September 07, 2012

Song Meanings: "Sacrifice" by Silverstein

This is the first of what will be a recurring feature. We are going to examine the lyrics of various songs to discuss the meanings, inspirations and interpretations that may be taken from them. Readers are encouraged to respond with their own comments.

Our debut entry features the song "Sacrifice" by Silverstein. Released after changing labels from Victory Records to Hopeless Records, it was the first single from their Hopeless debut album titled "Rescue" in 2011. 

I saw the band perform during this transitional phase and they had ZERO merchandise for sale from the previous label. I've heard that Victory Records doesn't exactly have the best reputation with a handful of bands who have left including Streetlight Manifesto who have actually gone as far as to encourage fans to NOT purchase their merchandise from that label. 

I wonder if there wasn't some sort of falling out and this song is in reference to it all. It seems to be about feeling ripped off (sacrificed for someone else's gain) by someone with bad intentions, "You'll take your share at anyone's cost/ Satisfy your worst intentions, I'm your sacrifice." The line "the anchor's up, your ship has been sailed" is possibly in reference to the last album (Shipwreck in the Sand) released on the former label?

Just a thought. Read the lyrics below and feel free to comment with your own thoughts, facts or opinions.

"It's so familiar to me;
A gun in your hand, a hole in my chest.
And now you strike a match and inhale.
It's now to the point where it's all so routine.
The anchor's up, your ship has been sailed

Close your eyes to fight the demons deep within your mind
Satisfy your worst intentions. I'm your sacrifice

Dressing yourself up to kill;
You do this for peace, you do this for love
But you know there has to be loss.
Lives torn apart as you've hit your mark
You'll take your share at anyone's cost.

Close your eyes to fight the demons deep within your mind
Satisfy your worst intentions, I'm your sacrifice.

The metal is cold to life and to hold,
But now my heart feels the warm undertow.
I cannot breathe. The way I feel about you suffocates
I will not speak. The words I feel about you go to waste
I will lay here until my body washes up on shore
I'll sacrifice with everything I believed in before.
I'll get back up and do it again."