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Send away for a priceless gift
One not subtle, one not on the list
Send away for a perfect world
One not simply, so absurd
In these times of doing what you're told
You keep these feelings, no one knows
What ever happened to the young man's...

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    anonymous
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    Aug 12th, 2006 8:22am report


    Okay. I'm a huge shinedown fan and I've seen them in concert a couple of times and brent smith has stated that it is not about suicide or abortion. This song has such a deeper meaning.

    It's basically about how hard life is, and trying to understand who you are as a person. 45 stands for the world, and how at times it can feel like a gun. It's about being comfortable with yourself, which is one of the hardest things to do. "nobody knows what I believe."
    it's about a realization that life can get really hard because of what the day hands you, but you can get through it. Individuality is really important even though sometimes it may not seem like it. This is an amazing song and shinedown is an amazing band. 45 isn't about suicide, it's about sadness dying, and that same person fully awakening to life.



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    blackrapture
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    Oct 20th, 2005 10:16pm report


    To me, with the knowledge of the song and the video, I would say that this song is more relational than personal. I heard somewhere that it was about the writer's girlfriend deciding to get an abortion. That does fit in with all the lyrics and the video. When he says "Send away for a priceless gift." He could be talking about a child, sent away for (being made through intercourse). "One not subtle, one not on the list."

    This child won't be a subtlety to their normal lifestyles, and it wasn't planned it was accidental. "Send away for a perfect world, one not simply so absurd." Here comes the idea or concept of abortion. In a perfect world that wouldn't be necessary, abortion in his eyes may be absurd. "In these times of doing what you're told, you keep these feelings no one knows." He doesn't object because it's his girlfriend's "choice" her "right" so he does what he is told must be done but inside he disagrees he feels as though he is ending a life. " Whatever happened to the young man's heart, swallowed by pain as he slowly fell apart. And I'm starring down the barrel of a 45, swimming through the ashes of another life, no real reason to accept the way things have changed staring down the barrel of a 45!

    "With these decisions he recognizes his role as a man, his possible role as a father. Whatever happened to the young man's heart. He lost it to this decision or indecision(pain) which swallowed it and now leaves it fallen apart, lacking. "Staring down the barrel of a 45" Here is his indecision which I see represented in the 45.. Swimming through the ashes of the life of his unborn child, aborted. No real reason to accept that this life has been ended, still faced with indecision. "Send a message to the unborn child, keep your eyes open for awhile." I think he is expressing anger, in a fit of rage saying you'll only have awhile to keep your eyes open. "In a box high up on a shelf, left for you, no one else, there's a peice of a puzzle known as life, wrapped in guilt sealed up tight." Here he could be seeking comfort in the fact that the child's life would have been painful. *repeat chorus* "Everyone's pointing their fingers, always condemning me. Well, nobody knows what I believe. I believe. and i'm staring down the barrel of a 45, swimming through the ashes of another life, no real reason to accpept the way things have changed staring down the barrel of a 45!"

    "everyone's pointing their fingers, always condemning me." People frown upon him getting his girlfriend pregnant or her having an abortion. "well nobody knows what I believe. I believe." he has kept his disagreement with her decision secret as stated earlier. (in the video it would appear that he states what he believes to her and she gets mad at him) he goes through staring down the indecision (45) again.

    This is just what I get from the song and refelct on everytime I listen to it. Shinedown is one of the most kick ass bands out there and they never cease to amaze me with their talent. they keep it real and even if my interpretation of this song isn't even close to theirs, they still have my respect.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 16th, 2007 1:12pm report


    well you can put ten different people in front of a painting at a musuem and chances are that all of them will say it means something different, only the artist truly knows what
    his work of art means. But that shouldn't impact its impact on you because based on where you are in life your emotions may influence your interpretations. Shinedown is just one of those bands that can influence so many people in so many ways. So if any of these interpretations help you reflect your soul on it because that's what I think music is about.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 20th, 2012 11:26am report


