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Milk it for all it's worth.
Make sure you get there first.
The apple of your eye.
The rotten core inside.
We are all prisoners.
Things couldn't get much worse.
I've had it up to here, you know your end is near.

You had to have...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Apr 29th 2020 report

    I think the meaning of this song correlates to the name of the album: "Phobia". Ben is sick of his fears getting the best of him and is finally calling them out and calling them what they are.

    "You had to have it all, well have you had enough"

    He's addressing his fears and saying "You've taken so much from me. Have you had enough?"

    "You greedy little bastard you"

    Fears are very greedy. They take away our will to do certain things, like in Ben's case flying, driving, etc. They beat us down inside and make us feel helpless.

    "will get what you deserve"

    He's finally ready to confront his fears and is saying "Fuck it, this is ending now."

    "When all is said and done"

    When he's finally taken down his fear, this is what happens afterwards

    "I will be the one, to leave you in the misery and hate what you've become"

    He's going to leave his fears behind, and let it rot in the misery it gave him. He's basically giving it a taste of it's own medicine.

    Just my cup of tea. I think this is a pretty accurate interpretation of the song, knowing the band and the overall message they send in their music.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    May 15th 2009 report

    About some 'other' that took or is 'taking advantage' of 'a situation' or person
    or group of people, and appears to know it, and how an 'accuser', in this case
    the author, warns the 'other' that the 'taken advantage of' must be repaired in
    some way and suggests 'total moral and physical destruction' upon the 'other'
    as their chosen form of retribution if they were to be given the chance to
    make that judgment.

    I would like to talk about the 'appears to know it' aforementioned. The second and
    third verse of the first stanza implies that the 'other' was either high in
    rank or had a well established and trusted reputation to do good deeds but 'turned'
    bad by making a series of poor judgments that caused someone harm, physical damage
    or mental anguish, or personally physically or mentally harmed another with their own
    body, words, or some other weapon.

    The 'Hold me down' statement shows weakness since the statement implies threat of
    harm that can be held back, in fact, the entire song has threats of harm and could
    be said to be a warning.

    The accuser is not sure what to do, but so fed up that they are willing to risk
    their reputation and pride by acting like a complete idiot with 'burn down that
    world' kind of nonsense in an effort to divert attention away from the truth or
    lies to keep situations in their past from affecting a future they want and can
    not have if the accusations remain as a matter of fact because they are on record
    but were not refuted, because of something that happened out in the public for all to
    see, that they exposed on their own by accident, do not want leaked out
    to damage their reputation, or to protect someone else's reputation.

    Those that are the 'other' may be as close as a family member known for many years,
    believing that Family is there to uphold or restore which in fact does the opposite and
    acts as a form of mental abuse by implying that the 'victim' is powerless to regain
    their own power. I appreciate the previous interpret and feel for your situation since I
    perpetrated my own act of 'trespass' and the 'victim' went on to accept a proposal
    from some 'other' soon after. Going back to the lyrics though, the need
    to correct a misdeed or to regain some sense of security is the goal, but the
    desparation is sickening.

    Twisting of the truth in the second and third verse of the first stanza
    when the person looked them in the face and said they would not share
    the information, but then turned around and exposed the truth or looked them in
    the face, twisted the facts, and told people things that were incorrect as to what
    took place and could be happening still.

    The fifth verse of the first stanza is about the act of sinning. We all sin or
    do wrongs in various degrees. I new someone would get hurt, but I blocked the thoughts
    that were so horrific that I imagined they could not occur perhaps through some ingrained
    'truth' or because of feelings of despair or lack of confidence to control the situation
    that I failed to act and, when it happened, it instilled more despair
    and shame, until recently and despite my desire to deny this, I realized that things
    happen for a reason, things have to be in just the right order to happen or not and in a
    blink a fresh idea, a change in heart or attitude regarding the entire process can either
    block, delay, or eliminate the ability for the 'unhappy ending' from taking place.

    When bad things happen we must not accuse ourselves of not acting upon
    the 'information' provided, we have to choose to learn from what happened, why we
    'chose' to act or not or why our actions may or may not have had the desired result.
    Getting help requires facts showing that 'ill-will' was perpetrated and intended and
    if the facts are embarrassing or based on an unscientific process, nothing gets better
    until a 'sudden-death' occurs to free the accuser of harmful actions being perpetrated,
    because of the thought that no one will believe or is incapable of believing what you are
    going through because of instilled scientific or religious 'truths'.

    Those that 'live' through a 'trespass' of some 'other', are the victims that sometimes
    do not know it or refuse to accept or believe it and later in their lives the memory may
    'haunt them' or skew the way they think in ways that could make living much 'more difficult
    than it needs to be.' And those close in proximity to the 'suffering' also suffer with
    the shame they feel for not being there to help prevent the acts or to protect. Shame can
    kill you if you are not careful to pick up on the physical symptoms and then address them
    with drugs or a better understanding of why those feelings are there and how to 'control'
    the symptoms in some other 'natural' way. I have 'tried' both and neither really helps
    except to stay 'normal' to the best of my ability with regular sleep, plenty of exercise,
    and various foods and vitamins. If any of those goes out of wack, it is easy to predict
    that those that observe me will see obvious changes in personality and interests.

