Sgc from Chattanooga, Tennessee I agree with it being about dead rock stars, particularly grunge because they are post grunge/hard rock and it sounds a lot like Soundgarden’s Spoonman to me however this was 2005 and several of them were dead. Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley most notably. However I may be bias because they are my heroes and 91-96 was the peak in mainstream rock imo. Nirvana to Local H.
Angie from Eugene, OregonI feel that maybe this song is about 9/11.
"Stare in wonder, Who's here to bring you down?" this is referring to everyone watching the news or staring up at the towers.
"Find your martyr I'm sure you've made the crown" Referring to “martyrdom.” Catholic Church Believes Those who suffered violence at the hands of this world, who bled and died because of their commitment to their faith along side all those who die for their kingdom wears a “martyrs crown.”
"Sold their sorrow to the ones who paid the most" Could me the solider that let their saddness go inorder to fight for the Ones that paid the most "the lives distroyed that day"
"Dark devotion in a beacon Paradise Shows no emotion to a willing sacrifice You can put a man on trial, but you can't make the guilty pay" I think this refers to Bin Laden and his Faithful followers "Suicide Bombers"
Kellin from Right Here Where I Am, AlHm. I always thought this song was about rock legends that are "dead and gone," though the "dead" is more figurative than literal. The line "sold their sorrow to the ones who paid the most" makes me think of tabloids.
[p3yt0n} from Somewhere, InI think the song means that the people he looked up to fell apart, had a breakdown, not necessarily died. And now he has no one to look up to.
Joe from Lincoln, NeAfter listening to the lyrics intensely, I have decided that the song is about dead soldiers, specifically those who died fighting for their country. A true hero.
Jeff from Casa Grande, AzIt sounds like his "heroes" have "let him down," or more poetively spoken . . . a "shine down."
Two tears roll down Sinead O'Connor's face. toward the end of the video for "Nothing Compares 2 U." They were shed because she associated the song's lyrics of love and loss with her mother, who was killed in a car accident in 1985.
"Feel It Still" by Portugal. The Man deals with lead singer John Gourley becoming a "rebel just for kicks" after having a daughter and settling down. "It's hard to be a punk when you're thinking about your baby daughter at home," he says.