Oh, the pain won’t stop (the pain don’t stop)
Almost like it’s got a hold on me (on me)
Shackles and cuffs, I can be no more than a slave
And still the pain won’t stop
Like my demons got control of me
Won’t take me alive
Budden has done a horrible crime and now he has inner demons constantly following him and reminding him of what he’s done, hence why he’s in jail with shackles and gloves. Budden is trying to fight and ignore these demons, but he can’t, for the only way to stop them is for him to acknowledge his crime and be truly sorry for it. Budden refuses to die with this crime on his conscious and vows to achieve inner peace.
Also, Budden is both in physical jail (hence the shackles and gloves that he wears) because of the crime he has committed and is thus treated like a slave and he is also in a mental jail, for he is a slave to the inner demons which torment him and it seems like there’s no way to escape them.
POSSIBLE INSPIRATION-Playing off of the Judaic idea of Purgatory in a way, for a lot of people believe that Purgatory is a place of mental pain and anguish and the only way to escape it is for you to purge your body of your sins, come to terms with your sins and confess them, and be truly sorry for what you’ve done. This relates to the internal prison that Budden is in right now.
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