While my English understanding is literally 8.5/9 (that's my IELTS score) the deeper meaning of this lyrics -- perhaps because it lacks punctuation -- escapes me. Of course I understand the individual pieces but it just doesn't come together to form understandable sentences. To clarify, I am not looking for the philosophical or religious meaning of this lyrics, I am after missing punctuation, missing conjunctions and such and / or a tree of subsentences.

Believe, when you lie
You will never need to recognize yourself
To deceive
To remove all chance of doubt and be received
With your lie
The deception is complete when you concede
And decide
To reject your lives, sacrificed to me

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    The syntax is disturbed. Believe me. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jun 28 '16 at 9:15
  • djna has given what seems like an obvious parsing or punctuation of the given text. I suggest watching/listening to the band performing the song (live if possible, not a 'music video') to help in interpretation. The way the singer sings the lyrics could also confirm the punctuation. – Alan Carmack Jun 28 '16 at 10:17
  • On the other hand watching Bon Iver singing Beth/Rest has yet to help me parse that ;-) – djna Jun 28 '16 at 13:12

Here is one suggestion. It's difficult to be sure of the author's intentions. My perception is that many modern songs use words for their "sound" and the impression that's made; the lyrics need not conform to formal grammar or logic.

Believe, when you lie you will never need to recognize yourself.

To deceive, to remove all chance of doubt and be received with your lie.

The deception is complete when you concede, and decide to reject your lives, sacrificed to me

  • +1 Yeah, I think that's a rather obvious parsing of the given text. – Alan Carmack Jun 28 '16 at 10:16

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