by Peter Marus

Tonight I am sitting at home watching the Joe Louis Documentary on HBO and so far it's impressive. I also am waiting for the boxing match right after the documentary. All day today I have been listening to my Ipod as I was doing some work around the house, and as I was working these Sevendust songs came on. As I was listening to them, for some reason memories from the last part last year came up and it made me realize how much these songs helped me understand what was going on and how I was feeling at the time, and eventually helped me realize who I really am. These songs probably weren't originally written about the same things I was feeling, but they did make me feel better and in ways I can relate to what was written. It also made me think about the impact of music on people. Music has a way of making others feel some emotion, or can help others cope with whatever they are dealing with. I guess that's why these events and concerts for peace or whatever cause happen-to invoke emotions to do something for either themselves or for others. I guess that can be said with other media as well, but it seems music is always the most powerful or at least the most impact. I think mostly because music is audio only, and that causes more of a mental interpretation, like “theater of the mind.” I think thats why people listen to the music they choose to, either knowingly or unknowingly, and sometimes that's all people have to cope with the reality they live in. Then again there are psychopaths out there that listen to music and use it to justify whatever they do, but for the most part music is something positive to help people, and also entertain for a short time.

I chose these songs because they were the ones that brought out these feelings, and also I think these are the most powerful songs this band made. I also chose this posting as an excuse to once again plug Sevendust, who I feel don't get the respect they deserve. If you can, listen to their music, and hear the contrast to the music, and Lajon Witherspoon's voice. Anyway here they are, and I hope you enjoy them.

Confessions Of Hatred

Impossible to reason with the thoughts in mind
To direct to forget about my pastimes
I assure you of one thing
This is something you'll never forget

In time I'm sure you'll understand
That the sound of the crack
The slap of my hand was only intended for one thing
The one thing I never had

Palms sweaty - thoughts dry
Hand fed by a broken mind
Hands shak'n - don't cry it'll all be over

And then you'll have the chance to see the hole inside
The painted picture of a wounded mind
I can never escape this
(you helped me create this hate)

(my - undying - addiction)
How were you the last to know
(you - brought - this - on - yourself)
Now you're the next in line to see
All that I've become
(confessions of hatred)

Responsible for bringing out my darkest side
I tried to hide what I feel but it's my time
To inflict all the damage
Some indescribable pain

Heart beating, last cry
Anticipating what I have in mind
Lick my lips an approach you
(with undeniable fucking hate)

(my - undying - addiction)
How were you the last to know
(you - brought - this - on - yourself)
Now you're the next in line to see
All that I've become
(confessions of hatred)

One day I'll become whole again
Till then I'll just remember
I thought you understood being misunderstood
How wrong was I to think you ever would?
One day I'll become whole again, whole again

(my undying addiction)
I never thought you'd be the last to know
(you brought this all on yourself now)
You will be the next in line to see
All that I've become
Victim till your last breath
All the hope is gone
(confessions of hatred)

(I'll show you pain)

Beg To Differ

Slow down Slow down
I lived a life with no regrets till you came around
(your lost I'm found)
You had a hold on me
But now it's slippin away

You used me
Never would I thought you'd try to
Lie and deceive me
I'm sure you thought I'd be easy
(you had a chance but now there's nothing
That you can call your own)

Why does it feel like
I have been the only one
Who stopped and swam
(Up the river)
If everything you said to me was a lie then
I really think (that I beg to differ)

No time I'm gone
You had your chance now let me show you the way around
(your loss mine now)
I let you call it once
You'll never do it again

You fooled me
Once and then you should have figured
Now there's just one space
That you can fill but it's empty
(you'll never find a place that you can call your own now)

Why does it feel like
I have been the only one
Who stopped and swam
(Up the river)
If everything you said to me was a lie then
I really think (that I beg to differ)

I'll never understand
I'll never understand
I'll never understand
(I don't fuckin understand why)

You used me
Never would I thought you'd try to lie and deceive me
I'm sure you thought I'd be easy

Why does it feel like
I have been the only one
Who stopped and swam
(Up the river)
If everything you said to me was a lie then
I really think (that I beg to differ)
I'm gone

Feed

I erased you
From my every waking memory
I replaced you
With a vision that you - won't see

Pity is a four letter word
And so is quit
(and so is left but I'm)

Right where you wanted me
Feed from the inside
Out of bitter sympathy
You want me wrong but I'm right

May I remind you
It doesn't take much time to call
Can I respect you
If a man was never there at all

Pity is a four letter word
And so is quit
(and so is left but I'm)

[CHORUS (Repeat)]
I replaced you with a vision that you - can't see

(Right where you wanted me)
Feed me from the inside
(Out of bitter sympathy)
You want me wrong but I'm