Daniel in the Den
Bastille Lyrics


Moving along in a pace unknown to man
Go go go go go go
Go go go go go

And you thought the lions were bad
Well they tried to kill my brothers
And for every king that died
Oh they would crown another
But it's harder than you think
Telling dreams from one another
And you thought the lions were bad
Well they tried to kill my brothers

And felled in the night
By the ones you think you love
They will come for you
And felled in the night
By the ones you think you love
They will come for you

Dreaming along in a pace you'll understand
Go go go go go go
No no no no no

And you thought the lions were bad
Well they tried to kill my brothers
And for every king that died
Oh they would crown another
And it's harder than you think
Telling dreams from one another
And you thought the lions were bad
Well they tried to kill my brothers

And felled in the night
By the ones you think you love
They will come for you
And felled in the night
By the ones you think you love
They will come for you

Oh to see
What it means to be free
Of the shadows and the dreams
That you claim to see

Oh

And felled in the night
By the ones you think you love
They will come for you

And felled in the night
By the ones you think you love
They will come for you

And felled in the night
By the ones you think you love
They will come for you

And felled in the night
By the ones you think you love
They will come for you

Felled in the night
By the ones you think you love

Felled in the night
By the ones you think you love

Felled in the night
By the ones you think you love, love

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Written by: DANIEL SMITH

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Addi B

This song is about the Bible. If you guys need it explain, here it it.

Daniel was a faithful servant of God and did right in the sign of God. Darius the Mede was king at the time. Darius liked Daniel so he gave him a high ranking position in his kingdom and Daniel was promoted to rule over the whole realm.
Some of the other kings men were jealous of this and wanted to get rid of him. Some counselors convinced the king to sign a decree that for one month, no man could pray to any god or petition any man but to Darius, the king. Daniel refused to obey.
The conspirators complained to the king that Daniel was breaking the kings law and must be punished. The king wanted to protect Daniel, but the lords insisted the kings law could not be changed. So, reluctantly, the king ordered Daniel to be locked into a den of lions overnight thinking the lions will kill him. When it was the next day, they went to the den and found Daniel still alive because of God shutting the lion’s mouth so they won’t harm Daniel.

Darius writes a letter to all peoples of the earth saying, "I make a decree, that in all the dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel; for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, And his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed; and his dominion shall be even unto the end. He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions."
If you would like to look this up, this is a summary of Daniel chapter 6

In the song, bastille was talking abut dreams which is also connected to the Bible. Daniel also interpreted dreams for Nebuchadnezzar (the King before Darius). This not only proved that there was a living God because only Daniel got the dream right, but also that the same God was living inside Daniel. If you would like to look this up, it is in Daniel chapter 2 in the Bible.

I hoped this helped!!



CL Leung

@Aidarks
This song is clearly about Daniel in the Den in the Bible. Dan is not religious, but uses religious themes as inspiration. And basically this song is about Dan drinking (alcoholism) in the den. (I am copying my messy analysis from somewhere else)

>Moving along in a pace unknown to man

Religion is unknown to man, yet Daniel manages to move along with faith, with this unknown pace.

When I saw "felled", I initially thought that Dan was Grammatically incorrect. But no. Felled refers to cause [some structure, regime, etc.] to fall. Just as Daniel caused the ones he thought he loved to cripple from power. Just as he used the power of faith to keep himself safe from the dark reality in the dead of the night.

This song seems to have multiple deeper meaning, so I find it hard to understand it. I somehow get some of it now though.

Daniel. What a coincidence! Daniel wrote a song about Daniel. Ha! It is intentional. I did not recall Daniel in Bible having a dream. (maybe he has, my bad memory) What is happening? Because Daniel is drinking in the den! Yes, double entendre. Daniel is the Bible character and Bastille member! Den refers to a pit and also a drinking bar! (Which is why I felt confused when I looked up the dictionary and only got the bar meaning) Dainel's distraction from the lions
is faith, while Dan's distraction from adversity is drinking. Dan is drinking to distract from the harsh reality, possibly due to experiencing betrayal. Shadows and dreams are the hallucination from drinking. He refuses to move foward, that is why "go go go go go" is followed by "no no no no no".


