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Two packs of cigarettes a day
The strongest whiskey
Kentucky can make
That's a recipe to put a vagabond
On his hands and knees
I watched it all up close,
I knew him more than most
I saw a side of him he never showed
Full of sympathy for a...

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    anonymous
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    Jun 21st, 2011 6:38pm report


    A few years back after a Shinedown concert in Atlanta, i met lead singer Brent Smith along with some others. He said that the story behind What A Shame was about his uncle who passed away due to his lifesyle.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 13th, 11:35pm report


    I believe that this song tells us about the ones who have the least in our society while they are the ones who deserve the best and more so won't you give this man his wings.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 19th, 10:20pm report


    It's about a man who has dreams and no one believes in him. I think the lyrics explained it all too.

    For the recent post, tell the man you know that he should continue believing in his dreams. It's good you believe in him. And if you also feel this way, never give up on your dreams too. I believe you guys are good friends, so you guys encourage each other and that's enough because someone important believes in your dreams.

    Anyway, I have dreams too. But I realized that some dreams are not achievable, so I only dream dreams that are achievable and I should be content because at least I have some simple and realistic dreams.

    Hope you guys achieve your dreams!



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    anonymous
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    Oct 19th, 10:00pm report


    This song reminds me of a man I know and he's still alive who has big dreams. And wants to tell AND show the world what he's all about. To some people mostly his FAMILY don't take time to listen to him. He has 1 brother and 4 sisters and neither of them make time for him. His mind takes him everywhere. I listen cuz I KNOW what it's like to have a dream and NOBODY believes in you. So yes I truly believe this man deserves his wings.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 4th, 2018 7:04pm report


    My interpretation is about judging I have recently met a guy, so he’s had a past but then again everyone else has had one, has anyone actually heard the old saying, Don’t judge a book by its cover!, the song says it all, What a Shame. Get to know the person..., I can apply this to my oldest- give this man his wings. I consider myself a level headed girl, yet society is too quick to judge.
    “ Her with him ?” I have felt so comfortable and safe with him or do es a little ink or a past promote fear? Naive judge mental people out there.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 3rd, 2016 12:58pm report


    I think this song is about a man who lost someone dear to him. "Give this man his wings" And he just wants to see them again.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 28th, 2016 2:23pm report


    This song reminds me of a guy I knew, who killed himself. No one is sure if he really intended to do it or not. He was very depressed for a long time and would have normally turned to drugs and alcohol to make himself feel better. A couple of years before he died, he was diagnosed with a liver condition. His doctor told him that he had to quit drinking and that even one more beer could kill him. After almost two years of sobriety, he reached rock bottom and drank himself to death. His mother believes that because he was a good man, he is in heaven. Lots of people believe that he is in hell because they consider his death to be a suicide. He was in a lot of emotional pain for a long time and reached a point where he couldn't handle it anymore. He didn't know for sure that he would die if he drank. I look at it as if he knew there was a high possibility that he would die, but he was more so tempting fate.



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    rcd711
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    Aug 25th, 2015 8:14pm report


    I believe this is about someone the narrator of the song knows who is planning or already has killed there self because of a struggle with addiction, and has had many people look down on them and view them as worthless but narrator of the song knows they can overcome their problems and even lead a normal life with a little support and care.(this is my opinion witch is probaly not the best but I am only 14)



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    anonymous
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    Apr 13th, 2015 4:53am report


    It reminds me of a man who was killed because he was homeless, murdered in cold blood, just for trying to live his life, and he was taunted, called a "bum" and other horrible things, yet through it all, he never said one unkind thing, then one day, the police found his body, he was beaten to death, and they never found who did it.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 24th, 2014 7:05am report


    its about how judgmental our society is...how because this guy has bad habits and isnt rich, ppl judge him...they wont look deeper into him because of his rough exterior to see that he was truly a good man



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    anonymous
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    Jun 26th, 2014 6:41pm report


    Actually, this song is about girl, who is lost after previous, unhappy relationships. When she meets a guy, who is ready and is able, to return her to normal, perfect relationship without hurt, she is afraid to say yes. Now she prays for him, as he deserves that, but she is still afraid of saying yes.
    All Shinedown lyrics are about the only thing. Thing above.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Jan 12th, 2012 1:12pm report


    Really?? Hmm, I thought it was about a kid who killed himself after a bunch of kids bullied him for his whole life.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway



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