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Breaking Benjamin: Give Me a Sign Meaning

Tagged: Death [suggest]

Song Released: 2010

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Dead star shine
Light up the sky
I'm all out of breath
My walls are closing in
Days go by
Give me a sign
Come back to the end
The shepherd of the damned

I can feel you falling away
No longer the lost
No longer the same


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    Mar 26th, 2011 3:26am report

    I honestly think this song is a mix of the more popular opinions (death of a family member, and about faith). I think the beginning ("Dead star shine...") is talking abouto how bleak his life seems at that point, with his relative (presumably his granddad) dying.

    During the chorus, I think he's talking about the death itself. "I can see you starting to break" could be the stage where it's like the beginning of the end for someone. He's pleading for someone to show him how to keep his granddad alive. Unfortunately, he passes away ("Forever and ever, the scars will remain...") and he's getting depressed. ("I'm falling apart, leave me here forever in the dark.")

    In the second verse, he's trying to cope with the loss, but it's not going well. He's looking for comfort. ("Does anyone care...") I think the second part of the verse ("Take this life..") could be a turn to God.

    "God help me, I've come undone..." is self-explanatory.

    In the end of the song, it's a desperate plea to God. He's looking through the Bible for anything to feel better ("There's something buried in the Words")Presumably he has others mourning with him, and this just increases the deluge of emotions going on within him. ("Your tears are adding to the Flood.")

    Just my interpretation...


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    Jun 22nd, 2010 6:05pm report

    "Dead star shine
    Light up the sky
    I'm all out of breath
    My walls are closing in
    Days go by
    Give me a sign
    Come back to the end
    The shepherd of the damned"

    He's talking about dead stars shining, representing a small glimmer of hope that is dying. He is asking for a sign from God.

    "I can feel you falling away
    No longer the lost
    No longer the same
    And I can see you starting to break
    I'll keep you alive
    If you show me the way
    Forever and ever
    The scars will remain
    I'm falling apart
    Leave me here forever in the dark"

    He feels his connection with God slipping away. He thinks its not the same anymore. He is speaking with God, saying he will try to be strong if God would please give him a sign. The scars will remain in his heart. He's saying that he's falling apart and he's being left in the dark.

    "Daylight dies
    Blackout the sky
    Does anyone care?
    Is anybody there?
    Take this life
    Empty inside
    I'm already dead
    I'll rise to fall again"

    He's losing hope and wondering if anyone cares about him or is there for him. He's saying he is already dead inside and there's no point in trying because he's just going to fail again.

    "God help me I've come undone
    Out of the light of the sun"

    He's asking God to help him and show him the brighter side of life.

    "Give me a sign
    There's something buried in the words
    Give me a sign
    Your tears are ready to fall"

    He's talking about how he needs a sign, and he doesn't know what to do about the hidden meanings of this person's words he is speaking of.

    This is all just my opinion, I am not a professional.


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    Sep 7th, 9:06am report

    First off this song has a very special place in my because the video was released the day after my little sister's funeral .

    My interpretation:

    This song is explicitly about finding comfort and accepting fate.


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    Jan 10th, 2019 1:24am report

    This song is about whatever you feel it to be..... we only see what we feel so everyone will see something different.... that's the beauty in music.


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    Oct 17th, 2017 10:57pm report

    I think he's just trying to find a way to fix a broken relationship. The girl is giving into her depression and he sees her becoming depressed but he doesn't know how to keep her emotionally alive and make her happy. I think he's pleading with her and asking for a sign... how to fix things. I also think he then asks God to help him because he knows he's losing his girlfriend.


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    Feb 3rd, 2017 2:48am report

    Give me a sign
    There's something buried in the words
    Give me a sign
    Your tears are ready to fall

    I think this is another song about Jane, despite the music video.

    He's referring to "Her diary" remember is the song "The Diary of Jane" her words were very cryptic. I think the lyricist is still trying to find what Jane was feeling and referencing. Who were the people in her pages and why couldn't he find his place? I think he's asking for a sign or asking to find some insight. "Tears ready to fall might be something she wrote in her diary. I don't know... my mind is weird, but I think he's still fixating on Jane.