>And you thought the lions were bad
Well they tried to kill my brothers
And for every king that died
Oh they would crown another
And it's harder than you think
Telling dreams from one another
And you thought the lions were bad
Well they tried to kill my brothers

So basically he is subtly saying what doesn't kill you makes you stronger in the first two lines. Adversity tries to kill Dan off, but they can be innocuous or even beneficial if a suitable method is used. Is drinking a suitable method? Not really. See Icarus falling. Dreams is another double entendre. Dreams can be literally dreams while sleeping or hallucinating. Dreams can also refer to aspirations and faith. King can refer to different people helping you in our lives. These helping hands are always changing. They would crown another. So there will always be help.

>Dreaming along in a pace you'll understand

Aspirations are slowly progressing because of all the troubles in life. We will understand and sympathize with facing all the weight of living in life.

>Oh to see
What it means to be free
Of the shadows and the dreams
That you claim to see

Shadows are the adversity, and dreams are hallucinations. (Perhaps dreams can be aspirations as well ahhhh) Can alcoholism free us? Perhaps, but it would also leading to us falling like Icarus. Falling from heaven, from grace, from happiness.
Connections to other songs:

Send Them Off! (both religious, both caused by jealousy (Daniel in Bible is prosecuted due to jealousy), Icarus (alcoholism), basically all of BB, Dreams cover? (relationship broken due to betrayal?)



Rory Martos

Anyone else getting Holland Vosijk vibes here?

'and for every king that died, oh, they would crown another' - White London
'and it's harder than you'd think telling dreams from one another' - nightmares
'felled in the night by the ones you think you love, they will come for you' Talya and Alox
'dreaming alooone~' - more nightmares
'oh to see what it means to be free of the shackles and the dreams that you claim to see' - he and Kell on the boat after Kell woke him up

like seriously, this is stupidly on point



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Annika Epple

every once in a while I find a song that fits one of my ocs aesthetic, AND story, and this is one of those songs.
nothing beats that feeling

Queen Crystal

It fits my OC Doublescar somewhat

Solars Studio

Yes

Chip Animations

This song fits my Oc Flame very well.

Carmen Cornibus

this song is so bittersweet and it sounds like someone fondly remembering the dark parts of their life

gambling bobster

this is describing Daniel in the old testament

Daniel Wurzbacher

I like to imagine it is about better fiction than that.

Asehpe

It is indeed true that, as you point out, this song uses the elements of the biblical story of Daniel in the times of King Darius, and it can thus be interpreted as being about Daniel in exactly the way you describe. But I think you're missing an important point: this song is generalizable to other situations in which we mistake less important things (lions) for the real threats (the others who got King Darius to place you in the lions' den, and who were trying to kill your brothers), and forget about other, perhaps more serious, threats (telling dreams apart, and being abandoned by the ones you think you love).

Think about, for instance, how it is possible to see this song as being about not Daniel and King Darius, but about gays among Christians. You are afraid of "the lions" (= the opinion of others, strangers), but these things end up affecting you less (the lions didn't kill you) because you already expected them and thus were prepared, but when your own family disavows you and those like you ("killing my brothers"), when your dearest ones ("those you think you love") end up hurting you ("felling you in the night") by criticizing, avoiding or even abandoning you... well, that is worse ("and you thought the lions were bad"). Now you you see it's harder than you thought to tell dreams from one another (the dream of "being who you are" = "gay", vs. the dream of "being a good Christian", or "a good member of my family") -- i.e., you're torn between incompatible ideals.

Likewise, other situations in which you don't see a threat coming because it ends up coming from those nearest you would also fit the general, overarching structure of this song. Basically, "you think it's the outside world that is going to try and destroy you, so you learn how to defend yourself against it; but then the real threat comes from much closer, you're defenseless against it, and you can't get past it ("it's difficult to tell dreams from one another").

Luisa Frugoli

i thought it was kinda obvious with the dreams stuff and the lions

Duckus Maximus

I thought the same thing when I saw the name of the song.

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