- "Overburdened". When the string harmonies sound off in that song, the tears are prone to flow. The song itself is about a dead soldier who followed all his orders lamenting that he's going to hell, thus making his life and decisions up to that point completely worthless.
"It's the closing of the curtain
in the play that was my life
Countless chapters left unopened
"I was fighting for a reason
Holy, blessed homicide
Seems I have committed treason
All I've sacrificed..."
"Don't turn away
I pray you've heard
The words I've spoken
Dare to believe
For one last time
And then I'll let theDarkness cover me
Slowly walk away
To breathe again
On my own
- Oh yeah, it gets better. The song isn't just a sad, depressive ballad. Dave dedicated this song to his grandfather with whom he was estranged with. It was not until his grandfather fell ill that he wished to see his grandson. But by the time word got to Draiman, who was on Ozzfest, his grandfather had mere hours to live.
- "My Child" on further levels than the band has ever ventured. It's about Draiman learning that he'd gotten a girl pregnant and his resolve to become a father.
"When you came to life, I was terrified
I knew that nothing else would ever feel the same
Doubt came over me; what kind of father would I be?
I knew the time had come to stand up and be a man."
"The world around me died
- All destroyed when she had a miscarriage:
When I saw that heartbeat"
Why was it only in death were you redeemed, my child?
- The song starts with the sound of a baby crying, then ends with the drone of a flatline.
I pray you were redeemed, my child.
- At about two and a half minutes into the song, Draiman cries out, "My child!" , and you can hear the pain and grief in his voice very clearly.
- "The Infection" is about drowning in depression, your sanity whittled away by the loneliness as your home becomes a prison. In the end you realize that in order to survive these demons, you have to destroy yourself a bit and move on bleeding. This is without a doubt the most vulnerable song Draiman has ever written.
- "Never Again" for one of the most intense performances of Draiman's career. You can feel the impassioned fury and rage in his every note. Imagining the kinds of bleakness he must have gurgled up to write something like this, it almost becomes a tearjerker.
- At first glance, "Decadance" doesn't sound like a tearjerker. But when you actually look at the lyrics (especially the chorus), you see a different side to the song.
Then you slowly recall all your mind
Why, your soul's gone cold, and all hope has run dry
Never enough to forget that you're one of the lonely
Slowly recall all your mind
- "Save Our Last Goodbye" is supposedly about one of Draiman's friends with pancreatic cancer who died just after surgery. The opening bars include a voicemail from said friend where he is hoping for good news, before the song starts in earnest. By the third chorus, it really sounds like David is barely holding it together.
Save our last goodbye,
Embedded in my mind
Your face will never leave me;
Save our last goodbye,
It's killing me that I
Won't get to hear your laughter anymore.
- Disturbed's cover of Simon & Garfunkel's The Sound of Silence takes a depressing, solemn guitar song and turns it into an uber-depressing piano and orchestra song.