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Send away for a priceless gift
One not subtle,
One not on the list

Send away for a perfect world
One not simply
So absurd

In these times of doing what you're told,
Keep these feelings
No one knows

Whatever happened
To the young man's heart?
Swallowed by pain,
As he slowly fell apart...

And I'm staring down the barrel of a 45,
[Forty-five]
Swimming thru the ashes of another life,
[Another life]
No real reason to accept the way
Things have changed
Staring down the barrel of a 45...

Send a message to the unborn child,
Keep your eyes open for a while.

In a box high up on the shelf,
Left for you, no one else
There's a piece of a puzzle known as life,
Wrapped in guilt, sealed up tight.

Whatever happened
To the young man's heart?
Swallowed by pain,
As he slowly fell apart!

And I'm staring down the barrel of a 45,
[Forty-five]
Swimming thru the ashes of another life
[Another life]
No real reason to accept the way things have changed,
Staring down the barrel of a 45

Everyone's pointing their fingers,
Always condemning me!
Nobody knows what I believe,
I believe...

And I'm staring down the barrel of a 45,
[Forty five]
Swimming thru the ashes of another life,
[Another life]
No real reason to accept the way things have changed,
Staring down the barrel of a 45...

And I'm staring down the barrel of a 45,
[Ooooohhh...]
And I'm swimming thru the ashes of another life,
[Ooooohhh...]
There is no real reason to accept the way
Things have changed
Staring down the barrel of a 45...

45[x2]
Starin down the barrel of a 45...

[Panting]



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  • ctcougar3
    +3
    ctcougar3Jul 11, 2008 at 9:14 pm
    i was reading and interview with brent smith (lead singer), and he said it wasnt literally a gun, but a metaphor saying a man takes a good hard look at his life and has deciding that his life needs to change. im guessing the 45 means he is starting his life anew
  • Kenshin1029
    +2
    Kenshin1029Jan 24, 2009 at 5:55 am
    It's when you are facing your life for what it is and you want to start changing for the better. Good song one of my favorites ever.
  • d
    +2
    Decipher08May 10, 2008 at 4:43 pm
    The lyrics tell a story of his disappointment in the changes the world has taken over time. When he says
    "Send away for a priceless gift
    One not subtle,
    One not on the list
    Send away for a perfect world
    One not simply
    So absurd"
    He's saying that to make him happy the world has to change. He's upset that the world is so messed up in this age, and most likely he doesn't feel that his beliefs and ideas fit in to how today's society works ("Everyone's pointing their fingers, Always condemning me! Nobody knows what I believe, I believe...").
    Now he feels that the only escpae from this hell of a world is suicide, hence the "staring down the barrel of a 45" lyric. The ending of the sone leaves us with an image of him with a gun against his head getting ready to take his last breath.
  • IrBored8
    +1
    IrBored8Sep 27, 2010 at 6:07 pm
    (In my perspective) The song is about mixed emotions on if life is worth living or not.= "Staring down the barrel of a 45"
  • Skullz96
    +1
    Skullz96Jan 23, 2010 at 2:39 am
    The song just has pure emotion that u can hear in Brent`s voice & the video takes it 2 another level that almost brought me 2 tears

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