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Lyrical Analysis: Soilborn by Killswitch Engage

From Killswitch Engage’s self titled album.

Today I’m starting something a little different. I will analyze some lyrics and provide my insight. I will not research other lyrical analysis of this song, I will only research based on my thoughts about the passages. At the bottom you will find the song so you may follow along with the quoted passages. All quoted lyrics and the music are ℗ 2004 Ferret Music. All the comments on the passages are solely my own opinion and in no way, shape or form are the opinions of the artist.

Time will not stand still today is the day the day of salvation

This first part embraces urgency that time cannot stop, feeding the need to reach a point of salvation. It is not clear what type of salvation is talked about since there are a couple different definitions. Although I have heard KsE ( Killswitch Engage ) talk about how their music is spiritual and not Christian, so I will assume they are talking about the redemption and clearing of the effect of sins or other dirt or harm from the world. There could be a possibility the song was written after a feeling of cleansing and after effects of sin are now gone.

Living for more than just a synthetic force fed existence

The lyrics are clearly of a spiritual nature, there is a push back against reality and things asserted onto this artist from social norms, government and media which I can relate. The artist here wants more from life than what is offered in front of his nose. Bureaucracy could be at play. Again, spirituality, feeling the need to connect with a high power from within himself.

This is my disposition I will strive for the truth this is my disposition

This sums up the previous statements in that he is in a disposition over. Only one definition of disposition makes sense here “a person’s inherent qualities of mind and character.”, but I feel like the meaning is slightly different here, more like a cause and effect from the “force fed existence”. So his character has been affected by the things in his life, whether he likes it or not and the outcome is not always wellness. The second part of this passage is the search for “truth”. The search for truth could encompass a whole book, so I won’t cover that here. There is a repeat of “this is my disposition”, I’m assuming to accentuate the importance.

I will strive for integrity time will not stand still

“Strive for integrity”. There is a struggle here to have integrity. Again, “time” is constantly moving so there is an urgency for this since there is no time reversal.

We are the soil born we are the children soil born washed in blood

Genesis 2:7: “Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” The reference to “children” here is concerning us as God’s children. “Children” here could also fulfill the need to be humble in the ways of a child, and not proud in a negative sense. “Washed in blood” this is a pivotal point in the song as well and very strong. Hebrews 9:22 – “[In fact] under the Law almost everything is purified by means of blood, and without the shedding of blood there is neither release from sin and its guilt nor the remission of the due and merited punishment for sins.”

Because we are blind we must not take this life For granted

This is where the song really takes off for me and give me the goose bumps. “Because we are blind” – we cannot see the full truth at any given time due to limitations of our mind. We can reflect on small fragments, but never everything as a whole. The importance of this is followed by “we must not take this life for granted”, so our being blind can contribute to the fact that we might be ungrateful for things and we must be careful about that.

in this everlasting thirst to maintain vitality

I relate to this passage, it is very difficult to maintain balance in life – mind, body, spirit with all the requirements that we have. Not only is there a need here, but also a “everlasting thirst”.

This is my disposition I will strive to find rebirth today

We have already covered the disposition, so lets focus on rebirth. It is a very strong word that means, born again, renewed in spirit. There are no words to describe the feeling that comes from “rebirth”. Jesse wants a new beginning and I’m sure if he searches in the right places, he will find it.

Is the day of salvation life has only just begun today is the day

Salvation is mentioned again. He is now renewed – “life has only just begun”. See, I told you he would find it. “Today is the day” is also a strong one. I find myself, when setting a goal or having ambition about something to say “if I only had this, I could do that” or “this weekend I’ll do blah, blah, blah”. No, TODAY is the day.

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

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I can tell the crickets are already starting to fade. That’s okay friend. I’ll try not to be a topic Nazi. Anywho. I now notice the gravatar is having issues displaying on mobile view. Geez. Such as life. Cheers. =D

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