Dropkick Murphys: Climbing a Chair to Bed Meaning
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Climbing a Chair to Bed Lyrics
anonymous Mar 25th 2015 report
I asked Ken Casey and he told me the guy doesn't kill himself
anonymous Nov 20th 2014 report
Obviously, the title gives away the meaning. It's about suicide. "Climbing a Chair to Bed" means climbing a chair to a noose and hanging yourself.
anonymous Jul 14th 2014 report
Climbing a chair to bed is literally the act of climbing a chair - the 'great silence' is the silence of death and 'climbing the chair' is to reach the noose.
The song tells of a man who wants, but never acts on those wants. He has done something terrible in the past and beliees that the world is against him because of it. Regardless of whether this is the truth, he allows his paranoia and guilt to drive him into a state of fear and alcoholism. He also fears killing himself as he fears the afterlife and any judgement that is to come.
Ultimatly though, he drinks himself into a stupor and goes through with the deed - climing a chair to reach the noose and hanging himself. He knows that he shouldnt, but his guilt is so much that he feels the need to silence the voices of his guilt for good.
anonymous Aug 23rd 2013 report
It speaks of a man who is depressed and alcoholic through unspoken reasons in his life. He can't trust and tell anyone because he's so shut in- like taking "blood from a stone".
He's afraid to continue living because he's "too afraid to make a man's mistakes", but he can't commit suicide because he "knows not to commit". He "yearns for the Great Silence".
Instead of killing himself however, he drowns his sorrow in copious amounts of alcohol and laments his depression, rather than try to find purpose in his life. Night after night, after "mingling with his demons", he's so drunk, he has to grasp a chair for physical support as he collapses into bed. All of this to face the next day.
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