What does Give Me a Sign mean?

Breaking Benjamin: Give Me a Sign Meaning

Tagged: Death [suggest]
Album cover for Give Me a Sign album cover

Song Released: 2010

Give Me a Sign Lyrics

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


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Mar 26th 2011 !⃝

    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...


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 30th 2011 !⃝

    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.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Dec 10th 2010 !⃝

    This song is about a man who is struggling to find his faith. This man is asking (begging) Lord for answers but he is not answering him. The man also feels God is slipping away but the man is telling God he will accept and follow him if he "shows him the way." Throughout the song this man cannot find any answers to his problems and is constantly have troubles with his lost life. "I can see you starting to Break" and "GOD HELP ME IV"E COME UNDONE" explains that he believes in God's but is at his last string with him, but keeps Lord in his mind. "GIVE ME A SIGN," "THERE'S SOMETHING BURRED IN THE WORDS!" Meaning even though all bad things that are occurring in the man's life will be the memory that has connected him to God though the struggles in his life.

  4. anonymous
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    May 15th 2023 !⃝

    I think it's about me, the fight within myself. My brain and the good n bad voices. I'm depressed, the scars will always remain, but I'm different.. I'm no longer the same. But I'm repeating patterns, and part of my life wants to live and is fighting the depression and asking for help and when I ask.. is anybody there, they are I just hide. But I'm no longer the same and I recognize I'm starting to break again... same patterns, my brain just needs a sign that I can and will fight this and it will help me.

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 29th 2023 !⃝

    I don't know the meaning of this song for everyone else but I know what it means to me. My daughter has special needs and has many health issues. She had a major heart attack when she was eight years old, she was revived after five minutes but we were told she still would not survive, to call our family in. I stayed by her side for two weeks while she was in a coma. More things kept going wrong. It felt like she was slipping away. I was broken and felt helpless. I was praying for me to go and let her stay. The day they stopped sedation and took her off the vent I was praying and begging for a sign that she was still in there, that she was going to be okay.
    She woke up, she wiggled her fingers, looked around and smiled. I can't even describe how I felt in that moment. Thankful doesn't even begin to cover it. She is 21 now.
    I can relate to BBs songs in so many ways. W
    Angel's Fall is another that reminds me of my daughter. Their songs relate to me and my depression, I can also understand some of their other songs about addiction as I grew up and spent most of my adult life watching my parents battle heavy addictions.

  6. Mizzbehavin1
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    Sep 24th 2021 !⃝

    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

  7. Character101
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    Jun 7th 2021 !⃝

    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.

  8. Sigman
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    Sep 7th 2019 !⃝

    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.

  9. anonymous
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    Jan 10th 2019 !⃝

    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.

  10. anonymous
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    Oct 17th 2017 !⃝

    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.

  11. anonymous
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    Feb 3rd 2017 !⃝

    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.

  12. anonymous
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    Oct 9th 2015 !⃝

    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?

  13. anonymous
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    Dec 2nd 2013 !⃝

    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

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  14. anonymous
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    Jul 13th 2013 !⃝

    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!

  15. anonymous
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    May 23rd 2013 !⃝

    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.

  16. brianthesavior
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    May 30th 2012 !⃝

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

  17. branden
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    May 2nd 2012 !⃝

    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

  18. branden
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    May 2nd 2012 !⃝

    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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