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Desire is over taking me
Arousing the essence of my soul
Bow to the pressure
While tearing your life apart
Your denial causes
A simple pathetic plea
As you bow in honor and
Choke on your words
The lessons keep on coming
As desire starts to fade
As the healing hand of reason
Comes closer and closer
Will the answers still be the same?
Regardless of what it's worth
I'm holding still holding on
To the god of my mistakes
Rise from the pressures destroying the walls of Rome
Lies of deception eating away at your flesh
Fight the pain of deception
We are not alone
I Can always count on you
Fill the dying dream as your feelings begin to die
Your reason for living drowns every retreating nerve

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    ub4me_christb4allAug 10, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Definitely one of my favorite songs by WOA (the fact that Tim Lambesis is in it helps, too).

    I think that the "desire" that is overtaking the speaker is not a not a good desire, but rather a malevolent, sinful one. This desire refers to a longing for vice and the things of this material world and not the things of the spiritual world. The first couple of lines clearly show that this desire is hurting those that have it, and that they are not the ones in control when this happens- the sinful desire is. That person then could be in denial of the fact that his desire is hurting him or he believes that his desire cannot be stopped.

    I'm not positive about the latter part of the first verse, but I don't want to pass it up, so I'll say that when the person in denial is proven wrong by God and the truth, which is in itself God, he will be forced to swallow his words of doubt and the sinful words he said during his lifetime.

    As the truth continues to be unfolded for the person and as he detaches himself from this world and his sinful desires, those vices that once had a death-grip on him melt in the fire of God's limitless love. Jesus said that, "The truth will set you free" (which I find rather ironic because the Truth, Jesus, was the One who set all of mankind free with his death on the cross). We live in an objective world, where there are universal norms that are unchanging- they are eternal, just like God (and the album title). When we accept the truth, like the man in the song, our vision is cleared as "the blinding of false light," as As I Lay Dying would say, is eradicated. However, the battle is not over until we die and we can hold on to desires and let them linger, only to have them come back even stronger. Despite the somber fact that the battle is not over as soon as we accept reason and truth, the song goes on to state that "we are not alone," and that the Person who is always with us is God's Holy Spirit- and "with God, all things are possible" (Mark 10:27).

    In the second verse, the sinful desire and the acceptance of lies is devouring not only the person's physical body, but more importantly his soul. The pressure created by this desire is so strong that it can destroy the walls of possibly history's strongest civilization.

    The song then calls us all to use our God-given intellect to decide what is truth and what is fallacy, and then to embrace the truth and show no mercy to the lies, which only corrupt. Then the most hopeful line of the entire song resolutely states that God is always with us, and that we are not in the battle alone and that the battle has already been won!

    The last two lines mean to me that when the desires fade away and die, the person can then fulfill his once dying dream of living a life in the footsteps of Jesus and ultimately reaching heaven. He realizes that he was not made for this world and that he is a spiritual being who happens to have a body, not a body that happens to have a soul. Thus his reason for living (i.e., attaining the beatific vision)overcomes any trepidation whatsoever. He does, however, give all praise, honor, and glory to God, and he must still atone for his sins.


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