Breaking Benjamin: Give Me a Sign Meaning
Song Released: 2010
Give Me a Sign Lyrics
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
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Mar 26th 2011 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...
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Jan 30th 2011 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.
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:
This song is probably about the death of Benjamin's grandfather (who ironically was called Benjamin Burnley senior). They dedicated the whole album to him. You can see a picture of him in the booklet.
It sounds like Ben sitting on the bed of his grandfather who is dying and waiting for a sign of life and he cannot imagine a life without him.
I believe this is a self-searching song. After addiction death and a lot of stuff that we all go through don't we all look at our own death? Possibly suicide? Possibly just dying. I think he's looking at the archangel coming and taking people of all ages where it could have happened to him. It could happen to us all stay with me, let me don't let me go. It's the inner sole of him saying stay don't go you have more to do. He's not quite sure if the darkness is going to fall on him when he's having an anxiety attack in the air is growing thin. Voices are calling there's nothing left to fear because he thinks he's going to slip away. But when he is still calling, he's still calling to himself are you there are you with me after all? Why can't I feel you right now? I have to be strong for me I have to pull myself out of this. It's a conversation that he has with himself I believe
You guys are desperate to believe this isnt about God, the music Video has nothing to do with a song most of the time. Usually music videos are directed by people other than the artist themselves and are just the directors interpretation or theme they tthought would go along with the song.
He did an interview that you can find online, where he's asked about God and his grandpa he confirms that when his grandpa died it drew him closer to God because he didn't wanna think of his Grand father in nothingness or nonexistent and he wanted to believe that he's in a better place so just picture a man sitting at a table writing a song, he's praying to God. When you first come to God or first experience God's presence it can be an amazing time will you get filled with love and it just feels like God is just right there next to you and then as the Bible talks about when the worries of this life in the stress of money and all the other things that come at you like lust for women or lust for money fame, and power. It starts to draw you away from God and you don't feel him next to you anymore and it feels like God has left you, but in reality it's us who walks away from God but when you're in that darkness you're calling out to God it almost feels like God isn't listening to you, like he doesn't care, and you get to this point to where just wanna hear from him so bad but you're not living right and it's your actions drawing you away from God but it feels like he's ignoring you but in reality you're not in a place spiritually to hear him. But when you're calling out to God and it feels as though he's ignoring you you get frustrated and angry you start to rebel and it feels almost good to fight God and blame him for all of it. When I listen to his music or the music of Breaking Benjamin , that's always what I hear. Instead of God just being enough and the awesomeness that we feel when God is close, we then think "Ok now Ive got God" "What can I add to this" and we go seeking after things we want instead of just allowing ourselves to just BE. So hes asking for a sign from God that he's still there and he's saying Ill do whatever you want if you will just show me how, Theres something buried in the word meaning there is something buried in the Bible or the word of God and he's not getting it and his tears are adding to the flood meaning Sitting here sulking and begging God and feeling sorry for his self isnt doing anything positive, its just adding to the flood, Their is something buried in the word and thats what he can hear God or feel God urging him towards. Give me a sign God , I want to hear your voice
Gods like okay read the word,
But I dont want to Read the bible I want to hear your Voice, God are you there please answer.
Gods like You know what you should be doing and this sulking isnt helping , you can fight it as much as you want but until you do what your supposed to be doing your going to feel miserable.
anonymous Jan 10th 2019 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.
anonymous Oct 17th 2017 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.
anonymous Feb 3rd 2017 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.
anonymous Oct 9th 2015 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?
anonymous Dec 2nd 2013 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
anonymous Jul 13th 2013 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!
anonymous May 23rd 2013 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.
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
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 ...........
anonymous Apr 2nd 2012 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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