Dark Side of Me
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Appears On The Afterman: Descension
Track 8
Length 5:02
Written By Claudio Sanchez
Travis Stever
Produced By Coheed and Cambria
Michael Birnbaum
Chris Bittner
Preceded By "Iron Fist"
Followed By "2's My Favorite 1"

Dark Side Of Me is the eighth song on the 2013 album The Afterman: Descension.

Lyrics

In those discouraging days
I always missed the mark
When we were comfort and close
I would neglect to keep

Ooh, you safe and unexposed
A portrait of time repeats
This moment now replaced
With an empty wish to give
I give, I gave

I gave my everything
For all the wrong things
In this cold reality, I made
This selfish war machine

Oh, this has become hell
How can I share this life
With someone else?
I promise you

There is no weight that can bury us
Beneath the ghosts of all my guilt
Here in the dark side of me
Here in the dark side of me, oh

Now in your absence I wade
Through the coursing, lonely, lost
And in this tragic dismay
I never could believe what I became

I gave my everything
For all the wrong things
In this cold reality, I made
This welcomed war machine

Oh, this has become hell
How can I share this life
With someone else?
I promise you

There is no weight that can bury us
Beneath the ghosts of all my guilt
Here in the dark side of me
Here in the dark side of me

Here in the dark side of me
Here in the dark side of me, oh

Oh, I couldn't give you what you needed. It's all my fault
Too coward to believe I lost it all

I gave my everything
For all the wrong things
In this cold reality, I made
This selfish war machine

Oh, this has become hell
How can I share this life
With someone else?
I promise you

There is no weight that can bury us
Beneath the ghosts of all my guilt
Here in the dark side of me
Here in the dark side of me
Here in the dark side of me
Here in the dark side of me, oh

Meaning

In the coffee-table book published with some of the Special Editions, Claudio gave insight into how he came up with each track on the album. For this track, he wrote: 

"This song came pretty quickly as Travis was toying around with a melody line that caught my ear. We started to jam around the studio an little and I was so interested in where it could go, that I stayed up working on it in my hotel room until six in the morning. The next day we tracked the song.

The sentiment, “The dark side of me” is so cut and dry, but it's something very personal to me. A step further than “Iron Fist”, this song pushes into the idea of truly allowing someone into your world. It's easy to have a relationship and show each other only the beautiful shiny things. Sharing the good parts about you is elementary, so finding a partner in life can't be only about showcasing these agreeable characteristics, but also the less impressive ones. In a strange way, true intimacy lies in that dark side—in making peace with the fact that it lives inside you somewhere—so that you can share it with the person and they can be there to help you overcome it."

Music Video

Coheed_and_Cambria_-_Dark_Side_Of_Me_(Official_Video)

Coheed and Cambria - Dark Side Of Me (Official Video)

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