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    Oct 9th, 2015 10:01pm report

    If you take the 1st three words of this song "dead stars shine" I personally think it may be talking about someone who died. Stars in space die but we still see them for billions of years after because of how many light tears away they are. Is he comparing the light of the star to the love of a dead loved one. Egypt They are dead but thier love still "shines" on him?


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    Dec 2nd, 2013 12:28pm report

    You all loose it by focusing on why what how

    the music the beauty of the music

    try to fight and add meaning

    its a bloody video!!

    Look at Theory of a dead man all or nothing

    awesome song great lyrics basically a love song

    the video he takes all there money and goes racing WTF

    music and music videos are a pleasure experience

    each person makes it there own

    each person adds meaning that fits life circumstances whatever

    its a wonderful ride if you let it and stop analyzing and getting worked over meaning

    i like what catches my ear what sounds great i have hypersensitive hearing

    thats a gift classical blues modern no words never ending joy ride

    a very crap day tea and my music it all goes away

    thats the point of this long post just let it take you away enjoy the ride enjoy how you choose to match it to your life


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    Jul 13th, 2013 7:29pm report

    The album is dedicated to Burnley's grandfather, who, at the time, had just passed into the afterlife. If you've seen the video, it involved the man and his love, showing the Diary of Jane, it might have also been Burnley's love who had passed as well (I don't know for sure). And the one part with the Old man, who plays Burnley's grandfather, he looks to the man who is the Evil Angel, their savior, and takes his hand because the Old Man couldn't let go. Watch the video and see.

    This is only my thoughts and interpretation!


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    May 23rd, 2013 5:17am report

    Unfortunately the interpretation above seems to be misguided. The end of the song, perhaps some of the most important lyrics, the wording is "your tears are adding to the flood", not "your tears are ready to fall." Seems to imply a relationship between him and another individual not God. He might be asking God for guidance but God does not seem to be the whom the song is about. Guessing from the other songs, it is probably about a messed up relationship as it seems to be a very common theme in the bands music.


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    May 30th, 2012 5:27pm report

    the song is about his granfather. having a life without him is like not having a life at all.


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    May 2nd, 2012 5:46am report

    He asking his grandfather whos soul is almost pased throw how to keep his body alive he thinks his grandfathers soul has left his boby hes asking his soul to give him a sign before the body dies .....then hes asking god to help him prepare fore his death........ foreever and ever the scars will remain


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    May 2nd, 2012 5:56am report

    Seems like pple have a problum believing that hes singing about asking god fore help just because it's not a religious band dont mean shit he rights songs to how he feels and the truth is hes asking fore help ......so pple dont be so prejudice and ya might understand his songs better ...........


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    Apr 2nd, 2012 4:21pm report

    okay some of this is good but what about the part the is like this "i will keep you a live if you show me the way"? no one talks about that part.


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    Jun 20th, 2011 6:02pm report

    uh yea i don't understand this song but i don't think it's about god. they're not at all a religious band

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Feb 2nd, 2011 2:38pm report

    He misses his family member. The hole album dear agony is divoted to Benjamin's gran-dad. He wishes to bring him back. Cus without him he is lost.


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    Jan 30th, 2011 1:30pm report

    I think this song is about a man sitting in a hospital, next to the woman he loves who's dying. He's been waiting there for days now, and he's looking for a sign to tell him that she will survive. But he feels that the time is close. She's not gonna stay unconsious anymore, and she's not gonna stay alive anymore either ("no longer the lost, no longer the same"). And he would do anything to keep her alive if she'd just show him how.
    He feels that everything in this world is just crap, and with her gone nobody's gonna care for him. So he thinks it's better if he would die to, instead of beeing alone.
    On the part with "god help me I've come undone, out of the light of the sun" he's thinkin about all of the things they never got to experience together. And he's begging for a new chance, and still looking for signs everywhere.
    In the end of the video, you can see that dead itself is coming into the room to take her away. The man is offering dead to take him instead of her, and so Dead agrees and leaves the woman, but takes the man with him. Theyr'e walking together out of life, and he's happy he got to save her.

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