A city of fools
I wanna bash whoever\'s responsible for this incomprehensible lack of passion
The sucker\'s been seduced down to the stick
And the peasants fill their bellies with the poisons you omit
I\'ve come to seperate the heads and shoulders
Of these tracin\' paper soldiers
That have been designated to take it over
I\'ma roll a couple of boulders off the cliff
On the road below (look out below)
\'Cause I don\'t know what I\'ma hit (yeah)
I live by the word until I die by your sword
Even when I\'m dead my head will live inside your RCA cords
I wait for the right time, but it resembled now-a-days
Descended on the Earth to put an end to all your holidays
The assassin covered in plain clothes
Smothered the sunlight and set flame to your rainbows
And then came the storm (and then came the storm)
Bewildered those that didn\'t contemplate
Fake disguised as the norm (as the norm)
And when the smoke evaporated and the damage was accessed
The casualities were counted as they looked upon the mess
As they focused their eyes on the horizon, who\'da guessed?
All that stood on top the hill was number seven silhouette

(And with this) head splitting tears, cement breaking
Leaping for these people walking in their sleep
(these people walking in their sleep)
My talk is not as cheap
And my thoughts are not as deep
As the day I woke up to discover I lost my sheet
head splitting tears, cement breaking
Leaping for these people walking in their sleep
(these people walking in their sleep)
My talk is not as cheap
And my thoughts are not as deep
As the day I woke up to discover I lost my sheet

They say a picture\'s worth a thousand words
Well I beg a thousand pardons for each word I\'ve used for personal games
But the letters that float through my head, demote my sentences
Could never be contained by your simple picture frames
For every intoxicated moment, I hate life
I strive to balance my aura by dancing with the light
And sometimes it\'s difficult to stay quiet
I fight it, each time I find myself walking across your eyelids
Wishin\' the meltin\' trichion, the imagination of yours
Could see the truth you breathe through each one of your pores
And now the days are drastic, the nights last forever
Wanna tear this motherfucker up and put it back together
I\'d like to ask the cats that act like they might hear
If you spent the energy I\'ve spit, tryin\' to count the tears
One of these days you\'re gonna climb the tallest building of all
Give a warning to those below and let the tears fall

Nobody sees \'cept my mirror on the wall

The damage...overseen by anyone that comprehends
The anguish...felt only by the ones that confessed
The language...was primitive, the listener complex
And everybody was trying to define success
All the self-proclaimed prophets dressed up to look like poets
Pretendin\' to be martyrs that they\'re not
You can learn all their names
And engrain them on your brains
Memories so you can spout them off the top (spout them off the top)
Yo kill \'em all, and let God give \'em haircuts
The flood has begun, and no one has been paired up
So I\'ma take a second and beckon the downfall
Yf your so called civilized nation
(Yo yo yo yo yo) stop the sound now!
(Cough)


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    General Commentsick beat, why nobody postin on this ??!
    BeatboxTweakon May 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti like this song =)
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    General Commentthis song is fckin amazing
    unbelievable lyrics
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    My InterpretationThis song is about the realization of the character that he is being a scapegoat within a certain group of people.

    My interpretation of the song is made mainly on René Girard's scapegoat theory. A description of the typical

    scapegoating process is available on Wikipedia. [1]

    I will proceed with linking verses with concept of this theory:

    "I wanna bash whoever's responsible for this incomprehensible lack of passion"
    In this verse, the lack of passion can be assimilated to the lack of civism he is faced with. The covetous pervert

    tries to eliminate the human character of the scapegoat. Usually, the entourage follows the movement and begin to

    lack respect too.

    "The sucker's been seduced down to the stick"
    And the peasants fill their bellies with the poisons you omit"
    The pervert tries to eliminate the aspects of the personnality of its victim. This is sometimes made by omitting

    everything about the scapegoat that would remind of his human personnality or anything good about the scapegoat.

    "I've come to seperate the heads and shoulders
    Of these tracin' paper soldiers"
    This marks a realization of part of the scapegoating process by the character. He plans to take action and correct

    his status by the interaction with the entouraged that followed the pervert.

