"Rifles" as written by Peter Hayes, Robert Turner and Nicholas Jago....
Rifles

I see the rifles coming over the hill
And if you shout maybe they stop and won't kill
But if you think like me
You'll be as dead as he

I see the lion crawling over your bed
And if you stay he'll make you walk in your bed
To what you're gonna be
It never lets you be

I see the color in your eyes
I see the images I own
I see more color in your eyes
Than the reflections from purple skies

I won't let you take him away
And I won't give to you the fires of hate
So I will never see
What you've done to me

I see the color in your eyes
I see the images I own
I see more color in your eyes
Than the reflections from purple skies

Now
You come alive
With the world at your side

Now
You come alive
With the world at your side

I see the rifles coming over the hill
And if you shout maybe they stop and won't kill
But if you think like me
You'll be as dead as he
Some day

I see the color in your eyes
I see the images I own
I see more color in your eyes
Than the reflections from purple skies

Now
You come alive
With the world at your side

Now
You come alive
With the world at your side


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"Rifles" as written by Peter Hayes Nicholas Jago

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  • +1
    General CommentI judge all other songs based on this one. If a band can't make a song on par with this they generally ain't good...
    electric_daveon April 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of their finest (but most cryptic lyrically) songs.
    I can't agree with the Stone Roses comparisons though as a big Stone Roses fan — The Stone Roses were never this dark and much more "accessible". This is brilliantly moody and atmospheric… maybe a better comparison would be the Verve's early stuff? Seems slightly Gravity Grave-esque to me.

    Anyway, I digress… I don't actually know what the lyrics mean.
    AndyDunnon May 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNever the Stone Roses, they were never this moody. Much more The Jesus and Mary Chain or Wish period The Cure.

    Also, I think these are the lyrics:

    I see the rifles coming over the hill
    And if you shout maybe they'd stop and won't kill
    But if you think like me
    You'll be as dead as he is

    I see the lion crawling over your bed
    And if you stay he'll make you walk in your mind
    To what you're gonna be
    It never lets you be

    I see no colour in your eyes
    I see no images I know
    I see no colour in your eyes
    And no reflections, no purple sky

    I don't mind you taking away
    And I won't give to you the fires of hate
    So I will never see
    What you've done to me

    I see no colour in your eyes
    I see no images I know
    I see no colour in your eyes
    And no reflections, no awful skies

    Now
    You come alive
    With the world at your side

    Now
    You come alive
    With the world at your side

    I see the rifles coming over the hill
    And if you shout maybe they'd stop and won't kill
    But if you think like me
    You'll be as dead as he is today

    I see no colour in your eyes
    I see no images I know
    I see no colour in your eyes
    And no reflections, no purple sky

    Now
    You come alive
    With the world at your side

    Now
    You come alive
    With the world at your side
    xdvron February 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy favorite BRMC song.. i love it.
    MorganOwnson March 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so mmody and dark it could've been a stone roses song
    gilbagon March 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt does sound really Stone Roses. Good call.

    I love the dark, mouth-covering-mic sound of brmc. Very sexy and dark and messy.
    _ellieon June 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely love this song. At about 5:00 when the solo stops dead and it breaks back into that hypnotic, watery riff and peter starts singing "i see the rifles coming over the hill..." in his moody voice, shivers run down my spine.
    SurfinNoodleson May 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmaybe its me, but i always here "sure feels like..." instead of "she feels like..." but meh. this is spinetingly amazing stuff. i dont think theres any band like BRMC for grabbing your attention and holding you by the jugular. or something.
    youarefadingon July 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the lyrics are wrong. I hear:

    I see the colour in your eyes
    I see the images I own
    I see more colour in your eyes
    Than the reflections from/of earth or sky

    Killer song
    HawkBoyon May 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe's talking about his perfect girl
    pixieinpanoplyon August 05, 2007   Link

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