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Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom) Lyrics

I am the shadow, and the smoke in your eyes
I am the ghost, that hides in the night

Boom-lay boom-lay, boom! (repeat x4)

Wait, wait a minute take a step back,
Gotta think twice before you react.
So stay, stay a little while cause a...

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    Scott Funk
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    Feb 15th, 2011 2:53pm report


    It is definitely a song about war. Diamond eyes could mean 2 things. Yes hardened or crystal clear. I take it as being in a place seeing people living day to day just to survive. No media, no BS just life in it's raw form. Listen to the lyrics and take them literally. As a returning soldier from Afghanistan this song really does hit home.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 11th, 2011 2:28pm report


    Boom-Lay Boom-lay-Boom is a tribal war chant. Diamond eyes means that they've hardened themselves to the horrors of battle which goes hand in hand with the line "We watch with wounded eyes" which means that they've seen things to scar them for life. Seriously people think about it.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 30th, 2013 4:29am report


    Sylvester Stone, requested that Shinedown make a song for the Expendables. If you want the meaning of the lyrics, watch the movie! It's pretty much self explanatory. It's pretty much about standing up and not being afraid, and ready to fight for your cause. Later though, it is expressed that the character has some fear, and prays that he will stay. But then he shakes it off and is ready and fearless again.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 2nd, 2012 10:18am report


    Most people seem to look over the fact that the song mentions the main character in it seeing another like himself who is actually the same as him "A suicidal maniac with nothing to lose" (actual lyrics there). It's also mentioned that this is the exception to the rule, as in we only see war in one direction and don't think of the other side. Someone with nothing to lose and scared is just the enemy in our eyes but seeing the world through diamond eyes he now sees that every one is a victim not just him or his country and they are all just pawns to the higher forces. At the beginning he is forced into the war because he waited to long to act on something important that he wanted to do. I agree with most other things mentioned before, I just thought this needed to be brought up.
    Sorry about the typo filled first one I sent up without proof reading again. XD



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    anonymous
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    Oct 2nd, 2012 10:13am report


    Most people seem to look over the fact that the song mentions the main character in it seeing another like himself who is actually the same as him "A suicidal manic with nothing to lose" (actual lyrics there). It's also mentioned that this is the exception to the rule, as in we only see war in one direction and don't think of the other side. Someone with nothing to lose and scared. Seeing the world through diamond eyes he now sees that every one is a victim not just him or his country and they are all just pawns to the higher forces. At the beginning he is forced into the war because he waited to long to act on something important that he wanted to do. I agree with most other things mentioned before, I just thought this needed to be brought up.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 6th, 2012 9:31pm report


    This song was written for the movie The Expendables. It is about war and how it's seen through soldiers eyes.



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    anonymous
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    May 9th, 2012 5:31am report


    honestly i dont think that boom-lay has any mean but to be an onomonopia for war sounds. as in the boom of a cannon on a tank or bombs and granades going off. and he is singing about someone who is at war watching all of the stuff happen. as for his wounded eyes. that could mean that he is not use to seeing the death but then he wathces through diamond eyes becuz the war has harded him and he is use to seeing death. the angel part is probuly a metaphore for morters and he hopes they dont kill him while he is sleeping. thats my thought of it because the song is about war.



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    Morgan Holderfield
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    Mar 20th, 2012 3:03am report


    I met them in 2006 in Kuwait when my unit was staging to go to Iraq. They were on a MWR tour and played a mean set as if there were 40,000 people, though there were less than a thousand of us there. They were very humble. We wanted to thank and praise them for their performsnce, but they insisted we were the heroes and thanked us. We took pictures with them and got autographs and gave them our unit patches. It was a great experience. If this song isn't about us, don't tell me. It has been a source of strength and pride for me when I look back at the experiences I had with my fellow soldiers. I look at it as an extension of the thanks they gave us thst night and I will be forever grateful to them for this song.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 15th, 2012 1:07pm report


    Everyone is looking at pieces of it and not the sum of its parts. In the beginning he is green. He talks about being hesitant.As the song goes on he is thrust into war. He lets go of weakness and regrets because he must to survive. He doesn't care what you think,(Is he a sinner or a saint?),it is all about staying alive. In the end he knows he is still alive.His hardened diamond eyes have kept him alive.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 4th, 2012 1:00am report


    Itis about a war of life and taking a chance with it not a gun war it is the war of life.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 3rd, 2012 1:31pm report


    The song is obviously about how war affects people and the war itself, but i think the title , Diamond Eyes means that if you have been through war, you see the world in a new , clearer way.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 28th, 2011 11:33pm report


    Life is a wonderful thing when you have been to the gates of hell...

    Ooh Rah !



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    anonymous
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    Nov 22nd, 2011 11:55pm report


    I think the term "Diamond Eyes" refers to the hardened, thousand-yard stare that soldiers develop after too much time in battle.

    I interpret the phrase about "Angels fall from the sky" to be ironic. A reference to the missiles that are flying over head. As a Desert Storm veteran, I have seen missiles launched at SCUD's first hand and they could be seen as angelic if they keep the SCUD's from hitting you.

    This song really hits home for me. I feel like I should be "over there" but I have to many responsibilities now and I am too old to volounteer. I guess I have a case of "Survivor's Guilt" in a way.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 11th, 2011 11:12pm report


    I took it to mean something completely different. It might be about real war but could also have meaning to the "wars" of life that you battle. A bad experience that left you wounded could make you ready to see the world through diamond eyes - meaning you see the world in more than one light - you see it for all it is - good and bad. Letting go of the weakness and the regrets could mean letting go of the person or the things that caused you to be weak in the first place. It could definitely be a song about letting go of the past and refocusing on the future with a new perspective on things.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 29th, 2011 9:30pm report


    I have though "diamond eyes" to symbolize looking through the eyes of a predator. such as a snake or a cat, like how sometimes their eyes become diamond shaped

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Sep 8th, 2011 9:36pm report


    The song is clearly about someone going to war, walking into battle and judging his life after/during. Possibly literally communicating with a loved one at home or just an internal monologue as they go into battle:

    I'm on the front line
    don't worry I'll be fine
    this story is just beginning

    the next is the soldier steeling himself for the carnage:

    I say good-bye to my weakness
    so long to my regrets

    The diamond-eyes part is interpreted as both hardened eyes and clarified vision. After seeing what he's seen he's hardened to every day life and nothing appears as soft or simple as it did before. The clarity comes in as he now sees pain and destruction clearly and literally the action slows down for him.

    The middle of the conflict the POV takes a hit and reflects briefly on his life and situation, wondering what his life is worth, what carries more weight: the people he's loved or the people he's hurt. Finally he realizes that he's just expendable.

    the Boomlay boomlay boom is definitely right out of the poem "the congo" for the movie that the expendables was derived.

    You can read it here: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/Lindsay/lindsay.html#congo

    the boomlay boomlay boom appears to be an onamonapia of a tribal ritual performed with broomsticks on empty barrels. It's juxtaposed with imagery of death destruction and war.

    I think it's use in the song is more of a shout-out to the poem rather than trying to be something original.



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    Kas
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    Jul 30th, 2011 7:30am report


    'I watch Angels fall from the sky' Gunships fire flares to counteract heat seeking missiles that create a smoke trail shaped like angels called Angel Flares.



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