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I'll keep my sights on waking dream
I gave my life to the vile be me
I am but one of a dying breed
Hate kills this world, but it won't kill me
(Wake up! I break up the silence, I, I break up the silence)
I'm breaking the silence I'm falling...


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    Apr 28th, 2017 4:33pm report

    I think the bottom line of this song is just an expression of anger at abuse. I think it's encouraging people to come forward and speak out against abuse they are experiencing. To break the silence.

    I saw the other comment, and I think whoever wrote it was on the right track, but he/she ignored the line: "I'm breaking the silence," which I think is the most important line.

    I'm not sure it was written about any one person, I think it's just about violence and abuse in general.

    I mean, I could be way off. Then again, Breaking Benjamin writes songs that can be interpreted in several different ways, so Ben (the writer/singer) probably wants you to interpret it in your own way. A lot of bands do that, like Starset, Three Days Grace and others of that sort.


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    Feb 16th, 2017 2:48am report

    "I am but one of a dying breed." There aren't too many people like him.

    "I gave my life to the vile beneath" He didn't mind giving in to his inner demons and lust.

    "Wake up the victim of violence. Shut the breath of the lifeless" This is referring a girl who is keeping silent about what took place, be it; physical or verbal abuse, rape, or something along the lines of being a "victim of a violent situation, possibly a crime"

    "I'm falling apart for you." He is broken and being destroyed by her silence, or by her in general, or by the way she was treated (by him or another). This line can indicate that he cares about her or even loves her.

    "I'm chasing the righteous becoming a part of you." This could be taken as he is following her example in seeking what's good in life, although he can thrive in a darker world full of hate and hopelessness. He's looking for ways to feel connected to her and has found that chasing the light gives him a better understanding about her, or even her mindset. He was a vile guy who gave into his weaknesses but he's turned his back on those things, only to be closer to her.

    I interpret the song this way, but there can be a number of other meanings; sobriety, affairs, etc.
    To me, it seems like he lost someone he cared about. Either he was the one inflicting this turmoil on a girl (which could be any kind of abuse or rape, or danger, whatever you interpret), or he watched a girl go through something dark in her life that she should have spoke up about. Or he inflicted the pain on her; he is trying to reconnect with her "chasing the righteous".

    He's falling apart for her; due to missing her, still loving her, still wanting her, and partly due to the silence.

    Her silence in the lyrics could be; breaking up with him and not wanting to talk to him ever again(cutting him out of her life), her lack of motivation to tell the truth about what happened to her, or a general silent treatment people give to others when they're angry.

    He doesn't like the way she's dealt with, being vague, "things" and it's breaking him.

    "RUN" This line could be him telling her to run from the situation or to run from him, because he will likely strike again.

    Pre-warning her shows he is at conflict with his own demons inside. Some of the lines in this song show the instability in the "man's mindset".

    "Love lost inside" could be the girl or the guy can no longer love another or anyone. It could mean the girl stopped loving him, indicating they were in a relationship. It could be the guy stopped loving her.

    "Diabolic fear" she's afraid he'll hurt her again. Or he's afraid that it'll continue to hurt him knowing she doesn't love him.

    "I feel no fault for the fault I feel" This can mean he knows he is to blame, but he doesn't feel guilty about it, or he feels only partially guilty. The could be referring to the love that was lost or the "violent" situation that she was victimized in.

    I referred to the male as "he" but that doesn't mean the lyricist did any of the things above. Artists write creatively about all sorts of subjects.

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