"Death of Me" by Red

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Something my English teacher used to do was have us pick a song and translate the song into our own words next to the song lyrics. The band I'm using is called "Red". Love these guys! Hooyah.

Submitted: March 06, 2014

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"Death of Me" by Red

 

I should’ve seen all the signs all around me
But I was comfortable inside these wounds
So go ahead and take another piece of me now
While we all bow down to you


Complacency only tears you up from the inside, out and you don’t even realize exactly what it’s doing to you and everything around you and you become to a victim to the war inside you—yourself.


You tear me down and then you pick me up
You take it all and still it’s not enough
You try to tell me you can heal me
But I’m still bleeding
And you will be the death of me


What can tear you down and pick you up? Peers, family, yourself. “You take it all and still it’s not enough”—whoever is killing you from the inside out is not satisfied and will just continue. Let’s use an ex as an example. Say the ex is just using you for pleasure or money and not caring about you. They’ll tell you “I’ll be better, I’ll change. I promise.” And then weeks and months pass and your relationship is still the same as before. Who's determined to be the death of you?


How can you help my affliction
If you’re the sickness and not the cure
Too long I’ve faked this addiction
Another sacrifice to make us pure


Who’s your sickness? How long will you pretend to hide your misery by smiling through all the pain you feel? Sacrifice another part of you to try to keep things together.


I won’t forget, I cannot forget this
I won’t forget, I’ll never forget this
I won’t forget, I’ll never forget
I know I can never prove this illusion
You aren’t the one that I thought you were
And so I learned to embrace this delusion
The line that separates us starts to blur


You can’t keep up the charade forever. You’re living a lie, especially when you know very well that things aren’t what they should be versus what they really are. Wake up from the delusion! There should be no blur—just black and white.


And you will be the death of me
You will be the death of me
I won’t forget, I cannot forget this
Any you will be the death of me


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