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Breaking Benjamin: Dance with the Devil Meaning

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Here I stand, helpless and left for dead.

Close your eyes, so many days go by.
Easy to find what's wrong, harder to find what's right.

I believe in you, I can show you that I can see right through all your empty lies.

I won't stay long,...


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    Dec 13th, 2008 12:52pm report

    At first I thought this song was about something entirely different, but then it just hit me that it had to be about his addiction (didn't know it was heroin at the time). Everything fit. It is so hard for an addict to overcome and you really get that feeling in this song.


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    Dec 3rd, 2008 12:36pm report

    Here I stand helpless and left for dead = Zarek was banished to Alaska without protective clothes, funds, helpers, Etc.
    Mine is kind of long but it shows all the connections I see to the book Dance with the Devil. And him saying the song is about addiction, it might be, or he knew his listeners would rather here that than "its based after a romance novel".

    Close your eyes so many days go by = Astrid drugs Zarek into unconsciousness and views his memories.

    Easy to find what’s wrong, harder to find what’s right = everyone believes Zarek is evil and should be killed but Astrid gives him the chance to prove himself.

    I believe in you I can show you that I can see right through all your empty lies = Zarek act like he doesn’t care about anyone and hates the world, but Astrid can see how much insults hurt him and the kindness he tries to hide.

    I want stay long in this world so wrong = Astrid is only visits our world to judge weather certain people deserve to live or not. Every time so far they didn’t.

    Say goodbye as we dance with the devil tonight = Thantos makes a personal vendetta against Zarek, who must find a way to kill him.

    Don’t you dare look at him in the eye = it could be three things: Zarek doesn’t reckognize Thantos, but when he looks him in the eye he remembers what he did to Thantos so long ago; when Simi looks into Zarek’s eyes and unlocks his memory; or not to face his reaper (Past stated)

    Trembling crawling across my skin = could be referring to when zarek marches off into the blizzard

    Feeling your cold dead eyes stealing the life of mine = Astrid being blind, or Thantos’s cruelness in destroying things.


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    Oct 6th, 2008 10:26pm report

    Well, I don't really know about any of that, but there is a book entitled Dance with the Devil (Sherilyn Kenyon) that's story fits this song to a t.


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    Aug 1st, 2008 8:36pm report

    Think about this next time you listen to this song or read its lyrics:

    First off, what a song is intended to be about is not necessarily what was inspired by. This song is inspired by not only the use of heroin, but also that overdose margin that a person gets to when they do too much and end up on the floor having a mini-seizure. It's from the POV of his throughts at that moment, but someone else is there with him - it doesn't specify who, but that's who he is saying or thinking of saying goodbye to, because he knew he could be dead soon from what his body was going through.

    "Close your eyes, so many days go by"
    ~His life flashing before his eyes.

    "Easy to find what's wrong, harder to find what's right"
    ~While his life is flashing before his eyes, he mentally thinks "What have I done wrong to deserve this life I've had & end up this way?"

    "Dance with the devil"
    ~The moment in question here.

    "Don't you dare look at him in the eye"
    ~The person with the narrator, telling him to hang in there, don't look the devil/reaper in the eye and accept your death.

    "Trembling, crawling across my skin."
    ~Obviously, the very previous time he did heroine, right before he started having this seizure of sorts.

    "Hold on, hold on."
    Again, the 2nd party with the speaker physically that's telling him to hold on, hang in there, you'll be alright.



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    Feb 18th, 2008 2:44pm report

    I was at a concert in their home town. Before they played this song, Ben stated that they were about to play a song that he wrote about addiction. Any kind of addiction whether it be drugs, alcohol, or relationships.


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    Dec 27th, 2007 12:02pm report

    This is either about drugs or death, either work.


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    Nov 29th, 2007 11:22am report

    Through out the whole CD everybody is thinking he's talking about one person and he's not! he's talking about heroin, he's giving it a face. you think he actually feels a love/hate relationship where he actually hates a girl that strong and she's that cold and he still can't let her go. He can't let heroin go. It got him by the balls its ruining his life but he still has a evil immoral love twords it.

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    Nov 29th, 2007 11:18am report

    He is trying to quit heroin and he doesn't want to do it anymore but he's getting hight one more time and trying not to love it to much because than it will be harder. By dancing with the devil he means playing with the devil through heroin even thou he know its wrong the devil has a grip on him and he trying to not completely give in and look him in the eye or be completely satisfied without remorse.


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    Nov 11th, 2007 11:26pm report

    Ok, I've found that according to Ben, this song is about struggles in life, he wrote it while he was trying to become sober, and he said it's about any kind of struggle you may be facing in life.


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    Nov 1st, 2007 11:05pm report

    I think he is trying to say goodbye as in goodbye to the belief or the hope of actually finding a real reason why he can not stop thinking of this girl he dreams of this whole cd is about this one person and the fact that he can not stop thinking of her is really driving him insane because his head and mind will not let him let her go in any way possible because he's just inlove and its not over


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    Jul 16th, 2007 7:22pm report

    When he says goodbye at the end, he's saying goodbye to whoever committed suicide, because they didn't listen to him.


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    Apr 20th, 2007 4:00pm report

    You're right, Ilovepaparoach. He could be talking about any problem in life. True, true. I just imagine suicide whenever I listen to the song.


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    Mar 30th, 2007 3:40am report

    Immortalnight is right I believe that suicide is the theme of this song and you all can read the(long) one I left for unknown soldier. Anyway yes he's right and I have tried to help someone in the same situation(it worked) but I said the same things to her as Ben(the singer) is trying to say in this song.


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    Mar 26th, 2007 3:09am report

    But what if he was saying goodbye to the bad thing he was doing because he's realized what's right? I think suicide could work in in this song.

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