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Song Released: 2003

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Well I tripped, I fell down naked
Well I scratched my knees, they bled
Sew up my eyes, need no more
In our game there is no score

Forgive me father, why should you bother?
Try honesty, Try honesty
Hop in your dumptruck, reverse for good...


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    Dec 6th, 2017 12:25am report

    its about a father that would always lie to his son about everything then say "imma go get some milk" THen leaves. 10/10


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    Jun 4th, 2011 6:28pm report

    its actually about a girl he knew that had a bad child hood and was abused


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    Jun 6th, 2009 6:22pm report

    I'm pretty sure it's not about a priest raping kids... I think you have the song confused with Devil in a Midnight Mass


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    Apr 20th, 2009 4:06am report

    this song is about a priest who works in an orphanage. He is put in prison because he rapes all of the little boys in the orphanage, he is then murdered in prison because of what he did and no one got done for his murder in the end.

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    Oct 16th, 2008 10:46pm report

    That are all good ideas, but not the one, ben had.
    in a german interview he said:

    "In 'Try Honesty' geht es um eine Freundin, mit der ich aufgewachsen bin. Viele Dinge in ihrem Leben sind ziemlich schiefgelaufen, aber sie machte immer andere Leute dafür verantwortlich. Mal waren die Eltern schuld, mal die Schule, mal ihr Freund, mal ich. Mit dem Song will ich ausdrücken, dass man die Verantwortung für sein Schicksal in die eigenen Hände nehmen und so weit wie möglich kontrollieren sollte. Wenn du ein ehrlicher, guter Mensch bist, hast du einige Probleme wenige"

    translated it is:

    'Try honesty is a song about a friend I growed up with. Her life wasn't easy at all, but she always blamed somebody for it, except herself. Once it was their parents fault, then the schools, then her boyfriends and at least mine.
    What I wanted to express is you should take the responibility of your destiny into your own hands and try to control it. You have less problems, when you're a better, honest man!'

    i hope you can understand my translation!


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    Aug 7th, 2007 8:47am report

    Yea its their best song. I think the lyric is pretty random and bears no particular leitmotif or meaning.

    Thats opinion though

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    Jul 29th, 2007 7:08am report

    There are two interpretations of this song.

    1.) It is about a relationship between two people and how one of them is always lying and it is affecting the other person.


    2.) This song could be about the abuse a child and his sibling (the lyrics suggest a sister) underwent abuse from their father and the song is about how is dad never approved of him.


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    Jun 30th, 2007 6:47pm report

    Actually it's about his dad abusing him.


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    Jun 20th, 2007 6:11pm report

    I think it's about some ones father not being there for them or abusing them. This is just what I think.

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    Mar 19th, 2007 3:55pm report

    This is the best freaking song ever!

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    Oct 26th, 2006 10:21am report

    Initially I deemed the song to be, like lamb of god's 11th hour, completely about drinking, especially with the line "deconstruct through alcohol, pacify with the liquid placebo." but I believe this is merely one facet of the character depicted in the song.I believe it reflects a personality like randy's: randy vs. The world. A violent, troubled, self-destructive individual who attempts to live as hard and fast as he can but acknowledges that it is destroying him. "mechanically destroying the self, pushing." and of course the best line in the song, "you just met the last mother**cker who truly does not give a fuck: goatfish."

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