What does Asylum mean?

Disturbed: Asylum Meaning

Album cover for Asylum album cover

Song Released: 2010

Asylum Lyrics

Release me

No remnants were ever found of it
Feeling the hot bile
With every fake smile
Though no evidence was ever found
It never went away completely
I tried to welcome
The unholy sound of it
Another day gone
Another night’s...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Sep 16th 2010 !⃝

    Unlike many people who first heard of the song, it isn't a typical song about insanity. To me, I find it to be a song about how much pain he feels over a long lost loved one, and that he is driving himself to insanity by it.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 25th 2011 !⃝

    He lost somebody he truely loved and this thing drived him insane. This is where both meanings of "Asylum" come.
    Firstly, the basic meaning, a "mad house" could be interpreted in a simple way: the guy is driven mad and is taken to a mad house.
    Secondly, a more... subtile meaning is that he seeks asylum (a safe, peaceful place) in death, in joining the loved person (i assume she would be his girfriend or wife - surely a woman, because he sais "because HER memory is killing me") in grave.
    So, as a conclusion, I think asylum means a mad house, but also a refuge in death, for out of the hard life


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Mar 15th 2011 !⃝

    David Draimen is a very deep song writer. I think just like the song inside the fire, he is hurting over that one girl he lost long long ago and cant forget it. It's eating him away inside when really he is a very nice guy he takes care of his fans.

    He says he isn't religious but I believe he is. He doesn't swear in many of his songs anymore. He is still hardcore he has been my favorite and disturbed since 96 now!!

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 24th 2017 !⃝

    i think this song refers to your mind being like an asylum and you're trapped in it, along with your ex?

  5. konev
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    Jan 9th 2014 !⃝

    It seems like it is referring to the insanity brought on by the lose of a loved one, someone wanted to be released from the pain, trying to find a mental safe haven/asylum to recover from the loneliness (the void formerly filled with the loved one), then having the urge to suicide brought on by mental images of death and self judgement that has enveloped him completely.

    some lyrics that support this theory:

    Dark forces pull me underground
    They never went away completely

    How can I feel this empty?
    I will not recover this time
    This loneliness is killing me

    Will I never know peace of mind again?
    I don't believe it, I can't achieve it
    I think it all is just another sign
    It never went away completely

    Dreading the final moment
    When I have to dream

    Dead images are all around again
    They're right behind me
    They're gonna find me
    Judgment from the immortal sin
    That had enveloped me completely
    I know I'll never know a peaceful night again
    Afraid they'll hear me, they don't fear me
    Punishment from the immoral crime
    The debt was never paid completely

  6. anonymous
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    Nov 1st 2013 !⃝

    It's about being locked in an asylum, feeling trapped, insane, like you've comitted crime and suffering....

  7. anonymous
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    Feb 9th 2012 !⃝

    This song is about the grief of losing a loved one and how it makes you feel like you are in an asylum in both bad and good ways.

    The memory of the loved one gives you hope and you never want to forget them (being granted asylum from the pain of grief)

    But it also traps you preventing you from moving on (sent to an asylum to suffer)

  8. anonymous
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    Sep 20th 2011 !⃝

    He can't escape from the torment of life no matter what he does and if you watch the music video it looks as if they might be killing him the same way he kill others and making him suffer just as they suffered.

  9. anonymous
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    Apr 26th 2011 !⃝

    He is trying to escape his torture and torment but can't.

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 16th 2011 !⃝

    It is about Davids Ex-Girlfriend from high school, Devon. For more information on that, I suggest looking up "Inside The Fire" by Disturbed

  11. MrTefached
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    Nov 7th 2010 !⃝

    Seems to me like it's about losing a girlfriend and he tries to live with it, and every time he sees her and pretends to smile it pains him so. He cannot live without her and it's driving him insane.

  12. anonymous
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    Oct 24th 2010 !⃝

    Asylum is about someone losing a loved one and how it is both an asylum driving them insane and what an asylum is to the insane, a place of comfort and protection.

  13. anonymous
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    Oct 13th 2010 !⃝

    It's about an asylum being both a place of solitude and loneliness, and a place of comfort and safety.

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