    Brent Smith (the lead singer and songwriter) has stated in an interview:
    “ The inspiration from the song really came from – I think a lot of people kinda take a literal sense because of the lyrics – but the song is basically about the day that you wake up and you look at yourself in the mirror and you finally decide that you want to try to become comfortable in your own skin, and realize that you’re gonna have to make yourself happy before you’re going to make anyone else happy. And basically, the 45 isn’t an actual literal term for a gun, I used it as a metaphor for the world, the .45 is actually the world and what it hands you every day of your life. When you get up, it’s a gift to be alive to begin with. A lot of different people, when I’ve talked about it, they said, “Do you really honestly mean that?” And I’m like, “Well, yeah.” Because I’ve been in that situation where I didn’t know if I wanted to continue going on and I didn’t know how to necessarily make myself comfortable with who I was, trying to find a way of learning more about myself. And you come from a dark place sometimes, and that’s really the reality of the song. It’s about overcoming and about moving forward. And it’s basically about understanding that it’s not always going to be good, but you really have no one to blame for yourself if you don’t move forward. That’s where the whole, “Nobody knows what I believe,” [comes from] because we’re all individuals. So that’s really where it comes from, it’s about moving on, really.[1



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    anonymous
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    Sep 25th, 2012 9:27pm report


    Brent Smith (the lead singer and songwriter) has stated in an interview:

    “ The inspiration from the song really came from – I think a lot of people kinda take a literal sense because of the lyrics – but the song is basically about the day that you wake up and you look at yourself in the mirror and you finally decide that you want to try to become comfortable in your own skin, and realize that you’re gonna have to make yourself happy before you’re going to make anyone else happy. And basically, the 45 isn’t an actual literal term for a gun, I used it as a metaphor for the world, the .45 is actually the world and what it hands you every day of your life. When you get up, it’s a gift to be alive to begin with. A lot of different people, when I’ve talked about it, they said, “Do you really honestly mean that?” And I’m like, “Well, yeah.” Because I’ve been in that situation where I didn’t know if I wanted to continue going on and I didn’t know how to necessarily make myself comfortable with who I was, trying to find a way of learning more about myself. And you come from a dark place sometimes, and that’s really the reality of the song. It’s about overcoming and about moving forward. And it’s basically about understanding that it’s not always going to be good, but you really have no one to blame for yourself if you don’t move forward. That’s where the whole, “Nobody knows what I believe,” [comes from] because we’re all individuals. So that’s really where it comes from, it’s about moving on, really



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    anonymous
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    Feb 16th, 2012 2:44am report


    I think its about a man killing him then simply leaving the gun to his unborn child.

    Send away for a priceless gift one not subtle one not in the list
    (Refering to death as being a gift)

    Send away for a perfect world
    (Death a perfect world)

    And to make a long story short he shoots his self leaves the gun to his unborn child up high on a shelf the gun will be a piece of the puzzle to his fathers life



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    anonymous
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    Apr 15th, 2011 4:00pm report


    Here is what I think the song is about.

    The baby died in the mother so the man couldnt take it so he staring down the barrel of a 45 and this tore the couple apart



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    anonymous
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    Mar 29th, 2011 3:57am report


    First of all it's a song - songs are meant to be interpreted multiple ways so to have unique effects on many different people. Well I guess like everyone else I too have seen Shinedown numerous times. Each time Brent has explicitly said that the song was written after the loss of the most important person in his life - his grandmother. The song reflects how he felt after her passing, his mindset and the pain he endured.

    I too lost my grandmother, the most important person in MY life, not long after seeing Shinedown. And his depiction of the song has heavily stuck with me since that time.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 21st, 2011 3:16pm report


    This song will likely have a different meaning for someone who has lost a familly member or loved one to suicide. When I hear this song that's all I can think of and how devastating it is to loose someone that way and how they thought there was no other option.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 7th, 2011 3:58pm report


    Brent Smith (the lead singer and songwriter) has stated in an interview:

