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When I was a child, I heard voices...
Some would sing and some would scream
You soon find you have few choices...
I learned the voices died with me

When I was a child, I'd sit for hours
Staring into open flame
Something in it had a...


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    Sep 24th, 9:04am report

    Im an eccentric and emotionally disturbed man.i like fire for good use.no arson or big fires.jesus saved me and he can save you.many people would not care about you but i will thru prayer.get with mary ohara for happy peaceful irish harp and vocal.love jjf


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    May 31st, 5:34am report

    I think this song is about passion. “All you have is your fire” Is saying it’s all you have to keep yourself safe to the negatives or “voices”/anxieties that he refers to in the lyrics. Your peace depends on you finding your passion and just being genuinely happy, you need to find your fire. This song is about finding your passion and finding yourself and your happiness through that.


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    Mar 6th, 2019 3:11am report

    I think he's talking about how he felt growing up and discovering he had homosexual urges and feelings.. He is talking about his internal struggle and feelings of guilt and especially the line; " when i was sixteen my senses fooled me, thought gasoline was on my clothes" seems to be him talking about how he, in his teen years thought that he was gonna burn in hell for his " sin" of being gay.. He then tells people to never "tame their demons but always keep them on a leash".. Never deny or ignore your feelings / your desires, but take control of them.


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    Jan 9th, 2019 1:56am report

    He was abused physically and emotionally as a child , his brain blocked it out n left fragments of memories he was left in neglect to sit with the feelings of anger building inside him . Then at 16 the memories were undeniably all around him and he thought he was to blame covered in it, he hit phycosis n if ur z little crazy you know what your capable of but you also know the consiquence xo you keep that side bnb ot you on a leash n u accept you will always carry with you an ache that never leaves


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    May 15th, 2018 5:33pm report

    It sounds a lot like an interpretation of schizophrenia... Hearing voices, having delusions, and sitting in the same position for hours indicates a psychosis episode.


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    Jan 14th, 2018 1:43am report

    Arson is a crime of intentionally, deliberately and maliciously setting fire to certain things and an arsonist obviously is the one who commits it.
    This song speaks about such arsonist's coming to terms with himself, of realizing he was stuck in a particular world and always will be. I highly believe that the fire is a metaphor for the world of violence and that the man in this song is someone who is attracted or drawn to it in a John Wick sort of way. He acknowledges that the attraction to violence will always be there. It cannot be destroyed, but it must always be subdued.


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    Apr 11th, 2017 4:17pm report

    Trashcan man from The Stand by Stephen King.


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    Mar 27th, 2017 3:06pm report

    I think the song is about gaslighting and DID and struggling to recover from further revictimization.


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    Apr 25th, 2016 4:11pm report

    I think its his life story. He was abused and looked to fire for his medicine and then took it too far and burnt his whole life down, Not depending on anyone else he fell apart. And didn't come back from what we were.

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