We are here, we were there, they are nearing people everywhere we go.
People catching in their hands the ashes of the Marlboro man.

Burn them down, burn them down with our canteens pouring gasoline;
its never what they're saying but why oh why they say it.
Burning down the billboards to the ground and not a sound will touch
These ears, for the sights to be gained will everlast us through the years
Five o'clock rush hour traffic gazing upward at our magic.
Calvin Klein went down in flames,
And the authorities aren't asking for the names.

Lyrics submitted by bitterbrian

Burning Down The Billboards song meanings
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    General CommentI freaking love this song. A serious departure from their usual style, it just shows how versatile these guys can be. Besides, the lyrics are amazing. Calvin Klein down in flames. I wish.
    phynckon May 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYah, but it's a cover.
    tsucolon September 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commentfuck consumerism!!!
    hab204on May 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis isn't a cover. Magnified is though.
    alk3_fanon May 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI wouldn't be surprised to find that this song was inspired by The Monkeywrench Gang by Edward Abbey, an amusing novel about a pack of eco-terrorists. a pair of them actually start off by burning down or otherwise destroying billboards to reclaim scenery before moving on to bigger and better things.
    nathaniel_oddon October 01, 2007   Link

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