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I watch the city burn
These dreams like ashes float away
Your voice I never heard
Only silence
Where were you when our hearts were bleeding
Where were you when it all crashed down
Never thought that you'd deceive me
Where are you...


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    Nov 2nd, 2012 11:20pm report

    I think part of it kind of relates to when Israel was in idolatry and were taken into captivity by the Babylonians. God hides His face from their sin (in Ezekiel, He even states how even His temple has been defiled with idols), but does not abandon His people.

    "How long?" How long will Israel have to endure their suffering due to their rejection of God and their evil practices (scoffing the poor; ripping people off; cannibalism; child sacrifices; occultic practices... the list goes on)? Also very similar to passages found in places such as Habakkuk 1:2

    "I watch this city burn" is relating to when Israel was burnt to the ground (the book of Lamentations states the whole description of it).

    It also relates to the persecution of the early church Christians/saints, as you can read in Revelations 6:10, majority of whom was or are today, led to even martyrdom for their testimony in Christ.

    So basically, this song can be summed up to be one about long-suffering and persecution for their faith in Christ.

    Now, I know quite alot of people will state, "Why does everybody have to imply some religious content to the meaning of songs?"

    Well, first off, THIS IS a Christian band, even if their songs don't always have doctrinal statements or are worship songs.

    Second, this can relate to any form of persecution, but mainly, by reading the lyrics in full, it is very Biblical in the fact that aspects of the lyrics are taken from Scriptural passages, therefore, this song implies one that is relevant to the Babylonian captivity of Israel, and persecution of the Christian faith. :)


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    Mar 11th, 2013 3:22pm report

    I think this song is questioning God and his
    indifference to his people. "Is your world just a broken promise? Is your love just a drop of rain?" could mean that God didn't help when his people needed him the most.


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    Oct 2nd, 2018 10:33pm report

    This song could be about so many things. It just depends on how you interpret it.


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    Aug 24th, 2016 8:03pm report

    The song is a self examination.

    The song cannot be about God because God is faultless. It is about failing personally. Whether or not you have the will to fight to get your life together or to just walk away and let it burn.



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    Sep 30th, 2013 9:44am report

    I thought they were just insulting Satan telling him he's a coward.


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    Sep 13th, 2013 9:04am report

    I believe that this song targets the 9/11 catastrophe and somehow relates it with the U.S Government that they were involved in aiding this massacre. As they wrote,"I watched the city burn, these dreams like ashes float away, YOUR VOICE I NEVER HEARD, ONLY SILENCE!"

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    May 29th, 2012 5:24am report

    This song is about breaking your addictions to stand up to anything the devil tries to put in your way just let it burn the lyrics say How long will you stand the pain How long will you hide your face How long will be afraid then Jesus tells you LET IT BURN


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    Jun 20th, 2011 6:59am report

    I think it means the day that Jesus comes back.He is talking to Satan about how he wasn't there to help or save them and how Satan said he would help them and be there for us.

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