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Yeah, I get it,
You're an outcast.
Always under attack.
Always coming in last,
Bringing up the past.
No one owes you anything.
I think you need a shotgun blast,
A kick in the a**,
So paranoid...
Watch your back!

Oh my, here we go...

Another lose cannon gone bi-polar
Slipped down, couldn't get much lower.
Quicksand's got no sense of humor.
I'm still laughing like hell.
You think that the cryin to me,
Looking so sorry that I'm gonna believe,
You've been infected by a social disease.
Well, then take your medicine.

[Chorus:]
I created the Sound of Madness.
Wrote the book on pain.
Somehow I'm still here,
To explain,
That the darkest hour never comes in the night.
You can sleep with a gun.
When you gonna wake up and fight... For yourself?

I'm so sick of this tombstone mentality,
If there's an afterlife,
Then it'll set you free.
But I'm not gonna part the seas
You're a self-fulfilling prophecy.
You think that cryin to me,
Looking so sorry that I'm gonna believe,
You've been infected by a social disease.
Well, then take your medicine.

[Chorus:]
I created the Sound of Madness.
Wrote the book on pain.
Somehow I'm still here,
To explain,
That the darkest hour never comes in the night.
You can sleep with a gun.
When you gonna wake up and fight... For yourself?

I created the Sound of Madness.
Wrote the book on pain.
Somehow I'm still here,
To explain,
That the darkest hour never comes in the night.
You can sleep with a gun.
When you gonna wake up...
When you gonna wake up and fight...

I created the Sound of Madness.
Wrote the book on pain.
Somehow I'm still here,
To explain,
That the darkest hour never comes in the night.
You can sleep with a gun.
When you gonna wake up and fight... For yourself?

When you gonna wake up and fight... For yourself? [x3]



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    fla_g8rh8rJul 15, 2009 at 3:10 am
    It is about a person who has been mocked and ridiculed their whole life and they are to the point of suicide. They aren't literally complaining to anyone, but the singer is speaking out to them. Telling them that he has been to the deepest parts of hell "I created the sound of madness, wrote the book on pain, but now I'm still here to explain". He is telling them that no matter what they've been through that suicide is not the answer. That they need to wake up and "fight for themselves". To put it bluntly, he's saying "toughen up, buttercup... stop being a pussy and trying to take the pussy way out... work through it like a man and be strong... If I can do it, you can do it"
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    iowasweetie_68Dec 4, 2009 at 7:11 am
    This song speaks to me. It is stating, "Hey, think whatever the hell you want, I'm better than you and how you treat me." For me it is a great motivatior. Especially, when they say, "When are you going to wake up and fight--FOR YOURSELF." It is overcoming the trash, bs, all the negitive and rising above it all. Liberating! I wish I could say this to my family who think I'm the "bad" one. I'm the stronger than all of them put together. But like the song, sometimes you have to hit the bottom before starting over. Learn, grown and don't s***w up again. :)
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    UnregisteredSep 30, 2011 at 3:17 am
    This song reads to be speaking to the younger generation of teens. Where they whine about their suburban lifestyle. Where they try to be "dark" because it's cool. Also complaining how misunderstood they are when they act like pricks. Goth, Emo, and Punk has become so watered down because of it all. I remember when being these sorts of things caused me to be labeled a freak. I got over the freak and gothgirl name calling and overcame the labels. Now, they seem to label themselves with mall clothing and attitudes as if it's a competition. So I relate to this song in that way.
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    Ashley8Mar 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm
    Look, Shinedown is not meaning to make light of any person who is bi-ploar, and sadly I feel that the true bipolar people are getting mixed into this whole new crowd of people who may not really be bipolar, but docs are misdiagnosing a lot of people and prescribing meds. And for those people, maybe that is not the answer, and they don't feel any relief, Shinedown puts on concerts to raise money for Autistic children, they care! I like the song alot! Life is hard! Sometimes we all have to hit rock bottom, then work our way back up, and we need to be the ones to do it, us, because we are in control of us, even people with true bipolar, with medicine and therapy, they can be mostly in control as well, and just because someone is bi-ploar is no excuse to bring out the poor me card, every single person on this planet has been through something, period! So we find a way to deal! We are all supposed to be here for each other and help each other on our paths!
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    RandalDec 14, 2009 at 7:27 pm
    I love this song, it sounds exactly like I sound. While bi-polar is a true disease, I think the song is describing people who cry out "it's not my fault I'm [insert label here]. Using it as a crutch. I've been through the wringer in ways that make people's jaws drop and I refuse to be beaten by anyone or anything.
    So when people say, "I've got PTDS" or whatever, hey, we all have something most likely. Labels are a lame excuse. Take your medicine!

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