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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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    anonymous
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    May 15th, 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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    GOMEOWNASAI
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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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    anonymous
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    Apr 11th, 2017 4:17pm report


    Trashcan man from The Stand by Stephen King.



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    anonymous
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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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    anonymous
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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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