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Killswitch Engage: Rose of Sharyn Meaning


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Song Released: 2004

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Rose of Sharyn Lyrics

Numb and broken,
Here I stand alone,
Wondering what were
The last words I said to you
Hoping, praying that I'll find a way
To turn back time,
Can I turn back time?
What would I give to behold.
The smile the face of love,
You never left...


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    Aug 6th, 2006 8:37pm report

    I can't believe there are no killswitch fans here, come on there must be! Anyway, I'll start with my own interpretation of this song off of the end of heartache...

    I think it's about the loss of a loved one, which is pretty obvious considering the 'it won't be long, we'll meet again' part of the chorus. The frantic way it starts is cool too. I think howard is lamenting the memory of the person whom died, and he thinks that he will see her in another life, and will keep thinking about her, looking forward to that time ('your memory is never passing/my love for you is everlasting').


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    Dec 15th, 2006 12:11pm report

    dude. rose of sharyn is about his mum.


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    Aug 21st, 2007 8:54pm report

    Well, I don't know. To me, it reminds me of the losing of a beloved...but...also, I've read a lot that this song is about Jesus?


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    Apr 26th, 2018 4:42pm report

    Many of us may interpret this differently according to what we believe so strongly but for the band wether it is about a daughter a wife or a mother it is a way to get all their feelings together on one song .the fact that it has reached each of us so strongly is a fact that it is a very deep song with a lot of heart in it.
    which many of their songs have. the Rose of Sharon Sharon being spelled with an O instead of a y means a desert plane and where Christ had fasted for 40 days in that desert he was seen by God and the rose, by his faith to succeed 40 days for he was the only thing that had life and faith in that 40 day journey. perhaps that is the Rose of Sharon . but for the bands version of the rose of sharon is probably the combination ofbleeding Spirits goes into the music which now speaks to your spirit. if we go back deep into the history Beyond where the Bible was written we find out more about ourselves. the fact that that book is an endless living Labyrinth gives us the idea that there is a whole lot more we do not know about ourselves.
    To all you feeling it ✌


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    Aug 20th, 2016 8:48am report

    to me... and this is just me, when i first heard the song i thought he was talking about a friend who has died and he misses them, hints the verse "it won't be long, we'll meet again" sounding as though he has met said person


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    Mar 11th, 2016 3:28pm report

    This song was written about howards mother after she passed away from cancer. Adam Dutkiewicz said that he wrote the song for her in an inter view. it is no way a religion based although many of their songs can be taken that way this being one of them, however it is not about god or jesus.


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    Oct 22nd, 2014 10:38pm report

    The Rose of Sharyn appears nowhere in the bible, old or new. The Rose of Sharon does. It is a play on words (a common thing in poetry and song-writing) in allusion the innocence of someone dear an who is lost.


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    Jun 17th, 2014 6:08am report

    Man man man. It could be indirectly talking about God, then again it could not. It could be talking about his mom, then again it could not. He probably wrote it in a way to make "fans" like you and me feel what he is singing, to make a connection, because I'm sure you have felt this way as well. It's an amazing song and you may interpret it in anyway you please, only Howard knows what this song truly means.


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    Jul 22nd, 2012 7:16am report

    This song is about God. The Rose of Sharyn is talked about in a verse from the bible.

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    Oct 25th, 2011 10:26pm report

    my opinion is there isn't a hint of Jesus Christ in the lyrics, and even the fact that the title refers to him is questionable... however, there's no question that the song is about the persona losing someone he loved, or the persona losing his own life over someone he loved, i.e. suicide... and there is probably a few clues in the video too, where the band plays in a setting that is surrounded by rather gnarled, blackened trees, that later bleed through the carvings on them... seems to have a similarity to the trees is the middle ring of the seventh circle of hell in dante's Inferno (the poem), where souls who die by their own hands anre transformed into such bleeding trees... a song hinting at possible feelings of suicide after a terible loss perhaps?... i mean, music is art after all...just an opinion, and after all said and done it's just an awesome song, nuff' said...


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    May 13th, 2011 5:13pm report

    When he says "I mourn for those who never knew you" he is referring to those who dont know Jesus Christ and their enevitability of going to hell for it.So he is weeping over lost souls.


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    Apr 27th, 2011 4:53pm report

    Ok. You people are all fucking ratards!!! the song is about his high-school sweet heart whom died in a car wreck. I'm personaly friends wit howie. I was with him when he was trying to think of the name for this song. People are fucking dumb asses

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    Jul 16th, 2010 7:20pm report

    As I watch this video and look at everyone's interpretation I would believe that it is a double meaning song.. If you watch the video It clearly interprets thorns and blood onto a flower which has been for several centuries been depicted in portraits and displays of Yeshua Homishia (Jesus). At the same time as I listen to the lyrics, there is a couple parts that stick out that aren't about Yeshua, thus the thesis of it also being about a lost love... When people deal with a lost love, friend, or family and they do have a slight background with Christianity, the two are hand in hand to some. People look to Yeshua for comfort... I believe that is what this song is about


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    Feb 4th, 2010 2:53pm report

    So, I had honestly heard, that one of the band members had lost a child, and that this song was about her. Her name was Sharyn......Makes sense to me in my mind because the love for a parent is one thing, but the love for ones child is on a different planet.


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    Nov 21st, 2009 11:09pm report

    One of the people above were right about Jesus Christ being known as the "Rose of Sharyn". This is not just some theory. I feel that this song does in fact have a double meaning. It could be a song about wanting to be with your loving savior, or it could also be a song of mourning the loss of a loved one. Either way, the song will still make perfect sense. For those who are against anything having any religious connotations, you must get used to the fact that; a)Songs like this very well have a spiritual background, and b)Some people have faith in things we cannot understand or know fully. All we can hope is that (assuming you could entertain the thought of there being a God) when we meet Yahweh Elohim face to face, that he will make everything clear to us and give us the answers we have all been searching for.


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    Sep 20th, 2009 9:53am report

    I don't know about you but I almost cry every time i listen to this song. There are more good songs like this. Like "This is absolution", "when darkness falls", "last serenade",...


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    Sep 15th, 2008 9:51pm report

    It's about Howard's fiancé who died on their wedding day. From a car accident on the way to the wedding. End if a heartache and my curse are also about this too.

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    Aug 26th, 2008 8:31am report

    What is it with people making everything about a religion. my first thought wasn't that they made a song for Jesus Christ. It's about losing a love one. not about Christ but about a loved on who has passed away.

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