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Citizen Erased Lyrics

Break me in,
Teach us to cheat
And to lie, cover up
What shouldn't be shared?
All the truth unwinding
Scraping away
At my mind
Please stop asking me to describe him

For one moment
I wish you'd hold your stage
With no feelings at...

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    anonymous
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    Sep 14th, 2007 9:32pm report


    I've always felt that some parts of it have to do with growing up and becoming less innocent. The "break me in, teach us to cheat, to lie and cover up" might be about how people learn to lie as they get older and the "open minded, I'm sure I used to be so free" is about looking back and wondering where your childhood open-mindedness and freedom have gone. In the end the "erase all the memories, they'll only bring us pain" is about forgetting that you were ever innocent and free. The title might be about the person you were then disappearing (being "erased").



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    anonymous
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    Jul 15th, 2012 7:28pm report


    how no body see it. Is about a lover, that the narrator must to forget.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 13th, 2011 4:12am report


    I read somewhere a list of books read by matt, and I found a certain book about brainwashing...

    I think the song talks about a person that knows something, and he is going to be “erased”

    "Wash me away / clean your body of me / erase all your memories”

    I think its a literal meaning to these words...



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    anonymous
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    Jan 22nd, 2011 1:36pm report


    It's a song about being interrogated, and being part of a conspiracy. It's about going (basically) insane. "Clean your body of me, Erase all the memories" must mean that some form of resistance went on, and he/she in the song was executed or prosecuted. Another possible answer was that the person who resisted telling he/she's interrogator was chipped, and on file, and the chip was taken away, leaving the person without an identity. CITIZEN ERASED. You see the title?



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    anonymous
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    May 1st, 2009 5:08am report


    I checked MuseWiki.org. It's an expression about what it's like to be questioned.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 15th, 2009 3:21am report


    I never actually payed attention to the lyrics themselves, the sound of the instruments sound as though it's a grieving process. Like someone just found out someone close to them (possibly a family member) died. And first they are angry, then shocked, then angry like throwing stuff around, then they finally start getting calm and dealing with their mind and loss, then the end solo just fades out to them being okay with that fact of the death.

    That's my interpretation of the instruments anyways.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 6th, 2008 3:49am report


    1984

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    MuseShoe25
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    Dec 4th, 2007 12:21am report


    I'm pretty sure this song is based on George Orwells book '1985'. I can't be asked to go through the lyrics but I think they make sense.

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    anonymous
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    Oct 30th, 2007 10:10pm report


    This song describes a relationship gone sour. If Bellamy wrote the lyrics referring to one of his own personal experiences, then he (or whoever the song's "narrator" is) was feeling cheated, offended, and lied to.
    The title suggests that the song's protagonist is wishing to be forgotten and is so angry with somebody that he no longer wants to know them.
    He is saying to erase him from their memory.
    The subject of the song is most likely someone who the speaker really treasured and can't bear to separate from.
    "Wash me away / clean your body of me / erase all your memories"




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