Red: Take It All Away Meaning
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Take It All Away Lyrics
It's over now, just innocence and instinct still remain
You watched me while I slowly disappeared
I reached for you to save me, you were frozen in your fear
Take it all away, Take it all...
to understand this song, we have to look at their other works. they re known to refure to multiple entities such as God, the devil, and yourself. in this case in the first few verses, i eleave they are refuring to themselves. if you have ever been addicted to anything or troubled to let something go, you should know that there is a certain fear of letting that thing go and being alone inside.
the next part, take it all away, is a prayer to God to take that pain away. as known in the bible to give and take away. the singer says you take it away in the last lines and there is no eery background voices at that point which says to me tha he is coming out of the fear and pain that grips him.
anonymous Apr 24th, 2013 4:18am report
Anon number 2 lol, I see what you mean but if the person was (as I see it) falling and being tormented he would reach for other things, money, sex, drugs etc. So the first verse could talk about how he reached and asked that it would be taken away but whoever 'you' is was frozen in fear seeing they can't do anything.
anonymous Feb 16th, 2013 2:09pm report
“Take It All Away,” which concludes the “Standard Edition” of the album, is inspired by a tumultuous time in songwriter-guitarist Jasen Rauch’s life. The song is a haunting acoustic prayer set against midnight’s long shadow. “It’s very dark, uncomfortable and unresolved, and the production stays congruent with these unresolved feelings,” explains Rauch. “There’s an eerie effect in the verse where three or four voices sing the same thing, but each comes from a different place. There’s a frail melody that carries the actual verse and another that is whispered a beat behind it with a lost, tormented voice. It’s about finding yourself in a dark place you never thought you’d be in. For me, it was a really crippling time.”
anonymous Feb 6th, 2013 2:22pm report
I see it as Jesus calling out to The Father asking him to take the pain of the sins of the world past and present as he was hangging on the cross.
anonymous Jan 22nd, 2013 1:59am report
I came to very similar conclusions than anonymous on Oct 7th 2012. He (or she) expressed very well and detailed what came to my mind in a similar way when I first read (and heard) the lyrics of this song. But – there is a major drawback: The first part of the last sentence (cited above) "I reached for you to save me, ..." could be clearly related to god (should be, if the interpretation of anonymous is correct), but "you were frozen in your fear" does not fit at all. Do the composers really mean that god was frozen in his fear? That sentence (uncom-mented by anonymous) flaws the whole interpretation. It completely breaks down. The ques-tion has to be raised: Who is really addressed in this song? Who is that savior who is frozen in his fear? Consequently: Is this actually a Christian song? The sentence in question makes me doubt. Because of this strange sentence I do not like this song at all. I personally get a bad feeling when I hear it. A frozen savior is a tin god. Or is the song even blasphemous? The band member state that they are Christians, but the songs on the album show the suffer-ing of a human being alienated to god. The song "ordinary world" (covered from Duran Duran) is not appropriate for a Christian band, because it has not Christian background and meaning.
Is there someone who knows a consistent interpretation of "Take it all away"?
anonymous Oct 7th, 2012 10:29am report
I feel challenged composing an interpretation for this song, but I'm a die-hard Red fan, and I've always wanted to interpret this song, because it's geniously composed, and because it's rather difficult to interpret. My interpretation will most likely be inaccurate, so bear with me. It begins by a human being, being molded and formed by God, the Potter, rid of any sin and impurities. But then, that person slips gives into temptation and lies, bit by bit. ("You watched me as I slowly disappeared.") The person attempts self-righteousness, but is too flawed and torn to save themself. The person begins to see that God is the only one who can redeem them, and they plead for Him to take their sins and guilt away. Sometimes God places us in hardships to seek him. It's scary and painful sometimes, so we try to reach out to God, but when he doesn't answer as soon as we'd like, we turn to self-sought answers, but the answers are also flawed. ("I tried to find the answers in my fears. But what was found is lost again as soon as it appeared.") Finally, we reach a breaking point, and are filled with sorrow and abandonment, wondering if God even hears us anymore. ("I'm breaking, I can't do this on my own. Can You hear me screaming out? Am I all alone?") But, once we express to God that we need His help, and just as soon as we think all hope is lost, God takes away the guilt, hurt, sinful ways, and sometimes, even the hard situation you'd been previously facing, and then you realize that He never left you. (If you read all of this, I really appreciate it. Sorry it was so long.)
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