Log in now to tell us what you think this song means. Log in. Lyrics Artists add. Add Your Thoughts Comments. General Comment This is a song about a person who has a ton of passion but no direction. He wants to do something and has strong beliefs but for some reason he can't get off his ass because he's feels like he's being pulled in too many different directions.
He's got soul passion but not a soldier does not the fight.
He feels like time is running out and people are giving up on him. I like the fact that they titled the song "All these things that I have done" yet all he talks about in the song is what he wants to do. He's all talk, no action. A great song along the same lines as this one is Ocean Size by Jane's Addiction. I got soul but i m not a soldier meaning Replies Log in to reply. There was an error. General Comment i'm thinking something along the lines of religion as well.
When there's nowhere else to run Is there room for one more son One more son If you can hold on If you can hold on, hold on He's at the end of his rope here and he's trying to re-connect with god in a moment of despair and desperation kinda like how when we all get in deep shit we go "please god just do this one thing and i'll be good i promise", even if we might not mean ithence the "is there room for one more son?
I wanna stand up, I wanna let go You know, you know - no you don't, you don't Again he's angsting about how miserable his life is, how he wants to either let go of life or religion. He doubts if anyone even god can relate to his problems, hence "you know Help me out Yeah, you know you got to help me out Yeah, oh don't you put me on the backburner You know you got to help me out, yeah I think here he's addressing god again, asking Him not to just to sit back and let bad things happen.
These changes ain't changing me The cold-hearted boy I used to be I think these lines refer to how he's trying to turn things around in his life and that he's not proud of the things he's done in the past either being an asshole or losing his religion or both.
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier I got soul, but I'm not a soldier This is my favorite part. It's just so powerful--especially when the choir s in. Going with the religious theme, this could refer to how he's not a "soldier of god" ie he's never been very religious, or just how he has never been what society considers a "heroic, righteous" type in his life, but that even so he still matters, and he still wants to be a good man.
Overall i would say this song is about redemption and second chances. General Comment This song is indeed about a spiritual crisis, and what brideonfire writes about is accurate about the basic attitude of the singer and what they're reflecting about.
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It's also explicitly Christian. There's also a phrase that is translated similarly in more modern translations of the Bible in Matthew where Jesus is preaching for his followers to shine in the hearts of others. Going down this path, "back of my broken hand" can easily be taken to be Jesus' hand, broken by the nail of the Crucifixion. During the Second Coming, the only people who are left are unrepentant sinners lostthen the battle is won - "while everyone's lost, the battle is won".
Even despite the sins "all these things that I've done" you still win if you've kept the faith "if you can hold on". I agree with brideonfire's readings of the "cold-hearted boy" and "I got soul but I'm not a soldier" lines - that the singer isn't a soldier of the Church but still has belief in something that he's trying to sort out. Psalm 69 is plea for help to God from a repentant sinner. MeVexatPede on January 09, This song isn't about god. Everyone thinks that if a song can somehow connect to the bible, than it MUST be about the bible. The songs pretty cutthroat.
The songs about being in a relationship with someone that expects too much out of you but you don't know what those expectations are because they won't tell you. And if he's not aware about your expectations than chances are it's not going to happen Yes on February 04, This song is awesome! What are others opinions on this? Rizo on June 23, Link. Reading this, I totally agree. It fits the redemption factor of the song, it's about a guy who's live a hard life of pain and regret. He's made bad decisions and just wants to stand up and let go, move on and do something actually 'good' in his life.
He's desperate to change his life so much that even though he might really believe he's willing to seek help from something higher then himself god?
When there's nowhere else to run Is there room for one more son One more son If you can hold on If you can hold on, hold on If I can't find anyone else to help? I wanna stand up, I wanna let go You know, you know - no you don't, you don't I wanna shine on in the hearts of men I want a meaning from the back of my broken hand I want to drop all the horrible things that have happened, you can't understand it. I want to be known for the good I've struggled with. Another head aches, another heart breaks I am so much older than I can take And my affection, well it comes and goes I need direction to perfection, no no no no He feels as though he has caused so much trouble and ache that he feels it's far too much.
