Shadows Die
Black Veil Brides Lyrics


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Tear down the cross
Splinters and shards remembered
This Trojan horse
Rode to the land we enter

We'll burn away
And free and fallen brothers
From shackles made of steel
And bones of soldiers

Yeah!

Let shadows die
So I can feel alive
The church of lies
Can't tell me what is right

Our little victories and desires won't live on
Let shadows die
So I can feel alive
I feel alive

I feel alive, yeah

In fear and faith (in fear and faith)
The candles light our freedom
By tainted night
We live this war of wisdom

The streets are stained
With blood that ran their kingdom
And feed the beast
That lies beneath our treason

Let shadows die
So I can feel alive
The church of lies
Can't tell me what is right

Our little victories and desires won't live on
Let shadows die
So I can feel alive
I feel alive

F.e.a.r will round up these rebels!
These deviates! these so called wild ones!
We'll lecture the streets with their bones!
And annihilate the dangerous and obtuse ideas poisoning your children!
Endangering your freedom!
Giving rise to the destruction
Of the benevolent future we have prepared for you!
You belong in the shadows!
The shadows are where you will be made safe!
Do not disobey!

Let shadows die
So I can feel alive
A church of lies
Can't tell me what is right

Our little victories and desires won't live on
Let shadows die
So I can feel alive
I feel alive





(I feel alive)

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Black Veil Brides' "Shadows Die" are filled with powerful language that speaks to a desire for freedom and rebellion against oppressive forces. In the opening lines, the singer signals an intention to dismantle the cross, which is a powerful symbol of the church and the forces of organized religion. The "Trojan horse" that they rode in on suggests a deceptive or subversive strategy, implying that the fight for freedom may require unconventional or radical tactics.


The second stanza describes a scene of war and upheaval, with streets stained by blood and a beast lurking beneath the surface of society. The battle lines are drawn between those who seek to maintain the status quo and those who desire to break free from its shackles. The freedom desired by the singer is not just physical, but also mental and spiritual, as they reject the false messages of the church and seek to find their own sense of purpose and meaning.


The final stanza is a direct address to the forces of oppression, warning that they will not be allowed to continue their campaign of fear and control. The shadows represent a source of safety for those who refuse to obey and submit, and the ultimate goal is to feel truly alive and free.


Overall, the lyrics to "Shadows Die" are a powerful statement of rebellion and defiance in the face of oppressive forces. The language is evocative and passionate, calling for a total rejection of the church and its message.


Line by Line Meaning

Tear down the cross
Destroy the symbol of oppression


Splinters and shards remembered
The remnants of a painful past


This Trojan horse
A plan to infiltrate the enemy's domain


Rode to the land we enter
Penetrating the enemy's stronghold


We'll burn away
Destroying the old, oppressive system


And free and fallen brothers
Liberating the oppressed


From shackles made of steel
Breaking the chains of oppression


And bones of soldiers
Honoring those who sacrificed for the cause


Let shadows die
Eliminate the darkness that hides the truth


So I can feel alive
Experience true freedom and autonomy


The church of lies
The source of propaganda and false information


Can't tell me what is right
Rejecting the authority of manipulative institutions


Our little victories and desires won't live on
Personal achievements are irrelevant in the grand scheme


In fear and faith
Loyalty to the cause despite danger


The candles light our freedom
Hope and light in dark times


By tainted night
The corruption surrounding us


We live this war of wisdom
Fighting for knowledge and enlightenment


The streets are stained
The cost of rebellion is bloodshed


With blood that ran their kingdom
The tyrannical rulers are to blame for the violence


And feed the beast
Fueling the system that oppresses us


That lies beneath our treason
The injustice that motivates us to rebel


F.e.a.r will round up these rebels!
The oppressor's response to dissent


These deviates! these so called wild ones!
The names given to those who challenge the status quo


We'll lecture the streets with their bones!
Violent punishment for those who dare to resist


And annihilate the dangerous and obtuse ideas poisoning your children!
Perceived threats to the indoctrination of the youth


Endangering your freedom!
The irony of oppression claiming to protect freedom


Giving rise to the destruction
The failure of oppressive systems


Of the benevolent future we have prepared for you!
The false promise of a brighter tomorrow


You belong in the shadows!
The message to those deemed unfit for society's norms


Do not disobey!
The command to submit to the oppressors


I feel alive
Embracing the freedom and vitality that comes with rebellion




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: JOHN WILLIAM FELDMANN, JACOB PITTS, JEREMY FERGUSON, ANDREW BIERSACK

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