Can't agree more with HyBreeD, this song is the "pay-dirt" of the album showing how the subject (likely Keenan) finally made the choice to abandon addiction and overcome his demons to fight on and never go back. Probably the most uplifting song Keenan has contributed and has helped me through many difficult days. Thank you APC and Keenan.
Thoughts by Frank Coon
I think this is either a continuation of the last song and the inner self coming out repulsed by the addicted personality it finds or a reaction to a self pitying soul encountered during recovery. Either way it's a stark example of how an addict can be shocked by what it finds after a long battle with addiction.
I read somewhere previously that this song is a representation of the anger against another who, during their course of addiction, did harm to others and through recovery found peace and forgiveness for themselves but from an outside view the penance and redemption can never redeem someone who so blatantly allowed their addiction to impact others and for whom no redemption is merited. That meaning to this song fits for me and I would assume is a common perception of newly acknowledged addict, though I am not likely at this stage of recovery personally.
A continuation of the desperate desire to pursue whatever source of addiction we have. This song really defines the desire and overwhelming control an addictive source can have on the psyche. Whether "addicted" or not, everyone has a weakness, even if we don't give in to the temptation.
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