This song is all about addressing the ugly reality that each and every one of us has secrets that we are not proud of and that we try to hide from the world. “When the days are cold”, “when the cards all fold”, and “when your dreams all fail” all refer to situations that have gone wrong, situations that we just want to forget about and put behind us. The song talks about hiding the truth in order to protect the ones we love. I think this is something that we can all relate to. We think we have to do everything on our own sometimes, and we feel bad for burdening others with our problems. I am guilty of this more than anyone else. My weakness is not asking for help. I create an incredible burden by being locked into the mindset that I have to deal with all of my problems on my own or otherwise I am weak, a failure, or a disappointment. One of the more interesting lyrics in this song is “This is my kingdom come”, which is repeated twice each time it is used. The first thing I think of is “thy kingdom come, thy will be done” from the Lord’s prayer. Later on the singer claims he is “hell-bound”, so it could be referencing the fact that the world he created, his kingdom, is in direct contrast to God’s kingdom, which is perfect.
“Look into my eyes, it’s where my demons hide” is probably the most powerful line in this song. So many times people try to hide their problems, but if you look closely you can see the pain in their eyes. You can see the demons hiding behind their eyes. The main theme of this song is addressing the dark side of yourself, the side that you’re not proud of, the side that’s caused pain in the past, the side you’re ashamed of, and the side that ultimately convinces you that you are a failure because of your past mistakes. I will reiterate again that this something I struggle with mightily on a personal level. As someone who strives for logical thinking, I become ashamed of the emotions I experience sometimes. I consider some emotions as weak and indicative of failure when they don’t make sense. Whenever my emotions contradict what I should be feeling logically, it creates an unpleasant situation. As far as letting go of the past, I think this may be one of the toughest things possible in life. It is incredibly depressing to realize that nothing you can do can change your past mistakes, and that they can haunt you forever. We all have demons, but its whether you choose to acknowledge them and bring them to light or whether you plan to keep them caged away and allow for them to grow more powerful that is going to ultimately determine what is success and what is failure.
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