I always heard the affection part sounded like reflection, if i'm wrong i'm wrong but it kind've made sense, either way. It's like he doesn't know who or what he is, he can't feel the same all the time, he wants direction to a good life that wown't conflict with his past.
Over and out, last call for sin While everyone's lost, the battle is won With all these things that I've done All these things that I've done Time, truth and hearts If you can hold on If you can hold on This is his last chance, if he can hold on, he can win the battle and feel better after it all. Loui01 on March 09, General Comment I think this song is about a man who keeps breaking up with people and breaking their hearts, not because he's a bad person, but because there's a limit to how much he can feel.
I know this seems like a stretch at first, and sort of a panzy interpretation. However, everything fits with this theme, for me anyways. When there's nowhere else to run Is there room for one more son One more son If you can hold on If you can hold on, hold on - for me these lyrics are explained more later… I wanna stand up, I wanna let go - wants to do the right thing You know, you know - no you don't, you don't - not sure what that is, keeps thinking he knows, and then a thought or feeling contradicts what he thought it was.
I wanna shine on in the hearts of men - wants to be a good person. A person that will live up to all his expectations. I think this is his problem, his inability to get close to person, to become emotionally connected on a deeper level… making the plea. And when there's nowhere else to run Is there room for one more son - when he has no idea what to do, is there room for a confused child, who has nothing figured out, who makes mistakes. I got soul, but I'm not a soldier x10 - with the war in Iraq, when this first came out, I thought it related to that.
"i got soul, but i'm not a soldier"
Time, truth and hearts - to me, throwing this in, is sort of a clue that the song is really about this stuff, rather than a more general theme, although the lyrics can easily be interpreted many ways. Over and out, last call for sin While everyone's lost, the battle is won With all these things that I've done All these things that I've done Time, truth and hearts If you can hold on If you can hold on - keep trying? With the hope that he will eventually learn what the problem is, even if he ends up hurting more people. Of course, time is unforgiving and it's running out, highlighting his current life crisis.
Elaborating on oxejin's analysis, we can also examine excerpts from the music video to get a clearer meaning of the song, keeping in mind that films are exemplary depictions of an artists intent youtube. Most depressed people tend to speak negative thoughts to themselves.
All these things that i've done
In the end, only our own determination can pull ourselves out of this disease. The singer seems intelligently aware of his problem but is unable to confront it.
He is his only hope. The precedence of this scene in the music video suggests he's been there, done that, and learned of something in the past. The band members take their step back as the ladies march forward. Ultimately, the men who fled and were hit by the boomerang, except Brandon, who stood and fought for a while before running off with the. The men who ran away were struck down by the problems they face.
Brandon showed some success by standing and fighting but retreated afterwards. Despite trying to hide, the women hunt them down. Escape is futile. The choice of the boomerang, a ranged weapon, symbolize the pointlessness of running. Perhaps by taking a step forward in the beginning the ladies would not have drawn out their weapons as it would be useless up close and the problem would have ended less painfully.
He gets struck by the woman's boomerang and face plants in a puddle. It reminds the viewer that giving up will also lead to the same consequences.
Even if break up may be inevitable, all is lost and nothing is learned if we give up. In battle, soldiers who retreat would fight another day and push forward, not to come back and camp in no man's land. It does seem the person who this song is about seems to have every past lesson he needs to make his next best move.
He needs to clear his mind and have the courage to make a good decision. Yolo, sieze the day, or whichever you may, the clock is ticking and the next door that opens may be his last. Overall, the video uses clever metaphors to bring out the themes of the song.
Song #1 – all these things that i’ve done
All These Things That I've Done presents both existentialist and religious themes many people can relate to and encourages those who are in the midst of a life crisis or unsure where to go next to have the courage to move on. Life is a battlefield. My Interpretation To me, this song has always been about struggling to find your place in the world and finally achieving success "the battle is won with all these things that I've done" I'll try to give my interpretation to every verse: "When there's nowhere else to run Is there room for one more son One more son If you can hold on If you can hold on, hold on" The author is trying to find his place in the world, since we only have this world and "there's nowhere else to run".
Yeah you know you've got to help me out Yeah oh don't you put me on a backburner" He starts to feel bad, he's anxious, he feels like there's not enough time to realize his dreams, that's why he can't stand how old he's already got.