    I must transfer a chain that will offer great strength and good will to the 'victim', I must
    undo set things right for myself by making this offering and only then will I be able to move on.
    The ring was taken and the author is asking for forgiveness and trying to offer understanding
    to the 'victim' that is coming forward with their descriptions of the 'truth'. The author,
    the other, is saying we had a great time didn't we, we can do it better this time, come back, I did not
    intend to hurt if that is what you think then I am sorry, but whatever you do 'stay silent', I do not
    want to hurt anyone else, the ones I care for. Friday nights I like to go to the same place, plenty
    of people, but I only communicate with the employees and yet I fail at all the rest, you can find me
    there, those following me know. My scab is all but healed, but my pelvis got banged last night, and
    the night before I thought I was getting kissed, I can not endure much more, help me, bring her, I will explain why I did what I did, and you will be justly rewarded in time, and perhaps finally get the revenge you seek.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Sep 9th 2007 report

    This song is about the feud between bb and their former drummer, who filed a lawsuit against them claiming several million dollars..

  4. anonymous
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    Apr 28th 2017 report

    Basic interpretation?
    He's pissed off, and he's had enough with someone. I think the lyrics are pretty self-explanatory, lol.

  5. anonymous
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    Feb 10th 2015 report

    Apparently Ben wrote this song because one of the band members ate the last piece of Pizza

  6. anonymous
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    Jan 19th 2015 report

    .it's a cheap shot against their drummer but in reality it is about the drummer because he did try to sue them for millions's and he was a big asshole when he left trying to stop him from singing the songs that he co-wrote.

    he co-wrote a lot of the songs

  7. anonymous
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    Jun 18th 2014 report

    I think that he saying it to all the greedy people out there.

  8. anonymous
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    Dec 28th 2013 report

    are you sure its not a bf or gf whos been cheating but one of them knows about it (You had to have it all,
    Well have you had enough?
    You greedy little bastard,
    You will get what you deserve) and there just
    (snap but there get shot by the other lover

  9. anonymous
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    Nov 21st 2013 report

    i think its about a past relationship...like all a woman thinks about is money. basiclly there greedy.. when i listen to this song, i think about my baby mama.. she has everything. gets what she wants but never cares what the child needs. she wont let me see my child only because i wont pay child support kaz im on ssi... my back is curved and i cant really do hard labor... my daughter isnt merchandise. i shouldnt have to pay to see my child... COURT ORDER says i am to see my child... she wants me to pay... aint happening... i can take care of my child with the little i have because i am not greedy.. im happy for what i get..im not hungry to get more and more... screw that..

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  10. anonymous
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    Apr 10th 2012 report

    Actually I heard that this song was written about Hitler. Dont know the truth behind it, but sounds reasonable.

  11. anonymous
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    Apr 27th 2011 report

    To me the song is quite straight forward. BB are talking about how we are being held prisoners inside this fucked up reality. Just like in the movie 'MATRIX'
    The lyrics fits in perfectly.

  12. anonymous
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    Oct 20th 2010 report

    Doesn't sound really deep. Sounds like he just doesn't care anymore and will risk anything to get this bastard.

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  13. lilshorty1724
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    Nov 1st 2009 report

    when i listen to this song i think about two different things.

    Someone is getting taken advange of and they have had enough and are trying to leave a relationship & gaining strength from it.

    the other meaning could very well be overcoming a drug addition.

  14. bradford_sammy
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    May 8th 2009 report

    For me this interpretation was not too hard but I think it could just be relative to a few things, as for myself, my fiance was raped. Alot of this song applies to this. Especially "you greedy little bastard you will get what you deserve" and "you think you won this fight, you've only lost your mind", or the one line that (to me) says "ill burn this whole world down" to find you...thats my 2 pence

  15. anonymous
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    Feb 13th 2009 report

    I am more than likely wrong,
    i thought, when i first heard this song, it was about a guy that stole a girlfriend from him. "you had to have it all, well have you had enough you greedy little bastard you get what you deserve"

    I don't know i could be and probably am wrong.

  16. anonymous
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    Jan 8th 2009 report

    This song could be about anybody, from ex-drummer Jeremy Hummel to the Devil himself. I tend to prefer the latter, and imagine a song written by a man that has triumphed over a troubled past (no longer live that life), willing to "burn the whole world down" rather than return to that way of life. This is easy to relate to, we have all overcome demons by the grace of God. Someday all of us will have the opportunity to say these words to Satan, for "his end is near", and he has already been defeated, thus paving the way for songs like this.
    The lyric in the first verse of the song, "we are all prisoners//This couldnt get much worse" further allows this spiritual imagery. Galatians 3:22-23:

    22But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.23Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed.

    we are all prisoners to sin, freed only by faith in Christ. This is attested to the many who claim freedom from said struggles (demons) in Jesus. Further, this verse corrects the misunderstanding that Christianity is all about rules. On the contrary, the following verse in Galatians says that faith frees us from the bondage that is the law, not puts us into it. So...Mr. Burnley of Breaking Benjamin may be on to something deeply theological when he notices that we ARE all prisoners, and that this world is not the way our Creator intended it.

  17. anonymous
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    Apr 12th 2008 report

    Spiritually talking he refers to the devil...like the song dance with the devil....in the song had enough when he says intoxicated eyes.. He means somthing related to drugs..its known that wen you do cocaine its called dancing with the devil...any ways what I think he means is that the devil is going to get what he deserves and that the devils end is near

  18. anonymous
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    Dec 27th 2007 report

    When I listen to this song I always think it's about depression.....
    it says depression took it all everything happiness and everything and how they want it to be over. It also says how on the end they hope happiness will win. and it says I will be happy someday no matter what I will do it!

    overcoming a battle with depression is the worst thing ever I promise you that.

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