    “ The inspiration from the song really came from – I think a lot of people kinda take a literal sense because of the lyrics – but the song is basically about the day that you wake up and you look at yourself in the mirror and you finally decide that you want to try to become comfortable in your own skin, and realize that you’re gonna have to make yourself happy before you’re going to make anyone else happy. And basically, the 45 isn’t an actual literal term for a gun, I used it as a metaphor for the world, the .45 is actually the world and what it hands you every day of your life. When you get up, it’s a gift to be alive to begin with. A lot of different people, when I’ve talked about it, they said, “Do you really honestly mean that?” And I’m like, “Well, yeah.” Because I’ve been in that situation where I didn’t know if I wanted to continue going on and I didn’t know how to necessarily make myself comfortable with who I was, trying to find a way of learning more about myself. And you come from a dark place sometimes, and that’s really the reality of the song. It’s about overcoming and about moving forward. And it’s basically about understanding that it’s not always going to be good, but you really have no one to blame for yourself if you don’t move forward. That’s where the whole, “Nobody knows what I believe,” [comes from] because we’re all individuals. So that’s really where it comes from, it’s about moving on, really."



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    anonymous
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    Feb 21st, 2011 2:05pm report


    deffinately saying he's "staring down the barrel of a 45". the 45 is staring down the world, looking for a way to forget



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    anonymous
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    Jan 3rd, 2011 1:47pm report


    I was at the concert in Locobazooka where Brent Smith mentioned to the audience that this song was about "Hope". He says that no matter what anyone else says, don't forget that.

    Here's his opening speech:

    "We're gonna do the most rock-'n-roll thing we can do. And play the next single off of our record. We're gonna bring it down like this *makes gesture with hands*. But, uh, here's the deal, okay? You need to listen to this song, or you're likely to. You might of heard it, you might not have. But do us a favour alright? You listen to this song- remember it's about hope, okay? No matter what anyone tells you- this is about hope. This song is called 45."


    Here's the youtube link for the video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOzrHUn82q4



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    anonymous
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    Jun 6th, 2010 6:54am report


    I just found this on
    http://www.knac.com/article.asp?ArticleID=3009

    Just copy and paste... It's an interview and it tells the meaning in it...

    SMITH: Yeah, I knew they would. They want us to take like the entire hook of the song out, the chorus. They want us to take the whole, ‘And I’m staring down the barrel of a .45,’ like that whole part completely out. So the video would run and there’d be no beginning in the chorus. We’re trying to get them right now to just allow us to take the word ‘barrel’ out. I wrote a letter to the heads of the Video Department there stating that this song is not by any means glorifying suicide and the devastation that it causes in people’s lives. It’s about an affirmation to live. It’s about someone that has two roads they could go down. And it’s not by any means sugar coating anything, it’s very much being blunt about what the subject matter is; but I’m by no means glorifying anyone taking their own life. But it’s difficult with MTV because of the gun reference and stuff. There have been other bands that have had difficulty with them, I mean hell, Pearl Jam
    with “Jeremy”… that’s why they stopped doing videos. They were like, ‘If we can’t do it the way we want, then why do it?’



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    Alexi
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    Oct 9th, 2009 10:04pm report


    I was doing a project on the second world war, specifically the Holocaust, and I heard this song, that was playing in the background of a Holocaust photo slide, and I thought the song was about the Holocaust, if you listen to the words, it's actually kinda similar.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 22nd, 2009 9:36pm report


    I always thought it had something to do with age.
    When you grow up and get an adult, even when you don't want to.
    I see it as a man who is 45 years old and he's looking back on his life, his younger years. He realises he is getting older. That's how I have always seen it, but that's because I had the same problem. I'm getting older and older, youth is not turning back and I always have this feeling that I miss out so many things in life.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 16th, 2009 8:32pm report


    I'm almost positive that he wrote that song after almost killing himself because his grandmother died. she was a very big influence on him and when she died he wanted to kill himself



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    anonymous
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    Jul 1st, 2009 7:17am report


    To me, the song is basically telling a tale of how life can change from a young man's mind into a dark dark world where you can lose yourself very easily due to whatever the factors may be. The song compares the visions of a young carefree person to those of the one who is stuck in a hole, with no reason to not find a way out. The puzzle of life is where individuality comes into play and that box high up on a shelf just for you is simply finding yourself and no one else can do that for you. Like I have heard Brent say before, if you do not do things for yourself than you will never stick with it. Not if you are trying to please someone else. To me, this song goes hand in hand with the newer hit "Second Chance"...



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    anonymous
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    Jun 4th, 2009 6:13pm report


    if there is anyone out there that thinks this song is about abortion or suicide, then you are, from now on, known as retarded.



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