    "The assassin covered in plain clothes
    Smothered the sunlight and set flame to your rainbows
    And then came the storm (and then came the storm)
    Bewildered those that didn't contemplate
    Fake disguised as the norm (as the norm)"
    Later, he realized his action wasn't positive. A scapegoat that retaliates to an attack, when in a state of being

    dehumanized will result in a second attack towards the scapegoat as the entourage has usually a positive bias

    towards the covetous pervert.

    "those that didn't contemplate" refers to the entourage that's unaware of the scapegoating that's in progress.

    "All that stood atop the hill was number seven silhouette".
    A scapegoat is usually made of someone with a strong interior life or is very competent in a domain. "Number

    Seven" might refer to the fact that he is too competent as the number 7 refers to luck and success.

    "(And with this) head splitting tears, cement breaking
    weeping for these people walking in their sleep"
    In the chorus, people walking in their sleep refers to the entourage that participates to the persecution without

    being aware of the process.

    "My talk is not as cheap
    And my thoughts are not as deep
    As the day I woke up to discover I lost my sheep"
    This might represent some sort of recovery of the character's status by socialization in order to acquire back some

    of the human status. Here, the sheep represents the entourage that once was favorable to the character.

    "They say a picture's worth a thousand words
    Well I beg a thousand pardons for each word I've used for personal gains"

    This resocialization might have lead to the character trying to revert the process by attacking the covetous

    pervert. This has lead to the second traumatism that's occuring when retaliating from an attack by the pervert.

    "But the letters that float through my head, demote my sentences
    Could never be contained by your simple picture frames"

    Here again, he reassumes his human character, he explains that his thoughts and reasonings are complex (possibly

    more if he has a deep interior life), and that the complexity makes him just as human as anyone.

    "I fight it, each time I find myself walking across your eyelids"
    He says here he fights his will to retaliate when he is being decridibilized towards his peers. Walking across

    your eyelids might refer to the act of rolling eyes to express sarcasm.

    "Could see the truth you breathe through each one of your pores"
    The character wishes the pervert would realize the process of scapegoating he is doing probably in an inconscient

    way.

    "I'd like to ask the cats that act like they my peers"
    Refers to the entourage that scapegoats that interact with him, but inside, express some disdain towards him.

    "One of these days you're gonna climb the tallest building of all
    Give a warning to those below and let the tears fall"
    He warns the pervert that a day, once he will have reached the top (being competent), he will face the same kind of

    behavior the character's living.

    "The damage...overseen by anyone that comprehends"
    He assumes some people do understand how he is being scapegoated, but they act as passive observers.

    "The anguish...felt only by the ones that invest"
    The anguish felt by the pervert when the esteem of the others increases because of the positive bias.

    "The language...was primitive"
    Refers to the fact that some part of the dehumanization is made with non-verbal communication.

    "All the self-proclaimed prophets dressed up to look like poets
    Pretendin' to be martyrs that they're not"
    The pervert usually depicts himself as a victim in order to gain sympathy from the entourage.

    "So I'ma take a second to beckon the downfall
    of your so called civilized nation"

    In Girard's theory, Jesus was one of the "paraclets" that expressed and propagated knowledge about the scapegoating

    mechanism. He considers the catholic religion to be a pivot in the stories of religions.

    Primitive religions were mostly based on creation myths where creature would be killed and that would lead to the

    creation of the world. The sacrificial rituals would be one implementation of the need of a scapegoat for every

    primitive society to work. In fact, the sacrificing of a victim and the uniting of the group against a common enemy

    is a source of social cohesion. According to Girard, it is possible that all the societies that had no sacrificial

    mechanism might be extinct because interpersonal conflicts.

    Christianism, and the fact that the prophet Jesus would in fact return the religions "like a glove". The society

    would go to favor the victim rather over the agressor. That would be the civilized nation.

    The character is skeptical about the affirmation as he is still a target of the scapegoating persecution.

    The topic is wide and Girard's theory is complex, I suggest reading "Des choses cachées depuis la fondation du

    monde" written by the philosopher himself about the topic.

    [1] fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    Oots24on January 24, 2013   Link

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