Meaning of the song "From Ashes to New - Broken"

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<a href="/fa/translator/mkv89" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1387812">mkv89</a>
تاریخ عضویت: 30.06.2018
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Hi everyone! I'm working on Russian translation of the song From Ashes to New - Broken
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/ashes-new-broken-lyrics.html
In general, I understand the sence of this song, it's about fight against drug addiction. It's quite easy to translate, but I can't understand 2 lines."You can keep your games at the arcade". What does it mean? Its word-for-word translation sounds stupid in Russian."I had to fall for me to find my head". Do the words "fall for me" mean "I had to love myself" or "I had to take the blame"? Do the words "find my head" mean something like "to get control on my mind"?
And, since this song belongs to soundtrack of Sno Babies movie which tells us the story of two girls, but is performed by males, whom does the singer appeals to? To a man or to a woman?

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<a href="/fa/translator/ratboy" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1396708">ratboy</a>
تاریخ عضویت: 21.09.2018

'You can keep your games at the arcade' probably means that the person the singer is talking to has been messing around with the singer in some way or not taking things seriously, and so they're equating those games to a real game, like the ones at the arcade.

I'm not entirely sure about the phrase 'I had to fall for me to find my head', though. It also seems that the song 'Broken' came out in 2016 way before Sno Babies, so I'm not sure who exactly the song is going for.

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<a href="/fa/translator/cph1776" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1467452">cph1776</a>
تاریخ عضویت: 21.08.2020

Perhaps:
"You can keep your games at the arcade" = "I am not interested in you because you are 'playing games' (i.e. not being serious)"
"I had to fall for me to find my head" = "Something bad had to happen to me so I could figure out what I wanted to do with my life"

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<a href="/fa/translator/bluebird" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1483017">BlueBird</a>
تاریخ عضویت: 27.12.2020
>>In general, I understand the sense of this song, it's about fight against drug addiction
--I'm not so sure about that. Some analyses/reviews of that song (e.g. here) say it is about a failing relationship. The lines could be about struggling former lovers, still stuck in a dysfunctional relationship that hurts.

>>You can keep your games at the arcade
-- the first part of the verse (Your are pushing me off to that dark place ...) seems about the psychological warfare the other party waging on the singer, trying to "stop his heart rate" (destroy him).It is totally unnecessary to the singer  ("It could’ve been easy to part ways / But now you just feed me this parfait/ Of bullshit  your lies mixed in), they could have amicably 'part ways' and go their own ways, but the other party is hurting him with lies, etc - playing games.  The singer tells the other party, he is aware of the dark games he/she is playing, so he/she better not use them in the first place ('keep them at the arcade"- an allusion to arcade games? Implying they are childish?)

>>"I had to fall for me to find my head"
-- The previous verse in the lyric was about psychological warfare by the other party. This verse is about how the singer rescues himself. The games the other party plays are not new to him ('nothing new / seen it all time and time again)- probably in previous relationships. However as stated in the first verse of the lyrics, the singer is "standing in the dark" and "damaged". 'find my head' reminds me of 'losing my head', the singer has 'lost his head' (lost self-control) due to 'falling for the other party', the toxic relationship and the way to get over it is to 'fall for himself' (love himself again, get out of the dysfunctional relationship).

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<a href="/fa/translator/mkv89" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1387812">mkv89</a>
تاریخ عضویت: 30.06.2018
BlueBird wrote:

--I'm not so sure about that. Some analyses/reviews of that song (e.g. here) say it is about a failing relationship. The lines could be about struggling former lovers, still stuck in a dysfunctional relationship that hurts.

I thought this song was composed especially for the movie, its sence perfectly fits for the topic of drug addiction. I didn't know anything about both the song and the movie, i found this song only few days ago.

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<a href="/fa/translator/bluebird" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1483017">BlueBird</a>
تاریخ عضویت: 27.12.2020

No worries . Actually, 'The Future' album that contained that song was released in 2018 and Sno Babies movie was released in 2020. Maybe It would be better to put the official video for the song, published in 2018, in that page:

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<a href="/fa/translator/mkv89" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1387812">mkv89</a>
تاریخ عضویت: 30.06.2018

Thank you all for answers! You've helped me!

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<a href="/fa/translator/mkv89" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1387812">mkv89</a>
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BlueBird wrote:

No worries . Actually, 'The Future' album that contained that song was released in 2018 and Sno Babies movie was released in 2020. Maybe It would be better to put the official video for the song, published in 2018, in that page:

Of course, this video must be published with this song. But this video confuses me.
Does it mean gays' relationship? Or maybe it is about broken men's friendship?
I ask it only to understand this song correctly.

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<a href="/fa/translator/bluebird" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1483017">BlueBird</a>
تاریخ عضویت: 27.12.2020

I can't say how exactly the video corresponds to the song. We see an agitated man with another man, that could be a friend or lover.

However, It is not unusual for the videos to be made after the original song, so usually the meaning of the video depends on the meaning of the song, not the other way round. A song can be played in many occasions in concerts without the video being present.The review referenced doesn't seem to base its review/analysis of the song on the video, but on the song itself.

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<a href="/fa/translator/mkv89" class="userpopupinfo username" rel="user1387812">mkv89</a>
تاریخ عضویت: 30.06.2018
BlueBird wrote:

I can't say how exactly the video corresponds to the song. We see an agitated man with another man, that could be a friend or lover.

However, It is not unusual for the videos to be made after the original song, so usually the meaning of the video depends on the meaning of the song, not the other way round. A song can be played in many occasions in concerts without the video being present.The review referenced doesn't seem to base its review/analysis of the song on the video, but on the song itself.

Thank you!