Let You Down-Seether

A few weeks ago, I heard an interview with a Seether band member (I’m guessing lead singer Shaun Morgan) on the radio.He was saying that with the new music they felt they were able to delve into harder music, lyrics and music wise, than in the past, as they had more freedom. I’ll try to find audio of that if I can.

Let You Down” is definitely the brain child of that, and is a step away from previous singles. 

If I could speak I’d tell you all my fears and deprivations
If I could feel I’d take away your pain
If I could bleed I’d show you all my scars and imperfections
If I could breathe I’d hold you in my veins

There’s somewhat of a love story in there, with a speaker that wants to hold the one he’s talking to close. He’s professing a vulnerability, in “fears,” “scars,” and “imperfections.”

You’ve got me feeling like an animal
Beat down in fear and paralyzed
You’ve got me feeling like I have no other hand to hold
In this assisted suicide

Annnddd…there goes that idea. The person he’s speaking to now, perhaps the same as before and perhaps not, clearly has the speaker isolated from others, feeling alone and perhaps even suicidal.

So say something beautiful
Say what you’re keeping inside
This anticipation
I will only let you down
Say something meaningful
Say what you’re trying to hide
This anticipation
I will only let you down

The blame shifts back to the speaker against himself. He repeats that he will “only let you down,” (as in the song’s title). It suggests his failure to keep the other person interested in him, with “this anticipation/I will only let you down.”

He’s also asks for openness on the part of the person he’s talking to.

If I could breed I’d show you all my infantile obsessions
If I could sleep I’d hold you in my head
If I was strong I’d keep you close and render you defenseless
If I was gone I’d hope you’d take my place

The lyrics go back to the love story, but it isn’t the same as the first four lines. It goes to a darker place than the first, talking about “defenseless,” “infantile obsessions,” and referencing if the speaker “was gone.”

 

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