not worth it, it's not worth it.
I cut him down, I cut him down.
You didn't have to fall, it's your fault.
It's your fault, you lost control.
And now you long to go back and rewrite your thought.
But I won't let you slip away.
Not this time, not this time.
This time you're gonna learn what it means to receive the very mercy
That you denied, when you denied,
The means to believe,
I'll keep feeding you the fruit that you need.
But you spit it out to further your doubt.

And now he can't go farther,
Because he'll never wait to see his daughter cry.



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    UnregisteredJul 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm
    Apr 12th 2012 10: 56 is right. Do some research on the album before posting what you think it means. The band has clearly stated this is a concept album. It continues the story where the last album left off. Its a father and his daughter, the father a believer who loses faith and the daughter an athiest who gains faith. This song is about how the father has taken justice into his own hands and killed the man who raped his daughter. The daughter sees the downward spiral of her father loosing it and chooses to end his life to stop what he is becoming. But in the background the spirit of god is still there, telling her "no, it's not worth it" and that she will regret what she has done. But yet he still decides that he will give her mercy and keep guiding her on her journey to believe.
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    UnregisteredApr 13, 2012 at 2:56 am
    The meaning of this whole album is so complex, but basically, its a concept. The entire album is telling a 'what if' story--what if god disappeared? Would 'christians' keep faith, or lose it completely? The father used to be a 'christian' (notice the air quotes), but he lost faith when god disappeared and his daughter was raped by another man (who he then killed). Previous songs from the album detail the father's downfall. This song marks the beginning of the formerly faithless daughter's rise. She is searching for hope in the madness of this post-apocalyptic world, and she is finally finding something worthwhile in her father's abandoned faith. Her new faith doesn't stop her from killing her father, but god forgives her (because even true christians make mistakes), and she finds that her faith is all she needs.
    This album isn't just a collection of songs. It's a story, a search for something to believe in when all else seems lost. Oh, sleeper has crafted something meaningful in this album, and the family ruin is a turning point for a girl finally finds the god who never abandoned her at all.

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